An extra 1 gig of memory works wonders…

I had previously installed Vista on my home machine, which had 1 GB. Vista was neat, and Civ 4 continued to work, so all was well. However, some operations, such as switching users, launching applications cold, and alt+tabbing out of a full screen game, were really slow.  I recently put in another gig (bringing my…

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Zune’s killer feature

Zune’s killer feature (according to my 2 year old daughter) is the box. For the 4gb/8gb, the box is sturdily built and has 2 parts that slide together. Truly a product for the whole family.

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"Managed Humans" by Michael Lopp

I just finished reading “Managing Humans” by Michael Lopp, who writes at http://www.randsinrepose.com/. My summary of it is “I’ve been around the block, I’ve got a lot experience, here’s what I’ve observed”. It’s broken into concise chapters conveying practical points. For example: “success is silent” (page 98). Absolutely. The features that get the most attention…


RTS Battle simulation with IronPython

I used Python to simulate Age of Empires archer battles.  I wanted to be able to answer questions like: If 12 archers attack 10 archers, what will the margin of victory be? If two armies of the same size attack each other, how do different strategies affect the outcome? This also led to some practical…

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