Status Updates posted by exp(x)
I now have a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University.
I start grad school this Fall at University of Minnesota.
I ordered the parts for a new desktop yesterday and then realized that the motherboard doesn't have an IDE interface for one of my old hard drives and my old DVD burner.
The prices of IDE to SATA adapters seemed a bit steep on NewEgg, so to eBay I went! I ordered two adapters for less than $5 including free shipping from China.
Thank you, China. Thank you for your ridiculously cheap electronics.
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Thank you, China. Thank you for your ridiculously cheap electronics.
Are they actually manufactured anywhere else in the world, ATM, regardless of the brand they are sold under?
I pretty much stopped giving a flying rat's ass about whether a part or device says "Apple" or "Sony", or whether it says "Zhang Yang Random Ass Generic Electronics Sweatshop", because chances are that they are all made by the latter anyway, or about to be shamelessly copied and zerged in a billion knockoffs.
It's getting harder to find consumer electronic devices and accessories that aren't made by cheap semi-skilled labour. All that's likely to distinguish recognised brand names from everything else is their quality control, though with so many products being designed for a short life-cycle (practically engineered to start failing shortly after their successor goes on sale) you might as well just use the cheapest shit that'll do the job and bin it when it dies.
It's getting harder to find consumer electronic devices and accessories that aren't made by cheap semi-skilled labour.
The only consumer electronic devices for which I'm 100% positive that they were NOT made in mainland China, are my parent's audio systems and older TVs (70s and 80s Grundig stuff made in Germany), and some Hi-Fi equipment from the early 90s (Philips CD player rack, Philips double-decker mini Hi-Fi made in Hungary and Poland). Most of it is also still good and works perfectly, with only very minor maintenance (I only changed the Philips' tape drive belts once in 15 years).
Even computer parts, in the 90s, had a chance of being made in Taiwan, Hong Kong or Singapore, or even Japan if you were into hi-end stuff.
But now I can't find a single electronic device actually manufactured anywhere else but China. Ya know, with people actually putting hundreds of them together and packaging them in boxes.
And please, don't give me that "designed in Europe/USA" bullshit. That doesn't really help create jobs or boost the economy, apart from 1-2 high echelon positions. It's a blessing that China doesn't have a significant presence in the automotive industry yet, and they are the only ones driving their coffins-on-wheels.
My wife and I saw Louis C.K. perform stand-up last night in Portland. We have never laughed so much or so hard in our lives. It was two hours of brilliance. I've seen videos of his three most recent routines, but seeing him live was something else.
Anybody else a fan of Louis?
I'm drinking Stone's Emperial IPA right now. It's so beautiful, I want to cry.
Hopheads, what are your favorite IPAs? My top 3 are this, Pliny the Elder, and Ruination.
Who took my title away?
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I've got a few options, but the default smoothing looks fine to me on my 19" CRT.
Much better in 200 dpi, perhaps.
I suppose that's the case. The only recent Mac I've seen was hooked up to my friend's LCD TV so it runs at 1080p with large fonts.
How about a BSOD?
I ran into this tonight at the grocery store. I really don't understand why linux isn't used for applications like this. The inkjet cartridge refilling machines at Walgreens use Windows as well.
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so? it's not like companies don't already use open-source programs for things which require much more security than their ink cartridge refillers, unless their hired programmers suck total ass why would it be an issue for them to release the source for embedded systems on their gas pumps or whatever?
My wife and I got an Italian Greyhound last week. His name is Buddy, and he is awesome.
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Is there a video of him mauling a mailman/toddler?
No, but here's a crappy picture of him humping our neighbor's male Great Dane's leg.
Small? Oh lord, you bought a punting dog.
Not really. For one, he doesn't yip like drop-kick dogs do. He has the same deep bark as normal-sized dogs because of his large lungs. He can also easily outrun any dog near his size.
Recently I've been considering training to become a Linux system admin, and I figure I'll need some sort of certification to get a job in the field. I looked into what is offered by Red Hat, Novell, CompTIA, and the Linux Professional Institute, and I think Red Hat's RHCT and RHCE courses and certifications are my best bet. They seem to be both highly regarded and extremely comprehensive.
Does anyone here know anything about the various Linux certifications or have any advice about getting an entry-level Linux system admin position?
I took the RHEL certification classes a few years ago. Overall, I thought they were very good classes, but since a lot of the material was stuff I already knew, I found it to be a bit boring. However, there was good stuff in there, such as how to properly setup squid, Apache, DNS (bind), dhcpd, iptables, and others. It was pretty focused on the Red Hat way of doing things, but the instructor we had also showed us the non-Red Hat way in some cases.
However, I was the admin for two Linux servers at my job way before I took these courses. How good they are to have for getting an entry-level position is something I'm not sure of.
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The real stuff may be bitter, but if you grab an ice cold bottle of it during the heat of summer, nothing is quite as refreshing. Back in Japan, I got used to it just for this reason.
You know, you're right. it seemed so COLD when I was vacationing in tennessee, and green tea drink was all the machine had.
I went mountain biking / camping with two co-workers this last weekend on the North Umpqua Trail in Oregon. Here are some pictures:
I'm on the left, trying to get some extra sleep.
My awesome bike with some of the gear on the back
On the left again
Heh, I sort of wiped out, and a stick ripped off some flesh from my knee.
It's just a flesh wound!
Beautiful Crater Lake
EDIT: Um, apparently some people aren't seeing the thumbnails that link to the full sized image and only see links to the thumbnails. If this is the case, you suck, and you'll have to remove the .th part of the image name in the url to see the full image.
I based it on this scene from the movie Reckless Kelly in which the main character, Ned Kelly, as the Christian Cowboy, says the line at the bottom of the design. I plan to transfer it to a silk screen on Thursday so I can start printing shirts. If you haven't seen this movie, you're really missing out. Unfortunately the VHS is out of print, and a DVD version was never made.
I was bored today and decided to make a bot that interfaces with the command line version of Maple 10. He lives in #maplebot on irc.oftc.net if anyone is interested. Some fun things to type are:
I hacked a billy bass to interface with linux via parallel port using the instructions on this website. I had to make a few changes to the source code, but it works great. I even added support for head and tail control.
The problem is that it's a royal pain in the ass to transcribe mouth, head, tail, head/mouth, and tail/mouth movements all at once. I found it's easier to do the movements for the mouth separately from the tail/head movements and then combine them manually. This is very tedious, though. It would be great if I had a program do this for me.
The transcription files are in timit format. Here are the first few lines of the mouth movements to the sound from this animation (NSFW):
The first column is the start time (I'm not sure what the units are), the second is the end time, and the third is the control word. The control words correspond to the pins on the parallel port. 0x00 is off. 0x01 is pin 1 (tail). 0x02 is pin 2 (mouth). 0x04 is pin 3 (head). To do the head and mouth or tail and mouth movements simultaneously, I just need to add the bytes (0x04 + 0x02 = 0x06 and 0x01 + 0x02 = 0x03). Simultaneous head and tail movements aren't possible because they are driven by the same motor. The corresponding head/tail movement for the example above is:
To combine everything into one file, I need to include all the start/stop times (this usually means adding new rows) and add the corresponding control words. For these two examples, the output would be:
Does anyone think they can help by writing something that does that?
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I've discovered about sixty words that follow the pattern 1-1-1-1-1. Some of them are chalk, smart, swamp, cloud, roast, and makes.
I've only discovered three words that follow the pattern in left-to-right order: downs, docks, and focus.
I saw Buddy Guy in Portland last night. The show was kickass, and I had a great seat. It is truly amazing how much energy that guy has at 69 years old. He was jumping up and down while dueling with his other guitarist and playing like an absolute beast. I took some pictures with a crappy disposable camera, but unfortunately, the one of him playing guitar with his teeth didn't come out. Here are a couple that did sort of turn out:
So there's this party, right? A party of functions! All of the functions are there: e^x, πr^2, i^2, even some old-school guys like |x|. Anyway, poor e^x is alone in a corner, acting all morose. His good friend 2^x comes over and says, "What's the problem? Come on, integrate yourself into the party!" And e^x looks at him and he says, "Why? It's not going to make a difference!"
I discovered tonight that a movie theater in Portland is showing The Holy Grail and Life of Brian... for the cost of a single admission. I've already seen both movies when they were re-released in theaters in 2001 and 2004, respectively, and I own the DVDs, but this is still awesome. I wonder if any other theaters are doing this. Here's the theater's site if any of you live around Portland and are interested: http://www.hollywoodtheatre.org/. I'm probably gonna go see them tomorrow... and maybe again on Wednesday.
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Big cities are going to be expensive no matter what. That's what shocked me about how cheap this was. The last time I saw a movie in Portland, the parking cost me more than the admission. Then again, this theater isn't downtown.
As far as Portland vs. Seattle goes, I don't know; I've only been to Seattle once. I do like northern Washington more than down here, though. I'm probably going to be moving up in that direction once I get my ascociate degree from the community college because there is no full-blown WSU or UW campus here to transfer to.
Well I don't mind living in the suburbs of a city, but shit, even Seattle's suburbs are expensive. Also, I heard that there is more of an 'alternative' club scene in Portland. Seattle has grown very upscale...there are all these expensive clubs and restaurants being built and they're forcing the dingier places out of town. Personaly, that's my favorite part of a city...the grunge. Ha! Get it? Grunge? Seattle?
Also, if you wanted to be a sleazy bastard, you could live in Vancouver or Portland and get a job Vancouver and do all your shopping in Portland. Then if you're renting, you're not paying any tax except federal income tax. Stupid IRS!
Okay, that was a very weird rant.
Haha, that's exactly what I do. I live and work in Vancouver and shop in Portland. It only takes me about 15 minutes to get downtown when the traffic isn't bad. I guess I'm a sleazy bastard!
But, yeah, the suburbs aren't as expensive here. Vancouver is pretty much a blue-collar city. I definitely saw the upscale aspect of Seattle when I was there for a blues concert. The venue was completely yuppie, and even served 'asian fusion' food from a restaurant upstairs while people were waiting in their seats for the show to start. It was quite a paradox when you consider the blues.