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Tuesday, January 15



Either Benford's Law strikes again, or we've got over a billion users at my day job.  I'm betting on Benford's Law.

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Monday, January 07


Fifty Shades Of Grey Market

Neither the 3G version of the Nexus 7 nor the Kindle Fire (in any version) are sold in Australia...  Officially.

Unofficially is a different matter.  The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 looks nice, but is out of stock at this etailer.  Of course, the Nexus 10 looks nice too and is out of stock everywhere, so I can't hold that against them too much.

Given how much I use my Nexus 7, that 32GB 3G version is very tempting.  Of course, if I buy one it will likely be superseded the following week.

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Thursday, January 03


Rehabilitate Me Maybe

I had a 4TB Seagate USB 3 drive sitting around doing nothing, because when I plug it into Nagi (my Windows box) it works for about 15 minutes and then falls asleep.  And since Nagi only has USB 2 it's not very fast anyway.

I don't have Shana (my new Windows box) up and running yet, though all the pieces are put together, but Lina (my new Linux box) has USB 3.  So the questions are: Does USB 3 work at real USB 3 speed on CentOS 6.3's kind of old kernel?   And will the Seagate drive work if I plug it in?

And the answers are yes.

I wrote a 40GB file in 350 seconds.  I'm currently trying a 400GB file, and it's settled down to a steady 135MB per second.  That's not shabby at all for an inexpensive external drive.  Actually, that's amazing for an inexpensive external drive if you're used to USB 2.

Also did some Samba file transfers from Nagi to Lina; that delivered about 60MB per second, which is pretty decent, though not amazing.

Update: 3015 seconds to write 400GB, from start of write to having the disk synced and unmounted, so an average of about 132MB per second.  Not bad at all.

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Tuesday, January 01



I can now deploy a complete Minx development environment - Python, Ruby, Lua and LuaJIT (for scripting), MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Riak, CouchDB, Neo4J, ElasticSearch, RabbitMQ, PhantomJS, and about 240 Python and Ruby modules, with a single command and in just under 3 minutes.

Building a new version of the environment from scratch has also been reduced to a single command, but takes nearly an hour, even parallelised.  The build directory is 1.4GB, and that's when I install a majority of the components from binary packages.

Update: Added support for Cassandra, Kyoto Cabinet/Tycoon, Qpid, Nginx, Varnish, Pound, NodeJS and Luvit.  No Hbase / Hadoop, at least, not yet; that's a whole 'nother kettle of worms.

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