Category Archives: Hardware and Technology

Quora Answer: Which career is more fun, networking or programming?

I originally wrote this as an answer to a question on Quora. Full question: “Say networking is a blanket, for IT, systems administration, and network security. We’ll say programming is basically web app development. Can anyone with experience in either of these fields give some pros and cons about what they do and do not […]

Overclocking The HP Touchpad For Cryptocurrency

I mention in my September 9th post that I was able to get a Bitcoin/Litecoin mining daemon (cpuminer) running scrypt calculations on the HP Touchpad. Because a device like that is one of the worst possible things you could use to generate cryptocurrency, I’ve left it running as a dedicated Litecoin mining machine since then. […]

Parallel Programming and Cryptocurrencies

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of brain cycles learning parallel programming tools and APIs. These are tools that let you write code to run on your video card (GPU) and/or multiple CPU cores at once. I’ve learned the basics of NVIDIA CUDA, OpenCL, OpenMP, and C++ AMP over the past few weeks. They’re neat […]

Stop Bothering Me About Updates

First there was Windows Update. Not a big deal, it only nagged once a week at most, and you could easily turn it off if it became too annoying. Then Adobe Update. It’s a damn document viewer, why should it need to be updated if I’m having no trouble viewing documents? Then Flash. Java. iTunes. […]

WPF Is A Dealbreaker

I spent some time working on the client, only to find that the Windows Presentation Foundation doesn’t support right-click events.  That’s a deal-breaker because I need right-click support.  How could a GUI toolkit not support something so basic? So, the wxWidgets-based client is being resurrected.  That’s good, because it was further along.  The big problem […]

If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Upgrade It

I hate software “upgrades” and updates. They invariably break something that I didn’t want to be broken. I’ve learned the hard way time and time again that switching to a newer version of something is a bad idea if the new version hasn’t added a feature I desperately need. So the rule here is: If […]

A New Laptop

I’ve been meaning to get a laptop for a while.  One might say that I don’t need another laptop.  After all, I do have five already. Of course, all five of these have bad hard drives.  The newest one is seven years old.  One has a blown motherboard.  One lacks a power supply.  One has […]

Technology Always Fails

There’s only so many times I can see a message like: “Error loading operating system” Before it starts to get frustrating. Won’t be much progress today.  I love computers.

Upgrading to Vista Ultimate

I hate updating software.  Many years of painful upgrade experiences have taught me not to upgrade a piece of software unless it’s horribly broken or lacks the ability to get anything done. That’s why I was dreadfully, terribly afraid of upgrading from Windows XP to Vista on my home desktop.  Sure I’ve been running Vista […]