Freddinos, Puerto de la Cruz

We went on holiday to Tenerife recently. It was nice, but very hot - the on-street temperature displays were reading 39°C on the day we arrived. So it was a real shame that the air conditioning was not working in our hotel :-( Actually, it's the first time in over a decade that we've felt let down by Thomson holidays (TUI). The hotel was just not up to their usual standard. But apart from that, we had a nice time.

Anyway, when on holiday I'm extra-happy if I can find a decent cup of coffee.. Most of the Spanish coffee is not to my personal taste, so I have pretty low expectations when I go to the Canary Islands. I mostly prefer the Italian style of caffeinated beverage of course...

But we actually found this place, which did nice 'Italian-style' coffee and was also extremely cheap:

Result! So look out for Freddinos if you're in Puerto de la Cruz and want a nice coffee.

But I have to say their ice cream and cheesecakes were awesome too, look at this beauty:

We had to go back several times, just to make sure...

Extra speedy H2D2 on the Mac

I remember there was a time I was very happy because H2D2 was running my Mandelbrot test program in about 650 milliseconds (whereas the original proof of concept, DALIS, took nearly 12 seconds to do the same thing).

Since moving over to my new MacBook and compiling the H2D2 source using Xcode, just look at the result now:

Whoa! 72 milliseconds! Now that's impressive. This new MacBook is pretty fast, but I'm sure the Apple LLVM compiler is also playing its part in achieving that level of speed. I have done some optimisation work in H2D2 recently, but I don't think I can take the credit this time.

It really pays to do this type of 'system level' programming in C (plus I enjoy it of course). Right, I'm off to work on parsing string expressions now...