Archive for August, 2008

2008.08.04 – 2008.08.21, more technical blah


Ideas ranging between “unconventional” and “BS”

Political stuff

  • Corporate Swine – certain companies, and why they suck.
  • They Rule – “They Rule aims to provide a glimpse of some of the relationships of the US ruling class.” The page is almost all Flash-based, but given its interface I don’t see how else it could have been done. Check it out.
  • SaveNetRadio



  • Netlabels collection at Internet Archive; “This collection hosts complete, freely downloadable/streamable, often Creative Commons-licensed catalogs of ‘virtual record labels’.”
  • Discogs – lots of information on music from obscure labels and artists
  • Tangerine Dream – I wrote this band down in 2005 and I haven’t listened to them yet
  • “My Freedom” by Beat Foundation – yet another ambient (or chillout?) track I liked, from Cafe Del Mar: Ibiza vol. 3 (Amazon)

Literature and Other Stuff With Words

Technical Stuff

  • SynDEx from INRIA – “a system level CAD software based on the “algorithm- architecture adequation” (AAA) methodology, for rapid prototyping and optimizing the implementation of distributed real-time embedded applications onto “multicomponent” architectures.”
  • Data visualization tools for Linux – covers GnuPlot, Octave, Scilab, MayaVi, Maxima, OpenDX
  • gnuplot tips & not so frequently asked questions
  • memcached – “a high-performance, distributed memory object caching system, generic in nature, but intended for use in speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load.”
  • BeOS bootdisk collection which I have no idea if I’ll ever use but here it is
  • Thesis paper from Mark Samuel Miller (Robust Composition: Towards a Unified Approach to Access Control and Concurrency Control)
  • Another thesis paper, by D. P. Reed (Naming and Synchronization in a Decentralized Computer System)
  • P2P-Radio – Internet radio distributed via peer-to-peer means
  • PGP Digital Timestamping Service
  • Manent – algorithmically strong backup and archival program
  • DSPACE – an open source solution for accessing, managing, and preserving scholarly works

Shiny Technical Stuff


Flame Wars about technical stuff


2008.07.26 – 2008.08.03 stuff




  • The Black Beast – my friend Jessica made this flourless cake and it’s pretty supremely awesome


Political & hippie stuff

Programming & computerish crap

  • Papers about Self and OO – I haven’t read any of these, but I should
  • Bad Mojo – some pretty well-reviewed adventure/puzzle game from 1996 which happens to run on DOS/Windows/Mac
  • The not-so-short introduction to LaTeX 2e – PDF about LaTeX
  • Kile – integrated LaTeX environment
  • XeTeX – a merging of TeX with Unicode and modern font technologies
  • Apache FOP – “print formatter driven by XSL formatting objects (XSL-FO) and an output independent formatter.” from the Apache XML Graphics Project
  • Hercules 390 – The Hercules System/370, ESA/390, and z/Architecture Emulator… incidentally, TRON Guy is in charge of the project
  • The LiveCD List from FrozenTech – Table of info about Linux distros available as LiveCDs
  • INSERT – the Inside Security Rescue Toolkit, a Linux distro that comes with various tools for rescue and recovery; it’s a 60 MB download so it works well as a LiveCD or USB-stick
  • Open64 – the Open Research Compiler, used originally on Itanium and now on Nvidia CUDA; it is under GPL
  • BrookGPU – “Brook for GPUs is a compiler and runtime implementation of the Brook stream program language for modern graphics hardware.”
  • OpenCL – “a language for programming heterogeneous data and task parallel computing across GPUs and CPUs.”; initial implementation is on LLVM (Low Level Virtual Machine) and clang


  • LM317 – According to Cowclops, this variable linear voltage regulator can be a good way to limit current and voltage for charging an SLA.
  • JOP: A Tiny Java Processor – A hardware implementation of the Java Virtual Machine; it can be put onto a low-cost FPGA, so the site claims, with the VHDL source (which is GPLed)
  • OpenPCD – Open RFID Reader for 13.56 MHz; site provides the schematic, PCB layout, Gerber files, bill of material, and some software
  • OPEX – A “Unique Operating System” for the AVR microcontroller
  • Use, Abuse, and Misuse of Amplifiers by Bob Pease – online seminar from National Semiconductor (or “webinar” if you prefer… which I don’t); beware, page is quite large
  • Operational amplifier usage (also from National Semiconductor)… handy for stuff to do with op amps.