The Core Dump

The Core Dump is the personal blog of Nic Lindh, a Swedish-American pixel-pusher living in Phoenix, Arizona.

[By Nic Lindh on Tuesday, 14 October 2003]

Seven bits of evil

Joel Spolsky has created yet another nifty write-up called The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!).

I couldn’t agree more with him. Having spent years doing desktop publishing involving text files created both on Macs and Windows, the sheer amount of time I’ve had to waste massaging high-ASCII characters between the platforms boggles the mind.

But Nic, you say, I’ve done that as well, and I’ve never had any problems. Good for you. Did you do that in Sweden, where the alphabet includes the three characters åäö? Have you seen the unholy mess that results from transferring files between platforms when they’re full of åäö? It’s not pretty. Add to that seemingly simple things like curly quotes and em-dashes, and your will to live starts to drain away.

The single thought running through my head whenever I would run cleanup scripts on those files was always “Why the hell do I have to do this?” But heck, that was years ago, and now we have the Internet and everything is really cool and multicultural and those issues have gone away, right? Bzzz. Wrong. I still get emails with åäö in them that look like the writings of a demented prophet.

So if you happen to be a programmer or web developer and you’re reading this, get thee to Joel’s article and take it to heart. There are just no excuses anymore.

You have thoughts? I’m @niclindh on Twitter and I want to know what you think.


Enjoy the latest posts!

Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him.

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Feline Follies Presents: The Uninvited

We are entertained by feline drama during quarantine.

Thursday, 02 July, 2020

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

―James Baldwin

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Book roundup, part 30

Back once again with the sci-fi and general calamity. Includes The End is Always Near, Eat the Apple, A Memory Called Empire, Gideon the Ninth, Infinite Detail, Permafrost, Fallen, and The October Man.

Monday, 20 January, 2020

The master’s tools will never be used to dismantle the master’s house.

Audre Lorde

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Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.

―Grey’s Law

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Impressions moving from an Apple Watch Series 3 to Series 5

Is there reason to upgrade from a 3 to a 5?

Friday, 27 September, 2019

Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.

—Dwight Eisenhower

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Often injustice lies in what you aren’t doing, not only in what you are doing.

―Marcus Aurelius

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Die in a ditch

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Tuesday, 13 August, 2019

The big thieves hang the little ones.

―Czech Proverb

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Book roundup, part 29

A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

―Kenneth Galbraith

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Book roundup, part 28

Includes The Incomplete Book of Running, Aching God, The Murderbot Diaries, Lies Sleeping, The Consuming Fire, and Rendezvous with Rama.

Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Las Vegas trip report

Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?

Monday, 31 December, 2018

Book roundup, part 27

Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.

Friday, 19 October, 2018

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.

—George Orwell

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“Cancel everything. You’re going into emergency surgery today”

Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.

Sunday, 02 September, 2018

Book roundup, part 26

Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.

Friday, 03 August, 2018

Renewing the nerd card: Installing Ubiquiti UniFi in the house

The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.

Friday, 29 June, 2018

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