20 pages of scrap notes, 2008.05.19-05.23

I astound myself by how many pages of scrap notes I accumulate over 5 days, just during my down time at work.


  • “Exposing the Modern Racist Paradigm,” extremely long page here
  • Someone’s opinions on why the Amiga is awesome, here . . . meaningful to me because I haven’t used an Amiga
  • Simputer – “self-contained, open hardware handheld computer, designed for use in environments where computing devices such as personal computers are deemed inappropriate.” (quoth wikipedia)… this looks like a project that didn’t do as well as expected and is rather old right now, but it looks interesting anyhow.
  • Someone’s blog about the memristor, and why it’s the 4th circuit element, and why he thinks it’s useful/revolutionary.
  • Reversible computing . . . worthy of consideration


  • Intel Atom D945GCLF motherboard from Tranquil PC Ltd. – $82 for motherboard with 1.60 GHz Atom 230; looks like a pretty good deal
  • OLPC XO 2.0 – new version of the XO, which “isn’t really a laptop at all but a double-screened, fold-up electronic book”, and which Negroponte has a goal of being producing for $75 each.
  • Pen Computing – good resource on mobile/handheld/rugged computing products


  • Lulu – Self publishing service; allows you to publish (as in, actual physical books that can be purchased online) with no setup fees. You keep 80% of creator revenue on sales, and you keep the copyrights to the material.
  • Adam Smith’s Lost Legacy – because someone’s pissed about how people constantly mangle what Adam Smith said


  • Digilent Inc. – Offers some inexpensive starter boards with Xilinx Spartan FPGAs or Atmel AVR microcontrollers
  • Xtreme Data, Inc. – “Database Analytics Appliance able to sustain 1TB/min of SQL processing”… well, that’s kinda boring, but I suppose it does live up to the name, and somehow accomplishes this with FPGAs.
  • DRC Computer Corporation – offers Reconfigurable Processor Unit which fits into an AMD Opteron socket on a multiway board, allowing it to directly connect to its bus and access memory, and offload CPU-intensive software routines to hardware; they use Xilinx FPGAs for this.
  • Project VGA – “Low Budget, Open Source, VGA Compatible video card”
  • FPGA Central – Good resource for FPGA links


  • Llamasoft Blog – From the maker of one of my favorite games, Llamatron. He has written some interesting software.
  • JavaSpaces – distributed shared memory in Java, along with other stuff, and part of Jini from Sun. This could be neat if I actually used Java.
  • VX32 – “virtual extension environment” for x86; one can run x86 apps in this for a secure, isolated environment in which they are limited in what they are allowed to do.
  • ACL2 (Applicative Common Lisp) – “both a programming language in which you can model computer systems and a tool to help you prove properties of those models,” and part of the Boyer-Moore family of theorem provers

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