She said yes!

I would usually never bring any personal matters onto a professional blog, but in this case, I want to scream from the hills. On Christmas morning, during the unwrapping of gifts, my girlfriend Lisa became my fiancée. I’m a happy man.


My program is the most important thing on your system, same as all the others.

Raymond had a really good post yesterday about programs that grab your attention inappropriately.  I recommend reading it.  The comments have some good examples of programs, mostly updaters, that take too many liberties.  Of course, I completely agree that popping something up in my face completely unrelated to the task I’m performing is among the most annoying…


If it doesn’t just work, then it doesn’t work.

I’m passionate about usability, even to the point that my co-workers accuse me of whining.  I can’t really help it.  I have to applaud products and features that streamline a task, are intuitive, and fit well into the workflow.  And when a feature unnecessarily complicates the task, I have to call it out.  Poor usability goes…


Feature request for the compiler team

I want to preface this by saying that the MS compiler team have worked wonders in improving developer productivity over the years, and can’t be thanked enough for turning the C++ language into an enterprise quality platform that has lasted more than a decade. That said, “C2259: ‘CFoo’ : cannot instantiate abstract class” is probably one…


The difference between measuring DR and THD+N

I’ve talked here before about how noise and distortion are very similar concepts with very different causes.  Noise is unwanted artifacts independent of the signal often caused by physical processes outside of a device.  Distortion is unwanted artifacts directly correlated with the signal usually caused by components inside of the device.  When taking measurements of these artifacts, what we aim…


Audio Fidelity: Output Level

Output level is one of the simplest fidelity metrics to understand, but don’t take that to mean it’s not important.  There are several occasions where you want to know the maximum, loudest value that a signal can get.  On the digital side, that’s pretty easy.  A full-scale digital signal is a waveform (usually a sine wave) which…