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Adi Oltean's Weblog - Flashbacks on technology, programming, and other interesting things

June, 2005

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    Using RAM instead of a harddisk?

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    At Computex, Gigabyte presented a RAM-based harddisk that offers more than 60x the performance of a regular harddisk. From the article on PCWorld: Giga-byte's IRam is a PC add-in card with four DDR DRAM (double data rate dynamic RAM memory) slots...
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    Blog basics: Learn how to keep an online journal

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    Wow - I just noticed this article on the front www.microsoft.com page! Although this is not a new article - it was published two months ago.
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    The WS-* world is changing

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    I just finished reading a shocking post from Richard Monson-Haefel, where he blatantly states that JAX-RPC is a bad technology. It's not everyday when you see this type of messages from the same person that wrote a well-respected book on the same subject...
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    Apple on x86 - ripple effects?

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    I recently read a top story on AnandTech about comparing Mac OS X versus Linux. It looks like most of the time they were getting reasonably comparable performance, (although Opteron configurations were apparently standing out as the best in several cases...
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    Retrospective: What Have We Learned from the PDP-11

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    I put in the post title the original name of this fascinating article written by Gordon Bell. My favourite quote: We had a basic understanding of Moore’s Law, but unfortunately when we examined the implications for the future, the results were...
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    The various aspects of Open Source

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    A funny thing that I just realized is that the term "open source" is generally used to denote several types of software. Without actually defining what "open source" means, I am thinking to several categories: 1) Hobby projects . These are projects started...
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    Is Fibre Channel doomed?

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    Or at least this is what Bob Metcalfe says in an interview . Given the increasing competition between FC and iSCSI, it is not a surprise from the author of Ethernet to see such headlines. Here is a quote: "Fibre Channel's doomed," he said in a recent...
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    History: old computers...

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    Did you know that the three-digit IBM models ( IBM 701 , for example) were based on vaccum tubes and four-digit ones (like the IBM 1401 ) were based on transistors? And there is a lot more at http://www.columbia.edu/acis/history/index.html ...
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    The Art of Viktor Antonov

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    This type of art that leaves me in complete amazement. A fantastic place, an atmosphere close to what us, eastern-europeans were so used to. Viktor (who spent his childhood in Sofia, Bulgaria) is the art director/conceptual designer at Valve. His influence...
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    Interesting way to squeeze permalinks

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    Argh... looks like I am rediscovering the wheel. In the past I used services like http://tinyurl.com but it looks that I don't need it for my permalinks. At least on a Community Server powered blog, I can simple write: http://blogs.msdn.com/423926...
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    Article: Too much homework can be counterproductive

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    You might think that it is almost impossible to "measure" how much homework is needed. Surprisingly, this is not that hard to figure out - a indirect method is to compare various teaching methods in several countries, and then putting them side by side...
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