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Debian: RadioStation in SparkyLinux, Raphaël Hertzog's LTS Work and Dirk Eddelbuettel Releases RcppSimdJson 0.0.5

  • RadioStation

    There is a new application available for Sparkers: RadioStation

    What is RadioStation?

    RadioStation is a fork off RadioTray-Lite, a lightweight clone of the original RadioTray online radio streaming player rewritten in C++.

    Online radio streaming player:
    – Runs on a Linux system tray.
    – Has minimum interface possible.
    – Plays most media formats (it uses gstreamer).
    – Supports PLS, M3U, ASX, RAM, XSPF playlists.

  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, April 2020

    Like each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: RcppSimdJson 0.0.5: Updated Upstream

    A new RcppSimdJson release with updated upstream simdjson code just arrived on CRAN. RcppSimdJson wraps the fantastic and genuinely impressive simdjson library by Daniel Lemire and collaborators. Via some very clever algorithmic engineering to obtain largely branch-free code, coupled with modern C++ and newer compiler instructions, it results in parsing gigabytes of JSON parsed per second which is quite mindboggling. The best-case performance is ‘faster than CPU speed’ as use of parallel SIMD instructions and careful branch avoidance can lead to less than one cpu cycle use per byte parsed; see the video of the recent talk by Daniel Lemire at QCon (which was also voted best talk).

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Handwritten Notes App ‘Write’ Adds Split-Pane View, Improved SVG Support

Three years on and with a new release available for download I’m pleased to say that my conclusion still stands — heck, this freeware app is now even better at what it sets out to do. Which is what? Well, Write is Qt-based note-taking app for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and (new) iOS. It’s designed (ideally) for use with an active stylus. Using it on a non-touch device is possible, though with so many solid typing-based Linux note taking apps available, it’s not necessarily optimal. Where Write excels compared to more general purpose note-taking apps and annotation tools (like Xournalpp, a similar open source app I’ve written about before) is in its focus on catering to the scribbled word and nothing else. This app describes itself as “a word processor for handwriting” and the feature set it comes with is totally geared towards that aim, offering... Read more