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Ubuntu 64 bit is awesome!

October 19, 2007

I tried to go 64 bit only when fiesty came out. No could do.

Gibbon is down right awesome. I haven’t installed “every” program I use, but it is miles ahead of 64 bit feisty. A keeper for sure.

Well done!!


Would Walmart by Ebay for its credit cards/Paypal?

October 11, 2007

Something Cramer said tonight sparked my interest…

Google search result critique

August 10, 2007

I use Google pretty extensively for my research at work (100+ searches a day).  I have noticed lately that a lot of the first page items are patents.  This is crap to me, and has driven me to put -patents in the search every time I search to make sure I don’t get patents in the results.

Google, if you are reading, please fix this.

New Computer – Dual Socket F

July 1, 2007

Just got done building my next new computer. I settled on an AMD based dual socket server motherboard. I figure I can spend money on new cpu’s for the next 4 years (Barcelona). For now I only have the slowest 2000 series dual core Opteron. With extra dvd drives, hard drives laying around I was able to pay 360 bucks for a super-micro dual socket board, and the whole system only cost (so far) 900 dollars.

Boy, am I happy with it. It started up first try, runs cool, and kicks my poor althon xp 3200 in the but.

The only problem that I have had is running 64 bit Linux. I tried to run Ubuntu 64 bit. After a week, I gave up, I don’t give up easily, their was just too much missing from 64 bit to make it worth it. I ran the wrappers for firefox plugin, compiled my nvidia drivers… etc.. I guess I just use too many programs that are 32 bit only so far. Xilinx IDE, various Google programs, printing, I gave up. I saved a chunck of my hard drive to try again in the fall, and I am hopeful.

So I am sitting here, staring at my 6 memory slots, 1 cpu socket, 2nd x16 pci express slot, and 5 sata connectors dreaming of the day when I afford to populate them all.

Google Charts

April 18, 2007

Am I the only one who has Charting capabilities in Google Spreadsheets this morning?

Mechanical Turk

March 30, 2007

So I was checking out Amazons Mechanical Turk. Where you can perform tasks like dictation and image recognition that are hard for computers and then earn pennies. Kinda cool, one “HIT” even went as far to pay a dollar to just put a link to a certain website up.

There, I made a buck. Life is awesome huh?


January 23, 2007

I got a beta test account with new Joost online TV formally known as The Venice Project. My vote is in. It is quite good! I can’t wait for the Linux version to come out. Oh and I converted my sister to Linux (Ubuntu). Two down thousands to go.