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Monday, June 30

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Well, Don't Do That Then!

My Vista box bluescreens repeatably when I try to play a DVD Shrink-shrunk, Daemon Tools-mounted ISO using Windows Media Player.

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If You Build It, Give Me One

Here are the builds for the workstations I mentioned below.  Prices are US, from Newegg.  I did the Australian pricing at Techbuy - a lot more expensive for the memory, but quite good otherwise.

The Opteron config is more expensive - and slower - but includes 16GB of memory instead of the 12GB on the Xeon.

Xeon Build $2304

Asus 7ZS motherboard $499
2 x Xeon E5410 (quad-core 2.33GHz) $550
3 x A-Data 4GB FB-DIMM kit $420
Lian-Li V1010A case $270
Corsair 750W power supply $130
2 x Seagate 750GB SATA drive $240
Sapphire 4850 512MB video card $195

Xeon Build w/24GB $3264

Substitute 6 x Kingston 4GB FB-DIMM $1380

Xeon Build w/32GB $3085

Substitute Tyan S5397AG2NRF motherboard $440
Substitute 8 x A-Data 4GB FB-DIMM kit $1120
Substitute Corsair 1000W power supply $270


Opteron Build $2322

Asus KFN5-D SLI motherboard $299
2 x Opteron 2352 (quad-core 2.1GHz) $628
4 x Kingston 4GB ECC Registered DDR2 kits $560
Lian-Li V1010A case $270
Corsair 750W power supply $130
2 x Seagate 750GB SATA drive $240
Sapphire 4850 512MB video card $195

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Toys

On a whim, I just priced a dual-quad-Opteron workstation with 16GB of memory.

Scary thing is, I can afford it.

Whether it's a remotely sane thing to buy is another matter entirely.

Hmm.  Same store has the Asus Z7S and 4GB FB-DIMMs at a (relatively) reasonable price, which would give me 24GB of memory.  But I don't know if that board would fit in my case.

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Monday, June 23

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Dear Diary

Today I implemented 1120 API calls.

Well, okay, I have a bit of mucking about to do with the template generator, but still, not bad for a day's work, eh?

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Sunday, June 22

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Not So Delicious Flakiness

I got an error notification from Minx (Minx emails me whenever there's an error) saying that the maximum number of open files had been exceeded.  I logged in and poked around a bit and bumped up the allowed number of open files.

Then I did a bit of testing, and Minx wasn't its usual sprightly self, even though the system was mostly idle, so I decided to restart it.

It had been running continuously since February 24.

And yes, there have been code updates since February 24.  Minx allows for code updates while it's running live.

What that means is not only can the system run, non-stop, for four months, even through code updates, but that none of my updates broke anything.

Also, because there are multiple background processes (each multi-threaded) and a front-end load balancer, I can do a staged restart such that the system is up even when it's being restarted.

Now back to hacking on 1.2...

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Friday, June 20

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Tera On The Desktop

What with all the people actually selling the new Radeon 4850, AMD decided that there was little point in maintaining the review embargo.  And so, disembargoed, reviews are popping up across the web.

It is 800 shaders.  That's 1 teraflop, single precision, for $199.*

Whee!

* And about 200 gigaflops double precision.

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Wednesday, June 18

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Safariffic

Innova Studio just announced - and I just bought - a copy of InnovaEditor.NET, which also supports Safari (and still supports non-.NET applications like Minx).

So that's you Mac guys sorted out! razz

$130 for a royalty-free license, and just $50 to upgrade, which is a real bargain given the wealth of features it provides.

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Monday, June 16

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Jessica Alba And Scarlet Johansson Wrestling Topless* In Lime Jello

Or the next best thing.

Item one: The Fusion io ioDrive.

80GB.  $2400.  9 watts. 120,000 IOPS.  600MB/second random writes.

If this thing really delivers, it's a silver bullet for mid-scale databases.  I want a silver bullet for mid-scale databases.

Item two: The AMD Radeon 4850.

Somewhere between 600 and 1000 GFLOPS.  $200.

I say "somewhere between 600 and 1000 GFLOPS", because this card has either 480 or 800 stream processors...  And a week from release, no-one is sure which.  At least, no-one who's talking.  Wikipedia says 800; I'm betting on the lower figure, based on die size and the too-good-to-be-true rule.  Even with 480 processors, though, it's one serious kick-ass video card at an amazing price.

* Only topless, because this is a class blog here.

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Saturday, June 14

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Operatic

Innova Editor (the editor used by Minx) works in Opera 9.5.  It kind of worked in earlier versions, but there were significant glitches.  Now it just works.

It does work more the way it works in IE than the way it works in Mozilla, but that may be due to the options I'm setting; I don't know which set of options Opera will pick up.

So my habit of hitting enter twice between paragraphs has to stop, and I have to learn instead to hit Shift-Enter when I want to break a line without a full paragraph break.  Hardly the end of the world!

I need to tweak just one thing to enable Innova for comments for Opera users; I'll do that now.

The one minor annoyance (apart from my double-enter habit) is that by default, if you double-click on text in Opera, it brings up a little context menu.  That doesn't prevent you using Innova, but it's irritating.  You can disable the menu in the Opera preferences: Ctrl-F12; Advanced tab; Toolbars; down the bottom there is an option Double-click text to display context menu; untick that.

On the plus side, Ctrl-i, Ctrl-b, and Ctrl-u work for italics/bold/underline; in Mozilla they bring up bookmarks, bookmarks (yes, both Ctrl-i and Ctrl-b are shortcuts for bookmarks) and the page source repsectively.  They can be overridden, but Innova doesn't.

That just leaves Safari as the holdout.  I have a proof-of-concept of another editor (SPAW) working with Minx.  It has some nice features (tabs, multiple edit boxes with one toolbar) but is designed to work with PHP, which Minx doesn't have.  That will come later; for now, we support three out of four of the major browsers, and Mac users can download Firefox. razz

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Wednesday, June 11

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Good News Everyone!

For the much delayed Minx 1.2:

MooTools 1.2 is out.  Core+More comes to 135K, or 35,405 bytes zipped (which Minx does automatically).  It's the standard Minx JavaScript library, so it will be cached across blogs, but it's still nice that it's so small.

CherryPy 3.1 is in RC1.  This tidies up a few issues I've had to work around with 3.0 and adds some nice new features for me.

Innova Editor 3.1 is out.  We're currently on 2.9; 3.0 adds a ribbon like the latest Microsoft Word.  Not sure what 3.1 brings; I'll have to check.  (Update: Mostly bugfixes, but it looks like you can also resize the editor on the fly, which will be neat.)

So now I just need to shove 1.2 out the door.  Working on that; I have a 4-day weekend coming up to devote to it.

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