Sunday, June 21, 2009

Rainy weekend

The weekend was rainy. On Sunday there was abundant rain and some thunderstorms.
I watched several movies home:
1. Very interesting Dutch movie 'Ben X'. An insightful analysis of the autism and how it is perceived by us, the so called normal people.
2. 'War Inc' despite the names on the credits it was boring, previsible and not so satyric. John Cussack was in the same killer-like stereotype

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

500 Giga are gone

My work, the SVN repositories, my music collection, all the Dilbert strips since 1993, countless programs, tools, experiments, toys, photos, books, documents...
They are gone because I did not backed up the only storage drive I had.
Harsh lesson for me.

The Barnyard

Extremely motivating movie, especially for me, a taurus....

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Extreme video

I have learnt today about nVidia's Tesla GPGPU. This is a headless GPU but still a highend GPU.
In my humble opinion a very powerful video streaming server could be built with this GPGPU. It would offer fast transrating/transcoding because of it's optimized SIMD architecture for streaming media. The basic idea is to access all its 240 cores via the CUDA API and recompile some codecs (FFMPEG on CUDA?)for the new platform.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Solaris on ARM

According to Solaris has ben ported to ARM CPUs.
From a MyBook/similar device it is great. I would say GREAT.
ZFS for ARM!

Cultural event in Baia Mare

Unfortunately I cannot attend it. Too far. Not from Sighet but from Timisoara.

It was also highlighted by

I'll be looking forward to read the books.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Romanian retail

During the weekend my fridge crashed. It's coolant gas mysteriously disappeared therefore everything inside the refrigerator melted.
I have called service on Monday morning and they appeared promptly and after a quick check they decided that the fridge cannot be repaired.
That's life. I have to buy another one. The criteria for a new one were:
1. Maximum warranty
2. Two compressors
3. Over 350 liters
4. Known brand
5. Rich controls
I have looked on the net for some models and with the list I went to some retailers.

At the small Contorul I have found two interesting models:
Electrolux ERB4040 - but it was the exposed one (and this is not something I'd like) and had only two years warranty.
Gorenje - either with 5 years warranty XOR 2 compressors and very few controls

At Domo I have