Aquarium coolers and overclocking

Never thought you’d see those two words on the same line. We are working away at more overclock. The old Sandy Bridge runs at 4.95GHz reliably (48×103) as long as the mineral oil bath stays cool (less than 98F), but the cooling fans alone don’t do that when running a video game. It looks like ...

Best student cards

Chase Freedom. Has 5% on categories and the big one is Amazon is 5% in the fall. It is also no fee so a great way to build up credit.  When you combine this as a grownup with the Chase Sapphire or the Ink Plus (the business card), then you get lots of bonuses: Use ...

A new possibility for 5D2 going to 5Ds R, D810/D900 or A7ii

Well that is a lot of acronyms, but right now if you are last generation camera owner, that is have a 20MP or so full frame like a Canon 5D Mark II, it’s been pretty unclear where to go, but right now there are 2 1/2 entrants to consider and some great choices. Personally, I’d ...

Ubuntu Python debugging

Well having used Bash quite a bit, we finally got to the point with single stepping via a flag where it was pretty usable. Now with Sublime and Anaconda there is a good system for looking for autocomplete, definitions and for doing simpling linting  and you can use the Anaconda menu to find definitions. It ...

Git LFS

Wow I hope github.com gets this running soon. It lets you manage large files with version control in a github repository. I installed the whole thing and then discovered the welcome mail I got wasn’t actually a welcome but just a reminder that I had signed up. Blah. The main thing to know is that ...

College Student Credit Cards

Well, it’s never too early to start building a good credit record (assuming of course you are responsible). Here’s a quick survey of the cards and what is recommended by Nerdwallet, The Simple Dollar and Get.com. Nerdwallet even has a cool calculator to estimate what you save with one of the cards. As a final aside, ...

Camping gear updates

Nothing like going through a list of things for this camping season, I’m wondering what we need: Bivy sack. We needed one and I got a Outdoor Research Helium Bivy. At 18 ounces, it even has a hoop. It hasn’t been super durable although the three week trip through the desert wasn’t the best. An alternative is ...

Wirecutter for graduation gifts

Well not a bad time to look through Wirecutter for the many miscellaneous gifts I haven’t had time to buy: Ooma. For $109, you get telephone service that is free. What a great deal compared with the $20 a month that Comcast charges Cable modem. If you cut the telephone cost, then you can get ...

Sublime, Python, Anaconda and SCONS

Ok, I’m trying to use Scons and finally had half a day to finally get some sort of IDE going. Anaconda for Sublime is pretty cool. Complicated to setup, you actually have to paste in Python code if you can believe it, but the punchline is that it lets you do a goto any definition ...

Turn off xfinity wifi

One of the most annoying things that Comcast has done is to turn all their customers into unwitting public hotspots. Not to mention the potential security problems, this creates a new entry point to your network. They have buried it under three layers of menus, but you can turn it off: Goto comcast.net and log ...
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