I’m still learning the nuances of blogging. I like the titles without capitalization.

The two social media outlets I added to my blog menu most recently, Tumblr and Research Gate, lie at opposite ends of the intellectual spectrum. I have yet to train Tumblr that my interests are software development and computer science. Tumblr seems to be a kind of less efficient Twitter. A couple of searches for my favorite programming languages and frameworks turned up nothing. Other searches turned up an account or two on HTML5 and CSS. I don’t think I’ll be spending my time there.

Research Gate is where academic types go to publish everything from technical papers to peer reviewed journal submissions. I’ve had an on-again, off-again affair with academic publishing going back to my Masters thesis in 2000. One of the things I liked about working for Sun Microsystems was the emphasis they placed on data-based research and relationships with university scientists. I recently dusted off (figuratively) an old paper, Scaling Mathlib on Sun Fire Servers, that I cowrote with another engineer at Sun Microsystems, and published it on Research Gate. Even though performance characteristics of 900MHz CPUs is an outdated topic, I am still quite proud of this work. I had to do some work to translate it from StarOffice (Yikes! Old!) to Word. There was quite a bit of temptation to tighten up the wording in places, but I resisted.

One thing that annoys me about Research Gate is the link to my profile. You seem to need a registered account to see another researcher. Even worse, if you try to go to my link and you don’t have an account, you are taken to an unhelpful index site. That’s weird, and I don’t understand it.

Anyway, click the link above if you want to see the paper. 😄

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