TildeHash the Blog - Random Information and Opinions

Here is where I post software development information and updates, my random opinions, and screenshots of various new program features and/or bugs. View my software portfolio to get an idea of what kind of software development I do. You should think of the "blog posts" below simply as articles of more lax nature -- particularly in grammar and narrative -- as less important or of different interest, and more personal and opinionative.

Here I also archive my online comments, I often post here when a website requires registration in order to post a comment. Because requiring people to register on your website, or a third-party website, in order to post a comment is restrictive, limits each person's freedom of speech, and is an ultimatum between voicing your opinion while handing over untold-control and being subjected to surveillance or not voicing your opinion at all. Using a comment system that requires visitors to register should be avoided.

However my opinions are taken, good or bad, and wherever I voice my opinions, I am the one behind them, and you have the right to know. It's very easy to be anonymous online; that is exactly the opposite of what I want.
HashOver Gets a Logo! Saturday, May 02 2015 Over the past few days I've been in talks with a nice fellow named Kamil Jablonski, a concept artist, graphic designer, and web developer who recently contributed a Polish locale for HashOver. He shared with me a logo design for HashOver, that after some back and forth became, in my opinion, a very cool design.

I'm glad to have an actual artist doing the logo design for HashOver, graphic design has never been a strong suit of mine, as most people using HashOver 1.0 would probably agree. Read More
Regarding Identi.ca and Its Share Button Wednesday, September 17 2014 It was some time ago when I wrote the original share button for Identi.ca, back then Identi.ca enjoyed quite a lot of traffic and user activity, but more than that it was also developed heavily and was praised by many, including myself, for being technologically impressive whilst allowing easy online conversations and communication. Read More
Did Brendan Eich Contribute to Firefox's Decline? Monday, August 25 2014 This may sound like analyzing yesterday's news, but I think it's important, and more than that I need to put this here as a resource to point certain people to. Read More
The NSA backdoor in "Linux" Wednesday, July 16 2014 Considering that the Linux kernel (the only component Linus has any kind of control over), the software from the GNU Project, and all of the most popular third-party software available for GNU/Linux is all free and open source, it is ridiculous that people can even believe the notion that Linus Torvalds, solely, could put a backdoor in "Linux." Read More
The popularity of Firefox is definitely waning! Wednesday, July 09 2014 Has Firefox's popularity really waned? The answer is a definitive "Yes." Statistically, however, so has every other web browser except for Google Chrome. The fact Net Applications calculates Internet Explorer's market share to be 58.38% is laughable. Likewise, 19.34% for Google Chrome is erroneously wrong and potentially deceptive. Read More
Critique of Gedit Syntax Highlighting + PHP Color Schemes Wednesday, June 25 2014 I've always liked PHP's default syntax highlighting, that is to say the color scheme used by highlight_file(). I've often found myself easily grokking code examples on PHP.net when, say, looking up the parameter order for something like imageconvolution(), only to suffer some frustration once going back to Gedit. Read More
Stop Complaining, Gedit Is Better Than Ever Tuesday, May 06 2014 People have been complaining about gEdit 3.12, which recently moved into Debian's "testing" repository. Specifically, they're complaining about the GUI. Many have lamented the old-style icon menu, which was removed, as is similarly being done to Totem (Videos), Nautilus (Files), and Disk Utility (Disks), among others. Read More
XX != Years of Linux Thursday, February 06 2014 There's a big problem with this "20 Years of Linux" graph, and many "XX Years of Linux" graphs as most all show an incomplete history or timeline of events and milestones. The one below for example. Read More
Making a Change Monday, September 09 2013 I set out to achieve this "professional" look and feel with TildeHash; I set out to write about things I thought were important, and I now realize that not only am I terrible at writing professional quality articles but that I enjoy sharing random ideas, posting commentary and opinions more than writing "about something." Read More
Firefox vs. Chrome: Canvas Sunday, July 21 2013 I just reported this bug to Google. It's a (should be) simple HTML5 canvas element drawing of multiple overlaying translucent rgba color rectangles. In Firefox it's perfect, in Chrome preceding canvas draws become more and more transparent with each additional rectangle. Read More
Firefox's Inspector Tool as 3D Modeler (Seriously) Monday, May 06 2013 Firefox 20.0 -- and a couple of earlier versions I think -- has a nifty little feature of its "Inspector" tool that allows you to view HTML elements as 3D objects. This lets you graphically see the DOM structure and how elements lay against one another. As soon as the feature appeared I knew what I wanted to do with it, I wanted to use it for something it wasn't intended for: 3D Modeling. Read More
Simple PHP Diff Script - Shows Line Changes in Bold Text Sunday, May 27 2012 Here's a simple PHP diff script I wrote for no particular reason. Its output is similar to how Wikipedia does it, though admittedly, a lot simpler and inferior. It works really well for predictable comparisons, like two files that are mostly the same or a directory listing where some files have been renamed, added or removed. However, I have no use for it, I was simply trying for proof of concept. Even if I have no use for it, somebody might, right? Read More
Introducing the Humble Deteriorating Bundle! Friday, December 16 2011 I can proudly say I purchased the first Humble Bundle (the "Humble Indie Bundle"), and I can say I'm glad to have not purchased the last seven. Why? I know what you're thinking, "It's a good deal, and it's monetary motivation for developers to port their games to Linux, and remove any pre-existing DRM." Yeah, yeah, but that's nothing compared to the first Humble Bundle. Read More
New Identi.ca Share Button Thursday, June 30 2011 Identi.ca still doesn't have a proper share button. For a long time I've looked for a good Identi.ca share button. One like Twitter's, one that: displays a count of posts, and lets people share the page with the post automatically containing the page title and URL. I looked so long without finding anything that I wrote one myself. And I've talked a little bit about the half-PHP-half-JavaScript Identi.ca share button that I wrote, but I really haven't shown it off or explained how to use it. It's kind of pointless to write it just for myself. Read More
Potential For Free Animation Software Dead? Friday, June 24 2011 There was a time when I was obsessed with finding good, free, stable, Adobe Flash animation software, because at the time I was also obsessed with Homestar Runner and other online cartoons and I wanted to make my own. This was before I knew about how much hassle Flash actually is across multiple platforms and long before I knew of the disadvantages of making online animations in proprietary formats. Read More
Track Me! Just Track Me, GNOME Project! Tuesday, March 01 2011 I'm serious. The upcoming GNOME 3 release will be making some controversial changes, such as removing the Window List from the panel making for a more "task-based environment" as they say. They're also removing the minimize and maximize window control buttons and desktop icons. Read More
Web Development, Better Done On GNU/Linux Friday, February 18 2011 I often tell people that setup, configuration, writing, scripting, and other general development of any website is better done on the same web server, or at least the same operating system that is installed on the web server that the site is going to be hosted and ran on, rather than developed elsewhere and simply dropped in place later. It doesn't matter whether you're using Apache or Windows Server, GNU/Linux or Windows. Read More
Interview with Richard Stallman (2011) Monday, February 07 2011 Richard M. Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often shortened to RMS, is an American software freedom activist and computer programmer. In September 1983, he launched the GNU Project to create a free Unix-like operating system, and has been the project's lead architect and organizer. With the launch of the GNU Project, he initiated the Free Software Movement; in October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation. Richard Stallman pioneered the concept of Copyleft and he is the main author of several copyleft licenses including the GNU General Public License, the most widely used Free Software license. Read More
Why Indie Games Need GNU/Linux Friday, December 24 2010 Indie games are not very popular, on any platform. They are independent of the big game companies like EA, id Software, Infinity Ward, and Crytek. Thus they also lack the kind of funding these companies have. Windows users started taking games for granted a long time ago. With Windows being the dominant operating system, Windows users know that high quality commercial games have to have Windows versions, so when an indie game comes out, with an average price of $20, they seem too expensive to most people using Windows. As evidence, the average price Windows users are paying for the recent "Humble Indie Bundle #2" is $6.63. Read More
Too Many Shoot 'Em Up Games Saturday, December 11 2010 We have a few great Free Software gaming engines now, like DarkPlaces used in Nexuiz, Cube 2 used in Sauerbraten, Qfusion used in Warsow, id Tech 3 used in "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare", Quake 4, Doom 3, and soon id Tech 4 which is used in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars along with many others, and HPL1 used in Frictional Games' "Penumbra" trilogy series (Overture, Black Plague, and Requiem.) Read More
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A Windows-style Fix to a WINE Problem
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