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bio website naesten.blogspot.com
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seen Mar 26 at 19:10

I am fascinated by computers, and have been since before I could read. My favorite programming languages are Haskell and Python, and I'm no stranger to C.

My childhood was spent on DOS and Windows 95. After learning to read, I managed to learn the basics of programming with the help of The Secret Guide to Computers, GWBASIC, UCBLogo, LADYBUG Logo, and some LOGO book(s) I can't recall the names of. I didn't much like GWBASIC, but at least it had a printed reference manual. I had also tried QBASIC, but had trouble with the online help, which I later decided was probably because all of the text was in the same font (making it hard to tell the verbatim code from the other notation).

[... Windows, VB, DJGPP, Cygwin, Mindstorms, POV-RAY ...]

Eventually I bought my own computer and installed a copy of Linux, and that's when I really began to learn how computer systems work: technical documentation for most things was available online, and if that wasn't enough to satisfy my curiosity I could look at the source code.

[... Python ... Haskell ...]


Mar
26
comment Should you concede to user demands that seem clearly inferior?
*wore out his scrollwheel*
Feb
1
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
You realize, of course, that it is impossible to make a chip-based payment merely by entering the number printed on the card, and so all of the material about chip-based payment is irrelevant to the question, right?
Feb
1
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
It's almost certainly less work to implement this than to figure out if it's worth bothering or not.
Jan
26
comment Do we “exit”, “quit” or “close” an application?
@jonahb: did Alan Turing so much as hear of a user interface?
Jan
24
comment Do we “exit”, “quit” or “close” an application?
@SnakeDoc: well, even having some idea of where the name halt(8) comes from, I still think Halt sounds more like the default action for ^Z (send SIGSTOP) than anything else. So, basically, I agree with @JuhaUntinen here.
Jan
20
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Mar
8
awarded  Supporter
Mar
8
comment How and when should you use animation in your application?
... don't shorter animations waste less CPU/GPU time, though?
Mar
8
awarded  Autobiographer
Mar
8
comment Why do progress bars animate backwards?
Or, if you don't want to summarize, you could at least give full citations?