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Farms for Computers?

One of the things I really love about how we roll at work are server farms.  I love that term, “server farm.”  It’s very silly.  All it means is several servers that are meant to work together.  Just another way of thinking about computers.  You could have one computer in Texas, another in New Jersey, and another in Ontario setup to be a server farm.  It wouldn’t be very good (the distance between servers would make the performance poor), but it could easily be a fully functioning server farm.

The way we do server farms, however, is very different.  We just use one server and call it a “farm.”  That sounds even sillier.  How can one computer be like four computers?  Well, easy.  You just have four computer’s worth of processors, four computer’s worth of disks, and four computer’s worth of memory in one physical case.  You end up with one very beefy machine that you can optimize just like a many individual computers.  Pretty cool.

Well, at least I think it’s cool.


This is not a cat-in-bag situation, but I definitely want to start getting the word out a bit early.  I’m wrapping up an iPhone app for coffee folk out there called BrewControl.  The basic idea is to let the iPhone handle all the numeric aspects of coffee.  Well, at least as much as it can.

Right now, the app does coffee-to-water ratio calculations, as well as brew timing.  It can keep track of different brew types and their associated ratios and timer settings (countdown vs stopwatch, duration of timer, etc.).  I’m trying to get a couple of my coffee heroes to test it for me, we’ll just see how that goes.

In the meantime, I will be putting the final layer of spit-polish on and send it out to Apple.  I expect it to be in the store in the next two weeks.

Siberian Wooden Houses

This goes out to all the photographers in my family, the Siberian Wooden Houses project.

Irkutsk, Siberia is a city next to the deepest lake in the world, and it is home to some amazing (I assume) hand-made wooden houses. Vlad, of fame, drove around the city documenting the houses as they are falling into disrepair. If you care about any of the following, you will love the gallery he created:

  • Photography
  • Architecture
  • Lighting
  • Wood
  • Siberia
  • Siberian Wooden Houses galleries

I love four out of those six, so I’m absolutely enamoured.

A Music Post

A few rablming thoughts, prepared hastily:

I really love music. There’s something about the tone and emotion of a song that can really affect your reality. Music, to me, is more than just what you hear; you have to agree with what the artist is doing in order to enjoy it.

Put another way, when I’m in a really bad mood driving in rush hour, the last thing I want to listen to is classical music; it’s too calm. I don’t feel calm and can’t agree with what I’m listening to, so I subconsciously reject it. In a strange way, I find that listening to angry music calms me down, or at least I dont hate the music and the situation. When I am upset and listen to harsh music, like hard rock or mathematica, I find myself able to concentrate more on the music and less on whats pissing me off.

Typically I need my music to help me concentrate or work, so Im looking for music that fits that part of my life. So far, I dont know if theres anything better than Explosions In The Sky, specifically the album The Earth Is Not A Cold, Dead Place, but the search continues. Its a search that is its own reward.


July 2020
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