coding

Solving the gcc 4.4 strict aliasing problems

A couple of days ago Jeff Stedfast ran into some problems with gcc 4.4, strict aliasing and optimizations. Being a geeky sort of person, I found the problem really interesting, not only because it shows just how hard it is to write a good, clear standard, even when you’re dealing with highly technical (and supposedly unambiguous) language, but also because I never did “get” the aliasing rules, so it was a nice excuse to read up on the subject.

It's that time of the year again!

Hack week! does little jiggly dance If you’re not familiar with what it is, here’s the gist of it: For one week, all the geeks at Novell stop what they’re doing and dive into a project of their choice. That’s right, a full week of pure, anadulterated hacking! This year I’m going to use this week to scratch an hitch I’ve been having with bugzilla, by getting together a proper GUI for the┬áthing, together with uber-hacker Marek┬áHabersack.

Generating C# interfaces the lazy way

Since all this Winforms WebBrowser control / Mono.Mozilla / gluezilla business started, there’s one thing that’s been nagging me at that place in the brain where I store stuff I’d rather not think about at the moment (and yes, it’s a place that quite resembles those junk-filled attics you see in movies where the kids go to play and occasionally encounter old moth-eaten dresses, the occasional treasure map or your garden-variety skeleton of the aunt nobody had seen in 50 years - a stuffy, moldy place where you can’t take a step without tripping on something…)…

How to write Buffer Overflows in Assembly

How to write Buffer Overflows in Assembly Just as the author wrote the article as a reminder of how to do it, so I am putting this one here so I can remember where to find it! :p Wish I’d do as he did more often, I seem to keep losing code everywhere nowadays…