Categories: Engineering, Do It Yourself, Papers

Have you guys tried Annonzilla?

posted by anwar on 07.02.21 at 19:13, Engineering, technology, null, 2 comments Permalink

It looks like an interesting proofreading/annotation engine for webpages.

Does anyone else know of similar software? I wonder if it works on dynamic pages...

--Anwar

Comment from: anwar [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php
The annotations stay loaded -- but if the dynamic page changes, the region information [for the given annotation] will be lost.
Permalink 02/21/07 @ 19:16
Comment from: collin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php
Is this for Cate? Does it have anything to do with my poor speeling?
Permalink 02/21/07 @ 19:36

You can't cross the same river twice

posted by anwar on 06.09.19 at 22:40, Engineering, null, null, 1 comment Permalink

So there I am, wandering around Cornell this evening during some free moments on a recruiting trip, and I'm overcome by this feeling that I'm walking through a ghost town.

Aside from a new building here and there, its almost exactly as I left it. The crisp autumn breeze, scores of stars overhead, and the hourly rings from the clock tower.

Walking around a little more, I see the benches I used to sit on, the trees I would read under, and even the little divot on Libe slope that I'd nap in.

As much as its all the same, the campus -- devoid of my friends and past life -- doesn't remember me. And so I find myself an interloper -- trespassing on places that have new owners and new meanings.

Comment from: scott [Member] · http://ink08.net/~cederber/
This comment is a little late, but when I first saw this post I was for some reason too retarded to remember how to log in.

I went back to Stanford shortly after moving back out here... it was strange. You do an excellent job of putting the feeling into words; your post really captures how I felt. (And in so doing, makes me feel a little better about feeling that way.)
Permalink 10/05/06 @ 19:44

Consolidation...

posted by anwar on 06.07.28 at 00:56, Economics, Engineering, null, null, 4 comments Permalink

1998 General Purpose CPU Manufacturers [w/active development]

  • SGI: Rx000
  • DEC: Alpha
  • HP: PA-RISC, Itanium
  • AMD: x86
  • IBM: Power, PowerPC, 390
  • SUN: Sparc
  • ARM: Various
  • MIPS: Various
  • INTEL: x86, Itanium
  • SAMSUNG: Alpha
  • FUJITSU: Sparc
  • MOTOROLA: PowerPC
  • HITACHI: SH4

2006 General Purpose CPU Manufacturers [w/active development]

  • INTEL: x86, Itanium
  • AMD: x86
  • IBM: Power, PowerPC, 390
  • SUN: Sparc
  • ARM: Various [Embedded]

2010 General Purpose CPU Manufacturers [Projected]

  • INTEL: x86,
  • AMD: x86
  • IBM: Power, PowerPC
  • ARM: Various [Embedded]
Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
My god, it's bad enough that I'm awake... what are you doing up... other than decrying the death of the Alpha that is...
Permalink 07/28/06 @ 01:26
Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com

Motorola and TI are still in there, right?

Things that run Mobile 5.0:

HP iPAQ 2490     Intel PXA270 520MHz
Dell Axim X51v     Intel XScale PXA270 624MHz
HP iPAQ RX 1950     Samsung SC32442 300MHz
HP iPAQ HW 6515     Intel PXA270 312Mhz

These are all wacky RISC processors, right? Do they count?

Permalink 07/28/06 @ 01:55
Comment from: anwar [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php
Freescale and TI have exited the high-performance cpu markets.

They still manufacture embedded chips.
Permalink 07/28/06 @ 12:17
Comment from: collin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php
Hey, you forgot Transmeta. What were those anyway? Below the x86 translation layer that is.
Permalink 07/30/06 @ 11:04

Classic SOM Design

posted by anwar on 05.06.29 at 07:31, Engineering, null, 1 comment Permalink

Now this is an excellent design. Clean lines, tall, elegant. (Contrast with the previous Superman II Ice-fortress design).

--Anwar

Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/graham.php
It sounds like they spent about 30 seconds coming up with a name for the building.
Permalink 06/29/05 @ 22:35

What Underemployed Engineers do for fun...

posted by anwar on 05.06.22 at 07:27, Engineering, null, Leave a comment Permalink

(Shamelessly stolen from boingboing)

Sunnyvale traffic signal prankster on the loose

Police in Sunnyvale are keeping an eye out for a highly skilled and frustratingly elusive prankster who has been tampering with the city's traffic lights...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/06/21/BAprankster21.DTL

posted by anwar on 05.06.16 at 12:28, Engineering, null, Leave a comment Permalink

I went to see the office pranks page and noticed sadly that all office cube farms are identical, everywhere.

Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators

posted by anwar on 05.04.25 at 06:59, Engineering, null, Leave a comment Permalink

Another item in the list of "Things that are HOT"

There have been five known accidents involving RTG powered spacecraft. The first two were launch failures involving U.S. Transit and Nimbus satellites. Two more were failures of Soviet Cosmos missions containing RTG-powered lunar rovers. Finally, the failure of the Apollo 13 mission meant that the Lunar Module which carried the RTG reentered the atmosphere and burnt up over Fiji. The RTG itself survived reentry of the Earth's atmosphere intact, plunging into the Tonga trench in the Pacific Ocean. The US Department of Energy has conducted seawater tests and determined that the graphite casing, which was designed to withstand reentry, is stable and no release of Plutonium will occur. Subsequent investigations have found no increase in the natural background radiation in the area.

Dr. Feynman would be proud: HOT chips!

posted by anwar on 05.04.21 at 07:25, Engineering, Papers, math, Leave a comment Permalink

These IBM guys have some wicked good material-science kung-fu. They've figured out how to reliably integrate PFETs (on 1-1-0 silicon) and NFETs (on 1-0-0 silicon)

Its amazing how on the ball Dr. Feynman was about the angstrom-scale world...

http://www.zyvex.com/nanotech/feynman.html

"I would like to describe a field, in which little has been done, but in which an enormous amount can be done in principle. This field is not quite the same as the others in that it will not tell us much of fundamental physics (in the sense of, ``What are the strange particles?'') but it is more like solid-state physics in the sense that it might tell us much of great interest about the strange phenomena that occur in complex situations. Furthermore, a point that is most important is that it would have an enormous number of technical applications."

The dangerous world of pioneering...

posted by anwar on 05.03.31 at 22:37, Engineering, null, Leave a comment Permalink

http://eetimes.com/news/semi/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=160400703

Looks like the end of days for transmeta. They had a nifty idea with the realtime dynamic binary translation, but in the end - it didn't save them enough transistors to make a difference.

It will be sad to see them go-- they did the industry a great favor by showing consumers (and chip architects) that power mattered. Its too bad they didn't get more $monetary$ benefit from their efforts, before the mighty manufacturing machine at Intel turned a couple knobs and dusted off an old design and built it in the new process (Ah! The miracles of voltage scaling).

But then again, I'd rather be the lead dog any day of the week, he's the only one with the great view.