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On Tool Assisted Speed Runs and the playback thereof

The standard way to watch a tool assisted speed-run is via a pre-recorded video. This sucks, not only are you having to download a very large video file, but the quality of said file, even when bit-rates are high will … Continue reading

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MinGW-w64 and the NT native APIs

So with the move to 64bits it was necessary to update my development environment moving from the now ancient MinGW tool set to the newer and 64bit supporting MinGW-w64. It was not entirely a smooth transition however, there were numerous … Continue reading

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64 bits – sometimes going against the grain gets you bitten

When I installed 64bit windows I used custom paths for the “Program Files” directories. x64: C:\ProgsNT x86: C:\ProgsNT\x86 Windows setup was not at all willing to facilitate this arrangement, but after a small hack it became complacent. Anyway, the install … Continue reading

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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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