The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) is under way in Leipzig, and one of the announcements is that China’s Tianhe-2 is now the world’s fastest supercomputer according to the Top 500 list.
This has some personal interest for me, as I visited its predecessor Tianhe-1A in December 2011, on a press briefing organised by NVidia which
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I use AWStats to analyse logs on several web sites that I manage. After a recent upgrade to Debian 7.0 “Wheezy” I was puzzled to find that my web stats were no longer being updated.
I verified that the Cron job which runs the update script was running. I verified that if I ran the
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A post by Ahmet Alp Balkan on working as a developer at Microsoft has stimulated much discussion. Balkan says he joined Microsoft 8 months ago (or two years ago if you count when he started as an intern) and tells a depressing tale (couched in odd language) of poor programming practice. Specifically:
Lack of documentation
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An email from VideoLAN concerning the port of the open source VLC media player to WinRT, the tablet platform in Windows 8, provides insight into some of the technical difficulties facing open source developers.
This is the heart of the problem:
The build process of VLC is not integrated with Windows Tools, notably Visual
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Earlier this month I attended a three-day press briefing on what is coming in the R2 wave of Microsoft’s server products: Windows Server, System Center and SQL Server.
There is a ton of new stuff, too much for a blog post, but here are the things that made the biggest impression.
First, I am
…continue reading Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 14: what’s new, and what is the Cloud OS?
The Start button is coming back. At least, that’s the strong rumour, accompanied by leaked screenshots from preview builds. See Mary Jo Foley’s post complete with screen grab, though note that this is the Start button, not the Start menu. Other rumoured changes are boot to desktop by default, and the All Apps view by
…continue reading Windows 8: return of Start button illuminates Microsoft’s painful transition
Remobjects has released Oxygene for Cocoa, which lets you build apps for Mac and iOS using Visual Studio and the Oxygene language.
Oxygene is a Delphi-like language, making this an easy transition for Delphi developers. Until the most recent release, a version of Oxygene, called Prism, was bundled with Delphi, though this targeted .NET rather
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I have a custom Word template which I use for transcribing interviews (it lets me start and stop the audio with a key combination). I installed this into the location defined for user templates. This option is in File – Options – Advanced – File Locations.
However, when I chose File – New
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Xamarin’s Miguel de Icaza (founder of the Mono project) has complained on Twitter about Microsoft’s Windows Division’s “contempt for developers” when it created the Windows Runtime and a “4th incompatible Xaml stack”, in a conversation prompted by the company’s spat with Google over the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Google wants this removed because it
…continue reading Miguel de Icaza: don’t blame Google for Microsoft’s contempt for developers
Back in January I asked IntelliJ IDEA: the best IDE for programming Android? Google says yes. At the IO conference today, the company announced the official Android Studio – and it a version of IntelliJ IDEA.
Android Studio is currently in preview.
…continue reading Official Google Android Studio is based on JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA