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Bing - Now Featuring

Chalst Bing replaces Live Search (1 comments)

Bing is, in essence a relaunch of the MSN Search / Windows Live Search / Live Search; Wikipedia says that Live Search was discontinued on 21st May this year, redirecting from then to Bing.

Hence Bing becomes the built-in search for many old browsers in Windows land. Some default market share is expected. What would be interesting is how the expectation stacks up against the new data.

more than 5 years ago

We Really Don't Know Jack About Maintenance

Chalst Typical modern CACM article (260 comments)

Long, wordy, buzz-word heavy article with a little bit of interesting content buried deep inside. I wish I hadn't bothered to read it.

In case you haven't, but are thinking you might: you can run machines that are never down, even when software is being updated, if you use a few tricks. I knew most of the one's they mentioned already, and use them on my company website, which is far from downtime-proof, but has a 3-year uptime so far: call my software maintenence status "fairly sturdy".

If you're interested in upgrading to software maintenance status "bulletproof", then read something about fault-tolerant computing in Erlang. You'll learn more that way.

more than 5 years ago



The Memory Pool System

Chalst Chalst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Chalst (57653) writes "An unjustly neglected article from 2002, The Memory Pool System: Thirty Person-Years Of Memory Management Development Goes Open Source, describes the plumbing of a memory-management system, written by the guy who wrote the Lisp Machine's memory manager, which became the memory manager for Symbolics' DylanWorks implementation. Obscure but Cool. This article was written to announce Ravenbrook's making the code available on an open source license. So you can put it in Your Next Programming Language."
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Old Slashdot news stories about open access (October 2003 to March 2009)

Chalst Chalst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Seven old Slashdot stories: just news, no opinion/ask slashdot stories:


LtU node of the week

Chalst Chalst writes  |  more than 9 years ago From my advogato diary:

  1. I'll start this week with the very fresh.
    Week 1: Node #587: The fate of reduce() in Python 3000 , which has become a sort of forum for complaining about/defending Python's piss poor support of core FP style. Regular readers of this diary will probably have become aware that my attitude to the language moves around the spectrum from "distaste" through "irritation" and "outrage" to "cold hatred" ;
  2. This week, I nominate Node #548: Journals and papers
  3. Node #633: Dominus talk about HO Perl, with thanks to fxn;
  4. Node #645: Chemistry, Graph Tranformation and Programming Languages, about using graph transformations to represent the possible ways molecules can react;
  5. Node #663: Why do they program in C++?, about the mismatch between what PL theorists recommend and the enduring appeal of C++;
  6. Node #673: The Fortress Language Specification: another Guy Steele special, which in Sun's language for highly parallel programming, which reminds me a bit of Connection Machine LISP.

and there should be more next week...

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