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  • Coupland, Douglas. Eleanor Rigby. Toronto: Random House, 2005. ISBN: 0679313389 (evanjones.ca)
    0679313389 about archive 2006 March 08 14 46 Funny sad and heartwarming all at the same time In that respect it is like almost all of Coupland s books I really like his choice of words and I like his

    Original URL path: http://www.evanjones.ca/books/eleanor-rigby.html (2016-04-30)
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  • Vector Graphics and Animation Formats (evanjones.ca)
    annoyingly depended on external fonts so they created PDF PDF has been very successful and is widely used for distributing electronic documents It can also be used for graphics of any size which can then be embedded in other documents Unfortunately despite PDF being a relatively open standard very few applications support it An exception is that nearly all applications on Mac OS X have excellent support for PDF since it has been part of the operating system for a long time Flash Back in the dark ages of the web only raster graphics were supported FutureWave Macromeda stepped up and created a plug in for vector graphics and animation that has been wildly successful Flash now includes multimedia playback and recording capabilities a programming language based on JavaScript and the ability to communicate over the network However if we ignore those extra features and focus on Flash as a vector graphics format there is a lot to like There is a widely deployed player a robust and popular editor and a fair number bit of third party tools for creating Flash files Unfortunately there is one huge problem Flash is not an open standard Adobe s licensing agreement for the Flash file format specification clearly states that third parties may not import Flash they can only export it There are a variety of open source tools that input and output Flash but until I am informed otherwise by either by Adobe or a lawyer this is a legal grey area For example imagine what would happen if Microsoft decided to make a tool that imported Flash files Would they owe Adobe a licencing fee Would Adobe sue The answer is unclear and this means that Flash is useless in my mind Scalable Vector Graphics The newest format for vector graphics is Scalable Vector Graphics SVG an XML based standard from the W3C Some web browsers are finally beginning to support SVG so it may start to gain popularity Unfortunately it is a massive standard 719 pages which means that implementing it is very complicated For example Mozilla Firefox supports SVG starting with its 1 5 release but it only supports a subset The development team has a detailed description of the SVG features not supported by Firefox 1 5 and a discussion about why they don t implement everything In my opinion using XML does not make sense for graphics It makes sense for data that needs to be consumed by programs where XML s flexibility and standard parsers make life easier for developers However in the case of SVG I think that this makes things more difficult For example SVG does not actually use XML to describe curves instead it defines its own text based language Even worse SVG can be combined with Cascading Style Sheets another horrendously complicated standard I do not think that SVG is without merit For example Inkscape uses it as its internal format This makes sense as it uses XML s ability to

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  • Barlow, Maude. Too Close For Comfort. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 2005. ISBN: 0771010885 (evanjones.ca)
    against the George W Bush led American administration big business and the increasing integration of Canadian and American policies She paints a bleak picture of nearly corrupt governments who are willing to sell our future in the name of economic growth I agree that many of the issues she raises in this book are very important but I wish she had written about them more objectively Many of her sentences

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  • Khadra, Yasmina. The Swallows of Kabul. New York: Doubleday, 2004. ISBN: 1400033764 (evanjones.ca)
    22 This is the English translation of a 2002 French novel entitled Les Hirondelles de Kaboul It is written by a former Algerian military officer now living in France It portrays the intersecting lives of four people in Taliban controlled

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  • Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Bantam, 1970. (evanjones.ca)
    story was first published in 1939 and it has aged extremely well It is still easy to read and is very powerful There are parallels between this Great Depression story and the sweatshop exploitation of poor nations that happens today

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  • PXE Imager (evanjones.ca)
    tftpboot directory as its root If you do not know how to do this detailed directions can be found elsewhere on the Internet For example Debian s network booting directions are pretty good Now boot your system You should see PXELinux start and it will download the pxeimager img gz disk image and boot Finally you will be presented with a menu with two example images listed If you get this far everything is working and you need to configure and prepare some images Configuring You need to edit the tftpboot images file to list all the available images Detailed instructions are included in the comments in that file Additionally the tftpboot example directory contains sample scripts that you can use as a starting point Images Installing an image is a three stage process First an init script is run This script needs to partition the disk s format the partition s and finally mount the filesystem s on mnt Next the image tar archive is extracted into mnt Thus this archive must contain all the files for your system Finally the post script is run This script must end by making the system bootable eg by running lilo After

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  • Programming Languages for Games (evanjones.ca)
    servers Interestingly he believes that memory safety such as garbage collection is a requirement for the next systems programming language This is interesting because the game programming community has always been very vocal about the Java model being too slow However part of the reason for the change of opinion is that performance now depends on code executing concurrently and automatic memory management makes that much easier Another interesting opinion

    Original URL path: http://www.evanjones.ca/researchpapers/game-languages.html (2016-04-30)
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  • Rethinking the Networking Stack (evanjones.ca)
    with very low overhead Jacobson s solution is to revisit the end to end argument and push the work to the network s edge However in this case the edge of the network is the application not the system The presentation describes how the performance of the networking system can be dramatically improved by giving the application a channel for packets and letting it do all the protocol work Their

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