Tag Archives: Windows

No love for some OSes?

As a developer, I always like to stay up-to-date with OS technology. Firstly, to learn about new features and technologies, which may or may not be useful for my products. And secondly, for making sure my software is compatible with … Continue reading

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Independent Mantle benchmarks start to trickle in

Traditionally I like to look at the benchmarks from Anandtech’s review. And their findings fit exactly with the prediction I made earlier: a high-end setup will likely see 10-15% gain at best. The lower the graphics detail, the more Mantle … Continue reading

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Linux, the Dunning-Kruger OS

Over the years, I’ve seen a pattern emerge. I have documented this on various occasions. Such as the time when Jed Smith thought he knew about Windows security features such as ACLs. Or that time when Linus thought he had … Continue reading

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OS and platform wars, why even bother anymore?

Unigine has recently released a new Valley benchmark, which runs on Windows, linux and OS X. The Windows version can run in either OpenGL or Direct3D. They have also released version 4.0 of their Heaven benchmark. I thought this, as … Continue reading

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A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing

That is something I found out in a ‘discussion’ (don’t think it really deserves that name) earlier this week. Some guy was talking about the fact that it took a long time for 32-bit OSes to catch on, after the … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on programming, culture and such

I recently stumbled upon the blog of Mike Taylor, The Reinvigorated Programmer. He touches on various subjects that I can identify with (such as retro-computing and sushi), and some of which I have wanted to write about for a while … Continue reading

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Be aware of the world around you

Now that we are nearing the release of Windows 8, I think it is a good time to talk about the changes in the world of technology in general, and how you deal with them. As a software developer, it … Continue reading

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The story of multi-monitor rendering

When I wrote the story of microsleep, it was only part of a larger story, namely that of rendering to multiple monitors. The microsleep issue was only one problem that I ran into. Aside from that problem with the multithreading … Continue reading

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The Windows command prompt is *NOT* a DOS prompt!

Sorry, this is just a pet peeve of mine. I keep reading “DOS prompt” everywhere, even in academic literature, when people are actually referring to the Windows command prompt. Now, historically, yes, it once was a DOS prompt. But this … Continue reading

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Windows XP: The gold standard of Windows OSes?

When a certain product has been around for many years, at some point you will find users of the product who have not been around in the early years, and as such, aren’t familiar with the product history. Or you … Continue reading

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