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ChatGPT and me

ChatGPT and me

Posted on 16th Jun 2023

I had to give it a try, maybe late to the party. Lots of wikipedia like verbage, but interesting

Where does a program start

Posted on 17th Apr 2023

When we added SUB and FUNCTION to BASIC, and the compiler remained a single pass, which meant a SUB had to be defined before its use. The issue comes up, where does your program start. We adopted the C convention of using MAIN: Some other BASICs use that as well or we could have made it START: BASICtools allows compiling files (normal method as your program gets bigger) as well as being able to type in short programs to test something. The later I find to be very useful for quick debugging. But...

Not everything needs a microprocessor

Not everything needs a microprocessor

Posted on 15th Mar 2023

I was skiing in Colorado most of February and one simple thing I need is a way to heat up ski boots just to make them easier to get on.

Playing with Chromebook

Playing with Chromebook

Posted on 18th Jan 2023

I'm going on an extended trip, so I decided to leave my heavy Dell laptop at home. Since I won't be doing any code development, I decided to give a Chromebook a try. They are light, do email and web surfing. So I've been trying to do all the things I might normally do on my PC on the Chromebook. So far so good.

Switch to Stripe

Switch to Stripe

Posted on 28th Dec 2022

About this time of year is when I monkey with the web site. This time I am thinking of switching out of OScommerce and PayPal to Stripe. It was easy to setup, maybe not all the features I want, but close enough for now

Add baud settings in Linux

Posted on 27th Dec 2022

Got a request for allowing baud rate changes in Linux. Seems like for at least the USB com ports Tcl supports that. So here is a one-liner change to TclTerm to allow baud settings in TclTerm. It worked on Linux Mint on my HP netbook. Download and unzip from here