16 Dec 2005 mirwin   » (Master)

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Future mogul? Atta boy Nymia!

User Notes on Graphics Monitors

Braden has the right of it. I will give up my NEC MultiSync 6FGP graphics monitors for LCD only when the resolution, crispness and color is superior or the NEC's give up the ghost .... I no longer worry about when they will fail as I have a couple of spares and I can see personal affluence at the end of the tunnel. Still, no monitor can last forever ... can it? Maybe if I stop moving them around in the front seat of my RX-7SE they will last longer?

Interesting, Ikcl provides link to Blue Angel

Superficial review of the specifications indicate that these have more power than the workstation I am installing Fedora Core 4, or reverting to 2 if necessary, to run a web server for an entrepreneurial startup. Ok for my own business but I need to get a little careful since I am starting to do some low end and charitable consulting and services work. Be embaressing for a customer to notice his phone had more processing power than the rebuilt computer I was proposing they use as a base load electric space heater, wikiversity study portal, and background scientifc processor. A goof like that and they might never go for a cogen plant to save wear and tear on the redundant natural gas burners they just installed. Of course, it probably has only limited hard drive or RAID array expansion capability. 8)

mchirico provides a suggested exercise that looks useful to the wikiversity software engineering crowd, maybe informatics and grid departments as well. Maybe I will drop a link there to his diary entry.

Rippit allegedly provides links to MichaelCrawford's album ???. I am definitely going to check this out ... soon .... maybe as a new year's resolution. Maybe I will get my niece to check it out for me. She is musically inclined (and in training and self study with multiple instruments) and I just sent her a simulated legal notice that I have suddenly remembered that she has never delivered my aquarium art specifications (for which I already paid her a couple of bucks and provided books and other reference material). Now Dad has taken over my unused aquarium for random evolutionary activities instead of the intelligent design I had intended, so she clearly owes me some serious damages.

avriettea I hope the sinus infection leaves fast. Use the overhead while it lasts man. Get some expensive antibiotics! 8)

Regarding the reading. is easy on the budget for generic background and links to further online reading and you get to add your quarter's worth. Much more satisfying to enter a paragraph commentary or several questions in the text or the discussion page than to be stuck with drawing pictures of handwaving in the margins when you find the author has conveniently skipped to the proof and simply written down an alleged answer in an advanced physics book. (If you cannot do the math, it is not physics; ---> possibly belongs in a monastory with other beliefs.)

salmoni Might check out tailored mil-stds The Software Engineering Institute used to do a lot of work with the military, they might have something. Basically when developing for the military one starts with detailed outlines (mil-stds; military standards) as specificed by contract and then tailors them appropriately for the task, project, specification, DID (data item description), CRDL (contract deliverable), etc. than one is working on. A tool like the wikimedia software which provides maximum freedom and tailorability to technical development teams along with a full audit trail is ideal for a Total Quality Managment driven technical development process utilizing modern concurrent engineering practices. Of course, most of their best practices might still be classified or unpublished but one might find some papers in applicable AIAA or other technical society journals. I would be interested in links to any online material you find or any research results or essays you publish online and would appreciate it if you publish the links here in your advogato diary. You might also wish to checkout xwiki.org. The developer/entrepreneur there has put substantial administrative tools in place that look like they would allow effective access management ... I am not sure it provides the detailed level of audit trails available from wikimedia. Personally I would go with wikimedia and internal team understandings and procedures for the configuration management, but I always managed small highly trusted teams. A larger more hiearchical engineering organization might feel they needed the stricter access control immediately available from xwiki code.

Analog Life

Friend of mine gave me a disassembled computer that had everything except the memory boards. I am already using the keyboard and monitor to get two systems back up. My old windows network is working for the first time in years and I am getting ready for another run a samba via Fedora Core 4 (assuming the sha1sum's checkout if I can figure out how to do so and that the hard drives are large enough).

I built a model prototype CEV atop a solid booster ... if it sells for ten bucks at flea market I will make table money. Otherwise I will give it and its payload (pre prototype odds and ends conceptually useful for extended stay elsewhere or beyond). Meanwhile I have started giving out free computer advice and receiving in turn computer scrap for salvage and disposal. My dental hygienist tells me there is a guy in a nearby town who will take broken monitors which he fixes, recycles or disposes of so I will keep the working units and pass on the duds.

Got a couple of hundred dollars worth of college grade textbooks at the flea market for mere dollars and quarters last week. That is a lot of reading and paraphrasing so I guess I will simply do some of the fun stuff for wikiversity as I get to it.

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