the 4 million points earned

I just checked my [email protected] stats, and I just reached 4 million points today. w00t! I’ve been folding since 2001, and points did not accumulate very quickly until multi-core processors surfaced. Typical work units will earn around 150-250 points each, but the ones I usually fold now will earn almost 2000 points each. Those numbers should give you an idea what it takes to get to 4 million points.

My donator rank based on Stanford’s [email protected] site is 1916 of 1374571, so that puts me in the top 0.001% of the project. I’ve been donating computing power to for 8+ years now and have invested in building computers especially for the cause. I deserve some bragging rights, right? =D Peace out.

the memory demands of today’s applications

On Sunday, my friends and I watched Boondock Saints II using a DVD ISO streamed over my home network and viewed on my HDTV using my PS3. The ISO had to be transcoded with the PS3 Media Server software installed on my Debian system. We noticed some intermittent issues with the audio which was not a big deal but should be resolved.

I only have 1GB of RAM on the file server which I upgraded almost four years ago. The PS3 Media Server application is a memory hog, and I am looking into upgrading the system memory so ISOs can be transcoded better with a bigger buffer available that only uses physical memory.

When I purchase memory, I usually go with Kingston. Their reputation for manufacturing high-quality chips is well-known in the enthusiast community. Their “Lexus/Acura/Infiniti” line of RAM is the HyperX series which I currently use in my file server. A 4GB (2x2GB) memory kit of Kingston HyperX is currently on sale for $111. That’s less than $30 a gig which is actually pretty good for today’s prices.

If you’re going to keep up with the system demands of today’s applications, then a memory upgrade may be necessary and most likely much less expensive than purchasing a whole new unit. Always check the compatibility with your system when buying memory, because chips are available in all different sizes and speeds.

the acer netbook + windows 7

Wireless signals flood the air to accommodate the mobile world always on the go. Most technophiles these days are equipped with either a smartphone or a netbook under $200 (or around that price) if they need to travel around with their geek gear.

Acer has an attractive line of netbooks on sale right now. These puppies aren’t the subnotebooks you might have seen a couple years ago. They’re loaded with specs that rival their full-size counterparts while delivering excellent battery life with mobility-conscious enhancements.

With the Intel® Atom™ processor combined with the Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express chipset, sufficient processing power fuels these netbooks to run your everyday programs. Web-browsing, email, and popular software suites like Microsoft Office run surprisingly well on Acer netbooks.

1GB of RAM resides inside to keep your system from bogging down, and memory management is handled optimally with the latest and greatest OS from the Microsoft crew, Windows 7. Wireless capability, a LAN port for those who still plug in, memory card readers, an 89% keyboard, three USB 2.0 ports, a multi-gesture touchpad, a 10.1″ LED backlit screen, a VGA port, and a built-in webcam are just some of the features packed into these little guys.

Smartphones can’t do everything that desktops and notebooks are designed to do. Netbooks are the future generation of computers that provide similar functionality like executing those crucial programs and necessary tasks that can’t run on smartphones. If you looking for an excellent solution to mobile computing, then explore Acer netbooks to find your match.

the terabytes for under $84 each

Disk storage keeps getting cheaper as technology continues to advance. As a data collector, this always keeps me interested. A 2TB SATA internal hard drive with a 32MB cache from Hitachi is currently on sale for $168 with free shipping. Hard drive space is well into the terabyte zone, and they’ll just keep getting bigger and faster.

The days of clearing off disk space to make room for new files is behind us. Cloud computing allows access to a near infinite macrocosm of disk space to individuals, companies, and enterprises. Storing gigantic files like Blu-ray ISO images is easy with cloud services. Using a cloud can be costly to the average user since it’s a monthly bill versus a one-time investment. This is one of the main reasons why hard drives are still desirable.

The speed of file transfer is important when moving multiple files at once. With the 32MB cache on this 2TB hard drive, the Deskstar can keep up with all the data flowing through the network to reside on this inexpensive chunk of space. One of the main advantages of a local hard drive over using a cloud service is less time is consumed moving the data since bandwidth speed can be an issue on a home user level.

You might be asking yourself how you will ever fill up two terabytes of disk space. Imagine clearing physical space in your home by turning your Blu-ray and DVD collection into digital files and streaming them over your network to watch movies and TV shows with XBMC. You’ll save time not having to load tangible discs into your player and can enjoy the comfort of your entertainment center without having to leave your couch. Blu-ray discs require tens of gigs, and they add up quick.

This is just one of the ways you can take advantage of a 2TB hard drive. Think of how many smaller files like digital photos and music files you can store on one of these.

the hybrid video recorder

I’ve been looking for a USB device or special video card that will allow me to watch and record antenna TV on my computer since the DTV transition. I found this one this weekend on sale. For a little more than forty bucks after the rebate, I can watch high definition digital TV on my computer.

I watch plenty of TV programming, but I don’t need cable or satellite to get the shows I watch regularly. Why should I spend hundreds of dollars a year on a TV service when all of the shows I keep up with can travel through my antenna, streamed on Hulu, or found amongst the torrent community?

This hybrid video recorder is packaged with a USB extension cable since its shape can obstruct a nearby USB port. It also comes with a portable digital antennae and software to run the adapter. The software allows you to turn your computer in a DVR-like device where you can set it to record your shows at certain times.

Instead of needing a television set to watch your shows, you can just plug this HDTV adapter into your computer. This brings a new layer to multi-tasking. You won’t have to turn your head to see the TV. If I had this device, then I would not have to miss America’s Game since I have class during that time now Mondays thru Thursdays. I can just schedule my notebook to record the show and watch it after class. So 2010!

the forward momentum

Wow. The weekend is almost already here again. We’re already nearing the middle of the first month of the new year. Time is not slowing down by any means.

Mondays thru Fridays from 7am to 3pm at my day job that pays the bills, I am a drone that completes the connection. I am a robot that sees a check every two weeks. My days are mostly the same. The routine is comforting. That is my work life.

I’m keeping in mind that one of my resolutions was to update this at least a couple times a week, and I’m going to do my best. Don’t let me let you down.

Mare also got her new Lenovo IdeaPad Y450, and it’s pretty sweet. She digs it and so do I. I have no plans in the near future for a new computer system of any sort. I’m content with the five I already use on a regular basis.

I picked up a copy of I, Robot on Blu-ray at Wally World yesterday for ten bucks. They also had Boondock Saints and 28 Days Later, but I went with the one that I like the most and would look spectacular in 1080p. This is why I always have to pass by the electronics section whenever I feel like saving money and living better. =P

Here’s a picture of one of the baby mollies that I took yesterday or the day before:

I haven’t been able to locate the other baby molly. Maybe it died.

Mare & I will be moving at the end of next month. We’re really excited and looking forward to it. I’m also going back to school once again for some necessary certification. I’m doing something that I should have done years ago. These next couple months will be a much-needed breath of fresh air.

American Idol is back. I’ll probably end up watching it like I did last season ’cause I’m a sucker. A new episode of Bones airs tonight. The news about Conan and Leno is interesting. I wonder how that’s going to pan out.

These days will fly by, and I look forward to them doing that. Everything is falling into place nicely, and I hope they continue to do so. Peace out.

the saturday burn party

A “Fitter Happier” homage for nerdkind:

What’s going on in the lab tonight? 50+ ISOs are finding their temporary homes on some DVD+Rs until the solid state storage becomes much bigger and more affordable.

Make sure to run your backups. Scan your terminal for spyware, malware, and virii. Move and paste files into their proper locations. Peace out.