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<h2>"COBOL - The New Age Programming Language", "Don't Abuse JavaScript", and other news</h2>

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<p>
There's <a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/bits/COBOL-the-New-Age-Programming-Language/">a
new parodical page titled "COBOL - The New Age Programming Language"</a>:
</p>

<blockquote>

<p>
NASA Uses COBOL.
</p>

<p>
And so do:
</p>

<ul>
<li>Your bank.</li>
<li>Your insurance company.</li>
<li>Your government.</li>
</ul>

<p>
COBOL runs your life.
</p>
</blockquote>

<p>
A new page
<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/open-source/anti/javascript/">"Don't Abuse
    JavaScript!"</a> has been added.
</p>

<blockquote>

<p>
JavaScript has become popular due to being useful for scripting browsers, which
is acceptable due to being the only commonly-acceptable portable choice for
that. However, lately, it has been utilised as a host language for many other
realms where there are far saner and superior alternatives.
</p>

<p>
This page aims to explain why JavaScript should not be abused for such stuff.
</p>
</blockquote>

<p>
There are <a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/fortunes/">new fortune
cookies</a>:
</p>

<blockquote>
<ul>
<li><b>dxtr:</b> Do we have any doctors in here?</li>

<li><b>rindolf:</b> dxtr: with Ph.D. or M.D.?</li>

<li><b>munik:</b> I have a PhD in Linguistics!</li>

<li><b>munik:</b> ^ lie</li>

<li><b>munik:</b> :]</li>

<li><b>dxtr:</b> rindolf: I don't care as long as they can treat patients</li>

<li><b>rindolf:</b> dxtr: heh.</li>

<li><b>munik:</b> :o</li>

<li><b>munik:</b> webmd.com</li>

<li><b>munik:</b> might be better than #perl</li>

<li><b>dxtr:</b> rindolf: That question would be fun in combat. "WE NEED A DOCTOR HERE!" - "PH.D OR M.D!?"</li>
</ul>
</blockquote>

<p>
More recommended open source programs have been added
to <a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/open-source/favourite/">the favourite
    open source programs page</a>, including Xfce, Pidgin, tmux and htop.
</p>

<p>
<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/open-source/portability-libs/">The
    Cross-platform abstraction libraries</a> is now licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.
</p>

<p>
There's now
<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/open-source/resources/numerical-software/#calculators">a
    list of calculators</a> on the numerical software page.
</p>

<p>
There are new links in
<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/no-ie/">the "Stop Using Internet Explorer"
page</a>
<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/open-source/anti/apple/">the
    anti-Apple page</a>, in the
<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/open-source/anti/php/">PHP Sucks page</a>,

</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/open-source/bits-and-bobs/greasemonkey/grease.html#qa-mandriva-fix-anchor">A greasemonkey script to fix a qa.mandriva.com
    annoyance</a> has been added to the Greasemonkey scripts section.
Furthermore, the <a
    href="http://www.shlomifish.org/open-source/bits-and-bobs/greasemonkey/grease.html#eliminate-from-rss">remove
    "from=rss" script</a> was updated to deal with the even more obnoxious
from=rss suffix in recent URLs.
</p>

<p>
I added <a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/meta/FAQ/#computers-specs">details
    of my Acer Laptop</a> to the "Computers' Specifications" question on the
FAQ.
</p>

<p>
<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/meta/site-source/">The
    site's source page</a> was updated with up-to-date instructions.
</p>