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Jun 17

Practical Performance Profiling in .Net


If, like me, you spend your days writing code using the Microsoft tool stack – Visual Studio, C#, .Net – then you’ll know how complex an issue performance tuning is. When you’re writing web services, or other things that take a long time, or that need to respond quickly when being used by what feels …

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Nov 23

Cory Doctorow: “Context” and “Content”

"Context" cover

Cory Doctorow is a sci-fi author and commentator, who is usually to be found in his capacity as co-editor at boingboing. His most recent essay collection, Context covers a diverse set of topics, trying to reconcile the “freemium” nature of the Internet (something we’re strongly in favour of here at emudir) and the need for …

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Mar 26

Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Now here’s a lovely thing. If you know of one piece of romantic poetry, it’s probably number 52 from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese. You don’t? Really? Are you sure? Well, it goes like this: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth …

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Dec 04

Chambers 21st Century dictionary


Chambers 21st Century Dictionary and Thesaurus are both available online, and searchable too.

Not enough? Well, they do have a daily Sudoku you can do, a monthly cryptic crossword and general knowledge crossword (requires Flash), and even a crossword and anagram solving Word Wizard.

Nov 26

The Art of Caricaturing

Mitchell Smith

This 1941 book, written by Mitchell Smith, is a fascinating read in its own right. Not only is it fun just to look at – most of the caricatures raise a smile in their own right, even if Kaiser Wilhelm II is a distant memory by now – there’s a wealth of practical information in here. Either as a historical curio, or for an artist looking to create some 1940s styling, this is an interesting tome.

Nov 04

OpenOffice macros

Andrew Pitonyak is an OpenOffice expert, who has written extensively on macro programming for OpenOffice. The great joys of his document on macros – apart from its being free, of course – is that it includes many copy-and-paste ready examples that you can use to automate the tasks listed in the document. If, however, you …

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