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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.


2008.06.07 – 2008.06.17, yay notes


Potentially political

  • Meetup – find groups of a given topic or interest, near whatever location you give… or “Get on the Internet to get off the Internet
  • Legal Rights of Photographers by Andrew Kantor  (or this PDF) – very informative and helpful to know
  • The Photographer’s Right flyer by Bert P. Krages II, which is actually what I was trying to find when I found the link from Andrew Kanto
  • “The Sum of Our Days: A Memoir” by Isabel Allende (Amazon)
  • Local indie band, “Bad Veins” – my friend Carolyn wrote their name down a few years ago and told me to check the band out, and I stuck the piece of paper in a folder and forgot about it… then coincidentally when I finally looked them up online, realized I had already read an article about them months prior in Citybeat

Pretty obviously political

  • The Ruckus Society – “provides environmental, human rights, and social justice organizers with the tools, training, and support needed to achieve their goals.”
  • Free Press – nonpartisan organization working for media reform
  • “The New Media Monopoly” by Ben H. Bagdikian (Amazon)
  • Daily Kos – “State of the Nation”,


  • Arduino – “an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.” Can be purchased pre-assembled or built by hand; software and CAD files are available at the site.
  • FreeIO – “Free Hardware Design Resources for the Free Software Community” though looks slightly dead
  • Gallium3D – “Tungsten Graphics’ new architecture for building 3D graphics drivers.”; only interesting to me because it might mean better Linux drivers for 3D graphics cards.
  • BAZIX One Chip MSX – apparently implements some computer called the MSX, and does it using an Altera FPGA… I don’t know
  • Hypercomputing HC-62 – just some ridiculously fast computer with 36 GB of RAM and eleven FPGAs
  • Holografika – true 3D holographic display, visible with naked eye, so the site claims (and has videos to show)
  • Astak Mentor ebook reader – epaper-based, claimed to get 8000 pages per charge, support TXT, PDF, RTF, HTML, on a WinCE-based OS, with SD expansion card and wireless; there is a 5″ version (800×600) should be $200, 9.7″ (1280×825) for $350. Should be available Real Soon Now(tm).
  • iRex iLiad looks to have better specs and it is Linux-based, however it’s also $600-$700 (but it’s actually for sale)
  • Graphics Gems by Andrew Glassner – a set of books I should probably read eventually so I stop reinventing the wheel every time I program anything


  • serdisplib – library to drive serial displays with built-in controllers (like the Optrex LCDs I messed around with at work)
  • ACML (AMD Core Math Library) – heavily optimized routines for LAPACK, BLAS, FFT, transcendental & random number generation, utilizing SIMD instructions available on AMD CPU
  • Similar – SIMDx86 – optimized SIMD library for x86 (I don’t think it does x86-64)
  • FBReader – ebook reader for Linux/Windows, intended for portable devices. Handles Plucker which I found really useful on Palm
  • sdtcon – “Simple and secure remote access over SSH… provides easy to configure, easy to use, secure remote and out of band access to systems and devices inside a private LAN or management network.”; works via SSH and Java on Linux/Windows
  • FreeRTOS – free, portable, open source, mini realtime kernel for embedded systems, like ARM7, ARM9, Cortex-M3, MSP430, MicroBlaze
  • DjVu – digital document format with very high compression and quality for scanned documents or photographs… too bad it’s not nearly as well-supported as JPEG and other raster formats, lossy or otherwise
  • C optimisation tutorial – from 1998 but still pretty relevant
  • DSP DesignLine – lots of useful articles and technical papers about programming for DSPs (such as this one about Programming and Optimizing C Code)

Notes 2008.06.01 – 2008.06.07


Technical stuff

  • Red Hill Technology – decent articles pertaining a lot to old x86 hardware
  • TRIPS (utexas again) – “developing a new class of technology-scalable, power efficient, high-performance microprocessor architectures called EDGE (Explicit Data Graph Execution) architectures.” and I’ve got at least one technical paper that’s been on my computer for over a year that I’ve put off reading somehow

Programs and stuff

  • Xournal – ” Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus.”; open source, of course, and maybe I can make it run on my Jornada
  • OPIE – Open Palmtop Integrated Environment… some sort of interface for smaller devices; I tried it on my Jornada and found it uselessly slow, but kinda neat
  • GPE – GPE Palmtop Environment, which might be a better option than OPI
  • BlenderCAD – “a Blender script created with the aim of expand the functionality of Blender, so that it could be used for the Computer Aided Drawing.” …haven’t tried it but it might be worth it
  • GNU Radio – the GNU software radio; can be combined with minimal hardware (like the USRP) “allows the construction of radios where the actual waveforms transmitted and received are defined by software,” which is probably a good way to totally piss off the FCC


  • “Tainting Evidence: Inside The Scandals At The FBI Crime Lab” by JF Kelly and PK Wearne (Amazon)
  • “Confessions of a Record Producer – How to Survive the Scams and Shams of the Music Business” by Moses Avalon (Amazon)
  • “Rainbow Painting: A Collection of Miscellaneous Aspects of Development and Completion” by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (Amazon) – was recommended very highly by a program I listened to, related to Buddhism and meditation


  • The Memory Hole [rescuing knowledge, freeing information] – “The Memory Hole exists to preserve and spread material that is in danger of being lost, is hard to find, or is not widely known…. The emphasis is on material that exposes things that we’re not supposed to know (or that we’re supposed to forget).”
  • Cryptome – “Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance — open, secret and classified documents — but not limited to those.”