Wait… what?!

August 8, 2010

What kind of stupid picture is that for a web site like 3GPP?

Failed Experiment

May 11, 2010

Experiments do not always work as planned. Sometimes you may invest a lot of time into a (sub)project only to get no, or only moderately interesting results. Such a (moderately) failed experiment is the topic of this week’s blog post.

Some time ago I wrote a CSV exporter for an application I was writing and, amongst the fields I needed to export, were floating point values. The application was developed under Visual Studio 2005 and I really didn’t like how VS2005’s printf function handled the formats for floats. To export values losslessly, that is, you could read back exactly what you wrote to file, I decided to use the "%e" format specifier for printf. Turned out that it was neither lossless nor minimal!

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First Impression Fail (part II)

October 12, 2008

So I downloaded the current ISO for Solaris but it still won’t install correctly in VMWare. The install starts, but stalls at the stage where it decompresses the windowing system. But it stalls in a very peculiar way. The VM doesn’t freeze, as the terminal remains responsive, but the CPU time goes to zero as if it were waiting for something to occur. After googling for tips, implementing a few of them; Solaris still stalls at the same step in the installation process. Is it some interaction between VMWare and Solaris? I don’t know.

A few years ago, being unable to install an OS like that would have driven me crazy. Because at that time, I was an apologist: making excuses for bad software. If it doesn’t boot, it’s surely because I did something wrong. The fact that the install procedure requires many manual steps (most of them improperly documented) that depend in some weird way on the current hardware is normal, is it not? Or is it?

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First Impression Fail

October 7, 2008

It is said that first impressions lasts forever. Well, I sure hope these first impressions won’t keep me from using Solaris in the future. So, yes, I decided to try out Solaris, and I downloaded the VMWare virtual machine images from Sun. First there’s the usual annoying questionnaire about who you are, what you do, why you want I to try Solaris. Everything short of my income and investment strategy.

So I download the file with what seems to have the biggest version number, but it turns out that’s only the second half of the virtual machine. And it’s a stupid tar bomb. OK, I reread the thing, and there’s no clear, visible indications that there are two parts to the tar ball and that I should download the two. Never mind that, bandwidth’s is cheap.

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