Author Archives: Scali

The strong ARM

I’ve done some posts on x86 vs ARM over the years, most recently on the new Microsoft Surface Pro X, which runs a ‘normal’ desktop version of Windows 10 on an ARM CPU, while also supporting x86 applications through emulation. … Continue reading

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Batch, batch, batch: Respect the classics!

Today I randomly stumbled upon some discussions about DirectX 12, Mantle and whatnot. It seems a lot of people somehow think that the whole idea of reducing draw call overhead was new for Mantle and DirectX 12. While some commenters … Continue reading

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Politicians vs entrepreneurs

Recently the discussion of a newly published book caught my attention. The book investigated some of the ramifications of the financial crisis of 2007-2008. Specifically, it investigated how a bank received government support. This was done in the form of … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on emulators

Recently I watched Trixter’s latest Q&A video on YouTube, and at 26:15 there was a question regarding PC emulators: That got me thinking, I have some things I’d like to share on that subject as well. First of all, I … Continue reading

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Windows and ARM: not over yet

As you may recall, I was quite fond of the idea of ARM and x86 getting closer together, where on the one hand, Windows could run on ARM devices, and on the other hand, Intel was developing smaller x86-based SOCs … Continue reading

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Bitbucket ends support for Mercurial (Hg), a quick guide

I have been a long-time user of Bitbucket for my personal projects, over 10 years now, I believe. My preferred source control system has always been Mercurial (Hg), especially in those early days, when I found the tools for Git … Continue reading

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Am I a software architect?

In the previous article, I tried to describe how I see a software architect, and how he or she would operate within a team or organization. One topic I also wanted to discuss is the type of work a software … Continue reading

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Who is a software architect? What is software architecture?

After the series of articles I did on software development a while ago, I figured that the term ‘Software Architect’ is worth some additional discussion. I have argued that Software Engineering may mean different things to different people, and the … Continue reading

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AMD Bulldozer: It’s time to settle

As you may remember, AMD’s Bulldozer has always been somewhat controversial, for various reasons. One thing in particular was that AMD claimed it was the ‘first native 8-core desktop processor’. This led to a class-action lawsuit, because consumers thought this … Continue reading

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Steinberger guitars and basses: less is more

Time for a somewhat unusual blogpost. As you may know, aside from playing with software and hardware, I also dabble in music, mostly with (electric) guitars. I recently bought a new guitar, a Steinberger GT-PRO “Quilt Top” Deluxe in Wine … Continue reading

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