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July 31 2022

Blog archive

Last 10 blog posts
How Big Should a Programming Language Be?
Rust's Two Kinds of 'Assert' Make for Better Code
Scheduling my Electricity Usage
Why Aren't Programming Language Specifications Comprehensive?
Distinguishing an Interpreter from a Compiler
try_repeat released
Why We Need to Know LR and Recursive Descent Parsing Techniques
Compiled and Interpreted Languages: Two Ways of Saying Tomato
Software Security Research Position
How Might Generative AI Change Programming?
  • On Turing machines I found this overview from of Turing's (and other's) early work on the theory of computers / software enlightening — even though I knew in advance that I wouldn't know all of the details, I was surprised by how little I actually knew!
  • Self-hosting a static site with OpenBSD, httpd, and relayd I've been meaning to hide several of my server processes behind relayd for ages. This blog post gave me the kick up the behind I needed to do so!
  • RETBLEED: Arbitrary Speculative Code Execution with Return Instructions Another Spectre mitigation down. "we invalidate some of the key assumptions behind retpoline... RETBLEED leaks privileged memory at the rate of 219 bytes/s on Intel Coffee Lake and 3.9 kB/s on AMD Zen 2."
  • Mechanical watch, a stunning animation and description of a mechanical watch — for the first time I (roughly) understand how they work!
  • Twenty years of Valgrind When I first came across valgrind I thought "surely that can't work with any real software?" Yet it did, and I'm still using it regularly 20 years later!
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