Friday, December 23, 2011

Navidad 2011

Deseos navideños
¿Cómo, por la Navidad,
no voy a tener deseos
de a los otros regalar
si Tú, Señor, cuando vienes
cada año a Tu portal,
Te regalas a Ti mismo
al extraviado mortal?

Francisco-Manuel Nácher

Diana's cupcakes

Delicious! Homemade, it's a Colombian-American cupcake from Doral!

Thanks Diana!

Jamaica muffins

From Hialeah!

Václav Havel's motto

"Truth and love must prevail over lies and hate."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Zen of Python

janeiros@harlie:~$ python
Python 2.6.5 (r265:79063, Apr 16 2010, 13:09:56)
[GCC 4.4.3] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import this
The Zen of Python, by Tim Peters

Beautiful is better than ugly.
Explicit is better than implicit.
Simple is better than complex.
Complex is better than complicated.
Flat is better than nested.
Sparse is better than dense.
Readability counts.
Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
Although practicality beats purity.
Errors should never pass silently.
Unless explicitly silenced.
In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
Now is better than never.
Although never is often better than *right* now.
If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!

Comparison of Solaris OS and Linux for Application Developers

Comparison of Solaris OS and Linux for Application Developers

Many developers are writing applications to run under the Linux operating system. With the many new features of the Solaris 10 OS, and with the new emphasis Sun has placed on supporting the Solaris OS on AMD and Intel processor-based machines, developers are becoming interested in being able to develop their applications on the Solaris platform. This article examines similarities and differences in the development environments of both operating systems. Someone responsible for porting applications from Linux to the Solaris OS, or programmers with prior Linux experience that want to learn development on the Solaris OS, should benefit from this article.

In this article, the term "Solaris" refers to the Solaris 10 OS (and OpenSolaris), and "Linux" refers to Linux 2.6. Many of the details covered will also apply to earlier versions of Solaris and Linux. The Linux distribution is meant to be generic, though examples have been tested on SuSe 9.1. Also, the article concentrates on applications written using the C programming language, though C++ should behave the same. Since Java technology-based applications should not be making function calls specific to Linux or the Solaris OS, they should be portable as is.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love!

With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!

-John Greenleaf Whittier

Do you hear what I hear

"Do you hear what I hear"

"Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through
The joy that gives to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to you glad."

-John Greenleaf Whittier

A Christmas Treat

"A Christmas Treat"

"A Christmas candle is a lovely thing,
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away,
While quite unselfish, it grows small."

-Eva K. Logue

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Erma Bombeck & Christmas

"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'"
Erma Bombeck

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Isaías 26:3

Tú guardarás en completa paz a aquel cuyo pensamiento en ti persevera; porque en ti ha confiado.

Isaías 26:3

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Kasparov on Chess

"Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment."