Archive for 2003

think think think

Friday, December 19th, 2003

My university maths lecturer would have said: ‘are you sure you really want to do all that work?’. This of course applies to the solution of the taylor polynomial for cos. Why not drop an extra term, and use the identity cos(x) = cos(pi – x). So that’s exactly what I plan to try. I […]

center from radius and two intersections

Friday, December 19th, 2003

In part 1 of how-to-draw-circles given arbitrary details about them I discussed how to find a circle’s radius given the length of the arc & chord. Now what? Well if you are given radius (r) and (x1,y1) and (x2,y2) as two points on the circle’s edge, you can calculate (cx, cy) the center of the […]

radius from arc and chord length

Friday, December 19th, 2003

Ever wanted to calculate the radis of a circle just knowing the length of an arc & it’s chord. Well after a lot of searching I found just that. The great step of faith was realising that you need to use a Taylor expasion for the trig function. Here’s a very kewl Java Applet that […]

Distributed Networking Part 2

Monday, December 1st, 2003

It seems that Microsoft have built in P2P networking as part of their advanced networking toolkit for XP SP1. Pity this will only run on the latest and greatest version of windows. But it does raise an interesting notion that p2p networks much like the Internet may change the way we think about the global […]

telemarketing spam

Friday, November 28th, 2003

I suggest that you print out this anti-telemarketing counterscript and keep it handy for the next time you get called by a tele-marketer, or as happens in my office: the next time a not-so-tele-marketer steps through the door. Due to my very kind posting of the overnet gui clc source code, I have had many […]

fishing for time

Friday, November 28th, 2003

it’s amazine what’s out there *grin*. you can find everything from Hacking Billy Mouth Bass to Borrowed Time

subspace physics

Friday, November 21st, 2003

After the viewing of The Prophecy, and during the game of Munchkin (which i didn’t bother to play) I was browsing the net for arb stuff… – Checking up on when, why and how the world will or won’t end – and How exactly does that subspace physics work?

joel on development

Thursday, November 20th, 2003

Joel has written 12 Steps to Better Code. I can’t agree with it more. Heads up to all development companies, if you follow these ‘rules’ you’ll be keeping your programmers happier & more efficient.

xmas prezzies

Friday, November 14th, 2003

the boss bought us some very pretty xmas prezzies, although one of the boxes contained a more expensive set. Oh well sennheiser’s loss. vs

trivial trivia

Monday, November 10th, 2003

Check out the marlarky test offered by mensa. Malarky asks questions we ask ourselves, but seldom know the answer. Do you know the answer?