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Mir 0.24 Release

Mir 0.24 was just released this week! We’ve reworked a few things internally and fixed a fair amount of bugs. Notably, our buffer swapping system and our input keymapping system were reworked (Alt-Gr should now work for international keyboards). There … Continue reading

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C++11 first impressions

I’ve been embroiling myself in C++11 lately, and have to say I like this version of the C++ language a lot more than I’ve liked previous versions. A lot of the rough edges have been cleaned up and there’s some … Continue reading

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The Black Triangle

Stuart Langridge on Planet Ubuntu posted about this story a while back, and its a something that’s happened to me a lot of times over my career. The Black Triangle The tl;dr is that a complex, extremely flexible system, well … Continue reading

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The Cupholder Problem

There’s a little story I always think about when designing or modifying an established, well entrenched API, and it goes like this: Back a few decades ago, no cars had cupholders. A team of engineers were given the task to … Continue reading

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Let the Go hacks begin….

I’ve been tinkering around a bit more and more with Google’s Go language, and I’m finding that I like it more and more. I think its a great good evolution of compiled languages. A few quick thoughts on what I … Continue reading

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Good Practices: Compiling from Source #2

I went over the first part of compiling (configuring) in my earlier blog post here. Easy Make Oven Now, you’ve successfully configured your project, and you’re ready to build. Thankfully, this step is usually pretty straightforward and simple, all you … Continue reading

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Processor Review: Intel i7 2600k

The Summary: This processor is insanely fast, and will only set you back about $300. The Specs: 8 logical cores (4 physical, each hyper-threaded) 3.4 GHz (stock) 32nm 8mb cache Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics This processor has 8 logical … Continue reading

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Simple OpenGL Application for Beginners

A friend of mine recently complained that starting OpenGL on Linux is too confusing. In helping him out, I figured out that like most beginners, he couldn’t figure out how to display anything on the screen without 200 lines of … Continue reading

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Whirlwind Tour of the Graphics Stack

Graphics drivers have often been a sticking point in the Linux ecosystem. Getting them to work the way you want can be (and historically was) tricky. Ever wonder why? The simple answer is that the software stack needed to support … Continue reading

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Motherboard Review: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3

Review Summary: Great motherboard good price point ($155). Buy it if you need a 1155 socket and like to overclock. No real drawbacks, but a few manageable quirks. I like to prefix a review  with what I was looking for … Continue reading

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