Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I am writing today about my favorite mini linux os, Wolvix.

I have been looking for quite some time now for a debian linux os that is compact like Damn Small Linux, but has all the functionality of a full os.

This is a hard thing to pull off, since there are so many applications to consider.

Damn Small Linux is a nice tool for fixing linux and a few other applications, but is terrible as a main everyday os.

An os like Ubuntu is huge and has a lot of aplications ill never use, but is fully functional for an average day of duties.

I am looking for an operating system in the middle.

One that is as compact as possible, but can still do everything Ubuntu can if and when needed, and in an easy to use setting.

Wolvix almost does this. I love Wolvix, except for the fact that it doesn't use the regular debian packages, which means it's always a league behind the debian releases.

Still, if you're hunting for a similar os, consider Wolvix.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Intel's new 48 CORE chip

In a news release by Intel, they mentioned having a experimental chip already running at 20 times today's current pc speeds.

It's rather impressive.

The current computer being sold right now at the big blue box is beetween 2 core's and 4.

The power generated by these multi core machines is roughly around 4 and 9 ghz (gigahertz).

The gigahert is the speed of the CPU (Central Processing Unit). Basically the cpu is the computer's brain. The section of your computer that actually computes, or "thinks" mostly mathematical equations.

To put it in context, when computers first started becoming a home appliance is the 486 to pentium 1 era, where speeds where from 8 to 300 mhz, (mhz stands for megahertz, or 1000 hertz) or more.

A gigahert is 1000 megahertz. My machine is 4.8 ghz, or 4800 megahertz.

But my machine is 3 years old. it's common place to see 9.9 ghz in a 4 core system, meaning 9900 megahertz.

This new chip is up to 20 times faster, so possibly 180 ghz or faster. (180,000 megahertz.)

What's impressive to us old timers in computer repair is that in a matter of 20 years we have quite possibly gained 22,500 times the speed of those first 286's, 386's, 486's and pentium 1's of the early and middle 90's.

Quite impressed,

2012 End of Internet scare

You might have heard by now that there is a group of people trying to get you to believe that the internet will end in it's current form.

The implications are that the "new" internet would be much more restricted, charging you to go to sights not listed in your plan with the company. What that means to you is that if you wanted to look up something obscure, be it a japanese manga publisher or a chicken soup recipe, you would be charged extra every time.

This would mean not only that you would be restricted, but also that the website with the manga or chicken soup recipe would most likely be shut down, having little major readership, they would not be able to afford to keep their doors open, so to speak.

The only problem with this belief is the poeple who are spreading this rumor are, for lack of a better word, shady.

In their defense however, there where several events that did occur in the 2006-2007 era that did point towards an attempt to accomplish just this very feat.

The big three, AOL, MSN and Verizon (Atleast they where the big three in 2006) where trying to set up a system beetween the three of them, along with other isp's (Internet Service Providers) they would set up "channels" that you would be charged for, much like satellite or cable's package system.

What that would have meant is that you would have gotten channels like Google,, Ebay and in your package, and any other website would be pay per view.

It's actually in the record books that Bill Gates wanted to set up an internet postage stamp, where it would cost you 15 cents an e-mail to send anything not going through the same network.

Meaning that emailing from hotmail to hotmail would be free, but emailing from hotmail to gmail would cost 15 cents.

The problem with the idea is it is economically unfeasable. While it would generate capitol, the expense of setting it up would be enormous, and on top of that, the liable law suits and special interest groups that would boycott or lobbie against this action make it unlikely to happen

Last but not least, there's the ACLU, which would pounce on this like the proverbial cat to a mouse, because of the freedom of speech act. I think no judge in his or her right mind would ever let such a piece of public property like the interenet be sectioned off for sale like this, atleast I would hope not.