In the spirit of full disclosure

I feel peer pressure to keep my blag up to date, which means adding at least one entry per year. So, here is this year’s entry. I am so happy you found this website, but curious as to what you were expecting. Since I have comments disabled, you can’t tell me what you think. But […]

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The ORIGINAL Apple Watch

With all the brouhaha surrounding the Apple Watch, I thought I should share this photo of my very own Apple watch, dating back to 2004. This was given to me by an Asia-Pacific Apple manager when I was in Hong Kong, on a tour promoting the Xserve line of servers; I gather it was a […]

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Moving — What, again?

Those of you who have been following this website for the last decade or so may recall that the address for Elara Systems used to be Fairfax, Virginia. Seven years ago, my wife and I moved from traffic-infested Virginia to the bucolic countryside of Vermont. At the time, it seemed like a great idea. We […]

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PePcon Chicago – Save $50!

If you’re going to be near Earth in June, and you use Adobe InDesign, you simply must come to the Print and e-Publishing Conference (PePcon)! This is an annual design/techfest with all the Cool Kids in the InDesign universe. This conference is organized by world-renowned InDesign gurus David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, so you know it’s […]

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hello, world

It’s pretty standard in introductory texts on programming languages to provide some example code that prints out the phrase “hello, world.” It’s like the computer program, this newly-born creation of the programmer, is greeting the rest of the universe. The genesis of this phrase dates from the classic book The C Programming Language, by Brian Kernighan. […]

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My blag

Randall Munroe, creator of the fabulous and hilarious webcomic xkcd, calls his writings a “blag” instead of a blog. I don’t know if he originated this usage (if you look up “blag” on The Google you get “Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group” as the first hit), but I like the word; kind of a cross between “blog” […]

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