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… forget it, I’ve changed jobs too many time to keep tracking.  I’ve been programming for over 30 years, but I find there is always more to learn.  I live in Victoria, BC Ontario now with my wife.

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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