Import city buildings as 3D to Blender from Openstreetmap

Buildings in 3D! I recently figured out there’s a fantastic addon to Blender which can import buildings from Openstreetmap data. The result is that you can render a real city, or edit it to your will, with all the goodies that Blender 3D has. Neat! The possibilities are endless. Once you learn to use the …

Blender 3D – my problem axes

You live, and you learn. What if the global X, Y, and Z axes in Blender no longer point to orthogonal directions regarding your object, and you need to scale the object in along just one specific axis? Usually you’d do it like ‘s’ + x (for scaling along only X), but now you can’t …

Programming in assembly

Assembly is the programming language closest to a CPU. ‘Closest’ here means that the keywords in the language translate 1:1 into instructions done by the CPU. With other (higher lever) languages, there’s either an interpreter or compiler which unpacks the language and generates usually quite significantly higher number of instructions when the code is to …

Reliable Linux process identification, pt 2/3: Ideas

Multicore world – does it complicate things? Current chips, or at least the main computing units (CPUs), are made up of many cores. Some of the reasons are beyond the scope of this article. Mainly there are factors that affect the total throughput of a processor, and the thermal factors… (physical heat generation). Lowering the …