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    Phusion Passenger Apache users guide

    14th August 2011

    Phusion Passenger Apache users guide

    Also as a PDF.

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    HandBrake profile for Nokia E71 default player

    13th August 2011

    Inspired by video encoding with handbrake.

    HandBrake is a very high-quality piece of software – next time you need recoding something into H.264/MPEG-4 (using MKV or MP4 containers) – try HandBrake. It easily saturated all my CPU cores – which I failed to achieve with ffmpeg, which even with threads=8 was only saturating 2 cores.

    Attached to this post are 2 profiles for recoding movies for Nokia E71. The “_best” profile has exhaustive motion detection, otherwise is identical to the base profile.
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    E71_best.plist

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    Using Python in a Java project

    17th May 2011

    If you are a Python zealot, and Java doesn’t feel right, but the project you are working on is a Java project – try

    • Jython – Python for the Java platform, compile your python scripts into Java bytecode
    • Groovy – not Python, but still a scripting language which compiles to jars
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    Academia or life?

    16th April 2011

    Worth reading: Goodbye academia, I get a life.

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    Fonts for programming

    13th April 2011

    My personal favourite for the last 2-3 years had been DejaVu Sans Mono.

    Check this list of 10 programming fonts – you may find your love there.

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    Generate .mood moodbar files for your whole music collection

    10th April 2011

    Amarok moodbar wiki page has 2 nice scripts to generate .mood files for your whole music collection (to be displayed by amarok when playing).

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    Debunking the widespread myth of 2^32=4GB being the architectural limit

    10th April 2011

    Quite a number of people are aware of the PAE which can extend the addressable space from 32bit up to 36-48-52bit (depending on the implementation; as I understand, Windows PAE extends to 36 bits, or 64GB of addressable space). However, overwhelming numbers of internet pages continue insisting that a not-more-than-4GB limit for the 32bit Windows is the consequence of 2^32 = 4GB architectural limit.

    There is an excellent, in-depth, well-argumented article by Geoff Chappell on the issue. Highly recommended in its entirety to those who want a complete understanding (additional side-reading and facts verification might be necessary).

    A single citation to get you started:

    There is already on the Internet and elsewhere an awful lot of rubbish to read about this question. Hardly any of it would be worth citing even if I didn’t want to spare the authors the embarrassment. A surprising number of people who claim some sort of attention as expert commentators would have you believe that using more than 4GB of memory is mathematically impossible for any 32-bit operating system because 2 to the power of 32 is 4G and a 32-bit register can’t form an address above 4GB. If nothing else, these experts don’t know enough history: 2 to the 16 is only 64K and yet the wealth of Microsoft is founded on a 16-bit operating system that from its very first version was designed to use 640KB of RAM plus other memory in a physical address space of 1MB. Some remember this history and add seemingly plausible qualifications that exceeding 4GB is possible only at the price of nasty hacks that require everyone—well, all programmers—to jump through hoops. Fortunately, Intel’s processors are a lot more advanced than the 8086 from all those years ago.

    P.S. Unfortunately, patching the kernel won’t help make Windows XP see more than 4GB RAM: even though the kernel itself does support more RAM (with PAE), starting with SP2 the HAL was modified in a way prohibiting access to any RAM beyond 4GB. Patching may only be suggested to devoted geeks with Vista’s and 7′s.

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