Thursday, December 29, 2011

RT @highscalability: [Guaranteed EC2 Availability Requires Reserving Instances in Specific Zones]

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Google rolling out Android 4 to Nexus S GSM (too bad mine's out for repair)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Google Hotel Finder fail: Motel 6 with 4* and Hilton 3*? Like the price trend data, though. travel

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Apple should sell unlocked iPhones at SFO, LAX, and JFK. duh
Datacenter - report that there'll be 141 generators in the Quincy area once Dall & Sabey complete construction.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Credible approach for Eurozone financial mess. Somewhat technical, but that's presumably why we went to school

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

US citizens to get access to APEC Business Travel Card Just phone/email contact info at this point ?
Protip: Call your investment firm and ask about exposure of your money market fund to Euro debt

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Next gen Google phone, Galaxy Nexus, may be arriving just as planned obsolescence kicks Nexus S to the trash. Stalls on startup

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Went from too hot to too cold to visit Chaco Canyon. I'm officially now a wuss, I guess.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Ancient Burmese stupa restored to original glory

Ancient Burmese stupa restored to original glory:

Standing 150 metres above sea level on a promontory of Phnom Yat mountain, the Aung Sula Mani stupa is the only surviving trace of Pailin's Burmese community, which transformed the sleepy town into a regional hub through the gem trade in the mid-19th century.

Friday, November 04, 2011

ANSI/BICSI 002-2011, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Navy SEAL and Army Military Free Fall Training | Kit Up!

Navy SEAL and Army Military Free Fall Training | Kit Up!

The Secret War: How U.S. hunted AQ in Africa - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

The Secret War: How U.S. hunted AQ in Africa - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

How O-2 Aircraft Got to Vietnam in the 1960s

How The O-2s Really Got There
by Richard Wood

It's 1967 or maybe early 1968, I forget, and the Air Force has bought a mess of Cessna Super Skymasters and called them O-2s. The Cessna factory at Wichita, Kansas is pumping them out at a pretty good clip and your problem is to figure out how to get them to Vietnam where they are needed. Your choices are:
1. Fly them to the West coast and turn them over to the Army for transport by cargo ship.
2. Take the wings off them and stuff them three at a time into the belly of C-124s and fly them over.
3. Fly them over under their own power with no C-124 attached.

Question: Which method was used? Right! Every single one of those puppies was hand-flown across the Big P to Vietnam. That sounds like it might have been a Mickey Mouse operation. Believe me, it wasn't that good.

Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) was running that show and their knowledge stopped somewhat short of knowing anything about ferrying air planes. The Air Force had a perfectly good organization called the 44th Aircraft Delivery Group which operated world wide and managed the ferrying of all aircraft; except the O-2s.

AFSC contracted with some outfit in San Francisco to deliver the planes to Saigon. The contractor hired a bunch of civilian pilots who couldn't find honest work elsewhere. Since the O-2s were technically "public" aircraft (as opposed to civil aircraft) no pilot's license was necessary to fly one and I'm not sure that all of the pilots had licenses. Some of them were pretty good, but the rest of them were the most god-awful collection of unquali fied scruffy-looking alcohol ics you ever saw. The dregs of the flying profession.

The deal worked like this. The pilots were given a plane ticket to Wichita where they got a quickie checkout in the O-2 if they needed one. Then they launched in bunches of four and headed for Hamilton AFB on the west coast of California. Enroute, they were instructed to carefully monitor and record their oil consumption, which, of course, they did not do. That type of pilot does not monitor and record oil consumption.

At Hamilton, the Air Force removed all the seats except the left front one. The seats were shipped to Vietnam by air, which is what should have happened to the rest of the plane, too. Extra fuel tanks were installed in the vacant floor space fol lowed by the pilot himself. He had to crawl over the co-pilot tank to get to the left seat. Next, they installed an oil tank on top of the co-pilot tank followed by a small emergency HF radio on top of that. Now, the pilot was truly locked in. To get out, he could either wait for someone to remove the radio and oil tank or crawl out the emergency escape window on the left side.

Takeoff must have been something to watch. With all that fuel, the planes were way over max gross weight. They had no single engine capability at all for about the first five hours of flight. If either engine hiccupped, the pilot went swimming.

HP's TopShot Printer - 3D Scanner

HP's TopShot Printer Is All That and a 3D Scanner [Printers]:

A great way to spruce up your Etsy product page is with 3D models of the items. But, problem is the process of generating these models can be prohibitively time- and money- intensive. HP's new TopShot printer aims to change that. More »

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Flow - A9 Amazon - overlays pricing, availability, reviews, media content directly over an item in view.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Hexacopter in Cameroon, Africa with great footage (mini drone with video cam)
CycleCloud BigScience Challenge 2011 - win equivalent of 8h on 30K EC2 cluster

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What's the difference between Wikileaks and Nigerian 419 schemes? The Web, WikiLeaks, and the Create-Your-Own-Facts Kit

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What is the exposure of US financial institutions to European debt, directly or indirectly, through derivatives? FML
Throwable ball spherical panorama camera stitches images from 36 2MP cameras that shoot at highest trajectory point
RT @Rob_Powell: 100 Gigabit: An operator view - BT, Level 3, Verizon

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Interesting question came up on fiber path design for seismically active areas. Great to get a credible, non BS answer for a change
Need a message to phone whenever I use my transit smart card with remaining balance(s)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II drop test comparison video. (spoiler: iPhone bites it; Samsung is mostly ok)
TSA Pre✓(check) PASS ID for a CBP Global Traveler is shown in GOES system when you sign on travel

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Clear win for Android over iOS (4, at least) in handling multiple Google accounts for GCal, GDoc
Chrome 16.0.898.0 Cloud Print now shows pointers to print options for multiple platforms (iOS, Android)

Friday, October 07, 2011

What would it take to save Europe financially? Or, why your 401K lost 15% lately. Or, why people panic & buy gold.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

GMail offline apparently working (finally, for me) on CR48 with Chrome 16.0.898.0 dev
Koomey's "law" - for fixed computing load, battery load decreases by 2 each 1.5 years

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Apparently I have a TSA PASS ID since I'm part of the Global Entry program, but beats me what it is or how to find it

Thursday, September 29, 2011

So, Google backs Chromebooks with cloud and now Amazon does, too. Apple soon. Non-US manufacturers (ex: China) don't even seem in the game

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bangkok Floating Market alternative - More Thai, less Tourist Oriented Thailand travel
SDSC launches 5.5pb cloud storage system for research/education

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Talking Thai Food Menu for iPhone - travel Thailand
Rangoon Local Circular Train - 3 hour loop from main station through suburbs & outlying villages

Saturday, September 17, 2011

PlanetLab - overlay testbed allows experiments with network apps/services across a wide geographic area

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Inexpensive VMware ESXi (vSphere Hypervisor) Host DIY virtualization via @ecbanks on G+

Monday, August 29, 2011

Raspberry Pi - ARM Linux box - panned cost $25
Internal discussions of using perfSONAR for federated cloud network performance measurement

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Save datacenter power by reducing HDD spin speed for data infrequently accessed?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Should Any Cloud Be Considered One Availability Zone? <-note if you have DR failover,cost wouldn't necessarily be double
Machine Learning - free online class - Stanford, via Andrew Ng, G+ -

Friday, August 12, 2011

Comprehensive English language Chinese Railway Timetable China travel

Friday, August 05, 2011

Maps topo - US - Garmin compatible - Above The Timber
GMail now has Preview Pane in Labs, which allows mail as on a tablet (with a toggle) Yay!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Where can China put its cash? Eurozone in toilet. US in disarray. Gold prices high.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Robot draws a true scale map of imaginary city on surface of the Peruvian desert

Monday, August 01, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Software architecture topics on YouTube programming
Model network flows over time instead of packets as proportion of delay sensitive traffic increases?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

RT UnlockingLaos: photo project Unlocking Laos - documents SEAsia rail project

Friday, July 29, 2011

connecting multiple rat brains in parallel / in series; read output of monkey neurons to control remote robotic legs
China - just like the USA *except* also has 1B peasants
RC Superheroes that fly! Great videos
Network of connections that Goodle uses to identify your social search results

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

datacenter study - cost of idle servers $.26/h/kW; fully utilized $.33/h/kW #!
Power Management of Online Data-Intensive Services 6/2011 datacenter google (pdf)
Second International Green Computing Conference (IGCC'11) datacenter
Q: What's your previous job? A: Cobra pit cleaner. travel

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ta Krabei / Krabey access by funicular video cambodia travel
Access allowed to disputed Thailand Cambodia border area, including Preah Vihear, Ta Muen, and Ta Kwai temples

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

G+ Android: go to stream, hit menu button, customize circles to add to stream view, swipe & view circle streams

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Access to advanced courses in the US - comparisons - by zip education

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Google's bids for Nortel patents used math primitives - pi, Brun's constant, etc. Makes you wonder if they were serious

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

GMail people widget finally shows up, 4 weeks after announcement (not the 2 weeks mentioned)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Google Goggles imports business cards into Contacts
AT&T is institutionally incapable of documenting a fiber demarc (& is immune to Twitter ranting) FML

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

realtime emergency room wait times <-but I don't see how this can work since wait time depends on triage assessment
Forgot to go to Maui oops
RT @highscalability: 35+ Use Cases for Choosing Your Next NoSQL [or SQL] Database
Cisco 4900M no like 2 post rack. Fix: Chatsworth *1U* 12751-719 bracket is ok with 4900M side-to-side airflow datacenter
Set up alerts when your personal data is posted on the web from Google Dashboard - Me On The Web

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Flash! Al Qaeda cyber attack on YouTube deletes Rebecca Black Friday video. Obama mobilizing SEALs. West in mourning. Pope to speak.
Making out during a riot focus
Earthquake video damage survey by Parrot drone - New Zealand cathedral

Saturday, June 11, 2011

World Development Indicators (subset) (Google Public Data Explorer)
Internet users as % of population by country - World Bank World Development Indicators

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Steve Jobs's selling concept of new Apple office building to city council
Herb Sutter - The Free Lunch Is Over: A Fundamental Turn Toward Concurrency in Software (2005)
"Nominee Tells Senate Panel Afghan War Is Not Hopeless" <-Translation for layman: War is hopeless
Apple Store to open in old Slater Marinoff, 4th St (Berkeley, duh) space? How did I miss this? How about downtown, too?

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

What makes America great - Movie Theater Turns Customer's Angry Voicemail Into Anti-Texting PSA

Monday, June 06, 2011

Reverting to Chrome beta. Just too unstable with extensions I really like

Friday, June 03, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Google Wallet wants a *Sprint* Nexus S?! WTF! What about the TMobile Nexus S. Fail

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Google Music song list includes Rating & Plays columns, unlike Amazon CloudPlayer. Android Music recognized beta program.
Google Music invite arrived, as did invites for zillions of others according to tweet search
Google Labs Correlate finds search patterns that correspond with real-world trends

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Installed Ubee U10C035 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem (Comcast), which supports IPv6. Seems ok.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Removing current AOL IM integration from GMail Chat is a takeaway if only using native AOL IM will show my online status

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Google announced Android video chat on 4/28/11. OTA push upgrade showed up 5/2.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Netflix & Amazon outage - rely on durable S3 instead of EBS. cloud storage
Adobe / Google integrate Flash into Chrome with Pepper cr48

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Documents from photo by OCR with Google Docs Android app (like Evernote)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yelp NYC - parody video of actual quotes "Urban Daddy says Brooklyn is pretty dope!"
SmokePing - performance guy's recommendation for network latency measurement

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Guantánamo detainees questioned by China, Russia, Tajikistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Tunisia intelligence officers

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

RT @ullrich: [15 biggest ships emit as much pollution as all the world's 760m cars, 2009]

Monday, April 18, 2011

@jmichelmetz FCoE - Max distance between two Cisco switches 10k to begin with, 40 soon, not as says <-Link, please

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

FCoE (lossless Ethernet) between datacenters - Cisco solution - Max distance between two switches 3000m

Monday, April 11, 2011

Timelapse of Flight Between San Francisco and Paris Captures Northern Lights (via @Gizmodo)
Google Chrome to Phone Extension - send data, links, phone numbers from Chrome to Android phone

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Bob Dylan leaves out protest songs in China concert <-I guess we all get old

Monday, April 04, 2011

Using kanban workflow management for tasks in the home #!
Switching from Java to Scala at the Guardian programming
datacenter - site in MX *off grid* for power; 30MW capacity from burning garbage; meets Swiss emission standards Yow!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hilton Als in the New Yorker doesn't much like Stoppard's Arcadia. Maybe this means I can get a good seat. Yay!
Sucker Punch
Fact check: NYTimes - phone calls in China are disconnected after intercepting word "protest." Nope.
Kestrel 4500 Pocket Weather Tracker figures crosswind! Needs fiddling when operating at <14F
Can it be true that doing a simple screen shot on an Android phone requires root access? Oh Noooooooooooooo! WTF
Ha ha, are you kidding? Lady Gaga interview at Google cool
Create a recovery drive for Google cr48

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Apparently some people are being given free NYTimes access for the rest of 2011, including smart devices

Monday, March 14, 2011

Room 77 - hotel room search - view, floor, distance from elevator & connecting rooms, ranks rooms travel

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Monday, March 07, 2011

Trying Chrome extension Quick Note Wonder if it syncs better across machines than Google desktop
High speed rail analysis: suitability-link dense urban pairs; China, USA contexts

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Reliably Erasing Data From Flash-Based Solid State Drives SSD storage
Oops, Android malware fix will require carriers to update 2.2.1 & earlier. How likely is that anytime soon?
Comparing Costco to Amazon’s commodity subscription service
iPhone: Verizon gaining approx .2%/day over AT&T

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Gluster - GlusterFS open source scale-out NAS storage cloud
Hahahaha, there's a crowd sourced Saif Gaddafi Thesis Wiki with a plagarism section
Palo Alto wants GFiber. Existing muni fiber system has 154 licensed connections and generates about $2m/year profit

Monday, February 28, 2011

Colocate leaf nodes with "parent" nodes in a rack to reduce LAN network load. Parents filter responses to root
Visualization of wifi signal strength with light in urban settings. (cool video & discussion)

Sunday, February 27, 2011