Archive for August, 2009

Computers

Today I got my new computer and figured I may as well brag about specs 😉 Here’s a list of all my networked devices, they join Carlo Angiuli’s computers along with the other housemates’ laptops, iPods and phones. We have a total of 14 devices on our network – egads!

UPDATE: 1/21/10 – OS upgrades for singularity and little-guy

  • singularity – my new primary desktop. 8x as fast as sweetness and consumes half as much total power.
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 905e – 2.5GHz, 65W energy efficient
    RAM
    4GB DDR3 1333
    Chipset
    AMD 785G
    Graphics
    AMD/ATi Radeon HD 4200 (integrated)
    Storage
    3x500GB SATA II
    Optical
    Samsung 22x DVD-RW
    Operating System
    Gentoo Linux 2.6.32 & Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” & Windows 7 Professional
    Year
    2009
  • sweetness – my stalwart companion for 5 years. She’s still an excellent single core system, but we live in an era of immense parallelization, so it’s time to move on. Any new usage ideas?
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 2800+ – 1.8GHz, 89W, overclock to 2.4GHz for gaming
    RAM
    2GB DDR 400
    Chipset
    nVidia nForce 4 SLI
    Graphics
    nVidia 7900GS 256MB
    Storage
    160GB, 80GB SATA
    Optical
    18x DVD-RW, 20x DVD-ROM
    Operating System
    Gentoo Linux 2.6.32 & Windows XP Professional
    Year
    2004
  • media-pc – generic name avoids over-attachment. This beautiful box drives our 37″ panel upstairs and hosts our household media.
    CPU
    AMD Athlon X2 4850e – 2.4GHz, 45W energy efficient
    RAM
    4GB DDR2 800
    Chipset
    AMD 780G
    Graphics
    ATI Radeon HD 3450+3200 hybrid crossfire
    Storage
    2TB SATA II
    Optical
    22x DVD-RW
    Operating System
    Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”
    Year
    2008
  • little-guy – the netbook, a Dell Mini 9 [review]
    CPU
    Intel Atom N270 – 1.6GHz
    RAM
    1GB DDR2 800
    Chipset
    Intel 945G
    Graphics
    Intel GMA 950
    Storage
    4GB Solid State
    Optical
    none
    Operating System
    Jolicloud Pre-beta
    Year
    2009

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Hymn #101

Yeah I’ve come to know the wishlist of my father.
I’ve come to know the shipwrecks where he wished.
I’ve come to wish aloud among the overdressed crowd.
Come to witness now the sinking of the ship.
Throwing pennies from the seatop next to it.

And I’ve come to roam the forest past the village
With a dozen lazy horses in my cart.
I’ve come here to get eyed
To do more than just get by
I’ve come to test the timber of my heart.
Oh I’ve come to test the timber of my heart.

And I’ve come to be untroubled in my seeking.
And I’ve come to see that nothing is for naught.
I’ve come to reach out blind
To reach forward and behind
For the more I seek the more I’m sought
Yeah, the more I seek the more I’m sought.

And I’ve come to meet the sheriff and his posse,
To offer him the broad side of my jaw.
I’ve come here to get broke,
Then maybe bum a smoke.
We’ll go drinking two towns over after all.
Well, we’ll go drinking two towns over after all.

And I’ve come to meet the legendary takers.
I’ve only come to ask them for a lot.
Oh they say I come with less than I should rightfully possess.
I say the more I buy the more I’m bought.
And the more I’m bought the less I cost.

And I’ve come to take their servants and their surplus.
And I’ve come to take their raincoats and their speed.
I’ve come to get my fill
To ransack and spill.
I’ve come to take the harvest for the seed.
I’ve come to take the harvest for the seed.

And I’ve come to know the manger that you sleep in.
I’ve come to be the stranger that you keep.
I’ve come from down the road,
And my footsteps never slowed.
Before we met I knew we’d meet.
Before we met I knew we’d meet.

And I’ve come here to ignore your cries and heartaches.
I’ve come to closely listen to you sing.
I’ve come here to insist
That I leave here with a kiss.
I’ve come to say exactly what I mean.
And I mean so many things.

And you’ve come to know me stubborn as a butcher.
And you’ve come to know me thankless as a guest.
But will you recognize my face
When God’s awful grace
Strips me of my jacket and my vest,
And reveals all the treasure in my chest?

Joe Pug – Hymn #101
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Most Influential

What is your biggest influence?

It’s an open question – the {noun} that most influenced your calling/work/studies/career/purpose/etc to date: book, article, movie, paper, film, photo, story, person, relative, musician, artist, website, event, gadget, activity, anything! What’s the one thing that got you into what you’re into?

For me it’s the Towards 2020 Science Report (2.3MB PDF). The buzz I had after reading this report was incredible. We are standing literally on the precipice of scientific revolution – just as the discovery of algebra and calculus prompted the scientific revolutions of ages past, the development of computation is completely changing how we can look at the universe. Everything can be modeled. We can create “artificial scientists”. This awesomeness is why I do artificial intelligence.

Right now – what is that thing? What is your biggest influence? What sparks your fire?

Edit: Had to republish and refocus on school/career/interests – in the grand scheme of things there are other influences of greater or equal stature. 🙂

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