I Only Want Cool Chocolate

I learned how to make chocolate confections from a master chef at a young age. I used the knowledge I learned from him to open my own store that sells these confections. Each day I mix chocolate put it into various molds and make all kinds of shapes. Whenever parents come to the shop with their kids, I always give out free samples and the kids love it. In the middle of making a batch of confections, the air conditioner in the store stopped working. I contacted a company for facilities HVAC management for NYC. I needed to have the shop at a constant temperature or all of my chocolate would have melted.

While the kids wouldn’t mind eating melted chocolate, the rest of the customers want to have solid chocolate confections to eat or give away as gifts. Continue reading

Top Realtors in Denver Area

I am going to be looking to buy a house in the near future, and I would like to hire a realtor to help me with that process. I had thought initially that I would be okay to do it on my own, and thereby, save myself a little bit of money. But after attempting to do so for a bit, I have realized that I do not have the time to go that route. I am therefore looking for Denver Realtors, and I want to find one with a really good reputation, so to help insure that I will have as good of a chance as possible to get the type of house that I want to buy.

I have already been pre-approved by a lender to buy a house, and I think that the pre-approval is good for the next 4 months. At least, I am pretty sure that is what I remember being told. I think it will be a lot less stressful to buy a house given that I have already been pre-approved. It should definitely cut down on the time that it takes to finish the process of buying a house, after I find the house that I want to buy as well.

So now I am going to look online to see if I can find the right realtor to use. I want to check a lot of different websites, and really dig into some information, and compare different realtors to the best of my ability. That way, I will have a decent idea of what is available, and hopefully the necessary information to make an informed choice on the matte.r I am really excited about buying a house, because I have wanted to be a home owner for years and only now am I in a position to do so.

Found a Short Term Job

I just got started at my new job, although it is hardly what I was looking for. Obviously I have to pay bills, especially the part where the landlord comes and asks for the rent. I could not afford to wait around for the perfect position to become available. I am working as a sort of handyman in this office. They are having me move around helping out where they need someone, today the job involved coming up with something called a paystub generator. Of course we do not use real checks, that is pretty much a waste of time and paper. Continue reading

Helping My Mother Reconnect in the Dating Scene

My father passed away three years ago and my mother is just now getting out and trying to meet people. It might sound surprising that I looked online for sex toys for a parent, but let me explain what I actually did as it’s not as weird as it sounds. So she met some guys her age and went on a few dates, but she’s self-conscious about her age and her body. This is ludicrous as my mother was a model in her twenties and she’s aged very well. She gets a lot of attention from men her age because she looks so good.

I looked online for sex toys because I thought they’d have some outfits that Mom might like. Sure enough I found a site that sells both the toys and the lingerie. I wasn’t about to be so forward as to buy my own mother something really risque, but I did find some elegant outfits that I thought she might like and that might make her feel better about her figure and the impression she might make on potential dates. Continue reading

Living in and Loving Uptown Dallas

Fresh off my divorce and having just earned my college degree at the ripe old age of 43, I landed my first professional job in Dallas, Texas. I checked out many areas of the city and decided to plant my roots in a vibrant community with great shopping, restaurants and parks to explore. I spent many hours looking at apartments in Dallas Uptown before settling on one that had absolutely everything I ever dreamed of and was completely opposite of the rural country house I had spent the last 18 years of my life in.

It was a conscious decision to change my lifestyle completely. Not because I hated my ex-husband or the life we had been leading, but I knew I needed to escape the easy complacency of living in the same town I had been born in, grew up in and lived in all of my life. Continue reading

Living Close to My College

I was really excited to be accepted at Liberty University. I have a specific calling on my life, and I knew that my education there would help me achieve it. I have a small trust fund that was set up for me by my grandparents, and it is to be used for education. I was able to secure full scholarships, but I still had to pay for my living expenses. I looked at apartments in Forest Virginia once I found out that the trust could be used for that too.

I was really happy that I would be able to just focus on my studies rather than dividing my time between studying and working to support myself during these next few years. I wanted to live close to the university too, but I did not want to be right there on campus. Continue reading

My Luck Really Changed in Unexpected Ways

Years ago, I was on a work trip and I drove through Nevada. I really loved the area. The colors of the desert fascinated me. On my way back through the state after my work trip, I decided to stop in one of the towns that appealed to me most. That town was Henderson, and I spent the whole weekend there. I left thinking that I might like to move there one day permanently. Just two years later, I got my chance to accept a job there and look through apartments in Henderson to find my new home. Just six months later I began dating a woman and we married within the year. Continue reading

Parallel and Concurrent Programming in Haskell

As one of the developers of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) for almost 15 years, I have seen Haskell grow from a niche research language into a rich and thriving ecosystem. I spent a lot of that time working on GHC’s support for parallelism and concurrency. One of the first things I did to GHC in 1997 was to rewrite its runtime system, and a key decision we made at that time was to build concurrency right into the core of the system rather than making it an optional extra or an add-on library. I like to think this decision was founded upon shrewd foresight, but in reality it had as much to do with the fact that we found a way to reduce the overhead of concurrency to near zero (previously it had been on the order of 2%; we’ve always been performance-obsessed). Nevertheless, having concurrency be non-optional meant that it was always a first-class part of the implementation, and I’m sure that this decision was instrumental in bringing about GHC’s solid and lightning-fast concurrency support.

Haskell has a long tradition of being associated with parallelism. To name just a few of the projects, there was the pH variant of Haskell derived from the Id language, which was designed for parallelism, the GUM system for running parallel Haskell programs on multiple machines in a cluster, and the GRiP system: a complete computer architecture designed for running parallel functional programs. All of these happened well before the current multicore revolution, and the problem was that this was the time when Moore’s law was still giving us ever-faster computers. Parallelism was difficult to achieve, and didn’t seem worth the effort when ordinary computers were getting exponentially faster.

Around 2004, we decided to build a parallel implementation of the GHC runtime system for running on shared memory multiprocessors, something that had not been done before. This was just before the multicore revolution. Multiprocessor machines were fairly common, but multicores were still around the corner. Again, I’d like to think the decision to tackle parallelism at this point was enlightened foresight, but it had more to do with the fact that building a shared-memory parallel implementation was an interesting research problem and sounded like fun. Haskell’s purity was essential—it meant that we could avoid some of the overheads of locking in the runtime system and garbage collector, which in turn meant that we could reduce the overhead of using parallelism to a low-single-digit percentage. Nevertheless, it took more research, a rewrite of the scheduler, and a new parallel garbage collector before the implementation was really usable and able to speed up a wide range of programs. The paper I presented at the International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP) in 2009 marked the turning point from an interesting prototype into a usable tool.

All of this research and implementation was great fun, but good-quality resources for teaching programmers how to use parallelism and concurrency in Haskell were conspicuously absent. Over the last couple of years, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach two summer school courses on parallel and concurrent programming in Haskell: one at the Central European Functional Programming (CEFP) 2011 summer school in Budapest, and the other the CEA/EDF/INRIA 2012 Summer School at Cadarache in the south of

Attend Meeting C++ 2013

Boost Dependency Analyzer

I have something special to announce today. A tool I’ve build over the last 2 weeks, which allows to analyze the dependencies in boost. With boost 1.53 this spring, I had the idea to build this, but not the time, as I was busy writing a series over the Papers for Bristol. Back then I realized, how easy it could be to build such a tool, as the dependencies could be read & listed by boosts bcp tool. I already had a prototype for the graphpart from 2010. But lets have a look at the tool:

The tool is very easy to handle, it is based on the out of bcp, which is a tool coming with boost. Actually bcp can help you with ripping libraries out of boost, so that you don’t have to add all of boost to your repository when you would like to use smartpointers. But bcp also has a listing mode, where it only shows the dependencies thats whats my tool build up upon. Lets have a short look at the results, the dependencies of boost 1.54:

A few words on how to read this graph. The libraries in the middle of the “starshape” are the ones with the most dependencies, each line between the nodes is a dependency. A dependency can be one or multiple files. The graphlayout is not weighted.

How to

A short introduction on what you need to get this tool to run. First boost, as this tool is build to analyze boost. I’ve tested with some versions (1.49 – 1.54) of boost. You also need a version of bcp, which is quite easy to build (b2 tools/bcp). Then you simply need to start the tool, if BOOST_ROOT is set, the tool will try to read it, other wise you will be asked to choose the location of boost when clicking on Read dependencies. Next thing is selecting the location of bcp. That is the setup, and the tool will now run for some time. On my machine its 90 seconds to 2 minutes the analysis takes, it might be lot longer on yours, depending on how much cores you got. The tool will spawn for each boost library (~112) a bcp process, and analyze this output in a thread pool. After this is done, the data is loaded into the tool, and then saved to a SQLITE database, which will be used if you start the tool a second time and select this version of boost. Loading from the database is far faster.

A screenshot to illustrate this:


To the left are all the boost libraries, the number of dependencies is shown in the braces. To the right is a Tabwidget showing all the dependencies, the graph is layouted with boost graph. When you click on show all you’ll get the full view of all dependencies in boost. The layouting is done in the background, so this will take some time to calculate, and is animated when its done. The results of the layouting are good, but not perfect, so that you might have to move some nodes. Exporting supports images, which are transparent PNGs, not all services/tools are happy with that (f.e. facebook, twitter nor G+ could handle the perfectly

Green Hills Software Announces AdaMULTI Support for ARM-Based Processors

SANTA BARBARA, CA–(Marketwired – Jul 2, 2013) – Green Hills Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, has announced the availability of a complete integrated development environment for Ada users, who are targeting systems based on ARM® processors. AdaMULTI™ development environment for ARM has been created in response to increasing demand for ARM devices in embedded applications due to their excellent power/performance ratios and relative cost effectiveness.

The Ada programming language is typically used on projects that have real-time constraints, are developed by sizeable teams and require longevity of support. It is widely adopted in the defense sector and in security applications, such as access control. With the increasing requirement to extend the operating life of battery-powered equipment used on missions or remotely deployed in the field, ARM-based processors are being selected because of their ability to deliver the necessary performance with a reduced power budget.

Green Hills Software’s customers can rehost their existing Ada95 based applications with the new compilation environment. Additionally, some new features that have recently been added to the language are also included in the new release.

AdaMULTI for ARM is a fully integrated development environment that contains all the tools needed to complete a major programming project. These include: launcher, project manager, editor, source-level debugger, EventAnalyzer™, run-time error checking, code coverage analysis,TimeMachine™ tools suite, performance profiler and graphical browser. AdaMULTI development environment components are aware of each other and communicate among themselves, making the whole much greater than the sum of its parts. It runs on Windows, Solaris and Linux hosts and supports remote debugging for a variety of target environments, including with the Green Hills Probe and SuperTrace™ Probe for hardware debug and trace.

The AdaMULTI environment can also be used with Green Hills Software’s optimizing C/C++ compilers and other compilers that adhere to ARM Procedure Call and EABI standards. It supports a wide variety of real-time operating systems (RTOS), including Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY® RTOS, third party and internally developed RTOSes. Because the AdaMULTI environment is fully RTOS-aware, designers can debug and tune their applications at the task level. It is particularly well suited to debugging multi-tasking programs and systems that employ multiple processors and cores.

Green Hills Software’s AdaMULTI development environment for ARM is available now for ARM processors including Cortex™-A and Cortex-R series and ARM7TDMI®.

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software is the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions. In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178B RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership comprised of NSA and NIST) to EAL 6+, High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any software product. Our open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom.

Stopping Google Latitude Service on August 9th

The world’s largest search engine company, Google will soon be officially shut down one of his services. The services that will be closed is Google Latitude which is a location sharing application.

Closure is made after a company based in Mountain View did a massive change on Google Maps. In addition, this application also has a very low popularity. Google Latitude consumption levels far below other applications such as Foursquare or Facebook. Not only that, Latitude also less popular than the location-sharing service owned by Google.

Google Latitude itself is a location sharing application that is integrated with Google Maps. This feature allows for automatic location tracking, check in at a place it can also be set automatically or manually.

In the latest update Google Maps on Android, this feature is not found anymore. Selian it, Google also removed the existence of Google Latitude app available on iOS and has officially retire the Latitude API. So third-party applications that use these APIs will not work, unless using a sharing site owned by Google.

Yahoo Open Start Request Username ‘Beautiful’ is Not Active Again

Since last month it was announced that Yahoo will delete the Yahoo! username or ID is no longer active, many people are waiting for the arrival of this. Because, mostly inactive username is precisely deter others who want to use the name. Now, according to the announcement last month, Yahoo began to open up opportunities for those who want to get the username ‘pretty’.
Users who want to get the username ‘beautiful’ can not directly get the name. They should write the desired username in advance through a form benama Yahoo! Wish List. Yahoo provides five options that could be asked. If the first choice is not available, then the choice of the required reserves would then look for. Yahoo will provide notice of the availability of username via email in mid-August 2013.
“To get Yahoo! username you’ve always wanted, we set up a page where you can ask five top choices. If your first choice is not available, we will try to find other options of backup you have the content. In mid-August, you will receive email containing the username where available, as well as links to mengklaimnnya for 48 hours. Quite so, and it is yours, “wrote Dylan Casey, Senior Director, Platform Yahoo via its official blog.