There has been a lot of fuss about Windows 8 over the year since its release, and I’ve heard a lot of harsh criticism regarding it. Normally I wouldn’t feel any need to defend Microsoft, but I’ve been running Windows … Continue reading
Category Archives: Software/Comp. Sci.
As my readers may remember, I opposed the SOPA/PIPA legislative acts and participated in the blackout on January 18th to protest them. A new bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has now passed the U.S. House of … Continue reading
I wanted to post a quick shout-out to my alma mater department, Computer Science at James Madison University. They invited me back to be a part of an external review team, which means that I got a chance to visit … Continue reading
Just wanted to mention that we’ve chosen a name for the software system that I am developing as part of my dissertation. It will be called CRAFT: Configurable Runtime Analysis for Floating-point Tuning. With the name set, I have started … Continue reading
After owning a Kindle Touch for a month or so, I’d like to clarify a few things about the device that weren’t really clear to me when I purchased it. Some of the information I found on the internet was … Continue reading
I’ve been following the development of 0 A.D. with great interest over the past few years. It started as a full-replacement mod for Age of Empires II, which I played extensively in high school, and developed into a full-fledged open … Continue reading
There is a faster alternative to PUSHF/POPF if you only care about a specific subset of the flags. This alternative uses the LAHF and SAHF instructions to load and save the flags to AH (the high-order 8 bytes of AX); it also uses SETO to save the overflow bit and an additional trick to restore it. Continue reading
My wife recently explained the difficulty involved in keeping track of orchestra auditions. With few central lists or registries, musicians must rely on word-of-mouth and manual website browsing to discover auditions. It sounded like something that computer science could help … Continue reading
The Document Foundation has released the first production version of LibreOffice. This is a fork of the OpenOffice.org project, one that began several months ago as a response to the longtime development roadblocks posed by the OOo owners (Sun/Oracle). Much … Continue reading
The second Humble Indie Bundle was released earlier today. You name your own price, get five DRM-free cross-platform games from independent developers, and some of the proceeds go to charity. Check it out!