How to resize bitmap images using C++ [shorts #2]

Since 2016, I’ve always returned back to my Macintosh Classic CRT build, constantly trying to refine the project and make it easier to reproduce my results. In my latest attempt, I used a Raspberry Pi to communicate with the monitor. While that method worked like a charm for me, others have reported a few problems they’ve encountered and possible solutions. In my next attempt to finally get this project right, I decided to go down another path. Without going into too much detail here, the new method required me to implement a simple scaling and dithering algorithm in C++. This short article discusses my image scaling solution in C++.

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Writing a Quick and Easy Thread-Monitor (Watchdog) in Python [shorts #1]

A thread-monitor, often also referred to as a watchdog, is extremely helpful when building multi-threaded and reliable applications. In its simplest form, a watchdog should detect when one or more threads hang or crash, and it should restart the problematic threads if necessary. Depending on your use-case, you could implement this helper in a variety of ways, and you could add many more features such as a heartbeat function that allows each thread to report its progress to the monitor.

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Simple Swinging Power Lines and Ropes in Unity

I wanted to create dynamic power lines for a game that I’ve been working on in Unity for the last few weeks. I couldn’t find a solution that satisfied my requirements, and so I decided to implement a custom solution, which I wanted to share with you.

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How to program an arcball (orbiting) camera in Unity using spherical coordinates

A while ago, I wrote this article about a simple implementation of an Arcball camera in C++. In it, I described how that could get done without using Quaternions, spherical coordinates, or a lookAt function. Anyway, just out of curiosity, I decided to create a minimal implementation of an orbiting arcball camera in C# using spherical coordinates.

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Functional-Style Operations in Java with the Stream API

I discussed Java Lambda Expressions quite a time ago in another article. Those were not the only new thing that got implemented in Java 8. Besides Lambdas, Type-Annotations, and Default methods in interfaces, version 8 of the Java API added support for functional-style operations. Because I think that this is quite a rarely discussed feature, I decided to write this short introduction to the Java Stream API and how it can be used for basic functional-style programming in Java.

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Native real-time and multithreaded programming on the Arduino Nano 33 BLE (Mbed OS)

A long time ago, I released a series about real-time programming on a BeagleBone Black. I then decided to use the BBB to control the CRT display of an old Macintosh Classic computer. As you can imagine, I was thrilled when the new Arduino Nano series with built-in real-time capabilities was announced and in this article, I’d like to revisit the old topic and discuss what has changed over the years.

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