Arstechnica has an interesting article about protein folding problems being solved by a combination of brute-force software and human pattern recognition in the form of a computer game . Here is a link to the primary source which also mentions the fact that players can design their own proteins which could potentially cure some diseases [...]
In my previous post about the Yubikey I suggested that computer users’ groups should arrange bulk purchases to get the best prices . I ran such a buying club for Linux users in Australia as well as members of SAGE-AU .
The keys have arrived and I now have to start posting them out. [...]
I’ve just upgraded my Dell PowerEdge T105  from Debian/Lenny to Debian/Squeeze. Unfortunately the result of the upgrade was that everything in an X display looked very green while the console display looked the way it usually did.
I asked for advice on the LUV mailing list  and got a lot of [...]
In a comment on my post Shared Objects and Big Applications about memlockd  mic said that they use memlockd to lock the entire root filesystem in RAM. Here is a table showing my history of desktop computers with the amounts of RAM, disk capacity, and CPU power available. All systems better than a 386-33 [...]
I’ve just bought a Thinkpad T61 at auction for $AU796. My Thinkpad T41p has cooling problems which I have previously described. It’s also started to rattle a bit when I hold it upside down since I took it apart so I guess I didn’t do a great job at trying to fix it (probably the [...]
I don’t think that the answer is “everyone” or even “everyone other than my geeky friends“, but obviously it is a large number of people.
Many people apparently type “facebook” into Google and try to login to the first thing that they see, if it happens to not be Facebook then they whine – this [...]
Based on my experience testing the IBM Seer software on an Android phone  I have been considering what type of mobile phone to get when my current contract expires. Here are the features above what is common in current smart phones that I think most people will sorely miss if they don’t have them [...]
In the past I have had parents ask for advice on buying a digital camera for a young child. For some years there have been digital cameras on sale for much less than $100 – cheap enough that no-one will be THAT bothered if the child breaks it, so digital photography is a good hobby [...]
I’ve been having some cooling problems with my Thinkpad recently. It’s an old model T41p which is outside the service period so IBM/Lenovo won’t help me (at least not unless I give them more money). If I run it for a few minutes at maximum CPU when the ambient temperature is about 20C then it [...]
I have direct knowledge (through observation or first-hand reports) of the following use cases for Netbooks:
System administrator’s emergency workstation – something light to carry when you might get an SMS about a problem. A really small laptop for a serious technical user, can be used for programming and other serious tasks. Only someone who [...]