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The Importance of Good Documentation

This entire past week I’ve been reading about the MPEG-2 specs. I’ve got some video files that have KLV data stored in the user_data extension of the MPEG stream. So, right off the bat, I tried using ffmpeg‘s avcodec library. Unfortunately, there is no documentation. Seriously, they have no explanation on how to use the […]

Do it Yourself!

The phrase “Do it yourself!” can either be a dismissive command that indicates the speaker doesn’t wish to be bothered, or an empowering personal philosophy. All the great geniuses of history were avid proponents of personal independence in thought, word and deed. All the knowledge that we’ve accumulated over the years has been the result […]

Printed Circuits

My laptop broke, so I took it apart to see what was wrong (a personality trait developed in early childhood). All signs point to a hardware problem, one that I’m incapable of fixing. This situation is absolutely galling. Like most things in my life this small incident is a trigger that enlightens me to a […]

Scope Resolution

I purchased myself a really nice Christmas present: Concepts, Techniques, and Models of Computer Programming. So far it has been a really nice read. Though I’m not familiar with the Mozart/Oz system that’s used (and conceptually developed) throughout the book, I’m beginning to glimpse some of the vast array of rather difficult choices that are […]