I have had several interests with programming , linux, electronics(somewhat rusty) and railways as the primary ones. I have used linux for a long time and do all my programming stuff on that (altho did investigate msys/mingw for windows).
A recent interest was peak oil , which is a major problem
that is going to hit britain relatively soon, but there is no
sign of any activity by the govt .
This govt headed by Crash Gordon is the original 3 monkeys govt :
see no troubles , hear no troubles , speak no troubles.
By which I mean that it doesnt want to see any looming troubles like the
so called credit crunch or especially peak oil,
it doesnt want to be told about any troubles , again peakoil was
a major example, and sure as hell wont tell the people about any problems
heading our way ... Gordon is infallible , he never gets anything
wrong nor makes mistakes , praise be the Lord !
My peak oil page was written earlier this year and I had expected to update it frequently , but other things have got in the way.
another subject that was of interest is the expected house price crash and the recesssion . Fred Harrison has a theory of a 18 year cycle of house prices which come to apeak and then crash . The house price crash then triggers a recession . For a prophetic article written in 2005 , see
My work on my railway simulator has ground to a halt.
I did write an annotator for strace which is available under the gpl. I called the project "stan" which is an STrace ANnotator . It is an exe file which takes normal strace output and annotates it to make it simpler to follow . Sadly there was not any response to this so it was not developed . I do use it when I use strace (not very often these days) , but the last time it fell over (July 2007), prompting me to clean it up . It now uses STL containers rather than my own versions, and the class member naming conventions have changed to improve readability. Nother fix in aug 2008 . Some info here and the .bz2 file to compile it from.
I also wrote a first pass at a path conversion lib for
msys/mingw which I profiled etc and had reasonable performance
(not on this website currently) .
However it got zero response from the project leader so hard to tell
whether he was struck dumb with the sheer beauty of it,
or something else :-).
so who knows ?
One other item is an nfs check list to debug nfs problems, which I wrote some time ago when I used to follow the coln news group, but as my (nfs) system works, It is fairly old but still useful ... I still use it when setting up any nfs exporting systems .
My son has written a commercial 3d model painting prog which he has called Future paint 3d , which is available in a 'lite' and a 'pro' version. It works only on windows and requires a graphics card with support for pixel shader 2.0 . His website is http://www.futurepaint3d.com/
The long sorry saga of a citroen xsara td estate that I bought and a strong recommendation for a car mechanic in the Eastleigh, Fair Oak, Southampton area .
The tale of a recent upgrade from a 2.4 kernel to a 2.6 kernel on the same system (Slackware 11) and the problems I encountered.
The tale of a recent upgrade to Slackware 12.1 to hopefully allow me to get the geda 'pcb' program to run , and the problems I encountered.
Some ramblings about attempting to save power on a a7v333 mobo using a mobile athlon processor .
currently steve at houseman demon co uk
thurs 30 oct 2008