Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ibanez JPM weight

I’ve been searching around the weight of an Ibanez JPM, just like the P2 I own, which I have no means to weight right now. I found three guitars on, with similar measures:

  • 2000 P2, 7 lbs 5 oz, 7.31 lbs, 3.32 kg
    • nut profile, .740", 18.8 mm
    • 12th profile, .820", 20.8 mm
  • 1998 P4, 7 lbs 6 oz, 7.38 lbs, 3.35 kg
  • 1998 P4, 7 lbs 6 oz, 7.38 lbs, 3.35 kg
  • 1995 P2, 7 lbs 6 oz, 7.38 lbs, 3.35 kg

The JPM seems to be a very consistent guitar, even in the weight.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A div with a post-it 3D look

This just caught my eye while reading this thing. At first I searched for the image, but to my surprise it was all about CSS sorcery:

      .postit {
        position: relative;
        display: inline-block;
        width: 250px;
        border-bottom-right-radius: 36px 12px;
        padding: 15px 15px 10px 10px;
        border: 1px solid #e0dcbf;
        background-color: #fff8dc;
        margin-bottom: 12px;
      .postit::after {
        content: "";
        display: block;
        position: absolute;
        width: 80%;
        height: 30px;
        bottom: 18px;
        right: 18px;
        z-index: -1;
        transform: rotate(3deg) skew(8deg);
        box-shadow: 13px 18px 6px rgba(0,0,0,0.3);
    <div class="postit">text</div>

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A C++ container which keeps insertion order

C++ is a poorly designed programming language, and I live a love-hate relatioship with it.

On my vacation days, when working on WinLamb for the next version of SRTEd, I needed a container to keep track of the order the elements were inserted. Among the many useless obscure things that C++ has, it doesn’t have such a container. So I had to write one, which after much struggle I named it the held_map.

Usage example, including iterator support for C++11 range-based for loop:

held_map<wstring, wstring> all = {
  { L"initial", L"blab" },
  { L"initial2", L"bleb" }

all[L"first"] = L"abcdef";
all[L"second"] = L"123456";

for (held_map<wstring, wstring>::entry& e : all) {
  wstring key = e.key;
  wstring val = e.value;

At first I wondered about using a sentinel linear search, line the one used within store. But then I realized that 99% of the time I’ll be using a string as the key with few elements inserted, thus the initial copy of the string at each search would take away the performance gains of the sentinel algorithm. So I decided to stick to an ordinary linear search.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Avast antivirus sucks

Last month, after having had enough of Avira antivirus intrusive ads popping on my screen all day, I removed it and installed Avast. Then I started seeing my whole trusty Windows 7 x64 going slow, mainly when switching between processes, but until then I blamed the almost 8 years old computer.

That was until yesterday, while debugging C++ in Visual Studio, when I noticed an Avast DLL being loaded in the console. What the hell? It seems that Avast was somewhat injecting its DLL everywhere, making everything go slow. I immediately uninstalled Avast, and instantly my computer became fast as before.

So far I’m running no antivirus program, and I’m in doubt if I really need one. It feels a bit insecure, but at the same time so... fresh.

Friday, November 17, 2017

GitHub markdown style on Visual Studio Code

These days I found out the very useful feature on Visual Studio Code for markdown editing, which renders the MD file on VSCode itself, opening a new tab at right.

However, the rendered markdown styles matches VSCode itself. Since I mainly use markdown on GitHub, I’d like to preview the markdown using GitHub style. So I inspected GitHub and made a quick CSS file to VSCode:

Save the file and add this entry to VSCode user settings, which on Linux looks like this:

"markdown.styles": ["/home/your_name/.config/Code/User/eu-markdown.css"]

The markdown preview should be pretty close to GitHub styling now.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

React Material-UI: a FAB with an optional tooltip

I’m using Material UI library to have Material Design components on a rather complex React project. Despite being good, this library unfortunately doesn’t provide a tooltip option to the Float Action Button, something I need at the moment.

I found some useful information on this project issue, and after digging into the code of IconButton – which has a tooltip option – and Tooltip itself, I wrote a component that provides a Float Action Button with an optional tooltip:

The icon is ready to be used with Font Awesome project, which is what I’m using. Other minor adjustments I made, like font size, can just be removed too. And my project requirements are web only, so that’s all I tested.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Extending native objects in create-react-app

Despite being considered a bad practice by some, I like to extend native objects to add some syntatic sugar. However, when working in a React project with create-react-app, I receive the following ESLint error:

Array prototype is read only, properties should not be added  no-extend-native

Fortunately this warning can be disabled by adding a comment in the file where you extend the native object. Putting it all together, this is what I’ve got:

/*eslint no-extend-native: ["error", { "exceptions": ["Array"] }]*/
Object.defineProperty(Array.prototype, 'last', {
  get: function() {
    return this[this.length - 1];
Object.defineProperty(Array.prototype, 'empty', {
  get: function() {
    return this.length === 0;

Syntatic sugar added, clear console.