Amazon drive

Amazon Cloud Drive – Speed test

One of the most common issues in terms of online backup is the uploading speed actually available to the user (solutions like Mozy, Carbonite, Crashplan all appeared to be quite limited in their cheapest entry-level or individual tier offers; a limitation which is probably marketing-based). How much time will you need to really send tera-bytes… Read More

Synology architecture

Synology-based synchronization solution

When CrashPlan announced the end of its unlimited backup service, I had to actively seek a new solution asking myself the question of how to provide two services I was previously (more or less) getting from this provider: Backups Synchronization between several machines (several PC and several iPhone) CrashPlan easily provided the backup feature despite… Read More

Happy Birthday HAL-9000!

It’s on January 12th, 1992 that, according to Arthur C. Clarke, was born HAL-9000, the computer from “2001, A space Odyssey” (the book from Arthur C. Clarke and the movie from Stanley Kubrick). Actually, the first time it was powered on. So, it is exactly 23-year old today. Happy birthday HAL-9000! HAL-9000 is an Artificial… Read More

Kermit, it’s the end

You know that you’re a computer dinosaur when you discover that a computer program you started with is reaching its end-of-life after… 30 years. The Kermit Project is canceled, effective 1 July 2011. I think that I actually started using Kermit on a Vax 11/780 computer from Digital Equipment Corporation to exchange data between various… Read More

Reliability of lead-free soldering

For those of you who asked for more details about the reliability of lead-free soldering (see the end of my previous titled “Manufacturing of electronic boards“, I have found an interesting and useful analysis from Numonyx (now Micron Semiconductors). Lead-free and leaded package soldering compatibility – Backward and forward compatibility This white paper explores the… Read More

Battlestar Galactica Online minimum requirements

In Battlestar Galactica Online, you will play an intense browser-based MMO game. This unusual setup will be requiring some pretty unusual hardware and software combination to be sure to play in good conditions. Minimum requirements Windows XP/Vista Processor: Pentium 4 2.2 Ghz, AMD Athlon 64 3000+ or better Memory: 512 MB of SDRAM Graphics: Any… Read More

Best locations for wallpapers

You find them anywhere and everywhere, but it’s not always worth the visit. To find a beautiful wallpaper for your computer (even more if it has seevral screens), you need to find reliable sources of nice wallpapers. I wrote down a few of the best ones here: The wallpaper section of National Geographic Digital Blasphemy… Read More

Manage your process priorities in Win7

You may not know it but all processes and all programs are not running with the same energy in your Windows-based computer. There is something named “process priorities” that manages which program will run first or will run with the most direct access to the CPU. photo credit: Ioan Sameli All this goes quite transparently,… Read More

Zoom into the Mandelbrot set

The fashion of drawing fractals is a memory of the past (it was probably linked to the first appearance of computers able to collate the computing power for the needed calculations and the display capacity for complex images). But the pleasure is all mine to find this HD video which sends us into a Mandelbrot… Read More