Category Archives: Tech Bits

Tech Bits Grab Bag

A collection of links and topics of a technical sort, mostly directed at computing related things, with only modest commentary. Continue reading

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Dept. of O.P.M. – Oh Joy [NOT!]

A form letter telling me I’m in the OPM Hack, for those who haven’t seen one. Continue reading

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Even Barbie Is A Security Risk!

When Barbie is a spy, who will she tell? Does your child understand the idea of “don’t tell the doll anything to never want in your security review when you graduate college”? Continue reading

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Some Science Brain Kibble

A minor grab bag of some things I found interesting at the “Daily Tech” site. From putting a Mac Plus back on the internet, to 3-D printing a jet engine and asking “where’s the beef in The Beef story?”. Continue reading

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Personal TeraFlop Climate Simulator for How Much?

How much would it take to make your “Own Private Teraflop” supercomputer for weather and climate simulations? What has Moore’s Law done to the “Record” of “IBM’s ASCI Red” breaking the “Teraflop Barrier” in 1997? It was still running in 2006 during the peak of the Climate Model Hype (and runs) so is the right size. Continue reading

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Plan 9 (not from outer space)

It looks like “Plan 9” (the operating system) ought to make for a nice cluster OS. It has a way to use Unix / Linux programs (that I’ve not investigated yet) and I could easily see using it for a ‘backend OS’ even if the front end was left another OS. Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Model 2 and Amdahl

Some musing on the Raspberry Pi Model 2 as a compute engine and where it is imbalanced in the design. (Why having 4 x single core systems networked would be better for some class of problems.) Beowulf style. Continue reading

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