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      A neat hack for now, but 57-bit virtual addresses are already on the horizon…

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        Alas. Such is the impermanence of all great machine-specific hacks. Thanks for the link!

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      When this appeared in the feed it said “Fixie tries [rust]” and I was like wow, that’s 2 hipster worlds colliding.

      Then I learned there’s actually a data structure called “tries”…

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        From back when there were still plenty of unused descriptive nouns and TLAs and people picked stupid names for things because hey, who’s going to stop me? ;)

        (FWIW, tries are also sometimes called “prefix trees”, a much less confusing and more descriptive name which I strongly support as an alternative.)

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      Anyone else feeling this trend of hand-drawn illustrations is slowly getting out of hand?

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        My apologies. All my approaches to diagrams were getting out of hand and nothing was cooperating, so I dropped these in more as “artistic sketches” than informational diagrams. I will probably update them at some point. (Also, I repeatedly redrew these but only had really bleedy paper and my fountain pen, and the scanner wasn’t cooperating, et cetera… excuses, excuses, I know.)

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        I’ve gotten the feeling that it’s done for production speed rather than style, but they always give me a warm reminder of the 60s-mid 80s DIY manuals I grew up reading.

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          There is also the problem of what to use for such drawings. I remember using xfig for such things a long time ago, I have no idea if there is anything suitable these days?

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            I often make diagrams in ipe or inkscape, but in this case I was thinking the best thing would be through tikz, but it’s a fair bit of work. ipe in particular is really nice for quickly throwing together figures.

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            I draw them on my tablet and take a screenshot. It’s a lot faster than trying to wrangle something in graphviz or a drag’n drop shapes.

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            I still sometimes use Xfig + transfig. Depending on the use case, I might use VUE (Visual Understanding Environment — it is nice for drawing graphs, even if it is only a part of its supposed purpose) or GraphViz. I think I haven’t used Dia for a long time; I do use Kig when I want to draw something geometrical. If I want to draw something complicated precisely, I generate it using Asymptote.

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        I used to do them because I could sketch things quickly with my hand versus software. I was often writing things in notebooks and such.

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        Normally I find them charming, but I admit these ones are rather fuzzy.

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        Usually I don’t care either way as long as they get the message across, but several of these are unreadable.