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New Machine

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Almost exactly five years later, my sturdy desktop machine has finally bit the dust. Since I've had it I've patched and upgraded, but finally last month when components in it started dropping like flies (first the power supply, then my primary hard drive (thank you backups!)) I decided it was time to get a new machine.

The specs:

  • Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+
  • 2x1GB OCZ DDR400
  • Antec Sonata II Case
  • 0.7 TB of disk space (3 hard drives)
  • DFI Lanparty NF4 w/ dual 1GB ethernet

With the two combined cores I've got over 8000 bogomips. Yeah baby!

It's blazingly fast and the antec case is as quiet as it promises. It even comes with rubber grommits for the hard drives. It was too bad that the lanparty doesn't come with an AGP slot, I had to pickup a PCI-E video card. I also wouldn't recommend the Lanparty NF4 with the sonata case. The case comes with ducting which a can't use due to the layout of the NF4. It was also a challenge to get all my hard drives plugged in. Here's some pics:

The guts
The Inside

The body
The Outside

2006 IT Predictions

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Read Paul Graham's essay on procrastination the other day... I think this would classify as Type B procrastination.

Good procrastination is avoiding errands to do real work.

That's what I'm talkin' about... of course I'm not doing it right now, but whatever.

Everyone else is doing it, so here's my predictions of things that will happen in the IT world in 2006. Most are pretty modest, but hey, I'm new at this :-).

1. RSS Probably the most obvious... RSS is going to gain in popularity. It will progressively be used by more applications and web sites... and hopefully a decent RSS feed reader will be released.

2. Ajax For those who don't know what ajax is, think google maps. 2006 will be the second coming of Javascript... ajax definitely has potential when used properly, but people are going to start throwing javascript everywhere again with little regard for people who use certain other browsers.

3. Identity Management You probably currently maintain a separate username and password at every site you visit, wouldn't it be nice to just have a single "identity" that you would take with you to every website? This is what I mean by identity management, and it will really begin to pick up steam in 2006, especially once firefox includes single sign-on as a feature in 2.0

4. $100 Computer The $100 computer being developed by One Laptop per Child will either undergo significant delays or have major design flaws and won't be released in 2006, hopefully by the end of 2007.

5. Dell Desktop Linux Support Dell will finally start selling and supporting Linux on their desktop computers.

6. Web 2.0 If you haven't heard the term already... you will in 2006. Of course... now you've heard the term just by reading this blog. Is that self-fulfilling or what?

7. DRM Non-techies will start to know what that acronymn means, and they aren't going to like it. A large thanks to Sony on this one.

8. Wiki Wikis will continue to take over documentation and publishing. Kiss your word documents and boring content management systems goodbye and say hello to collaborative documentation with wiki. This time next year, as many people who know what a blog is and have used one by now, will know what a wiki is, and have used it.

9. Podcasts Even more people will hate the term "Podcast".

10. Procrastination If you're still reading this, then you're type a procrastinating.

iriver or ipod?

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So I think I'm finally about ready to get an mp3 player. Right now I'm looking
the iriver and the ipod. I'd probably get the iriver 799 or an ipod mini, as I
want something that's not going to be too clunky when I go running or to the
gym.

The iriver is $229 and 1GB, the ipod mini starts at $249 and has 4GB. Right
now I'd say I'm leaning towards the iriver as I can just strap it to my arm
or whatever. And it can play ogg vorbis
files :-)! Oh yeah, the iriver also plays FM radio and lasts approx. 40 hrs. I
think you have to pay extra to get radio on an ipod (if possible) and it only
lasts up to 18 hours.

Anyone got any recommendations? Perhaps other mp3 players that are good?

Anyone??

Oh yeah, and some links:
http://www.iriveramerica.com/prod/ultra/700/ifp_799.aspx
http://www.apple.com/ca/ipodmini/

New blog software

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You may not notice right away, but my blog is no longer running the proprietary
movabletype... it's now using shrubxery.

I finally got around to doing it this weekend. If you notice any problems with
the commenting system, links, etc. please let me know... please!

And yes, I will also be changing the look of my blog shortly too. One thing
at a time.

CBC goes Ogg

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Not all bad news today. You might remember my post about two months back discussing how evil CBC is for switching to use WMP only. Well I take it all back. CBC is now doing testing of the Ogg Vorbis audio codec for their streaming radio. I'm writing them write now to thank them.

Ogg Vorbis is the open source equivalent of MP3, only it's better quality, supports more options, and isn't "patent challenged". By using open source software/codecs CBC gives much more power to it's llisteners to do what they wish with the radio stream. It's about time public companies started publicly using non-propriety, open source software.

For other linux users out there, it works right "out of the box" with XMMS, and I'm actually listening to it as I write this entry.

Thanks CBC, you're the man.