A quick note about VNC and GLX

I’m doing some image processing heavy-lifting this weekend with DeVIDE ng1.phase1 (that’s the not-yet-released next generation). The Windows XP scheduler is quite crappy, so on my laptop (1.6GHz Banias, 1G ram, 5400 RPM HDD) this kind of work tends to slow everything else down. So, I upgraded my Linux server box’s RAM to 1G as well (it has an Athlon64 2800+ and is running Centos 4.2 Linux, 7200 RPM HDD) in order to use this for some of the heavy processing.

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News on the audio front

There are three issues I’d like to cover in today’s lecture. Firstly, cheap headphones: I needed a cheap set of new headphones for listening to music at work, so I made the huge mistake of buying Sennheiser PX20. My office mates can hear my music better than I can when I use these, that’s just how bad they leak. Advice: do not buy these. If a friend gives them to you as a present, terminate the friendship.

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Nominees for the Losers of the Century

I’m trying to decide between these two nominees for the award of “Losers of the Century” (play dramatic Oscar theme here): On the one hand we have Mensa, a society for people with IQs in the top 2% of the population (*getting nauseous*) and on the other hand we have the International High IQ Society, in this case for people in the top 5% of the population. This society claims to foster “intellectual thinking”.

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Vis2005 day 1

Whooohoooo! We’re1 here at the IEEE Visualization 2005 conference in the Minneapolis Hilton. It being Sunday, we’re nursing our 7-hour jet lag and relaxing with a light tutorial, General Purpose Computing on GPUs. The team presenting this tutorial are some of the heavy-weights in the field and so far it’s quite interesting. During the next few days, I’ll try and post an update or two. Rubbing shoulders with the Visualisation world’s Who’s Who obviously takes precedence over abusing the conference WLAN to blog like a nerd.

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