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Line Numbering Plugin for Prism

Updated 2013-12-09 to use much simpler code One thing that is nice about Prism is that it provides hooks to extend the syntax highlighting, so it is straightforward to create a plugin that adds features like my line numbering, so I can do things like: <pre><code class="language-javascript" data-linenumber=4> function foo(arg){ console.log('You said: '+arg); }</code></pre> Download […]

Keyboard Settings in Windows XP

This is dumb: I'm typing away on WordPress's fullscreen mode and all of a sudden my keyboard goes haywire: the double quote is now an at sign; the backslash is now a hash. The hint to what's wrong is that the hash sign (shift-3) is now a British pound sign. WordPress thinks I'm using a […]

Moving the Blog Again

I'm working on moving to; it's cheaper, more reliable and more hacker-friendly than 1&1. I'll write a post with my experiences and reasons later. But for now just the blog has moved to, with the plan to move the domain registration for to nearlyfreespeech when everything is working and then return […]


My office manager gave me this as a Christmas present. I have a great job.

Now I Understand Scotch Drinkers

XKCD has published the new reference standard for all flame wars:

Time Zone Insanity and iOS

I definitely like my iPod Touch better than my old Windows Mobile 6 phone, and I had hoped that the time zone/daylight savings misery I had on Windows would be behind me. No such luck. When I went to New York for Pesach this year, I dutifully changed the time zone (Settings->General->Date & Time->Time Zone) […]

The Quicken, the Dead

I've been using Quicken for years, since Quicken 97 on Window then Quicken 5 on the Mac and then Quicken 2001 when I got my iMac. The problems is that Intuit doesn't upgrade Quicken, it replaces it each year with a version that has more frilly bells and whistles and less real utility (especially on […]

Preventing Irony Deficiency

Today was the last day of a 3-month locum stint and they had a lunch for me. Ham and cheese subs. And someone who knew what kosher meant brought in Cheezits (my main vice). But it's sukkot, so I couldn't eat those in the office either.

Hello world!

This is intended to be a blog of my thoughts while developing the Young Israel website, though with my lack of free time I doubt it will happen much.