Ferry Boender

Programmer, DevOpper, Open Source enthusiast.


Category: tech

The user isn’t always wrong

Some time ago, my mother bought a new laptop. It came preinstalled with Windows Vista, which proved to be quite the disaster. The laptop wasn’t nowhere near fast enough to run it, so I installed Ubuntu on it. This allowed my mom to do everything she needed to do with the laptop, while at the […]

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A programmer once built a vast database containing all the literature, facts, figures, and data in the world. Then he built an advanced querying system that linked that knowledge together, allowing him to wander through the database at will. Satisfied and pleased, he sat down before his computer to enjoy the fruits of his labor. […]

Evolutionary Algorithm: Evolving “Hello, World!”

Note: The latest version of this article is always available from the Writings page in HTML, PDF, ePub and AsciiDoc (source) format. My interest in Evolutionary Algorithms started when I read On the Origin of Circuits over at DamnInteresting.com. I always wanted to try something like that out for myself, but never really found the […]

Stop Pingback/Trackback Spam on WordPress

I guess the spammers finally found my blog, cause I’ve been getting a lot of pignback/trackback spam. I tried some anti-spam plugins, but none really worked, so I disabled pingbacks altogether. Here’s how: First, log into wordpress as an admin. Go to Settings → Discussion, and uncheck the Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks […]

This is why I don’t use Apple products or DRM media

This company is going out of business because they put all their eggs in a very delicate and quite frankly evil basket: BeamItDown Software and the iFlow Reader will cease operations as of May 31, 2011. We absolutely do not want to do this, but Apple has made it completely impossible for anyone but Apple […]

Lessons on development of 64-bit C/C++ applications

Lessons on development of 64-bit C/C++ applications: The course is devoted to creation of 64-bit applications in C/C++ language and is intended for the Windows developers who use Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010 environment. Developers working with other 64-bit operating systems will learn much interesting as well. The course will consider all the steps of creating a […]

Google Calendar Holidays

Just found this out: You can easily add all the holidays for your country (or particular religion) to your Google Calendar by going to: Other Calendars → Add → Browse Interesting Calendars. There you can subcribe to calendars containing your country’s holidays.

BoxBackup on Debian/Ubuntu

(The lastest version of this article is always available in stand-alone HTML format and in PDF format. The original AsciiDoc source is also available. Please link to the HTML version, not this Blog post!) Update 19 Februari 2017: Alexandre Grojsgold has emailed me to say that these instructions are still valid as of 2017 for OpenSuse 11.2 and […]

MacOS X on VirtualBox

I’ve been trying to get MacOS X working on VirtualBox for a while now, and it never worked due to some ACPI problems. The latest versions of VirtualBox have added MacOS X Server as a guest possibility, and it also seems to have fixed some problems with running the normal Mac OS X. I got […]

I’m ditching Chrome because of the http:// stripping.

New development builds, and apparently the Beta build of Chrome for the Mac, strip the ‘http://’ part from the URL input field. Since I run Chromium for Linux, which uses nightly builds of Chrome, I am already affected by this retarded decision. For this reason I will no longer be using Chrome, nor will I […]

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