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SSD Badassedness

Posted by ebowen On March - 13 - 2010

Yes, it’s a word…if you don’t believe me look it up in…ok I made it up, but it definitely applies to this video.  I realize that this is just a commercial for Samsung SSDs but I find it cool, if completely corny.  They daisy chain 24 256GB SSDs together for 6 TB of SSD storage and 2GB per second of throughput to the processor.  For those of you who are still reading this and thought I was just speaking some Latvian regional dialect I will translate from nerd…

Solid State Drives (SSD) have no moving parts.  Normal hard drives store data on spinning discs, or platters.  As computer processors and memory have gotten faster hard drives really haven’t and as a result computers aren’t as fast as they could be, and because they spin at 7-10k RPM they wear down faster than they would without moving parts.  SSDs allow for faster access to the data on your drive which means everything works faster…and I mean FUCKING FAST.   They’re lighter, faster, smaller, and can cost 5 times as much as a regular hard drive…

Just check this video out.  Note:  I don’t recommend defragmenting an SSD like they do in the video, it could be very detrimental to it’s health.


Wolfram Alpha: The Next Step in Search Technology

Posted by ebowen On May - 18 - 2009

This is an auspicious day in the history of stuff. More exactly, it’s a red letter day in the history of the internet and computer science…or something like that. What this thing does is take what you ask it and figure out how to answer your question rather than just give you articles that contain the words you put in. The Wolfram Alpha project goals are:

1. To make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone.
2. to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities to the broadest possible range of people—spanning all professions and education levels
3. Be an an ambitious, long-term intellectual endeavor that we intend will deliver increasing capabilities over the years and decades to come. With a world-class team and participation from top outside experts in countless fields, our goal is to create something that will stand as a major milestone of 21st century intellectual achievement.

You can ask it questions and it will return an amazing amount of knowledge that is heretofore unheard of in a search engine. For instance…I put in the term “MSFT and AOL”…that is all. WA interpreted that as me asking it to look up the stocks for the two companies and then compare them…but AOL is no longer AOL it’s TWX. The engine figured that out and gave me an awesome comparison of the performance of the 2 companies.  It’s got charts and graphs and tables of all the relevant information.


Want a comparison between “caffeine vs. aspirin”?  No problem…


We’re talking contextual answers to your searchs…not key words…this is the 21st damn century people!! and only 10 years into it.  Of course as the project grows so too will the capability…I’m really excited to see what they can do.


I Love Making Faces

Posted by ebowen On May - 3 - 2009

As I was browsing today I found one of the coolest sites I’ve seen in a while.  The Ultimate Flash Face is a very cool face making web app in flash that is as fun as it is useful. Imagine how great this thing would be for use by police…with absolutely no training someone can put together a sketch of someone they witnessed during a crime or someone who is missing. I’ve been making ridiculous faces for the past hour and am having a blast…the one below is a conehead cross dresser I’m particularly proud of.   Try it out.



Interactive Internet Meme Presenter

Posted by ebowen On April - 2 - 2009 has put together 4 ways to present internet memes…a map, a time line, a flip book, and a basic list.     Although a bit rough in places…especially the flip book one, I’d have to say that it’s an incredibly interesting and worthwhile site to check out.

The map uses the Google map API and plots out where the meme originates on the map of the world and links to the media from the thumb tack instead of directions, it’s really cool.


The time line breaks the memes down by, you guessed it, the time the meme originally appeared.


The flip book is a bit hard to explain, it’s sort of like the time line, but with a bunch of the videos and other media taking up more real estate.


And then there’s the list…which is exactly what it sounds like.



Web Designer’s Wet Dream

Posted by ebowen On March - 16 - 2009

Over at I found a great collection of designing tools that I just had to bring to the attention of all 17 people who read this blog.  Before I found it I thought I was doing a pretty good job of designing stuff for work and at home.  Little did I know I was an idiot…ok, I knew it.  If you do any kind of visual design stuff there’s bound to be something in here for you.  Adobe’s Kuler is the one I use the most but they’re all outstanding.


More Free Alternative Software

Posted by ebowen On February - 18 - 2009

TheBlueRaja on the put together an outstanding list of alternative free software…I though I would share it with the 10 people that read this blog… there are waaaay too many for my feeble mind to count so I’m just going estimate it at a shit ton.

3D Graphics:
Anim8or –
Blender –
gmax –
Maya Personal Learning Ed. –…le/index.shtml
Now3D –

AntiVir –
Avast –

Anti Spyware:
Ad-aware –
CWShredder –…-10301586.html
Diet K –
HiJackThis –
SpyBot Search & Destroy –
SpywareBlaster –
SpywareGuard –

IRC Clients:
BersIRC –
BitchX –
HydraIRC –
TinyIRC –
XChat –

Audio Players:
1by1 –
Foobar 2000 –
iTunes –
Jet Audio Basic –
Musik –
QCD Player –
Sonique –
Winamp –

Audio Tools:
Audacity –
CDex –
dBpowerAMP Music Converter –
Encounter 2003 –
GermaniXEncoder –
K-MP3 –
KraMixer –
ModPlug Tracker
MP3 Book Helper –
MP3 Tag –
mp3DirectCut –
MP3Gain –
mp3Trim –
MusicBrainz –
Rarewares –
SoundEngine Free –
TagScanner –
The GodFather –

CD/DVD Burning:
Burn4Free –
Burnatonce –
CDBurnerXP –
CDR Tools Frontend –
Deepburner –
DVD Decrypter:
Easy Burning, DropCD & Audio CD –

Compression / Decompression:
7-zip –
bzip2 –
FilZip –
IZArc –
QuickZip –
TUGZip –
UltimateZIP –
Zip&Go –
Zipgenius –

Defrag Software:
DIRMS & Buzzsaw –
OpenVMS –

Desktop Enhancements:
CursorXP –
MobyDock –
tclock2 –

Download managers:
Fresh Download –
LeechGet –
Net Transport –
Star Downloader –
wackget –
wget –

Encryption and data security:
Axcrypt –
Blowfish Advanced CS-
Eraser –
File Shredder –
GnuPG –
PGP Freeware –
WindowsCleaner –

File Managers:
2xExplorer –
A43 –
Gyula’s Navigator –
JExplorer –
MeeSoft Commander –

File repair and recovery:
PC Inspector File Recovery –

Kerio (Kerio Personal Firewall is FREE for home and personal use) –
Outpost Firewall (version 1 is free) –
Sygate (FREE for personal use) –
Zonealarm Basic firewall –…eeDownload.jsp

FTP Clients:
Filezilla! –
SmartFTP –

FTP Servers:
FileZilla –
GuildFTPD –…plication=8334
Quick ‘n Easy FTP Server –
SlimFTPd –

HTML Editors:
1st page 2000 –
Aracnophilia –
HTML-Kit –
Selida –
Trellian webPAGE –
TSW WebCoder –

Image viewers:
Ahaview –
Irfanview –
SlowView –
XNView –

Instant Messenger:
Gaim –
Miranda IM –
Rhymbox –
Trillian Basic –

Internet Explorer Front-Ends:
Avantbrowser –
MyIE2 –
SlimBrowser –

Mail programs:
i.Scribe –
Mahogany Mail –
Pegasus Mail –
Thunderbird –

Anti-spam programs:
K9 –
POPFile –
SpamBayes –

Network Tools:
CMDTime NTP Utility –
Ethereal Protocol Analyzer –
NMap –
Ntop –
PingPlotter –
RAS Graph & Stats –…&threadid=2400
RealVNC –
TightVNC –
UltraVNC –
WinSCP –

Office Suite:
602PC Suite free edition –
AbiWord –
Open Office –

Partition Managers:
Partition Resizer –
Ranish Partition Manager –
TestDisk –

PDF Utilities:
Foxit PDF Reader –
Free PDF –
Ghostscript/GSView –
PDF 995 –
PDFCreator –

Photo manipulation and image design:
ColorPic –
Pixia –
Sodiodi –
The Gimp –
Tuxpaint –

ActivePerl –
Dev C++ –
Dev Pascal –
Eclipse –
Freepascal –
jEdit –
PHP Hypertext Parser –
Python –
Ruby –
SharpDevelop –

Pop-up Blockers:
Google Toolbar –
NoAds –
PopUp Stopper –
Privoxy –
Proxomitron –

System Information and monitoring:
AIDA32 –
Gkrellm –
Motherboard monitor –
WCPUID –…/download.html

Video codes :
DivX Codec –…rom_/index.php
Kazaa Lite Codec Pack –
Nimo Codec Pack –
Quicktime Alternative –
Real Player Alternative –

Video players :
BsPlayer –
Cygwin MPlayer –
MaximusDVD –
Media Player Classic –…group_id=82303
VideoLan –

Video tools:

DVD Shrink –
DScaler –
GSpot –
VirtualDub –
VirtualDubMod –…group_id=65889
xviD –
Zwei-Stein Video Editor –

Web browsers:

Firefox –
Internet Explorer –
K-Meleon –
Mozilla –
Netscape –

Web servers:
Abyss –
Aprelium Abyss –
Apache –
Sambar –
Savant –
TinyWeb –

Webcam Software:
booruWebCam –
Pryme –

Checksum Utilities:
fsum –
hksfv –
md5sum –
md5summer –

General Utilities And Other Applications:

AnalogX –
AppRocket –
Celestia –
Cygwin –
Dirkey –
EditPad Lite –
Inno Setup –
Memtest-86 –
MWSnap –
NetTime –
Nullsoft Installer –
Peerguardian –
QuickSFV –
png2ico –
Stickies –
Sysinternals –
TClockEx –
Vim –


Odd and Useful Google Earth Maps

Posted by ebowen On February - 17 - 2009

I’ve seen collections of interesting Google Earth maps but nothing like these 2 websites.

First off, has a huge collection of 519 odd Google Earth maps from around the world…they contain things like shipwrecks and marriage proposals written in a field.


Next up I found which has THOUSANDS of famous sight-seeing places around the world like the collection of aircraft in Texas or Big Ben in London.



Web Based Toolbox

Posted by ebowen On February - 17 - 2009

No, it’s not that guy you know that wears jorts…it’s a toolbox of web based applications that do almost every task you can do online.  From calendars to money converters and video editors to money management…this site has it all.  I didn’t know that you could do half of this stuff online let alone that there were this many options available…


VuYou…free Video Email service

Posted by ebowen On February - 16 - 2009

Well I don’t exactly know what you’d call video emails…but Vemail sounds appropriate. (edit: I guess it’s not Vemail it’s just video email).  All you need for VuYou is a webcam and a computer (with an account of course) you can send a video email to anyone you know…Create an online video blog of your interests, hobbies, pastimes, or an online video diary…Create your own podcast…or use it as a host for your video files that you add to Ebay or your social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook.



Forward Ports Like a Pro

Posted by ebowen On February - 13 - 2009

Over at they have the most extensive list of router and firewall port forwarding instructions I’ve ever seen.  They have developed support documents for hundreds of devices.  Each guide contains tens if not hundreds of software port forwarding instructions that are awesome for everyone.  If you haven’t heard of this place you gotta go and check it out.


Another Reason to Hate MS

Posted by ebowen On February - 9 - 2009

So Microsoft has announced that it’s Windows 7 Starter edition will only allow the user to run 3 applications concurrently (not including anti-virus). Wow…I can’t articulate how absolutely retarded I thin Microsoft is…you dig yourself (maybe) out of a hole you dug deep with Vista and then you shoot yourself in the foot with this awful idea. It’s odd that since Microsoft :

Microsoft told journalists at last year’s Professional Developers Conference that 70% of Windows users have between eight and 15 windows open at any one time.

Man…I hate to say it but those idiots over at MS make even Apple seem like an option….Just kidding, I’m totally not into dudes…


Where are You Going to Stick Your IPod

Posted by markb On January - 31 - 2009


This is probably the most bad-ass, yet hide it when your mom comes over, IPod dock I have ever seen.


Little Known Google Features

Posted by ebowen On January - 26 - 2009 has a cool post about all of the other feature of Google that most people overlook.  Check it out.



Cheap New Personal Supercomputer

Posted by ebowen On January - 25 - 2009

Nvidia has come out with a new personal super computer…it’s called the Tesla.  They use 4 GPUs  (each with 240 computing cores each for a total of 960) that enable massive parallel computing in a small package.  Each core has 4GB of dedicated RAM.  The Tesla is capable of almost 4 teraflops (tera FLoating point OPerations per Second or One trillion floating point operations per second) of processing power…to put this in to context,  the average PC in 2008 can handle around fifty-one Gigaflops, which makes the Tesla 250 times faster than your desktop.  The Tesla is based on the NVIDIA® CUDA™ computing archetecture.  All for the low, low price of ~$10,000…this computer is thousands of times faster than the Cray super-computer which cost $15 million.  You can also build your own for about $8500.

Below are the tech specs of the Tesla as provided by Nvidia.  For more details on the Tesla check out the Nvidia Tesla home page.

Tesla Architecture

  • Massively-parallel many-core architecture
  • 240 scalar processor cores per GPU
  • Integer, single-precision and double-precision floating point operations
  • Hardware Thread Execution Manager enables thousands of concurrent threads per GPU
  • Parallel shared memory enables processor cores to collaborate on shared information at local cache performance
  • Ultra-fast GPU memory access with 102 GB/s peak bandwidth per GPU
  • IEEE 754 single-precision and double-precision floating point
  • Each Tesla C1060 GPU delivers 933 GFlops Single Precision and 78 GFlops Double Precision performance

Software Development Tools

  • C language compiler, debugger, profiler, and emulation mode for debugging
  • Standard numerical libraries for FFT (Fast Fourier Transform), BLAS (Basic Linear Algebra Subroutines), and CuDPP (CUDA Data Parallel Primitives)

Product Details

  • 3 or 4 Tesla C1060 Computing Processors with 4GB of dedicated memory per GPU
  • 2.33 GHz+ Quad-core AMD Phenom or Opteron, — OR — Quad-core Intel Core 2 or Xeon
  • Minimum system memory: 12 GB for 3 Tesla C1060s and 16 GB for 4 Tesla C1060s (at least 4GB per Tesla C1060)
  • 12GB+ system memory (at least 4GB per Tesla C1060)
  • 1200-1350 Watt Power supply
  • Acoustics < 45dbA

Supported Platforms

  • Microsoft® Windows® XP 64-bit and 32-bit (64-bit recommended)
  • Linux® 64-bit and 32-bit (64-bit recommended)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5
    • SUSE 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3


Alternative Search Engines

Posted by ebowen On January - 25 - 2009

Here’s a good collection of search engines that are better than Google at finding specific things…also I’ve noticed that if you use Yahoo and for the same searches as in Google you find other things.  It almost goes without saying that if you want information that might not be flattering to Google you’ll want to use another search engine because Google filters out a lot of things about themselves.

Thanks to Comment posters here are some other ones not mentioned in that post: is better than Rapidshare1 no annoying pop ups for downloading free stuff for finding things on ebay A highly customized search to help find movies, songs, and code & do the same thing as Tickex another site for finding e-books for searching all human rights databases free genealogy search engine


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