Friday, January 10, 2014

My Inspirational Story

I don't think I need to be in "2014 Top Professional Magazine" even though it is an "honor is only bestowed upon the most distinguished men and women". On the other hand, perhaps the world deserves to hear "my inspirational story"? 

I wonder whether there is even a single human on the "special committee"? My money is a web-bot that scraped my name from LinkedIn. 

Why not come out and say "Our special committee think you are so inarticulate and dull that we need to write you entry ourselves, rather than beating about the bush with "Our professional writers will then craft an articulate, interesting, and informative portrayal of your accomplishments that will be both a treasured legacy and an impressive addition to your professional career". 

Dear Roger, 
You have been chosen to represent your industry in the next *2014 Top Professional Magazine*.  I am thrilled to notify you that you have been approved for publication by a special committee. Your inspirational story may be featured in this esteemed and professional magazine. 
This honor is only bestowed upon the most distinguished men and women. There is NO COST or obligation to be included.
After confirming your acceptance, your space within the magazine will be reserved. Our professional writers will then craft an articulate, interesting, and informative portrayal of your accomplishments that will be both a treasured legacy and an impressive addition to your professional career.
Only your prompt response is required to ensure your inclusion.
To accept this invitation to appear in the *2014 Top Professional Magazine* go to:
**Our registration deadline is Friday, January 31st, 2014. We must receive this verification on or before that date to include you in the magazine.**
On behalf of our Selection Committee, it is a pleasure to welcome you and to share  and celebrate your many personal, professional and academic achievements. 
David Parten
Editor in Chief
23-35 Steinway St Ste A
Astoria, NY 11105
United States

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Highlights - Donna Maciocia

I'm so slow - I went to Donna's gig at The Canteen in Bristol at the end of October and haven't got round to mentioning it. I was so pleased to see her live so many years after first coming across her work in Amplifico. It was a very good gig, she and Gideon Conn, played a lot of music from their new album* and some old favourites. I was pleased to pick up a copy of "Fists At The Sky" on proper CD. I'm a sucker for for physical media - I've bought the new album on vinyl, and I've not been able to play vinyl for at least a decade.

[*OK - it is an LP each side of which is an EP, one by Donna, one by Gideon. Of course, I'm old enough to remember when EPs were 7" vinyl with two tracks on each side. Donna's side does have four tracks, but Gideon's has five - go figure].  

This is a photo of Donna paying her Uke:


and this is a video for the excellent "Highlights".

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Insight into why iOS7 applications run faster in 64-bit mode than 32-bit mode

I'd been wondering about quite how Apple had been getting the impressive performance improved reported in some of the iPhone 5S v iPone 5 benchmarks. The improvement is better than could be explained just by the ISA changes, and it seemed unlikely that Apple would have made microarchitectural improvements that impacted only 64-bit mode. I've just read an article which sets out how Apple are exploiting the ARM64 architecture to speed up the critical software operations of object creation and destruction. To summarise, when supporting a 8 Gbyte virtual user address space (iOS7), a 64-bit value can contain many bits of information in addition to those needed to hold the address, and this is what Apple has done.  The article's author, Mike Ash, reports very significant speed-ups (1.9x to  2.4x):

"My casual benchmarking indicates that basic object creation and destruction takes about 380ns on a 5S running in 32-bit mode, while it's only about 200ns when running in 64-bit mode. If any instance of the class has ever had a weak reference and an associated object set, the 32-bit time rises to about 480ns, while the 64-bit time remains around 200ns for any instances that were not themselves the target."

Thursday, August 29, 2013


I've just started playing with IFTTT (IF This Then That). So far I've set things up to copy my stream to Twitter and to send a message on when I submit a new blog post - just to see how things work. I think there are some useful things I'll do with pictures - making sure that new Facebook, Foursquare and other photos get filed somewhere central. 

Advertisement Inspiration

Advert for my new-start. The Verge thinks this is absolutely state-of-the-art.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wireless and powerless

This looks rather interesting. But by the time some genius had decided that it is necessary to use IPv6 what data rate will be achieved?

Saturday, June 08, 2013

We went insane when we took cocaine

Great news. The Tom Tom Club will be playing in Bristol in a couple of weeks. Until it happens you'll have to keep happy with

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