Scatter/Gather thoughts

December 2004 Entry Index

The Physics of Immortality

I have now finished The Physics of Immortality. There are a lot of things that could be said about this book and you'll find many other rants and reviews about it on the web; I'll try to keep mine brief and to the point.

31 December, 2004 | read more

The Concurrency Revolution

C++ guru Herb Sutter has written a good article about processing performance growth and how he thinks concurrency will be the main driver behind future performance advances.

29 December, 2004 | read more

Taking the Places bar to new places

The Places bar gives quick access to five standard locations: History, Desktop, My Documents, My Computer, and My Network Places. If you frequently access other locations, it might be beneficial to customize the Places bar.

27 December, 2004 | read more

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie

I hear the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie is currently in post-production and due to premiere on May 6, 2005. The movie is rumoured to be almost, but not quite, entirely unlike the books.

22 December, 2004 | read more

GCC ident strings

What's the deal with GCC text strings in all binaries?

19 December, 2004 | read more

Tail recursion

If you put infinitely many cats in front of infinitely many computers and then take pictures of them watching each other's pictures, what do you get?

16 December, 2004 | read more


EPIC is a fascinating, thought-provoking, and somewhat scary propaganda piece.

12 December, 2004 | read more

When standards collide: the problem with dlsym

Johan takes a look at what happens when one standard (POSIX/SUSv3) requires us to do something another standard (ISO C/C++) says is forbidden.

10 December, 2004 | read more

Sued for cat education

Trinity Southern University in Texas was sued Monday for selling bogus academic degrees – including an MBA awarded to a cat.

8 December, 2004 | read more

Restore open folders at startup

Around the time IE6 was released, Microsoft fixed the bug where any Explorer folders you had open when logging out from (or shutting down, or restarting) Windows would be re-opened automatically at the next login.

6 December, 2004 | read more

Schmozilla and wizard.yellowbrick.oz

Looking over my web server logs it was hard not to notice the user agent Schmozilla/v9.14 Platinum and its similarly spoofed referrer http://wizard.yellowbrick.oz.

4 December, 2004 | read more

Spelt bread

Today I baked my first loaf of bread. This is something I've been meaning to do for a long time, but never got around to doing until now.

2 December, 2004 | read more