And look at my watch!
It's pink.
It's running backwards.

Tuesday, November 29

Geek

Crossover


Seagate Savvio 15K.3 300GB SAS 2.5" disk $695
Intel 320 300GB SATA MLC SSD $532
Not just for performance, but for capacity, a mid-range SSD is now cheaper than a high-end disk drive.  Though that will likely reverse in a couple of months as drives start flowing out of Thailand again.

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Monday, November 28

Geek

Three Months


Total accesses: 237363678 - Total Traffic: 9557.4 GB
CPU Usage: u17.42 s3.02 cu287.49 cs0 - .00387% CPU load
29.8 requests/sec - 1.2 MB/second - 42.2 kB/request80 requests currently being processed, 37 idle workers
Not sure about those CPU usage figures, but 237 million hits in three months ain't too bad.

And then there's the other virtual servers...

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Saturday, November 26

Life

The Sound Of Stridence

Well, technically, stridulation.  Last night there was an invisible cricket the size of a '57 Chevy directly outside my bedroom window. 

I say it was that big based on the noise it made - the loudest insect I have ever encountered - and I say invisible because when I went outside, in the rain, with a torch, I couldn't see a damn thing, but it started right up again when I went back in and turned the lights off.

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Friday, November 18

Art

Capsule Reviews

Zendegi, Greg Egan

Meh.  Lost interest, stopped reading.

Snuff, Terry Pratchett

Not his best.  But then, his best is very, very good.

The Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge

The long-awaited sequel to the classic A Fire Upon the Deep disappoints.  Some interesting parts, but the villain of the piece is petty, stupid, and dull.  Doesn't measure up to the original or the prequel.*

The Atrocity Archive, The Jennifer Morgue, The Fuller Memorandum, Charles Stross

I like most (not all, but most) of Stross's work, and these are some of his best.  Think computational linguistics meets British spy thriller meets H. P. Lovecraft.  Snow Crash meets Declare.  Recommended if you like any of those things.  (I was re-reading those after I tossed Zendegi on the eight deadly words pile.)

The Clockwork Rocket, Greg Egan

Has potential, still reading.  It's about an amoeboid alien chick from another universe who is her species' Einstein-analogue.  The science is laid on a bit thick at times - what I'm looking for is more of Egan's brilliant last-third-of-Schild's-Ladder** and so far this is intriguing but not quite it.

* Mind you, both of those won the Hugo award for best novel, so it had a lot to live up to.

** The first third wasn't bad either; the second third plodded, but the last third took wing and soared.

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Wednesday, November 16

Life

Precipitation, Precipitation

Kindly depart my vicinity and return on a subsequent occasion.

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Sunday, November 13

Anime

Chihayafuru

It's from a josei manga series of the same name centered around - and I kid you only very slightly - full-contact snap.

It's actually not bad, a ray of light in a pretty dull season.


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Friday, November 04

Geek

We Have Less Than No Bananas

Disk drive prices are now up as much as 80% over a month ago.

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