Great article on O’Reilly about the Virginia Tech G5 cluster and how it came to be.
One of the funniest parts to me was that after meeting with Apple and getting delivery commitment from them, Virginia Tech ordered the machines through the online Apple Store. I wonder if the system generated any warnings? Ahem, 1,100 units, you say? Are you sure?
Also, the project lead had never used a Mac before. Apple and IBM sure are getting their act together with the G5s. As one of the legion of Mac users who’ve suffered through the ridiculousness of Motorola’s attempts at increasing the clock speeds of the G4s–seriously, .25GHz increase in six months?–I can’t wait for the day when the low-end Macs all come with G5s and the high-end is the G6, and Motorola can go back to their “core competency” of crappy cellphones.
Music: Precious by Armin van Buuren
Posted Wednesday, 29 October, 2003 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.