Python is addictive

Been a while since I’ve felt this way, but Python brought it back out. Python programming is pretty addictive. I find myself pondering the next little Python ditty to whip up, and going through  withdrawal without it. Gotta get my Python fix! If you’re a developer who can taste a good design, a good implementation,… Continue reading Python is addictive

Downsides of Collaboration

Here’s an outstanding video on how collaboration can not only kill creativity, but dupe our very perceptions. Steve Wozniak: Most inventors and engineers I have met are like me: they’re shy and they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone… Continue reading Downsides of Collaboration

A cool new (for me) site, A super-navigable, super-clean C++ reference, including C++11. The only thing missing is a search box, but the search engines give you that.

Fantasecond response time

Here’s a fascinating in-depth study of one second of market data for a single stock: HFT [High Frequency Trading] Breaks Speed-of-Light Barrier, Sets Trading Speed World Record. Adds a new unit of time measurement to the lexicon: fantasecond. On September 15, 2011, beginning at 12:48:54.600, there was a time warp in the trading of Yahoo!… Continue reading Fantasecond response time

The Cloud: Availability vs Complexity

Via LinkedIn: Amazon Explains Its Cloud Disaster. As complexity grows, paths (through the software) and combinations of paths not often taken now fire. We spend a lot of time and energy controlling and predicting what will happen, but our best efforts aren’t always up to it. Hats off to Amazon for publishing their detailed finding.

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LinkedIn broken?

As of right now, a couple LinkedIn connection requests I made, that were accepted, still aren’t showing up in my connections list. I received the e-mail that we’re connected. So it’s half-working, half-broken, even after 30 hours or so. (Surely the electrons can travel from one end of LinkedIn to the other in that time.)… Continue reading LinkedIn broken?

Avoiding SubInACL.msi

Problem: An app I wrote (some time ago) refuses to run on Windows 7. MFC’s CDialog::DoModal() returns immediately. The web suggests it’s using an unregistered control. Sure enough, the registration for a control fails with: The module “msflxgrd.ocx” was loaded but the call to DllRegisterServer failed with error code 0x8002801c. One person says get and… Continue reading Avoiding SubInACL.msi

Bye-bye manifests!

Here’s a very interesting development, brought to my attention by a fellow developer: Microsoft is doing away with the manifest scheme in Visual Studio 2010. From Deployment in Visual C++ 2010: Differences between Visual C++ 2008 and Visual C++ 2010 The most significant changes between Visual C++ 2008 and Visual C++ 2010 are: * Visual… Continue reading Bye-bye manifests!