My new Spot device

I just went on a dirk biking trip to Moab, and just in time for the trip, my new [ Spot] device arrived. I'm not gonna write a full review here, but so far, I've been incredibly impressed with it. I used it for 3 days straight, in the "tracker" mode where it sends a location message every 10 minutes. I don't think it missed more than one message the whole trip. The cost is not horrible ($150 for basic + unlimited tracking service). Here's an example of what the tracking would look like, this is from our last ride on the Poison Spider trail:

[[Image:|center|Spotme map from Poison Spider]]


Python performance through times

I recently compiled all Python version from v2.2 to 3.0b, to see how their performance compares. I decided to not use pybench, but to take some of the benchmarks from the [|Computer Language Benchmarks Game] instead (hoping they are slightly more "real use" realistic). I compiled all versions of Python identically, using the same compiler (4.3.0) and the same optimization options ("-O3 -march=core2 -mtune=core2").



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