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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!

Wantage

I Went exploring in Wantage, Oxfordshire today. It’s a nice little market town that’s apparently the birth place of Alfred the Great. The local museum was unexpectedly brilliant. My favourite bit was this replica of a Wantage tram carriage complete with dead mice: Predictably everything hereabouts is named after Alfred. Here’s King Alfred’s school which […]

VHDL Code Coverage

I recently added a code coverage option to the VHDL compiler, nvc, I’m working on. I tend to find code coverage a really useful tool when I’m writing RTL, especially the sort of control-dominated designs I do in my day job. I find Modelsim’s HTML coverage reports a bit frustrating so I’m trying to do […]

Henley to Oxford (Almost)

Walking from Henley to Oxford has been something I wanted to try for ages, so having a day off this Tuesday I thought I’d give it a go. It’s about 25 or so miles if you take the scenic route. Unfortunately I think this should have been a summer project as despite setting off at […]