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{ Monthly Archives } February 2019

Why 80?

80 characters per line is a standard worth sticking to, even today. OK, why? Well, back up. Let’s examine the axioms. Is 80 characters per line a standard? Not really, it’s a convention. IBM cards (which weren’t just made by IBM or read by IBM machines) were certainly 80 characters wide, as were DEC video […]

Last Chance: Ultimate Programmer Super Stack

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Ultimate Programmer Super Stack Reloaded

Remember remember the cough 6th of November, when APPropriate Behaviour joined a wealth of other learning material for software engineers in a super-discounted bundle called the Ultimate Programmer Super Stack? It’s happening again! This is a five-day flash sale, with all same material on levelling up as a programmer, running a startup, and learning new […]

The Fragile Manifesto

A lot of what I’ve been reading and thinking about of late is about the agile backlash. More speed, lower velocity reflects on IT teams pursuing “deliver more/newer IT” at the cost of “help the company achieve its mission”. Grooming the Backfog is about one dysfunction that arises as a result: (mis)managing a never-ending road […]

Input-Output Maps are Strongly Biased Towards Simple Outputs

About this paper Input-Output Maps are Strongly Biased Towards Simple Outputs, Kamaludin Dingle, Chico Q. Camargo and Ard A. Louis, Nature Communications 9, 761 (2018). Notes On Saturday I went to my alma mater’s Morning of Theoretical Physics, which was actually on “the Physics of Life” (or Active Matter as theoretical physicists seem to call […]

HPC at FOSDEM 2019

This year’s FOSDEM featured an HPC, Big Data and Data Science devroom on the Sunday. This post is the first part of my notes on the topics presented there. If you are interested, book some time and let’s talk about what it means for your and your high-performance computing team. OpenHPC Update Adrian Reber from […]