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Moteløver med redusert kunnskap

Markedsavdelinger er kjekke saker. En samling [av] moteløver med redusert kunnskap [som] skal belære de uvitende om tingenes fortreffelighet. Da blir det gjerne mye glatt sveis og påtatt glising i samband med hurtigsnakk og utstrakt bruk av “buzz words”. Det er jo gjerne denna[sic] sausen av presentasjonselite som har ansvaret for produktnavn.

Ref.: https://www.digi.no/artikler/alle-lytter-nar-hun-snakker-smarttelefonen-er-dod-om-ti-ar/411202.

Debating with a compiler

I’m always delighted by the light touch and stillness of early programming languages. Not much text;
a lot gets done. Old programs read like quiet conversations between a well-spoken researcher and a well-studied mechanical colleague, not as a debate with a compiler. Who’d have guessed sophistication bought such noise?

– Dick Gabriel

Ref.: OSCON 2010: Rob Pike, “Public Static Void”, https://youtu.be/5kj5ApnhPAE?t=41

Network Connection Status Indicator (NCSI)

… Windows machines try to request two URLs (www.msftncsi.com/ncsi.txt and ipv6.msftncsi.com/ncsi.txt, the former over IPv4, the latter over IPv6) to ascertain whether a given network is routed to the Internet and if there is a captive portal in the way (NCSI stands for “Network Connection Status Indicator”).

Ref.: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/

See also: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/networking/2012/12/20/the-network-connection-status-icon/.