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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Check Your Computer's Health

Check stuff like CPU temperature to determine if your computer is overheating. This is done via your computer's BIOS setup utility, typically enabled by pressing the "delete" key immediately upon powering up. Click here for details.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The World, 1800-2000

An awesome visual of the progress made by the world over the last two centuries.

Biiig Moon

There was a biiig moon on the eastern horizon on Thursday, December 23, 2010! What makes the moon look so huge at times? Apparently, there actually is no good answer. The phenomenon is known as the moon illusion. If you're curious check out these links.

http://www.howstuffwork...s.com/question491.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_illusion

Character Sets and Encoding Schemes

This is an excellent article on a topic that all software engineers ought to know more about.

Celtics

Winning streak snapped at 14 last night by the Orlando Magic.

Queuing Theory

A nice video introduction to queuing theory. I recall seeing Erlang's recommended approach -- a single queue feeding multiple cashiers -- used at Marshall's, Panera Bread, and Barnes & Noble. Can you think of any others?

NYT on WikiLeaks

The NYT finally speaks up against the financial blockade of WikiLeaks.