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General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email?
« on: December 11, 2008, 04:53 PM »
I use Popfile and Outclass with Outlook 2007.  Popfile is a bayesian filter, but unlike most will classify more than just spam.  You can create any number of classifications and being bayesian it learns what incoming email should be classified as.  Outclass is just a hook into Outlook for popfile that allows easy reclassification etc.
In terms of the actual sorting of me email, I have a pretty simple structure.  Work, personal, mailing list, and spam. 

General Software Discussion / Re: Multi-threaded software
« on: July 30, 2008, 07:50 PM »
In terms of performance gains from multi-threaded applications, there is a performance hit from synchronization of shared data sources between multiple threads.  So if you have different threads working on the same data structure you won't see twice the performance from a 2 threaded application.  Obviously it depends how heavily the application will be working with these shared data sources as to how much of a performance hit there is.
However if the application is working on distinct sets of data (for example different .mp3 files) then a doubling of performance is relatively easy to achieve, subject to other bottlenecks in the system.

General Software Discussion / Re: Multi-threaded software
« on: July 30, 2008, 04:08 PM »
To clarify, I was thinking of CPU intensive software.
eg.  Graphics & video editors, format transcoders, maybe virus checkers and the like.
I presume most of the newer software (especially commercial software perhaps) in these categories is multi-threaded, but nowhere have a seen an actual list to confirm which ones are.
Short of it being documented I guess you could just check your CPU usage to see if multiple cores were being used when the software is running, but a list somewhere would still be handy!

General Software Discussion / Multi-threaded software
« on: July 30, 2008, 07:56 AM »
I've just upgraded to a multi-core processor (Intel Quad Core) for the first time.
Until now I haven't been concerned whether an application is multi-threaded or not.   Now all of a sudden I'd prefer multi-threaded applications if possible (most of the time my current applications only use one core, and my multi-threaded Java test programs just don't cut the mustard.  I mean how many times can you watch the Dining Philosophers problem being solved? ;). 
Anyway my question is, does anybody know of a list of multi-threaded applications I might use to take advantage of all my new processing power.
If not, we should start one!

Living Room / Re: How Interesting is Your IP Address?
« on: July 16, 2008, 06:50 PM »
Always good to know you have an interesting IP address... until the ISP changes it that is...

Score: 40

167 is prime +9
191 is prime +11

IP address contains all odd numbers(203,167,191,165) (+5)
Your IP address as a poker hand:
Three of ♥ Hearts
Jack of ♥ Hearts
Three of ♣ Clubs
Four of ♥ Hearts
Ten of ♦ Diamonds

You have a pair (+5)
IP address as a colour (0)
203167191165 produces a valid barcode
The IP translates to Monday 22nd March 2010 as a UNIX date (0)
This IP address as a phrase: city school keep answer (0)
This IP address as a point on the map Terms of Use(0)
Your IP address has scored: 40. Of the 359450 IP's spotted so far, this is ranked: 2017.

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