Archive for March, 2011

Big Iron 2011

I’ve been dreaming of a setup for a super node in a distributed cache I’m designing. Here’s the specs for the computer I would love to put in the basement:

Cost Per Quantity Cost
Server Sun Fire X4270 $6500 1 $6500
Processor Intel Xeon 7500

  • Speed: 2.6 GHz
  • Cores: 8
  • L3 Cache: 24 MB
$1000 2 $2000
Memory Patriot Viper

  • Size: 8 GB
$130 18 $2340
Storage Western Digital VelociRaptor

  • Size: 600 GB
$240 24 $5760
Total $16600

All I need is a mere $17k for 13 TB of storage and 140 GB of RAM.

I’ve been reencoding my camcorder videos. They’re 720×480 and I’m getting about 15 MB / min. So I could store just under two continuous years of footage.

Of course, to make it useful, I’d also need an OC-24.

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Javascript Katamari

The Katamari hack is one of the more entertaining bits of html5 I’ve seen in a while.


(If you’re not reading this post in its original location, the link probably doesn’t work because most RSS readers strip out scripts.)

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Loading jQuery in SVG

I’ve been reorganizing and ran across the Facebook page for the Technoanarchy I made as a part of a sci-fi story, The Revolution Will Be Televised. I made a logo that I think looks reasonably good:

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I thought a a script to animate the colors when someone clicked it would be entertaining. It’s pretty straightforward in jQuery:

$(document).click( function() {
  $( 'path, rect' ).each( function() {
    $(this).css({ fill : genColor() })
  } )
} )

Unfortunately, even though a new version is out, it still won’t load in SVG documents. I hacked out a couple workarounds to get it to load.

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Collecting Award Winners

I’ve been playing more with the Kindle the last few days. It really needs a better interface for navigating books. Three things I think the Kindle should have:

  • The ability to manage the document collections through the filesystem
  • Nested document collections
  • HTML support

I’m really hopeful that the noteslate doesn’t turn out to be vaporware. With the solar-charger cover, it is essentially the lightbook. It claims to be open-source, but there’s no access to the code from their website.


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EBook Weirdness

Something strange with Google ebooks: when I search for The Year’s Best SF 13, it doesn’t show up.

From the publisher’s purchasing page, I end up at EBooks Inc. which has a Google ebooks link.

It turns out I do get a result if I search by the ISBN.

Year's Best SF 13

Unfortunately, before I discovered this, I bought the Nook version. Before I can get it on my Kindle, I need to remove the DRM.

The PC-based reader has been updated since the extraction was written. I’m working to update them hindered only by no experience debugging crypto.

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