One thing I have learned over the last week is that overclocking is challenging and somewhat addictive. I thought it was a simple tweak of the BIOS settings, but soon you find yourself tweaking the settings to try to get every last MHz out of your processor at the lowest possible voltage settings to avoid… Continue reading Overclocking update
After a late start, we made it into Gatlinburg, TN just after 1AM. We got to drive through light snow falling, and see all the beautiful Christmas lights with hardly any traffic on the roads at all. Now it is on to the very serious business of wrapping up my presentation that I am due… Continue reading ACM Mid-Southeast Conference Today!
I have been a long time user of bibliography search engines such as citeseer, the ACM portal, IEEExplore, etc… but I have always turned to standalone software applications such as Endnote and JabRef to manage the articles I find. This summer I created my own web-based annotated bibliography tool and just barely got it off… Continue reading New (to me) research bibliography tool
I have always been conservative when it comes to the stability of my computer systems. My reasoning is that I have invested too much money in the equipment to ruin it by being performance greedy. Today, though, I read an interesting article on Tom’s Hardware that convinced me to give overclocking a try. Motivation I… Continue reading Overlocking adventure
The last component of my computer upgrade arrived today in a surprisingly small box. I purchased an ATI HD 4670 graphics card based on the Tom’s hardware recommendation for entry level graphics cards. I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on this upgrade, but yet I wanted a card that would allow me… Continue reading Computer upgrade: ATI HD 4670 graphics card
The computer upgrade has gone really well, but it has been quite an adventure. The coffee cups on the table tell the story — lots of early mornings and late nights! The early results have been very promising on two fronts: 1) Individual maps can be produced two to three times faster than the original… Continue reading Computer upgrade: one week update
On Tuesday, the new 500GB seagate hard drives arrived at the house. This was to be my first experience setting up drives in a RAID configuration let alone installing a windows operating system onto it — definitely a learning experience! Desired setup: RAID 0 (performance) using two 500GB hard drives for a total capacity of… Continue reading Computer upgrade status
It’s Saturday morning, and I am in the process of upgrading an old computer I have to help support the development of topocreator.com. This website has inspired me for a number of research projects along the way to becoming (hopefully) a successful e-commerce website. The backend program I am using to create maps is quite… Continue reading Live blogging a computer upgrade