Data backups are large!

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I just finished compiling the list of files I want to backup on our tape drive - 37gig! Good thing that we got a 35/70gig drive or it'd have never all fit!

Intel sucks

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I've said it before and I'll said it again, aside from having larger manufacturing facilities, Intel is pretty bad these days in comparison to AMD. Their latest high-end processor is the dual core Xeon and is so hot that it could bake a turkey, all while being slower and more expensive than AMD's best.

Longer term, while Intel struggles with retrofitting their ten year old Pentium Pro design again, AMD are working on turning the entire 32bit x86 instruction set into a virtual chip inside their 64bit core. Sorry, Intel, you suck!

Learn Ruby with the help of an utter head case

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I never thought I'd find something like this, a (online) book that is both informative and utterly, utterly insane at the same time. Instead of the usual dry language that tecnical books tend to be written in, this book just oozes with oddness, from cartoon strips of foxes to discussions of dogs, there's something here to utterly confuse everyone as to the point of the anecdotes. That's not to say that it doesn't explain the technology at hand, it does and does so quite well, it's just strange. Go give it a shot, if you can look past the oddness it might be worth spending a little time on.

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