All About YABB and me

As I said in my first post, this is my Yet Another Boring Blog.

The idea here is have a repository of programming tips that I may run across.  I won’t be following any particular project or activity; just putting up random tips and useful resources from time to time.

As for me, I’m a developer working for a Distributed Marketing company in the food industry Financial Transaction forestry manufacturing company.  I’ve been programming for over 30 years, but I find there is always more to learn.  I live Victoria, BC with my wife and 2 cats.

If you want to know more, buy me a beer and we’ll talk.



It  has been my habit for over 30 years now to carry around a binder labelled “Clive’s Vade Mecum”.  It is stuffed with articles, manual excerpts, tables, handwritten notes, and diagrams showing all kinds of useful information that I refer to from time to time (from an example of RSA encryption in action to the correct conversion factor between poundals and dynes).  Occasionally I will throw out an article or two and replace it with something new.  This has been an incredibly useful resource over the years, and I can’t even count the number of times co-workers have been gob-stopped or just had to laugh out loud – “you actually have that information?!?!”

But like dinosaurs, airships and those little plastic inserts that snapped into the holes in 45 rpm records, I and my Vade Mecum have become obsolete: replaced by Google, Wikipedia and blogging.  That is another reason for creating this YABB.  It is my Vade Mecum 2.0.

The reason that I mention this is that you may see a few entries here don’t seem to directly relate to programming.  These entries are usually just attempts to transfer information out of my binder and onto my blog.  I hope some these items prove of interest anyway.


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