Homebrew Cray-1A

Chris Fenton built his own fully functional 1/10 scale Cray-1 supercomputer. True to the original, it includes the couch-seat. This is a pretty amazing feat to accomplish. The hardest part according to Chris Fenton is finding software for his Cray-1A. Chris has been generous enough to include all software for this project available here if you want to build one for your own living room. Chris Fenton’s site includes the The Cray-1A Architecture, the hardware, the software, and the steps he took to build the scaled down version of Cray-1. This is a really neat project that would take a number of hours of planning, design, and hard work to accomplish. My hat is off to Chris Fenton.

Chris Fenton’s Cray-1A homepage http://chrisfenton.com/homebrew-cray-1a/

Wikipedia article on Cray-1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cray-1

Chris Fenton built his own fully functional 1/10 scale Cray-1 supercomputer. True to the original, it includes the couch-seat. This is a pretty amazing feat to accomplish. The hardest part according to Chris Fenton is finding software for his Cray-1A. Chris has been generous enough to include all software for this project available here if you want to build one for your own living room. Chris Fenton’s site includes the The Cray-1A Architecture, the hardware, the software, and the steps he took to build the scaled down version of Cray-1. This is a really neat project that would take a number of hours of planning, design, and hard work to accomplish. My hat is off to Chris Fenton.

Chris Fenton’s Cray-1A homepage http://chrisfenton.com/homebrew-cray-1a/

Wikipedia article on Cray-1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cray-1

Your fears confirmed: “up to” broadband speeds are bogus

This is not really surprising to anyone in the technology field but to some it may come as a surprise that advertised speeds are no where close to actual speeds. The FCC report investigates ISP’s speed verses advertised speeds and find out that consumers are only getting about half the advertised speed. So if you look at it from the report you are paying twice as much for half the speed. The FCC needs to regulate how the ISP’s advertise their speed and make sure the consumers are getting what they are promised. That would make it much easier then explaining to everyone that you are only going to get half the speed that you paid for and deserve.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/08/your-worst-fears-confirmed-real-broadband-speeds-half-of-whats-advertised.ars

This is not really surprising to anyone in the technology field but to some it may come as a surprise that advertised speeds are no where close to actual speeds. The FCC report investigates ISP’s speed verses advertised speeds and find out that consumers are only getting about half the advertised speed. So if you look at it from the report you are paying twice as much for half the speed. The FCC needs to regulate how the ISP’s advertise their speed and make sure the consumers are getting what they are promised. That would make it much easier then explaining to everyone that you are only going to get half the speed that you paid for and deserve.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/08/your-worst-fears-confirmed-real-broadband-speeds-half-of-whats-advertised.ars

Ever heard of water cooled Ram?

Finally the day has come that we can buy water cooled Ram. Kingston announces its first water-cooled RAM, the HyperX H2O water-cooled DDR3 chip. Just clip on your water cooling lines and watch the performance go up. The water cooling provides a nice couple of degrees cooler RAM that also helps keep the ambient temperature in the case lower. If you have a hot case and are looking to remove about 10 degrees of heat from it this is a good choice.

Below are the specs that you can buy from Kingston here http://www.kingston.com/hyperx/products/H20.asp. Kingston is the only retailers selling the HyperX H2O DDR3 chip at the current time.

Kingston HyperX H2O DDR3 Specifications
Part Number Capacity and Features MSRP (U.S. only)
KHX2000C9D3W1K2/4GX 4GB DDR3 2000MHz (CL9-11-9-27 @ 1.65v) kit of 2 optimized for XMP $ 157.00
KHX2133C9D3W1K2/4GX 4GB DDR3 2133MHz (CL9-11-9-27 @ 1.65v) kit of 2 optimized for XMP $ 205.00
KHX2000C9D3W1K3/6GX 6GB DDR3 2000MHz (CL9-10-9-27 @ 1.65v) kit of 3 optimized for XMP $ 235.00

I am a big fan of Kingston RAM and Kingston HyperX memory is backed by a lifetime warranty and free 24/7 technical support. Their value Ram is a good choice for building systems on a budget too. If you are looking for performance the HyperX memory is the only way to go.

Finally the day has come that we can buy water cooled Ram. Kingston announces its first water-cooled RAM, the HyperX H2O water-cooled DDR3 chip. Just clip on your water cooling lines and watch the performance go up. The water cooling provides a nice couple of degrees cooler RAM that also helps keep the ambient temperature in the case lower. If you have a hot case and are looking to remove about 10 degrees of heat from it this is a good choice.

Below are the specs that you can buy from Kingston here http://www.kingston.com/hyperx/products/H20.asp. Kingston is the only retailers selling the HyperX H2O DDR3 chip at the current time.

Kingston HyperX H2O DDR3 Specifications
Part Number Capacity and Features MSRP (U.S. only)
KHX2000C9D3W1K2/4GX 4GB DDR3 2000MHz (CL9-11-9-27 @ 1.65v) kit of 2 optimized for XMP $ 157.00
KHX2133C9D3W1K2/4GX 4GB DDR3 2133MHz (CL9-11-9-27 @ 1.65v) kit of 2 optimized for XMP $ 205.00
KHX2000C9D3W1K3/6GX 6GB DDR3 2000MHz (CL9-10-9-27 @ 1.65v) kit of 3 optimized for XMP $ 235.00

I am a big fan of Kingston RAM and Kingston HyperX memory is backed by a lifetime warranty and free 24/7 technical support. Their value Ram is a good choice for building systems on a budget too. If you are looking for performance the HyperX memory is the only way to go.

The Secret Histories of Those @#$%ing Computer Symbols

They are road signs for your daily rituals-the instantly recognized symbols and icons you press, click, and ogle countless times a day when you interact with your computer. But how much do you know about their origins?

Gizmodo takes us down the road to some of the origins of symbols used in computing.
http://gizmodo.com/5612630/the-secret-histories-of-those-ing-computer-symbols

They are road signs for your daily rituals-the instantly recognized symbols and icons you press, click, and ogle countless times a day when you interact with your computer. But how much do you know about their origins?

Gizmodo takes us down the road to some of the origins of symbols used in computing.
http://gizmodo.com/5612630/the-secret-histories-of-those-ing-computer-symbols