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San Clemente chipset gives HP lead on energy efficiency

The January 30th 2008 batch of test results are in for SPECpower_ssj2008 energy efficiency benchmark and it looks like Hewlett Packard has claimed the energy efficiency lead with their newest low-cost 2U HP Proliant DL180 G5 server.  The secret to their success appears to lie in the selection of the Intel 5100 series "San Clemente" chipset.

January 31, 2008 by George Ou

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Painful lesson in OLPC mesh networking for Mongolians

The Mongolians have had a painful lesson on mesh networking according to the OLPC current events webpage.  Broadcast storms in the overly dense mesh environment along with excessive mDNS broadcast traffic seem to have crippled the Gobi desert experiment.

January 29, 2008 by George Ou

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Mac Pro is now the cheapest high-end workstation

Earlier this month I wrote "Build a Mac Pro equivalent workstation for 1/3 the cost" and the pricing didn't look good for the Mac.  Now that the new Mac Pro with updated specifications and a much lower price has come out, I figured it's time to do an updated comparison.

January 27, 2008 by George Ou

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Turning any monitor in to a 3D VR display

After seeing the above video sent to me by Justin James, I only have one thing to say: Give Jonny his PhD!  Johnny Lee is a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University who took a standard Nintendo Wii remote and turned a monitor in to something special.

January 24, 2008 by George Ou

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Analysis: Server Side Java energy efficiency versus load

With the arrival of the latest standardized energy efficiency benchmark from SPEC, we have a good way to measure server efficiency.  In light of the recent controversy over flawed energy efficiency studies that have unfortunately been touted by so many in the press instead of SPEC, I thought I'd offer some more in-depth analysis on energy efficiency.

January 22, 2008 by George Ou

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The polycarbonate all-in-one 22" LCD PC

The last time I built a wooden all-in-one 19" LCD PC, my family wanted it in the kitchen and my mother wanted it in hers. To keep everyone happy, I built my mother another one (pictured above and below) out of 3/16th inch jet-black polycarbonate which makes the chassis look like the material from a grand piano.

January 21, 2008 by George Ou

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Here's what fake HD video looks like

After this morning's piece "Don’t believe the low bit-rate ‘HD’ lie", I thought I would follow up and show you want crappy HD looks like.  The following is a sample from AVSForum user Xylon who digitally ripped some images from DIRECTV and Dish Networks satellite service 1.

January 18, 2008 by George Ou

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