Category Archives: Computers and Internet

Determinism Bugs, Part Two, Kernel32.dll

It was literally the day after I cracked the __FILE__ determinism bug that I hit a completely different build determinism issue. I was asked to investigate why the Chrome build number reported for Chrome crashes on Windows 11 was lagging … Continue reading

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Two Deterministic Build Bugs

‘Twas the week before Christmas and I ran across a deterministic-build bug. And then another one. One was in Chromium, and the other was in Microsoft Windows. It seemed like a weird coincidence so I thought I’d write about both … Continue reading

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Ditching WhatsApp

WhatsApp has served me well as a communications medium for my family, but I was never thrilled with its ownership by Facebook, and the recently announced privacy changes made it necessary for me to move on.

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Floating Point in the Browser, Part 3: When x+y=x (y != 0)

A few years ago I did a lot of thinking and writing about floating-point math. It was good fun, and I learned a lot in the process, but sometimes I go a long time without actually using that hard-earned knowledge. … Continue reading

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Floating Point in the Browser, Part 2: Bad Epsilon

A few years ago I did a lot of thinking and writing about floating-point math. It was good fun, and I learned a lot in the process, but sometimes I go a long time without actually using that hard-earned knowledge. … Continue reading

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Floating Point in the Browser, Part 1: Impossible Expectations

A few years ago I did a lot of thinking and writing about floating-point math. It was good fun, and I learned a lot in the process, but sometimes I go a long time without actually using that hard-earned knowledge. … Continue reading

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Home Network Printer Setup That Works

Whenever I add a network printer to one of my Windows computers at home I end up with a reference to a hard-coded IP address. That means that the next time my home router reboots and assigns a different IP … Continue reading

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Hard Drive Upgrade

I finally put too many photos and videos on my laptop hard drive and I had to upgrade it. My original hard drive was a 640 GB drive and there are now 1 TB laptop drives available that have 8 … Continue reading

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Other Causes of Alt+Tab Problems

Now that I have an easy way to find and fix problems with Alt+Tab it becomes easier to identify culprits. Whenever Alt+Tab misbehaves – whenever the grid of programs goes behind the current Aero Peek window – I run AltTabFixOnce.exe … Continue reading

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Twitter

I now have a twitter account, for those times when 141 characters is too much of a commitment. I anticipate greater sarcasm and more frequent posting, but similar topics. You can follow me at BruceDawson0xB, where I explain the peculiar … Continue reading

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