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Want more...Power I went to visit Mount St. Helens yesterday. Unfortunately, it was raining and we couldn't see the volcano.  We stopped at the Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO), named for David A. Johnston.  Johnston was a USGS volcanologist who was on duty at the ridge the day Mount St. Helens exploded on May 18, 1980.  "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is It!" was all he could report when the mountain erupted. Johnston was one of the 57 people who lost their lives.  The JRO is 5 miles from the volcano on the ridge wh...

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Want more...GreenIT Kermit the Frog sang the song, "It's not easy being Green". We hear more and more about technologies that are also green - green hard disk drives, green servers, and lower power chips.  Today, I was reading an article on eWeek that two of IBM's Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer prototypes appear at the top of the latest Green500 supercomputer list. You can read about the Green500 list at http://www.green500.org/home.php. For developers, Intel provides an Energy Checker SDK.  The SDK gives developers ...

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Want more...Bits Who wants more Bits (binary digits)?  I first started programming in September 1969 on an IBM 360 model 40 as a Freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Computer Science Department.  The IBM 360/40 had a 16-bit data width, 32-bit general purpose registers, and 64-bit floating point registers.  I also got permission to program (using Assembler and FOCAL) on the PDP-8 (12-bit single accumulator, up to 32k of 12-bit memory words) that was in the Journalism department.  Later on, Professor Emile Attala ...

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Want more...Freedom It's the Fourth of July (Independence Day) here in the US.  This is a day to celebrate freedom (and maybe to blow some things up).  When you think of the word freedom, what comes to mind?  There are many songs about freedom - http://www.mcgath.com/freesongs.html.  There are many people who are still fighting to be free and many others who are giving thanks for their freedom. The English Bill of Rights (1689) lists several rights and freedoms including: freedom of petition without retribution ...

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Want more...Knowledge I am in the constant search for knowledge of all kinds. While I continue my search in the areas of software engineering and computer programming, I also explore other areas where software might be used.  In my undergraduate studies at Cal Poly Computer Science (1969-1973) I took a range of non-computer science courses as part of my degree.  The Cal Poly "Learn by Doing" philosophy expanded our knowledge to include areas where computers and software would be used in my future career.  After gradu...

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Want more...Toys Continuing my month of July theme about wanting more, this time it is Toys.  Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie,  said he would never grow up, never grow up, never grow up, not me ("I Won't Grow Up").  That's me in spades.  I suspect that many developers also have a lot of kid inside themselves.  We have toys.  We want more toys.  My list includes nerf weapons, fishing rods and reels, frisbees, scuba gear, and golf clubs. For technical toys most developers probably have a smart phone, an iPad, AppleTV...

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Want more...Food A few weeks ago, I sent emails to friends, family members, co-workers, and educators asking them what they wanted more of.  I asked what they need more of, craved more of, would like to have more of, to hope for more of, and what they dream for more of.  I did not set any specific context for their replies.  Some chose to focus on personal wants.  Others listed the "want more" in their professional career. For the month of July I am going to blog about some of "more" thoughts and lists I rece...

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Big data and getting bigger all the time When you read or hear the term "Big Data" what do you think about?  Do you visualize an extremely large database or data warehouse?  Do you think about architectures and algorithms for storing and processing big data?  When haven't we had big data in relation to the systems and services that we are asked to program?  Is yesterday's big data small data today?  With the Internet and the number of humans creating and consuming data, I guess we do have really big data today and it is only getting bi...

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Happy Pi Day! I just returned to my office from our kitchen here in Scotts Valley.  As part of our Pi Day celebration, there was a scrumptious Banana Nut Cream Pie on the table.  If you haven't seen one million digits of Pi - check it out - http://www.piday.org/million.php Articles about calculating Pi: http://pcplus.techradar.com/node/3106 http://www.johndcook.com/blog/2011/03/14/a-ramanujan-series-for-calculating-pi/ http://www.cygnus-software.com/misc/pidigits.htm http://www.wikihow.com/Calc...

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December 25 - Christmas Day !!! Saturday, December 25 - Christmas Day - the end of this countdown for developers. It's that big day.  A special day for many of us.  When I woke up, waiting for me were presents under our tree.  My wonderful wife, Martha, gave me the small, cool new Apple TV and a spectacular Data Robotics Drobo 5 bay storage box.  Tomorrow, I'll go out and buy 5 Seagate 2TB SATA internal drives and put them in the Drobo and start backing up all of the developer tour pictures and videos I've taken over the ye...

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