A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn’t even know existed can render your own computer unusable.— Leslie Lamport
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Category Archives: School
Continuing my habit of posting before and after notes on my courses, after notes for Spring 2014.
My Instructional Technology class asked us to play with Prezi, Some thoughts: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a presentation using Prezi that wasn’t made worse by it. Sometimes because the internet connection wasn’t good enough to support it, and … Continue reading
Some years ago the KAOS lab bought a number of Netgear WNR3500L routers to use as network glue. A pair of them have been in constant service since 2011 in the lab and machine room, and both of those died … Continue reading
I’ve been terrible about writing things up lately, but want to at least put my semester impressions on the head of the chain of such posts. One of my overall experiences is that teaching (and also, taking classes outside my … Continue reading
I noticed while writing the pre- post for the new semester that I lost track of my customary semester review for the past semester while I was moving hosting. Pushing it up now.
Posting up my notes from SC13 is another thing I didn’t get to during the end of the semester. Remedying now. The main takeaway sequence from conversations on the floor is as such: The era of single-core performance gains is … Continue reading
Post-SC, I sat down to do some deeper reading on the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) stuff. This is AMD/ARM (and many friends)’s plan for the future, and it is pretty fucking exciting (in an obscure technical sort of way). The … Continue reading
I will be at SC’13 November 16-21 with the aggregate.org/University of Kentucky research exhibit again this year in booth 629. Media and impressions should appear somewhere in my ‘net presence during and after the conference, it is always a good … Continue reading
In another episode of fixing things for the Cameras as Computing Systems class I’m taking, I made a PKGBUILD that apparently correctly builds and installs chdk-ptp on Archlinux systems. Chdk-ptp is a tethered-control application for Canon cameras running CHDK, that … Continue reading