I lost my drawing of the new mac pro, that I made a decade ago…
So in high school I used to draw custom computers.
My favorite thing was to make them modular, then group hot components near a single cooling source.
I made two designs similar to the mac pro, one that was square, and one that was round.
They both used the heat generated to power a cooling system, the hotter the device got the more energy it created to help cool itself, it’s not entirely powered by this but it helps cut energy.
My “mac pro” even had slanted vents in the top like a turbine blade to pull in air and make it rotate inside the computer like a funnel.
I cannot however find these drawings and it makes me VERY sad. They were in an algebra notebook which is nowhere to be found.
mac vs pc + computer science
In computer science there’s a concept called the Protection Ring.
Imagine a ring with several layers, on top is the user with stuff you usually interact with, but at the core is the kernel, which you never touch and which requires protection.
Windows allows software to operate at Ring 0, or the center of the ring, giving access to the kernel.
OS X allows software only to operate as close as Ring 3, several layers away from the kernel, in order to protect the system.
This means a huge difference in stability and security.
OS X wouldn’t allow your graphics card driver to crash your system but Windows would.
OS X wouldn’t allow photoshop to crash your system but Windows would.
You get the point, it’s more stable and more secure for not allowing whatever you install to mess with the kernel.
That’s a “Power User” for you!
ARM Mini PC for sale
Clearly says it’s ARM processor made for Android and Linux, but supports some other OS’s.
Guy leaves scathing review, mentions he’s a Windows Power User:
"It didn’t come with an OS" - It wasn’t supposed to.
"Tried to install Ubuntu, failed" - It wasn’t for ARM.
"Couldn’t get Win 7 or Win 8 to work either!!!!" - Windows RT is the only version built for ARM but would lack complete support and it’s crippled compared to its x86/x64 cousins.
For his lack of knowledge the product earned a 1 star rating.
A new open-hardware computing platform, flexible and powerful, designed for use as a desktop, laptop, or standalone board.
Just like he said, if you can’t hack it, you don’t own it.
Well let me just say.. want want want want want want want.
Proof that iPhones are over-engineered
I was replacing the screen on my friends 4s when he got an emergency tow-truck call, he told me to close it up and he’ll come back for me to finish.
So, I left out 20-something screws and all of those stupid little gold brackets that ALL other phone manufacturers decided not to use, thankfully.
So, this iPhone is missing like 25 parts, no joke.
And what happens? Nothing. In fact he’s dropped it since and it’s fine. Reception is fine, everything.
That’s how over-engineered and wasteful the iPhone is, so many stupid, useless, annoying little parts that are unnecessary that you can literally not put them back and the phone operates fine for months, as it’s now been two months.
Occam’s Razor means almost every Android is superior in design because they use 15 less parts to accomplish that same, if not more features, which means less to go wrong, which means a less problematic phone.
btw, I tell him to come back over so I can finish the job but he doesn’t care, so while that’s against my standard of quality I enjoyed learning that.
People thought wearing rubberized socks would provide “improved posture, strengthened muscles and reduced injuries”?!
Honestly Vibram doesn’t deserve a lawsuit, if people believed rubber socks had miracle benefits then in a Darwinian sense they deserve to lose their money.
The Jaquar supercomputer does 2.3 quadrillion calculations per second.
Or 2.3^15 …That’s 15 zero’s!
However.. the D-Wave 2 can perform 2^512 calculations simultaneously… That’s 512 zero’s, a number astronomically larger than the estimated number of atoms in the universe which has more like 80 zero’s.
And we went to the moon using kilobytes of memory held within handwoven copper wire and magnets, zip-tied to PCB.
Upgraded my MBA to mavericks and my battery says I have 18 hours and 40 minutes remaining while my bluetooth and wifi are on, and KSP, iTunes, and Firefox are running.
Butterfly gardens are kickass.
I wish I’d have brought my fixed 50mm or DSLR in general, but I had my Galaxy S4…. and whoa, I’m not disappointed. I used an app for manual exposure control and even though I can’t tinker with the depth of field these pictures came out!
In photo school there was always a debate about whether you need a nice camera to make great art, or whether camera is relevant at all. I think it doesn’t matter.
I think you can make art with anything. But I’ll admit, filters that make digital images look like they were printed in the wrong size negative carrier, or without one entirely kind of make me resent those words. They didn’t use an enlarger, probably don’t know how, but their images look like they went through the effort to do things manually, not sure how that makes me feel.
The advantage of having built hundreds of gaming computers for other people is when I go on newegg to upgrade my own rig, I see hardware (liquid coolers especially) that I’ve already installed, which I think is sometimes better than reviews.
Of the closed-loop cooling Cooler Master and Corsair were my favorites and of that the Seidon line from Cooler Master was the least expensive for the material and design quality.