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Relearning C++

There's quite a lot of developments in the C++ programming language in recent years, first with the long-awaited C++11, and just this week, the new (surprisingly on-time) C++14.  The language has changed quite considerably that it's safe to say, "It's not your grandma's C++ (or C, for that matter)!"

So, I think I'll have to devote some time from now on to learn about new C++ paradigms.  I'll be posting about them as I go along.
Recent posts

Back to Mangas

After a long while, I've gone back to reading mangas -- or "scanlations" (scanned translations) of mangas.  I rediscovered my favorite, Masashi Kishimoto's "Naruto" and the story's getting quite interesting recently, now that Kakashi's Team 7 has been reunited in fighting the 10-tailed monster, the Juubi.

I've also discovered a new one, Yasuhisa Hara's "Kingdom", whose theme is about a young orphan's dream to become a great general.  In a way it's a bit like Naruto's dream to become the Hokage.

So, if you like crazy, gutsy, and funny characters with lots of fighting action, I highly recommend these two titles.  Cheers!

New Team, New Challenges

Since the beginning of this year I have moved to a new team at work. In my previous team, while we did have new services (back-end servers) to create, we were more or less in maintenance mode.  That is, we get to fix bugs on the existing infrastructure and make incremental improvements, adding new features too (and new bugs) from time to time.

In my new team, however, it's very different. We're creating completely new product, and so we have take care of things that developers in maintenance mode don't even get to think of.  We have to interact with operations teams to prepare new hardware, new databases, new network setups, new code repositories, etc.

As it is a new product, we also have lesser inputs from marketing and product definition teams, thus, we have more freedom in implementing our vision for this product.  I find this really exciting and empowering.

I can't say much for now (as it's a bit hush-hush), but anyway, this should be a very interesting year!

Here comes the Pi!

So... Shortly before Christmas, my wife decided to give me a fruity gift. Yeahhhhh... Raspberry Pi!

It should arrive at the end of the year. Yep, the 31st of December 2012.  What a way to start the new year!

I'll start posting on my Raspberry Pi adventures next year.

Raspberry Pi

This is awesome! What am I talking about?  Raspberry Pi, an ultra-low-cost computer, about the size of a calling card, that you can buy at only 25USD!  And as if that's not awesome enough, they say that the production model is going to be a lot smaller. For now, it runs with Fedora Linux as its operating system, but we can imagine there'll be other OSes soon too.

So... What can I say? Hats off to the ones who developed this tiny pack of awesomeness.  Here's a video of a fully working model.

Starcraft 2 Terran vs Zerg

I have just watched this two-part Starcraft 2 game replay on YouTube and it's so much fun.  Reminds me of those days when I used to play Starcraft in our computer lab in the university.  Anyway, here's the video.  Have fun!

Starting Anew in 2012

I've decided to give more time to blogging again.  There's a lot going on for me, both personally and professionally, but I believe that spending a few minutes to reflect on things and write about it would be a good way to keep my mind sharp and my views in the right perspective.  And hopefully somebody else will find my writings helpful.
So, cheers to the gods of blogging!  May 2012 be a prolific year for blogging!