The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Wednesday, 29 October 2003]

Lord of the Switchers

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.

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Book roundup, part 27

Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.

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Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.

Book roundup, part 26

Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.

Renewing the nerd card: Installing Ubiquiti UniFi in the house

The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism

Working in the pod mines

What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.

It is impossible for a person to begin to learn what he already thinks he knows

Smell the Foam Finger

Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.

Book roundup, part 25

Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.