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Easter in Guernsey with DadDad and DoDo.
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Yeah, it was good fun and the weather was great. The "story" completely missed out Gaelle's cross country race on the Saturday and my half marathon on the Monday as no pictures of them were taken with my phone...
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Good morning Google Plus. #Craftidea for today- if you want creative envelopes, go to #Google Maps, map the route from your letter to the other person's mailbox. Print them up, fold them into 8 by 11 envelopes (or smaller if you are sending #holiday cards).
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Yeah, I was wondering about that...
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Archived blog post: Scientific error cascades and how to spot them. I give several examples, and others show up in the comments.

This is an experiment with G+. Something a commenter said on my blog reminded me that we all need this concept to be more widely understood, because while scientists are a little better at rational skepticism than other humans they are not enough better at it.

Thus, heuristics for spotting error cascades in progress from outside of a scientific field are extremely valuable. The concept also helps us avoid another common human weakness: forming conspiracy theories.
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☑ Saddam Hussein
☑ Osama Bin Laden
☑ Gadhafi
☐ iTunes for Windows

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We all had hectic, noisy fun at New Year.
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Happiness and success?


1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.
3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
6. Be generous.
7. Have a grateful heart.
8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
12. Commit yourself to quality.
13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
14. Be loyal.
15. Be honest.
16. Be a self-starter.
17. Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong.
18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
20. Take good care of those you love.
21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.
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I bookmarked this precious list.
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WordFriday
HCF, noun: abbreviation of Halt and Catch Fire, a playful and semi (but not wholly) mythical machine code instruction. The instruction started life in the 1960s as a fictitious undocumented feature, but has since been used as a general way to refer to undocumented machine instructions or instructions that have catastrophic results.

Motorola's MC6800 was the first microprocessor to have a widely known HCF instruction (0xDD). It was intended as a self-test feature and caused several bus lines to toggle rapidly and, barring a reset, without interruption. This could allegedly cause lines to burn, although no incidents of fire were ever reported.
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In my last blog post I introduced the Windows 8 Registered I/O Networking Extensions, RIO. As I explained there are three ways to retrieve completions from RIO, polled, event driven and via an I/O Completion Port (IOCP). This makes RIO pretty flexible and allows it to be used in many different designs of servers. The polled scenario is likely aimed at very high performance UDP or High Frequency Trading style situations where you may be happy to burn CPU so as to process inbound datagrams as fast as possible. The event driven style may also help here, allowing you to wait efficiently rather than spin, but it's the IOCP style that currently interests me most at present as this promises to provide increased performance to more general purpose networking code.
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Most of the buzz being generated around the Windows 8 Developer Previews at the moment seems to be centred on the new Metro user interface and the Windows Runtime. Whilst both Metro and WinRT are key components of the next Windows release I find the Registered I/O Networking Extensions to be far more interesting, but then I guess I would...
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I'm a very proud daddy and a freelance C++ programmer (server side on Windows), I... cook, ski, skate, run, cycle, climb and dabble in robotics and embedded assembly.
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