Author Archives: Scali

Putting the things together

So, over time I have discussed various isolated things related to 8088-based PCs. Specifically: Using the latched property of the 8253 programmable interval timer to be able to adjust the interval without any jitter/skew, so you can use it as … Continue reading

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Programming: What separates the men from the boys?

I have come up with the following list of topics: Pointer arithmetic Unicode vs ASCII strings Memory management Calling conventions Basic mathematics, such as linear algebra (eg 2d rotations, translations and scaling, things you’ll regularly find in basic GUI stuff). … Continue reading

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Any real-keeping lately?

The 5-year anniversary of my inaugural ‘Just keeping it real’-article came and went. Has it been that long already? It’s also been quite some time since I’ve last written about some oldskool coding, or even anything at all. Things have … Continue reading

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AMD Zen: a bit of a deja-vu?

AMD has released the first proper information on their new Zen architecture. Anandtech seems to have done some of the most in-depth coverage, as usual. My first impression is that of a deja-vu… in more than one way. Firstly, it reminds … Continue reading

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DirectX 12 and Vulkan: what it is, and what it isn’t

I often read comments in the vein of: “… but vendor A’s hardware is designed more for DX12/Vulkan than vendor B’s”. It’s a bit more complicated than that, because it is somewhat of a chicken-and-egg problem. So I thought I’d … Continue reading

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FutureMark’s Time Spy: some people still don’t get it

Today I read a review of AMD’s new Radeon RX470 on Tweakers.net, by Jelle Stuip. He used Time Spy as a benchmark, and added the following description: About 3DMark Time Spy has recently been some controversy, because it is found … Continue reading

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GeForce GTX1060: nVidia brings Pascal to the masses

Right, we can be short about the GTX1060… It does exactly what you’d expect: it scales down Pascal as we know it from the GTX1070 and GTX1070 to a smaller, cheaper chip, aiming at the mainstream market. The card is … Continue reading

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