The demise of Google reader viewed from a slightly different perspective. I find the analysis from someone who isn't a proto-geek but rather an investment professional  interesting, mainly because there are insights that some like me - who doesn't spend the whole day looking at companies and trying to figure out what they are doing as opposed to what they say they are doing - would and this case, have missed.

I was profiling some code a while ago that makes extensive use of boost::variant and one of the lessons from the profiler run was that boost variants appear to be fairly expensive to construct and copy.

I was trying to make Windows a little more Emacs-friendly (or was it the other way around?). First step was to enable the emacs server in my .emacs so I could make use of Emacs for quick and dirty editing tasks that require an editor better than Notepad but where the average Emacs startup time was just a little too long to make Emacs a viable alternative. A typical example would be to use Emacs as the editor for commit messages in Mercurial. A quick tweak of my global .hgrc provided me with an appropriate editor setting:

Happy New Year to all readers.

Long title, I know...

There, I've said it. No tiptoeing around.