June 17th, 2008

PAID $5000 ASKING $4900

One of my little pleasures in life is reading through classified ads (from various places) and finding absurd technology listings.

  • 2 YEAR OLD PACKARD BELL - PAID $3000, ASKING $2500 OR BEST OFFER
  • 512 MEGA BYTE MEMORY CARD - PAID $90, $60 FIRM
  • LIKE NEW DIGITAL CAMERA - 3 MEGA PIXELS - $900

People must really hate to face the fact that technology and gadget prices plummet so quickly.

new salza2

I released a new version of salza2, my library for creating compressed data in the deflate/zlib/gzip formats.

Previous versions had a bug when writing the checksum when the output of the checksum started on or crossed the 4096-octet output mark. This didn't happen very often for me; I write thousands of PNGs per day with Wigflip, but I've only seen it happen a handful of times.

I was going a little batty because libpng would barf on certain PNGs but Lisp decompression software like chipz and inflate.cl would decompress it without a peep. I finally discovered those libraries don't do checksum verification when decompressing. D'oh!