The Geal test: extending the Joel Test

The Joel test was written by Joel Spolsky to provide a few very simple questions for developers to ask in an interview. Here they are:

Smalltalk for engineers

For more than a year, I have been playing with Smalltalk, and more specifically the Pharo project, and I had a lot of fun! Now, I'd like to share this experience. I saw a lot of introductions to Smalltalk, but they were all about its amazing features from a CS point of vue. I'm a software engineer, so I'll give you a more pragmatic look, with a few useful tips.

Update to a safer VLC

VLC 1.1.4 is out, with a fix for the DLL preloading attack!

Read more about that issue in the release notes and the security advisory.

Fixing the DLL loading vulnerability

Update 24/08/2010: Microsoft published an advisory, there's an article from the MSRC about the preloading DLL vulnerability, and a tool that fixes the problem. And if you want to know more, there's an MSDN article.

VLC 1.1.1 is out: GPU decoding for ATI

VLC 1.1.1 was just released! A lot of bugs were fixed, and now, GPU decoding works on ATI cards! You need Catalyst 10.7 to use DxVA on your ATI GPU.

Other important news: libVLC has a lot of new useful functions, like libvlc_set_user_agent(), or libvlc_video_set_callbacks() and libvlc_video_set_format() to replace the --vmem-* hack.

Enjoy this new release!