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  • Stephen, King. The Waste Lands. New York: Signet, 1991. ISBN: 0451173317 (evanjones.ca)
    40 This is the third in Stephen King s Dark Tower series The beginning of the book is a slower pace than the previous one but the last half is just as exciting Unfortunately the book ends on a cliffhanger

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  • Debian Linux and Gnome Revisited (evanjones.ca)
    I was panic struck How would I survive for a few weeks without my Mac Of course my only option was to return to Linux Luckily I have access to a pretty new Dell D800 Latitiude laptop which is much more powerful than my three year old PowerBook However I still hate it The screen is better and the CPU is much faster but those are the only advantages It is ugly heavy and physically large all of which discourage me from carrying it anywhere It also lacks many of the nice touches of the PowerBook which I now find hard to live without For example the PowerBook is completely silent unless I am running some heavy task whereas the Dell constantly has a fan running which drives me crazy A second example is that the PowerBook s ethernet port will automatically detect if it needs to be straight through or crossed over called Auto MDIX eliminating the need for crossover cables Unfortunately the Dell does not do this which caused me difficulty twice during the month I was using it At any rate I installed my favourite Linux distribution on the Dell laptop Debian The first thing that impressed me was that Debian s installer has dramatically improved Debian s install has always been cryptic and it still is but it has been streamlined Tasks which used to be annoying like formatting the hard disk and detecting the network are now nearly completely automatic After I installed Gnome the hard way manually and did the usual search Google to figure out the magic settings for my laptop I was able to log in graphically In the three years since I used Linux seriously Gnome has made a ton of progress The desktop while sparse and plain is very nice

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  • Stephen, King. The Drawing of the Three. New York: Signet, 1987. ISBN: 0451163524 (evanjones.ca)
    1987 ISBN 0451163524 about archive 2005 January 21 22 21 This is the second in Stephen King s Dark Tower series and this is my second time through this book This one is action packed right from the very first

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  • Stephen, King. The Gunslinger. New York: Plume, 1982. ISBN: 0452261341 (evanjones.ca)
    not a Stephen King fan but this book is different Unlike most of his horror books The Gunslinger is a fantasy novel I love the style and mystery of the story This is the first book in his Dark Tower series which was started in 1970 and was finally completed in 2003 I have read the first few books but it was so long ago that I decided I needed

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  • Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (evanjones.ca)
    that people have been saying for a long time The interesting part is the discussion it provoked in the online world that I pay attention to A lot of people commented on it and it led me to this very articulate discussion about women in math written by a female mathematician in academia months before The entire article is well worth reading Basically she says that the policy of institutions to attempt to encourage more women faculty and students are wrong Yet we must increase the numbers of women in math has become the dominant battle cry of mathematicians and feminists alike the former of whom mostly men mostly older typically have limited understanding of the life experiences of girls and the latter of whom typically know next to nothing about math Bottom line I m unmoved by the bean counting approach to measuring and dealing with discrimination in math and other male dominated fields It s a policy that requires next to zero effort on the parts of the people who support it and that achieves next to nothing in terms of dealing with any sexism that does exist either the sexism that results in girls high school and younger losing interest in math and hence not pursuing it or the sexism that sees male university students and professors generally being assholes and hence driving away their female colleagues This makes me realize that maybe the University of Waterloo is on the right track They have a program to bring junior high school girls grades 7 9 to the university where they participate in computer science seminars aided by female faculty and students I ve seen groups of them twice and once they were assembling their own PCs from the bare parts and another time they were creating basic

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  • Net: A Horribly Addictive Flash Game (evanjones.ca)
    2005 January 17 20 06 Do not try Net if you don t want to waste any time It s a simple Flash puzzle game that I find amazingly addictive Try the 3x3 size to get the feel for the

    Original URL path: http://www.evanjones.ca/freenet.html (2016-04-30)
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  • Hard Drive Crash Part 3 (evanjones.ca)
    replace my logic board when only the hard drive connector was broken a 5 part As an added bonus I also had to replace the hard drive The moral of this story If your time is valuable to you always buy the extended warranty Apple would have had to pay for this whole mess instead of me Unless of course my hard drive had lasted for another six months at

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  • Steinbeck, John. The Short Novels of John Steinbeck. Surrey, Great Britain: William Heinemann Ltd., 1954. (evanjones.ca)
    Men The Moon is Down Cannery Row The Pearl puts him firmly on my list of my favourite authors I had really loved reading Grapes of Wrath back in high school and I think I ll have to read it again Tortilla Flat can be skipped but the remaining five are excellent One thing I found interesting is that Steinbeck uses British spelling but perhaps that is because this particular

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