Mike Austin's Blog

Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Go ahead," Laith Juwaidah challenged, "I dare you to open this door."


Monday, January 19, 2009

Penguin Books Proves The Entire Internet Can't Write A Novel

"The deep waters, black as ink, began to swell and recede into an uncertain distance. A gray ominous mist obscured the horizon."

And it only get worse.


Graphviz - Graph Visualization Software

Graphviz is open source graph visualization software [language], available for many platforms.


Thursday, January 08, 2009

Understanding Quake’s Fast Inverse Square Root

Ok, kind of boring but I find it interesting to know what's possible when you go beyond what the language gives you.


Saturday, January 03, 2009

HP Mini review

Just bought an HP mini, which is a small notebook, or "netbook". The size is just right for the smallest form factor, with an almost full-size keyboard. It has a 1024x600 bright, wide screen, 1.6GHz atom processor, 1GB ram, and a 16GB solid state drive - just enough for surfing the net, email, watching movies, editing documents, and programming on the go. I booted the latest Ubuntu off a flash drive, and everything works out of the box - video, audio, Wi-Fi, USB, trackpad, and battery meter. I've got gedit running at 100x38 characters in 8 point mono - now if I could only turn off the tabs to get 2 more lines, I'd be happy :)