Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Today I used the word "crufty" with respect to an aspect of a process. I don't recall whether it was software or business. It doesn't really matter. When the word was used, I got that strange look from my boss - you know, what the look is like. It essentially says why are you using that word and what exactly does it mean?

Again, I decided to validate my usage with the help of Google.

Pick your favorite definition. I feel that my usage was appropriate.

cruft (noun)
Cruft is computing jargon for "code, data, or software of poor quality". The term may also refer to debris that accumulates on computer equipment. It has been generalized to mean any accumulation of obsolete, redundant, irrelevant, or unnecessary information, especially code.

1. (computing, informal) Anything old or of inferior quality.
2. (computing, informal) Redundant, old or improperly written code, especially that which accumulates over time; clutter.

Thanks very much to wikipedia and the wiktionary.

Monday, August 31, 2009


I like words. Today I about put the verb "borked" in an email and then wondered if I fully understood what I was saying. It's always a good idea to make sure the one completely understands the meaning and history of a word before it is put to use.

According to the Wiktionary, my usage was correct, but it was interesting to learn of the word's history.

One can learn about it by reading the history of Robert Bork an American legal scholar.

Personally I like the software meaning of the term better, though now that I understand there are possible politics in its etymology I may not use the word as much.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

When Your Sensor Needs Cleaning

I've had my Canon 30D for three years now. It's been a lot of fun. Recently I started to notice odd dust marks showing up on my pictures. At first I thought that it was dust in or on the lens. After a thorough cleaning I tried again, and they were still there. I attached my 50 mm lens, set the aperture as high as it would go, set the focus to infinity and took the following photo while pointing the camera at the wall.

Verdict: Dust on the sensor

I did some searching online and found that it is something that one can easily do, however, it does void your warranty with Canon. Rather unfortunate isn't it? At any rate, I decided I didn't want to take the life of my camera into my own hands. I am absolutely positive I would find a way to screw it up. So the camera is going to spend a weekend at the store where it was purchased so that someone who cleans sensors every day can make it all shiny and new again. In the meantime, it's strange not having my camera.