OSX 10.9 Mavericks

I’ve been contemplating a new Macbook Pro for a while, mostly because my Macbook Air with it’s 4GB of RAM and 128MB of SSD were just getting too cramped. The battery is getting tired as well, giving me “only” 2 1/2 – 3 hours of life before dipping into the 10% range (First world Apple […]

How to lose $172,222 a second for 45 minutes

Another lesson in automated deployments. This time related to high frequency trading. The biggest WTF is near the end: Knight¬†did not have supervisory procedures to guide its relevant personnel when significant issues developed. In one of its attempts to address the problem, Knight uninstalled the new RLP code from the seven servers where it had […]

G5 Optimized LAME

LAME is my perferred MP3 encoder, but it’s kind of slow, even on my dual-cpu G5. Now, the G4 and G5 processors have a special instruction set called Altivec which should, in theory, speed up certain tasks. Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and even Apple’s own iTunes take advantage of this. LAME does not, but I […]