What You Don’t Know About Copyright

18. February, 2011

Rick Falkvinge has a good overview over the history of copyright in his blog:

  1. The Black Death decimates scribecraft
  2. A Vengeful Daughter Creates Censorship
  3. The Monopoly Dies – And Rises
  4. The United States and Libraries
  5. Moral rights on the Continent
  6. Hijacked By Record Industry

Odd File Names

18. February, 2011

A colleague of mine had a problem with test cases in Eclipse. When we checked, the current directory looked pretty … odd.

After closer inspection, we found this directory on his hard disk:

odd filename in a directoryAs an old Unix buff, I know that there are only two characters which are not allowed in a file: The null byte and “/”. Obviously, the rule has been broken here.

Solution: The slash you see is not the normal slash but the Unicode fraction slash.

So with the Unicode support in your file system, you can finally create files with “absolute” names.🙂