Programming languages: revisited.

Quite a good article about programming languages posted here. Leveraging existing infrastructures, syntax and programmers base seems to be extremely important. Not so much the actual features and programming models. Not real but rather perceived benefits and large programmer base. I suspect the real Java contender might be in the area of distributed/parallel computing and/or…


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New Zealand high-tech industry.

Fonterra is the largest company in New Zealand, and the 3rd largest exporter of Diary products in the world. Fonterra is co-operatively owned by more than 11,000 New Zealand dairy farmers. A large number of small self-contained producers of diary products producing exactly the same products, using similar technologies, and within the same geo-political space….


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VPN setup on red

openvpn setup on red: [X] openssl (0.9.8g) installed on red (pkgadd, <SMCossl>) [X] lzo (2.0.3) library installed or red, in /usr/sfw/ (build from sources) [ ] openvpn (2.0.9) failed (building from sources) ./configure –prefix=/usr/sfw –with-ssl-headers=/usr/local/ssl/include –with-ssl-lib=/usr/local/ssl/lib gmake (FAILED with error) No known workaround. Bug report filed for opensolaris. That means we cannot have openvpn running on…


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World45 servers upgrade.

Maintenance log: 12:20 – black server is taken down. Uptime to day: 256 days. Old system: Fedora 5. 1344 packages to be updated. 13:30 – upgrade of black finished – rebooting. Cleaning up post upgrade system: removing obsolete or not-used packages, removing some docs.  Starting up system update (240MB,  199 packages to be updated). More…


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Fedora 9 on home computer

Eh, this was suppose to be a quick re-install of my home setup (dual-chip dual-core Opteron AMD box) to new Fedora 9. For development Fedora 9 offers all the cutting edge packages and libs, so it is easy just to follow up. Nice and tidy – all 32-bit libs are gone – all kept 64-bit…


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Teleconference with Plurality

Interesting teleconference meeting today with a company from Israel, Plurality Ltd (www.plurality.com). Otago University Business Manager Stuart Barson organised a meeting and we talked with Peleg Aviely (VP Eng), Igor Pe’er (CEO) and Robin Eisner. A prototype quad system with SPARC instruction set, and 2MB shared memory, with a number of software tools and emulators/simulator…


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On self-suggestion

from “Essays in Zen Buddhism” by D.T.Suzuki: When the word ‘Yamato-damahs’ is mentioned it seems to awaken in most Japanese a fervent patriotic passion. The children are taught to respect the flag of the rising sun, and when the soldiers come in front of the regimental colours they involuntarily salute. When a boy is reproached…


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Follow up on discourse with Carl

Carl Leichter wrote: I think you and I have different concepts of social context. To me, everything you were describing was social context. I think it’s because of our views on metaphysics and epistemology. You’re taking a very metaphysical view: that principles exist independent of human thought. I take the epistemological view, that the principles…


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Artistic vs. Scientific inventions.

Very interesting article in New Yorker today. Long, but interesting read – I recommend reading to the end – the second last section is worth reaching. There are many interesting observations along the way too. Are the good software developers more like scientists or more like artists? What is making one 100 times more productive…


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