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Tweaking Scooty Puff Sr., The Doombringer to 83,000 requests per second
Continuing on my quest for absolutely blistering web service performance (after repairing Doombringer’s settings and drives), i had always been wondering why my NginX performance was topping out at 15,000 requests per second (RPS) on Doombringer, with 18,000 RPS each on {Amy, Fry, & Leela}. Even though SR isn’t hitting anywhere near this cap, and as an aggregate, it is at the... Read more →
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Everybody Likes to talk about
how great free software is, but it isn’t. it sucks. All I’m trying to do is use mencoder to crop the movie Cutthroat Island (GREAT MOVIE! I Really Recommend!) of my dvd, so that when it plays on the tv, it plays at the full resolution. Apart from wasting 10 hrs trying to figure out the right flags to do it, mencoder... Read more →
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We are living in the F’n dark ages
of computing. Why is it that I cannot write symbolic math expressions on my stylus, have them converted into a nice math form, then draw arrows connecting symbols and have them stick in those sub-equations, expanding them, or expanding the inequalities if necessary. Or better, stick in a nice little range showing the domains of the inequalities. And if I draw 3... Read more →
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What I hate about Windows
Apart from all the other obvious usual complaints (no shell, no pipes, bloat, clumsy scripting, bad user-permission support, etc.)… What I hate the most has to be the shameless and flagrant waste of my desktop & visual real-estate that windows forces down my throat. Its as if they’re so in love with the idea of big fat top window handles, puffy oversized... Read more →
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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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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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How the GNU is destroying society
Wherever I go, there are these militant proponents of the GNU, how free software, vis-a-vis the FSF is the best thing ever, and how capitalism and intellectual property are dead. That’s a load of bullshit.  And the people shoveling it are the biggest hypocrites ever.  The GNU has destroyed society, free markets, and the people benefiting from it the most are neither... Read more →