21 October 2018

Advice for buying a laptop or computer



Intel i3, i5, i7 (or i9)
Do not get Celeron or Pentium
Check the performance on www.passmark.com. Highest rating is 20,000 which is a Xeon. In 2018 you'll want a minimum of 3,000.


4GB RAM minimum

Other specs

  • SSD is 10x faster than HDD. Also consider NVMe rather than SCSI
  • WiFi: ac compatible, 4x MIMO is better
  • Bluetooth 5.1 is the latest
  • Storage: Windows needs at least 50GB to upgrade on its own. Some games can be 200GB. Office takes 10GB.


Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Asus, Acer, in that order
For gaming laptops: Razer, Alienware, Zoostorm


Amazon, eBuyer, Overclockers, John Lewis, Currys/PC World

18 October 2018

Developer truths

  • This proved to be non-trivial
  • I wouldn't trust what I just said
  • Does this need to be insanely complicated?
  • X people are like Y people. They have no interest in getting a system working
  • I think the mistake was looking at it
  • We just assume magic happens
  • It looks quite good if you don't read it
  • We're laying the groundwork for winning the most improved project award
  • It's not the complete answer
  • They want to hear about problems early, but if you tell them, they panic
  • I seem to be spending every day more and more confused
  • This has a long, varied and ugly history