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Why my Nokia 5800 Sucks to the Max
First off, I should mention that I am sad to have to write such a post.  I really liked the 5800 when I first got it, almost loved it, and would have easily given it 5/5 stars for overwhelming awesomeness (and the clear potential of the hardware/specs).  Sadly, things changed progressively over the months, and now I rate this phone somewhere from... Read more →
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Deck Legend Keyboard Review
So, I finally caved in and purchased on of the Deck Legend lighted keyboards — specifically the frost (white LED) tactile version, shown here: I got the tactile one (which uses cherry soft  tactile keyswitches, not hard/clicky tactile) because I’ve developed a lot of pain in my hands over the years, and I find that tactile feedback more than doubles my typing... Read more →
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WPMU and a different port than 80
So, if you search around about running wordpress multiuser (WPMU) on a port other than 80 (perhaps because you are running an nginx frontend like me), you’ll find an endless supply of posts complaining that it can’t be done. Since port 80 is technically no different than any other port, and since php is a programming language, of course the answer is... Read more →
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Goals/Things to learn
I realized that in the last few years I became boring.  Or at least, boring by my own standards.  And since I finally delivered a MS thesis, I figured that it is about time to learn all of the things that I’ve wanted to (some since I was a child), but never had the time or resources for.  So here is the... Read more →
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Compound Interest
The other enlightenment was delivered to me by Sarah.  She was talking about the Shawshank Redemption, one of my favorite movies, and she mentioned that “the main character was a banker, he understood the principle of compound interest”.  And that struck me, because I never thought of it in those terms.  Oh, I thought of it in terms of the triumphs of... Read more →
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Impossible Problems?
This week I was enlightened by my friends Renato and Sarah. Well, in actuality, they delivered their enlightening content onto me Thursday and Friday, but it took until Sunday before I actually understood it. Lets start with Renato — Renato has only known me for just a couple of months, and yet, he was able to make an observation about myself and... Read more →
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Requests/sec: the new SR server?
Ok, so by now everyone knows that I use NginX, I’m practically an evangelist. And I decided to send back those Atom330 boards, but today I am testing out the main (core) server of the new SR cluster, which is a S5500BC (Dual quad core i7′s & triple channel memory)\cite{http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121377}. As you can see, it definitely cost me a pretty penny, but... Read more →
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Atom 330 – Configuring an Atomic Satellite?
As I’ve been in the quest for absurd performance out of my webserver cluster, I came up with the idea of using an extremely powerful central node (dual quad core i7′s with 12G of triple channel memory baby!) for building and storing content, and then pushing the content out to several satellite nodes (Atom 330′s), who’s sole job it would be to... Read more →
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Epic
That’s the only word to describe the new Star Trek movie.  Everything about, every scene was designed to be Epic.  Right from the start, where Kirk’s father dies telling his wife, Kirk’s mother, how much he loves her.  That’s the only way to go.  I almost started tearing up at that moment.  How romantic… that I could ever be that lucky… To... Read more →
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So Delicious
OMG, I just wanted to share with you all that two places I ate were just SOoOOOoo delicious…. mmmmmmmm..  So delicious in fact that I made a video of how delicious it is… #1. BlackJack Pasta Bar At the BJ Pasta bar (hahaha),  I ordered the best, if not the best, BBQ chicken tenders I have ever had.  OMG, they were SOOOooOO... Read more →