Sep 20

Quick tip: Linux Xkill

Need a fast and easy way to kill an unresponsive application in Linux? Press Alt + F2. Type xkill in the Run Application dialog. Click the application with the X (or skull and crossbone) cursor. I discovered this after having a fullscreen Java app freeze on me a few times in Ubuntu. Further reading Xkill […]

Sep 18

Do I have enough memory for Windows?

RAM sticks in a motherboard

Recently I was tasked with resolving a performance issue on some PCs in the office.  They weren’t that old but seemed to get progressively slower after switching on until they were practically unusable.  Like many package PCs on the market, they had a decent CPU speed but were quite anaemic in the memory department. The […]

Sep 17

Connective Icon Calculator: iPhone app review

When I began in building controls engineering just six years ago, function block diagram programming was already an established engineering tool for may control systems.  I began my controls programming with an older technology control system that used mostly point-oriented boolean algebra which was surprising very powerful, but difficult to get an overview of the […]

Sep 14

DoDonPachi: Tactical Guide and Walkthrough

DoDonPachi title

I’ve always been a bit of an arcade game nut.  I remember spending countless dollar coins at the Tilt arcade on Hindley Street in Adelaide years ago playing Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Raiden.  I moved interstate, and sadly Tilt closed it’s doors a while back along with many other arcade parlours.  They now seem […]