Author Archives: michaelstamper1

c++ bullshit – Character arrays and the null terminator

The C++ standard states There shall not be more initializers than there are array elements. [Example: char cv[4] = “asdf”; // error is ill-formed since there is no space for the implied trailing ’\0’. —end example ] Well that seems … Continue reading

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64 bits – the beginning

Finally I have done it, after almost a year of preparation (not continuously of course)  I have at last installed a working 64 bit install of windows 2003. So much work was needed just to get to this point and … Continue reading

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VirtualBox, 32bit host, 64bit guest, surpassing the 3584MB limit

VirtualBox limits the maximum amount of ram a VM can use on a 32bit host to 3584MB. There is no technical reason for this specific limit, whilst its true most 32bit hosts are limited to ~3.5GB of ram, servers with … Continue reading

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xp/2k3 on modern machines: the i7 and Hyper-threading

After some time running with win2k3 on the i7-4790k, I finally noticed that threads were not being correctly scheduled for hyper-threading. This caused a major performance hit when running 4 threads since the OS was making no effort to keep … Continue reading

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xp/2k3 on modern machines

I use win2k3 32bit on my modern machine with i7-4790k CPU and 16GB ram. Using a 10+ year-old OS has problems and I would love to upgrade but win2k3 is the last real version of windows. This thing has suffered … Continue reading

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I have no idea what I am doing

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