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Author Archives: Eric Hale

Nothing to hide

I recently saw an article in ZDNet by my old friend Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols that talks about how NetMarketShare and StatCounter reported a significant jump in the operating system market shares for Linux and Chrome OS. One frustration Vaughan-Nichols alluded to in the article is the lack of transparency into how these firms calculated market [...]

Looking for performance clues

We’ve written before about how the operating system and other software can influence test scores and even battery life. Benchmarks like the XPRTs provide overall results, but teasing out which factors affect those results may require some detective work. The key is to collect individual data points as evidence to what may be causing performance [...]

Everything old is new again

I recently saw an article called “4 lessons for modern software developers from 1970s mainframe programming.” This caught my eye because I started programming in the late 1970s, and my first programming environment was an IBM 370. The author talks about how, back in the old days, you had to write tight code because memory [...]

Apples and pears vs. oranges and bananas

When people talk about comparing disparate things, they often say that you’re comparing apples and oranges. However, sometimes that expression doesn’t begin to describe the situation. Recently, Justin wrote about using CrXPRT on systems running Neverware CloudReady OS. In that post, he noted that we couldn’t guarantee that using CrXPRT on CloudReady and Chrome OS [...]

Another pronunciation lesson

Knowing how to say the terms we read on-line can be a bit of a mystery. For example, it’s been 30 years since CompuServe created the GIF format, and people are still arguing about how to say it. A couple of months ago, we talked about how to pronounce WebXPRT. In the video we pointed [...]

Evolve or die

Last week, Google announced that it would retire its Octane benchmark. Their announcement explains that they designed Octane to spur improvement in JavaScript performance, and while it did just that when it was first released, those improvements have plateaued in recent years. They also note that there are some operations in Octane that optimize Octane [...]

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