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30 October 2008

Copying keys from 200 feet

I have to say, this was one of the simplest concepts to surprise me in quite some time...

21 October 2008

Cray Desktop Supercomputer


Now, before I show you the cool new toy, I have to point out why I will never trust SGI / Cray again.

I had 100 shares of SGI.  July 5th 2006 they announced this:
SGI's current shareholders will receive no recovery under the plan.


I thought WTF, so I emailed them. Lisa Pistacchio emailed me back:

Upon confirmation of the Plan of Reorganization, the current SGI stock will be cancelled.
For more information, please go to www.sgi.com/reorg

My regrets. I am a shareholder, too.  

I thought WTF?

So what happened? They dropped my stocks, didn't reimburse me a dime, then immediately started selling stocks again.  It's like if you loaned your friend money because you believed in and like them; then one day they walk up to you and say "Fuck you! I'm never paying you back biotch! BTW Can you loan me some more money?"

So, while I will never trust the company again, this does look cool (if expensive). Of course, I'd rather it be AMD and OpenSolaris, but hey....

Review

General Information
Item Number Please confirm your selection.
Configuration Date 10/21/2008 12:46:53 PM

Product Information
Model CRAY CX1
Total Processors 8 CPUs
Total Memory 128 GB RAM
Total Storage 4280 GB

Configuration Detail
Item TypeDescriptionQuantitySKU
CX1 EnclosureCXC1081
   SystemCXC108 Chassis1CXC108
   Redundant Power SuppliesSingle Phase Hot Swap Power Module (Kit of 2)1CX1SPHSPM
   Form FactorDeskside Rolling Tray1CX1DSRT
   Infiniband KitInfiniBand Switch DDR 24 Ports1CX1IBSWDDR24
   WarrantyCXC108 - 3 Years Onsite NBD - 24 x 7 Tel Support (NA)1CXC1083YNBD24X7NA
CX1 NodesCN54001
   CN5400Compute Node CN5400 (Dual Processor)1CN5400
   ProcessorXeon Quad-Core E5472 3.0GHz 12M 1600 MHz2H5472
   Memory4GB FBDIMM DDR2 800MHz ECC/Reg.84GF8
   Hard Drive320GB 7.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps 2.5"1320725
   Remote ManagementRemote Management Module1CX1RMM
   Fiber ChannelLSI 7204EP-LC Dual Port 4GB FC HBA1LSI7204EPLCKIT
   WarrantyCC48/CC54 - 3 Years Onsite NBD - 24 x 7 Call Center Support (NA)1CC48/CC543YNBD24X7NA
   Infiniband KitInfiniBand Kit (DP) DDR1CX1IBKITUPDDR
   Operating System InstallationRH/OCS - Factory Install - Basic Services (per node)1CX1FOIRHHPC
   Operating System SupportRH/OCS - 1 Year 24 x 7 Tel and Web support, unlimited incidents1SRHHPC1Y24x7x1H
CX1 NodesCS54081
   CS5408Storage Node CS5408 (DP - 8 x HS HDD)1CS5408
   ProcessorXeon Quad-Core E5472 3.0GHz 12M 1600 MHz2H5472
   Memory4GB FBDIMM DDR2 800MHz ECC/Reg.84GF8
   Internal Fixed Hard Drive320GB 7.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps 2.5"1320725
   Raid ControllerRAID controller LSI SAS/SATA 8708EM2 8 ports, 3GB/s1LSI8708EM2
   Battery Backup RAID ControllerOptional Battery Backup LSI 8704/08EM21LSIBBU6
   Hot-Swap Hard Drives250GB 7.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps 2.5" Extended Duty8250S725EX
   Remote ManagementRemote Management Module1CX1RMM
   Operating System InstallationRH/OCS - Factory Install - Basic Services (per node)1CX1FOIRHHPC
   Infiniband KitInfiniBand Kit (DP) DDR1CX1IBKITUPDDR
   Operating System SupportRH/OCS - 1 Year 24 x 7 Tel and Web support, unlimited incidents1SRHHPC1Y24x7x1H
   WarrantyCS5408 - 3 Years Onsite NBD - 24 x 7 Call Center Support (NA)1CS54083YNBD24X7NA
CX1 NodesCV54011
   CV5401Visualization Node CV5401 (DP - 1 x Graphic)1CV5401
   ProcessorXeon Quad-Core E5472 3.0GHz 12M 1600 MHz2H5472
   Memory4GB FBDIMM DDR2 800MHz ECC/Reg.84GF8
   Hard Drive320GB 7.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps 2.5"1320725
   Video CardNVIDIA QuadroFX 56001NVQFX5600
   Remote ManagementRemote Management Module1CX1RMM
   WarrantyCV54 - 3 Years Onsite NBD - 24 x 7 Call Center Support (NA)1CV543YNBD24X7NA
   Operating System InstallationRH/OCS - Factory Install - Basic Services (per node)1CX1FOIRHHPC
   Operating System SupportRH/OCS - 1 Year 24 x 7 Tel and Web support, unlimited incidents1SRHHPC1Y24x7x1H
   Infiniband KitInfiniBand Kit (DP) DDR1CX1IBKITUPDDR
CX1 NodesCS54041
   CS5404Storage Node CS5404 (DP - 4 x HS HDD)1CS5404
   ProcessorXeon Quad-Core E5472 3.0GHz 12M 1600 MHz2H5472
   Memory4GB FBDIMM DDR2 800MHz ECC/Reg.84GF8
   Internal Fixed Hard Drive320GB 7.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps 2.5"1320725
   Raid ControllerRAID controller LSI SAS/SATA 8704EM2 4 ports, 3GB/s1LSI8704EM2
   Battery Backup RAID ControllerOptional Battery Backup LSI 8704/08EM21LSIBBU6
   Hot-Swap Hard Drives250GB 7.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps 2.5" Extended Duty4250S725EX
   Remote ManagementRemote Management Module1CX1RMM
   WarrantyCS5404 - 3 Years Onsite NBD - 24 x 7 Call Center Support (NA)1CS54043YNBD24X7NA
   Operating System SupportRH/OCS - 1 Year 24 x 7 Tel and Web support, unlimited incidents1SRHHPC1Y24x7x1H
   Infiniband KitInfiniBand Kit (DP) DDR1CX1IBKITUPDDR
   Operating System InstallationRH/OCS - Factory Install - Basic Services (per node)1CX1FOIRHHPC
Power Cord (kit of 2)CX1 Power Cord USA/JP 2.5M2CX1PC2
Keyboard and MouseCordless Keyboard and Mouse MX55001CX1WKBMO
MonitorSamsung 30 inches LCD Monitor Black 305T2S305T
On-Site Installation ServicesRH/OCS - Onsite Install - Premium Services (per CX1 system)1OSIPMSHPC
Road CaseRugged CX1 Roadcase1CX1RC
Unit Price$84,089.00
Quantity1
Total Price (USD)$84,089.00

 

14 October 2008

Memorial Spaceflights

I have been talking about wanting this for a long time, and it is finally available.  Well, not quite. I would rather be sent out into space rather than have some of my cremated remains sent out.  While the lowest package is only $695, I think I would rather have the Deep Space package:
Module Option (One participant, 7g)
Standard Service $25,000
Preferred Service $39,990
(please call for more information about preferred level service)

  • Launches seven grams of cremated remains, first priority, into deep space;

  • Invitation to launch and memorial services: pre-launch briefings, personal meeting and dinner with an astronaut, launch tour (when available);

  • A custom, individualized, professionally produced DVD of the launch and memorial activities;

  • Complimentary scattering of balance of remaining cremated remains at sea near the launch site;

  • Inscription of the participant’s name and message on the flight module;

  • Personalized Online Memorial, including a biography (one page — 500 words, one photo, five video and five audio clips, online Guest Book messages) placed on the Celestis Web site (additional photos are available);

  • Framed post-launch certificate;

  • Memorial urn;

  • Memorial plaque, with replica of the flight module, suitable for display in home or office;

  • Performance assurance — in the event the mission is not successful, you will have the option for a priority re-flight, at no additional cost, on the next scheduled Space Services Inc. Voyager Service launch.

Hmmm... maybe with some DNA samples :)

09 October 2008

Motorcycle update


So I got my permit today.

I was noticing on pg 49 of the Motorcycle Manual that there is a little line by the starting point that says "More than 500cc". Well, since my is almost 1600cc, I think maybe I should figure out what I am supposed to be doing differently before I get all stressed out trying to complete the weave.

I asked the Beaverton DMV and they said they weren't sure but that it looked like maybe bigger bikes skip the first cone. They suggested calling Sherwood DMV and asking them.

Sherwood DMV looked over the picture and said that they think it means the bigger bikes make a bigger U-Turn at the end of the course. She also repeatedly told me that I have a better chance of passing the test on a smaller bike. She said it would be very hard to do the cone weave on a bigger bike.

Good thing I have a year to practice on the permit, huh?

04 October 2008

Black Denim 2008 Harley Dyna Street Bob (FXDB)


Well, I bought me a Harley today. I'll probably be taking it home mid next week (after I get my endorsement and they get the addons installed).

The picture is a link to a bigger pic. The title is a link to the stats pre-upgrades.

Oh and in case any of you are wondering... I rode a bike for my first time today.... take my test tomorrow. Wish me luck.

02 October 2008

[Google Blogs] 2001: A search odyssey

From Google:
9/30/2008 03:59:00 PM
Now that we're a decade old, we figured we're long overdue for some spring cleaning. We started digging around our basement and found all kinds of junk: old Swedish fish, pigeon poop, Klingon translation books. Amazingly enough, hidden in a corner beneath Larry's and Sergey's original lab coats, we found a vintage search index in mint condition. We dusted it off and took it for a spin, gobsmacked to see how different the web was in early 2001. "iPod" did not refer to a music player, "youtube" was nonsense, and if you were looking for "Michael Phelps," chances are you meant the scientist, not the swimmer. "Wikipedia" was brand new. Remember "hanging chads"? (And speaking of that election-specific reference -- if you're a U.S. citizen, it's not too late: please register to vote.)

We had so much fun searching that we wanted to put this old index online for everyone to play with. We thought it'd be even cooler if we could actually see the full versions of the old web pages, so we worked with the Internet Archive to link to their cache of these pages from 2001. Step into the time machine and try a 2001 Google search.

For more information on this search, please read our FAQ.

Posted by Shirin Oskooi, Product Manager

Hmmm.... What to search for??? Something older than iPod, youtube and Wikipedia...? Hmmmm...
I know! I'll search for myself....
Results 1 - 10 of about 80 for Malachi de AElfweald. (0.01 seconds)

Hehe ;) Let's see... what's there... Oooh, Letter of Recommendation from the chair of the CS dept. I was listed as a Unix Wizard. And of course one of my favorite quotes of all time on our VAMPS (VAMPS Against Modern Political Systems - the political party I started and was registered with for about 10 years) guestbook:
Hehehe...VAMPS has a guestbook now? Excellent! I run an online index of political parties called The Political Lighthouse which has carried a listing for VAMPS since the last campaign. I was just dropping through while updating links. Thought you might like to know your party has more staying power than some of the big-name 3rd parties... like the Nazis and the Progressive Labour Party. Good luck in 2000!
Of course, it is always fun to look back at old webpages... like this one. To bad it can't access any of my old pages from 1993 :(

Mal