Lazy Reading for 2014/04/20


This is another week where I find neat stuff at the start of the week, start the post, and by the time the post date rolls around, those links have been seen everywhere.  Yes, I’m complaining I don’t get “First Post!” the way I want.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Heads or Tails.  Chris Ware’s comics are all about using the comic as a way of expressing the movement of time, in so many ways.  (via)

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  1. I don’t really understand the map about the ‘@’ symbol. Does it mean that in some country, they used the same word as for an elephant or a monkey ?

    In France, it has its own name, we call it “arobase”.
    The word isn’t a mix of “aro” and “base” because “aro” doesn’t mean anything alone, and base is like base in english :)

  2. Marco says:

    I learned something, arobase is a mass unit.
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arobase

    étonnant non ?

  3. Somebody says:

    @Charles Rapenne: At least in Germany, the symbol is indeed widely referred to as “Klammeraffe”, i. e., this animal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_monkey

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s worth mentioning with regard to the top article that GNU top and its arguments aren’t the same as BSD top, but still good reading for learning things you might not have used in those ways.

  5. Harald Arnesen says:

    When I started in the IT business in the mid-80s, the Norsk Data family of minicomputers were market leaders in Norway. The command interpreter prompt was usually ‘@’, and we used to call it “grisehale” (“pig’s tail”).

  6. Related: The ‘option’ key on the Apple keyboard has been called a couple different things – open-apple (dating back to pre-Mac days), puppy paw, splat key.

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