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Interesting in IT - 2011-08-29

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Here are some of the interesting pages and blog posts I’ve read this past week. Many of these come from sites like Hacker News, and may not be particularly new, but still useful.

bunnie investigates counterfeit MicroSD cards.

It all started back in December of 2009, when chumby was in the midst of production for the chumby One. A call came in from the floor noting that SMT yield had dropped dramatically on one lot, so I drove over to the building to have a look …

On MicroSD Problems [2010]

Greg Grothaus teaches just enough Awk to be dangerous.

In grad school, I once saw a prof I was working with grab a text file and in seconds manipulate it into little pieces so deftly it blew my mind. I immediately decided it was time for me to learn awk, which he had so clearly mastered.

Why you should learn just a little Awk - a Tutorial by Example [2010]

Way back in 2000, Jakob Nielsen already warned about the perils of Flash.

Although multimedia has its role on the Web, current Flash technology tends to discourage usability for three reasons: it makes bad design more likely, it breaks with the Web’s fundamental interaction style, and it consumes resources that would be better spent enhancing a site’s core value.

Flash: 99% Bad [2000]

Mir Nazim shares his favourite Vim plugins and instructions on their usage.

As any vim user knows that Vim experience is not complete without the use of plugins, here is the list of plugins I use on daily basis.

List of vim plugins I use - with mini tutorials [2011]

Jim Dennis and other Stack Overflow contributors share a thorough explanation of the ‘language’ of the Vi family of text editors.

I’ve only scratched to surface of vi’s power and none of what I’ve described here is even part of the “improvements” for which vim is named! All of what I’ve described here should work on any old copy of vi from 20 or 30 years ago.

Your problem with Vim is that you don’t grok vi [2009]