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Nostalgia trip: QBasic game programming

January 18, 2015


After I wrote my last post I couldn’t stop thinking about old days, and how I programmed in the early nineties, when I was around ten years old. I used to write small games for myself, but I spent far more time coding than ultimately playing them, because creating was the fun part, understanding what the computer […]

Video: The art of writing software

November 23, 2014


This video is an introduction on what software is and what programmers do, and it’s great because it can be shared with everyone, especially those who know nothing or almost nothing about software. via Reddit.

ST Nucleo F103RB works with OpenOCD 0.8.0

November 11, 2014


Full disclosure: I work at ST Microelectronics, but what I write here is purely my opinion and my work, conceived and conducted in my spare time. The ST Nucleo boards are development platforms mounting an STM32 microcontroller, made for the same enthusiasts that are attracted to Arduino and the like. They have between 64KiB and 512KiB of […]

Java and daylight saving time

October 26, 2014


I have written an alarm app for Android, called Fake Dawn. Friday I was talking to my friends, and we mentioned turning back the clock for daylight saving time (DST) on Saturday night, then proceeded to praise our phones that already do that automatically. Wait a minute: does my app work in this case? I […]

Sticky Bits » Vulnerabilities in C : When integers go bad!

October 25, 2014


Sticky Bits posted a lesson on C integers that explains the common pitfalls (and some uncommon ones) of arithmetic operations. It contains information that any C developer should know but that is often overlooked, and that might be the cause of many bugs that can result in misbehaviour or security issues. I think it’s written in […]

Fake Dawn app updated, and thoughts about Android API backward compatibility

October 12, 2014


Some time ago I wrote an Android app called Fake Dawn, mainly to learn about the basics of Java development on Android, and also to implement something that I can use everyday: an alarm that wakes you up gently by gradually increasing the volume and the light in a customizable way. I collected the things […]

Eric S. Raymond: Time, Clock, and Calendar Programming In C

October 9, 2014


esr (of The Cathedral & the Bazaar fame) has just written a comprehensive guide on the many functions, structures and styles for dealing with time in C, mostly for UNIX, Linux and POSIX operating systems. It’s especially direct in marking obsolete functionalities, stuff that shouldn’t be used, pitfalls and recommendations. I’m sure he struggled with these APIs […]


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