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Archives for December, 2013

Writes Your Makefiles For You

I’ve been dogfooding my VHDL compiler for a project at work and now that it’s gotten to the point where it can simulate non-trivial designs, compile times are becoming significant. Especially when files use Xilinx primitives as the vcomponents library takes a while to load. At the moment I’m re-analysing every source file for each […]

Gotta Catch Them All

After a hiatus of over 20 years I got another Pirate Lego set for Christmas! My parents tracked down from eBay the one set I was missing from the 1989/90 Pirate range, 6270 “Forbidden Island”. Got all the bits and the original instructions! Flag was a bit borked by I replaced it with a spare […]

Winter Wander

I went for another adventure today from Farnham Common near Slough to West Drayton just inside the M25. You might recall I’ve been roughly this way on several previous adventures. A really nice sunny day despite the pessimistic weather forecast. A lot of the photos below are from Stoke Common a really lovely area of […]

Impeccable Timing

This evening I went running for exactly 41 minutes 41 seconds and 41 hundredths of a second.

Compressed Air

Ah, the humble can of compressed air: is there any problem it can’t solve? Just now with his sidekick Henry he managed to repair my dead CPU fan!

New Lunar Lander Version

Almost a year since I released the last one, there’s a new lander-0.6.5.tar.gz package available. Nothing exciting: just fixing bit rot and some FreeBSD build fixes Dmitry Marakasov. Glad someone’s using it!

Berries

I saw some pretty red berries when I was out adventuring near Marlow today. Probably highly toxic. Really lovely winter morning today: cold and a sunny and muddy. I saw a robin which must mean it’s nearly Christmas!