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E-cigarettes not endorsed by American Lung Association

Posted 07-08-2015 at 10:01 PM by BenCollver

The purpose of this post is to set the record straight on e-cigarettes.

I received a problem report on my personal web page [1]. It resembled spam, but I replied anyway. The response appealed to my sense of charity, and suggested that they are supported by the American Lung Association [2]. I asked the American Lung Association and they responded [3] that they do NOT support this charity nor do they endorse e-cigarettes [3].

The tobacco habit drains the wallets and...
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How to measure peak memory usage

Posted 04-26-2015 at 08:46 AM by BenCollver

In the past, my method to measure peak memory usage was to boot a system, wait for it to become idle, run "free", run the program in question, then run "free" again. The difference is the memory usage. This method accounts for multi-process programs such as the LAMP stack, but it doesn't work as well for ephemeral command line utilities.

Today I ran across an easier way: Run the command line utility with /usr/bin/time -v. Example:

bash-4.2$ /usr/bin/time
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TiddlyWiki bookshelf

Posted 02-13-2015 at 05:02 PM by BenCollver

Back in the day, my brother introduced me to and it was good. The site gradually became more and more Javascript-intense until I couldn't use it from my netbook. The mobile site worked for a while, but then it too became unusable on my netbook. The injustice of it all! It was all the excuse I needed for a new programming project.

I had recently finished a book Introduction to Object-oriented Programming by Timothy Budd [1], and was eager to apply it. I wrote an...
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