Author Archives: Gaius

About Gaius

Jus' a good ol' boy, never meanin' no harm

Clouds

I have been having a play with some cloud stuff recently, as hinted at in my last post, and have put together some nice Python objects wrapping APIs/command-line tools so I can do things like: VBox is just my local … Continue reading

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Turbo Boost

We have a couple of machines at home†: Core i7 – 2 cores, hyperthreading, 3Ghz turbo boosting to 3.5Ghz, 16G RAM Core i5 – 4 cores, no HT, 3.2Ghz, 32G RAM I compared them using the POV-Ray 3.7 benchmark with … Continue reading

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HP Calculators I Have Owned

Over the years I have owned several HP calculators: HP 28s, my first RPN programmable that I used when an engineering student in the mid-90s, and made the jump from GCSE/A-level Casio to a grown-up calculator. HP 48GX, a very … Continue reading

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What is Experience?

Like many people of my generation, I started programming at an early age. At 10, I was writing 6502 assembly language. My beloved BBC Micro lacked built-in flood fill, circle and ellipse drawing, and other graphics commands, and I spent … Continue reading

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Form vs Function in Applications

When you have been around the industry for a little while, you will see that nearly all applications, especially user-facing ones, are made of only three kinds of things: Forms, Reports and Workflows. A Form is simply an interface, a … Continue reading

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Can anyone learn to code?

Anyone can learn to code, we are constantly told these days, but is it true? Yes… in the same sense that it is true that anyone can learn to play a musical instrument. Many people do, and many of them … Continue reading

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2014

So, how was 2014 for me, in tech at least? Pretty good. It has been quite an interesting experience adapting to an all-proprietary tech stack (database, language, IDE, job scheduler) but I feel I am finally getting a grip on … Continue reading

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