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Archives for May, 2017

Another Failed Circumnavigation

A few weekends ago I tried a second time to do a full circumnavigation of High Wycombe, having not quite achieved it back in 2015. Success would be going in a big circle without cutting through any built-up area. But the weather was a bit miserable and I discovered the bit I cut out last […]

Oriental Pearl Tower

Just one more China post! The evening before I flew home I finally managed to take a half-decent photo of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. It’s much more interesting to visit the Pudong area at night instead of in the day. A lot of buildings have cool light shows, but not as impressive or […]

Anchang

Anchang 安昌 is a delightful little water town just north of Shaoxing. I went there on a sunny Saturday and it was quite busy, but not crammed. You can get there easily from Shaoxing by taking the regular public bus number 118. It takes around one hour. The town is very similar to Tongli which […]

Shaoxing

And now as Michael Bolton might say, back to the good part. You might, wrongly, think this was part of my previous Chinese adventuring but actually I came back to the UK for a month and then work asked me to go back to Suzhou again for another week. So I dutifully did and after […]

Using ORC with LLVM’s C API

I recently updated the JIT back-end of my VHDL simulator to use LLVM’s new ORC API which was added in version 3.9. It has a couple of advantages, the two important ones for me were re-introduction of lazy-JIT-ing of functions, and that it works on Windows. Both features that were lost moving from the legacy […]

VHDL Compiler Updates

It’s been a long time since I wrote anything about the VHDL compiler and simulator I’m working on, nvc, but I am still developing it, albeit at a slightly slower pace than before. Since the last update I’ve started making stable releases, and yesterday I released version 1.2.1. Actually I think most people are better […]