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Friday Q&A is on vacation at the moment, so there will be no article today. Never fear: although he's busy relaxing today, Friday Q&A will return, and soon. To keep my loyal readers from being too upset, here is a collection of links to interesting articles to keep you occupied.
How did real-mode Windows implement its LRU algorithm without hardware assistance? - A fascinating look at how a really old system pulled off a good chunk of virtual memory with no hardware assistance.
Data in crash dumps are not a matter of opinion - A case study in challenging your assumptions and believing the evidence over your preconceptions when debugging code. This is another Old New Thing link, and I could easily give dozens of links to great articles just on that blog. Don't mind the Windows-centric topics, it's well worth your time.
Things That Turbo Pascal is Smaller Than - Pretty self-explanatory. Old software is small.
Synchronization on the local variables - A construct that makes absolutely no sense in general ends up providing an important speed gain through the magic of JIT compilation and lock elision.
Errors detected in Open Source projects by the PVS-Studio developers through static analysis - Makers of a static code analyzer run their code on a lot of open source projects and summarize the results. Great list of common errors to watch out for in your own code.
Weird Machines - Breaks down the process of exploiting security bugs, and describes "weird machines" that result: accidental general-purpose computers formed by manipulating programs in ways they weren't intended to be used.
The world's longest cells? Speculations on the nervous systems of sauropods - Without clicking the link, take a guess as to how long the longest cell that ever existed was. I won't spoil it, but if you're like me, your guess is off by many orders of magnitude.
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