This blog is updated more than the home page might imply, but only the most intersting stuff gets posted on the home page.

Fun with tmux

2 Aug 2021

I finally got around to using tmux because I had a particular use-case where I figured it would shine. Details here.

Intro to assembler!

5 Jul 2021

I thought it would be a fun to try to write a very basic intro to assembler. I didn't get very far, but I figured my first few chapters might make a nice blog entry.

Reading PostgreSQL Files with Go

21 Dec 2020

I thought it would be a fun learning exercise to try to parse a PostgreSQL table file with Go. I definitely learned a lot. :-)

AWS and aws

13 Dec 2020

Everybody's using AWS these days. I've started keeping notes on the more intersting bits. In particular, the aws command-line utility is very handy for us command-line junkies.

Here's a look at extracting secrets into AWS Fargate containers from Systems Manager / Parameter Store.

Here's a look at using SQL to query parquet files in S3 from the command-line.

Args and Env Vars in Linux/amd64 Assembler

26 Apr 2020

Want to know where your Linux process's command-line args and env vars live on process starup? And how to get them from an assembler program?

Details here.

Counting 1-bits

25 Aug 2019

The book Hacker's Delight has a pretty neat way of counting the 1-bits in an integer. But my exploration shows that modern Intel CPUs have an instruction that do that for you, and that Go's math/bits library takes advantage of that instruction. Nonetheless, I leave notes that spell out the Hacker's Delight solution as obvoiusly as I can.

Details here.

Go Channels/Select

1 Aug 2018

I've been reading parts of Katherine Cox-Buday's Concurrency in Go, and I think this incomplete list of facts about channels and select statements is useful. A full table of channel operation/state/result is on page 75; these notes are just for me and whoever else may find them useful


Select Statements

PostgreSQL autovacuum tuning

20 Aug 2017

I have completely re-worked my writeup on tuning PostgreSQL for heavily-updated tables to take into account the usefulness of autovacuum_vacuum_cost_limit.