Archive for June, 2006

Where 4 countries meet

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

I was musing on country tessalation the other day. I wondered how many places there are in the world where 4 countries meet. So far, I can only find one – Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia. There are some other places where this almost happens – also in Africa – but this is the only one where they really appear to come to a point.

Bug in notepad

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Open a new windows notepad, type “this app can break”. Save it. Reopen the file. Voila. Only works with that precise text. Very strange!
Well there is an explanation – notepad doesn’t know which encoding the file is and it does an ad hoc test. If your text coincides with another encoding (in this case some kind of chinese hexograms), then it gets interpreted as such. If you don’t have that installed, you see the squares…

Behind every medal, a punishing regime…

Friday, June 9th, 2006