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November 2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

I got somewhat burnt out writing the word finder program (unfinished so far), so I decided to do another puzzle program. I have finished the new one, and I have called it Cryptic Quote. It uses any quotation to create a scrambled version of the quote, with a hint of how to get started decoding the quote. Here is the program after creating an encoded quote:

Note that the program output provides a decryption key. All the info shown in the program window can be saved in a text file and can be utilized as the user wishes.


I tried another new Dutch oven recipe, as the weather is cold and I was in the mood for soup. I did one called Hamburger Garden Soup. It was good, but wasn't outstanding like the Bean, Chicken and Sausage Soup.


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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The general session of the North Idaho Linux Users Group on Saturday was interesting. Rod gave a talk on installing ownCloud on a Raspberry Pi. He also pointed me at a very good Firefox plug-in called LuciFox. That plug-in allows you to display an EPUB file in the browser. Very, very handy.


I have posted an online article in the Security Theater section about the wind storm that passed through here yesterday. According to the local news, the winds hit between 60 and 70 mph. That is more than at any time in the past 31 years I have been living here.

The staked-down auto canopy I purchased at Costco is gone. When it gets lighter, I will go out searching for it. I am pessimistic about what shape it will be in. It weighed at least 150 lbs. and apparently the wind just picked it up and tossed it around like it was nothing.


I am still working on the word finder puzzle program. I have all the controls hooked up. The only code left to do is the code that actually puts words in the word grid. That will be very complex, but I think I may have it worked out. The only thing I haven't worked out is when the program should give up trying to put words into the grid.


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Friday, 13 November 2015

I got the complete season 3 of Castle DVDs from Amazon this week. Unlike seasons one and two, season 3 is not screwed up so you cannot back it up to hard disk with Handbrake. That saves me many hours of time with the backup.

I also got season 10 of Bones. I backed all 22 episodes up already and put the result on my Plex server. Unfortunately, Plex could not find any episode information for season 10. That means the episodes don't show up in the proper place in the Plex menu. I will work on that today.


The word finder puzzle program I am working on is more complex than the other three programs I have finished, so it is taking a much longer time to finish. I am still hooking up the controls at this point, and have not even gotten to the puzzle-solving heart of the program.


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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Instead of using old command-line style BASIC puzzle programs, I am rewriting those programs as GUI programs in object oriented Pascal. I have finished the word list editor and quotes list programs. I have also started the master control program that invokes all the other programs.

The easy part of this is the word list creator. The hard part is the programs that actually create the puzzles from the word lists. I'm doing the easy parts now.

I have also been collecting words and quotations. I have 39 files of words and 2 files of quotations. I will shortly have 6 more quotes files.


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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

I have some old MSBASIC programs I would like to run on my Linux boxes. Getting a BASIC interpreter for Linux is not a problem; getting one that emulates MSBASIC is a problem. The closest I have come to that is an interpreter called Bywater BASIC. It has terrible error reporting, like all interpreters, but it seems to have all the MS commands. I am struggling through the debugging process now, and am trying to determine if it is worth the trouble.


I took my '49 Plymouth over to Cinderella Custom in Post Falls to be painted. I won't see it again until the middle of January. I took pix of the chrome-stripped car before I took it over there, and I will take pix when it gets back.

I was having trouble starting the car and I eventually replaced the wire that runs from the coil to the distributor. That isn't enough, and when I get the car back, I will replace all the spark plug wires, the coil, the points and the condenser. Then tune it up.


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