Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Evernote abandons C# in favor of C++

It’s with a feeling of “I knew it already” that I read this note, from 2010, where Evernote team abandons C# and rewrite the whole thing from scratch in C++. It’s not that C++ is a good language – it’s awful – but the point is that this whole managed code hype destroys any hopes of performance one may have. I’ve seen benchmarks comparing raw loops and things that doesn’t matter, when in fact the problem is the huge runtime needed for these programs to run, which slows everything down and eats a lot memory. The point is that managed programs, specially WPF stuff that Evernote used, just can’t beat native ones.

Technically, C# is a beautifully designed language, but in real world its programs are slow and sluggish. C++ is a horrible language, but being compiled directly to native code, generates optimized programs. Evernote guys just realized that.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Git bash shortcut on Windows

Download the portable version of Git (it can be x64), and create a shortcut to run Git bash on Windows with this command line to run on “target”:
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\cmd.exe /c ""C:\Program Files (x86)\git\bin\sh.exe" --login -i"
Start in: root directory of sources.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lágrima, F. Tárrega

Here I share another sheet music from my personal classical guitar collection, a simple and famous piece, Lágrima by Francisco Tárrega (1852—1909). I typed this myself, with my own fingerings and tab, using Sibelius 6.2.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Bourrée, BWV 996, J. S. Bach

I’m sharing this sheet music from my personal collection, the famous Bourrée in E minor by J. S. Bach (1685—1750), for classical guitar. I typed this myself, with my own fingerings and tab, using Sibelius 6.2.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The new Google Maps sucks

A couple months ago, Google began introducing a beta version of the new Maps, which at the time, I promptly refused to use, given the sluggishness and missing features it had. The feature I missed most was the screen split between Street View at the bottom half and the map itself at the top half, where I could drag the Pegman on the map, while the Street View is automatically updated. Oh and the old version is faster. So much faster.

Some time after, this horrible interface became the default, but we still could choose to use the old one. But now Google – possibly because the avalanche of bad feedbacks – rolled out a Lite version of the new Maps, which is basically the same terrible interface, but with even less features. Great solution, eh?

Fortunately, it’s still possible to go back to the old version of Maps via, at least until Google disables it too. Seriously, what would they swap such a great solution with a crappy one?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Gibson Les Paul weight-relieving chart

I’ve see a lot of information regarding Gibson Les Paul models weight-relieving, but never a condensed, concise chart about all the variations. So, based on all information I could gather, mostly from here and here, I compiled the chart below.

Year Standard Traditional
up to mid 1982 solid N/A
mid 1982 to late 2006 9 holes
late 2006 to 2011 chambered 9 holes
2012 and beyond modern

Follow the given links to see images of what each weight-relieving technique look like.