A pedant that hangs out in the dark corner-cases of the web.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New System: Wrong Memory

From the Tyan Thunder K8WE manual:

2.10 Installing the Memory

Before attempting to install any memory, make sure that the memory you have is compatible with the motherboard as well as the processor. The following diagram shows common types of DDR SDRAM modules:

[DDR SDRAM diagram]
[Registered DDR SDRAM diagram]

Here are a few key points to note before installing memory into your Thunder K8WE:

  • Always install memory beginning with CPU1 DIMM-A1.
  • In order to access memory on CPU2, both processors must be installed.
  • Single, pairs, or four modules are supported on each CPU.
  • Configure memory symmetrically on each CPU for best performance.
  • AMD Opteron™ processors support 64bit (non-interleaved) or 128bit (interleaved) memory configurations
  • At least ONE Registered DDR SDRAM module must be installed for the system to turn on and POST (power on self test)
  • 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB* Registered PC3200/PC2700/PC2100/PC1600 DDR SDRAM memory modules are supported
  • All installed memory will be automatically detected
  • The Thunder K8WE supports up to 16GB* with two CPU's installed.
    * Not validated at the time of print; subject to change.

Did you catch the part about the motherboard only supporting registered RAM? Me neither, but that seems to be the case, since only registered RAM is listed for the K8WE at:

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

IE clientInformation.userProfile

What ever happened to the userProfile object? Even sites that are unrepentantly MS-centric have not used this to obviate the need for lengthy forms collecting vital stats. The XForms working group has not specifically suggested a similar wallet-type input. Even the WHAT-WG has not proposed a vCard input in its splinter-proposal for Web Forms 2.0.

Instead of terribly kludgy workarounds like RFC 3106, why has there been no method to simply pick an address card to fill in name, email, addresses, phone, etc.?

Friday, April 08, 2005

Unicode Update

Unicode version 4.1.0 has been released, adding support for Biblical Hebrew, Editorial Marks for Biblical Text Annotation, Phonetic Extensions, Ancient Greek Editorial Marks, Ancient Greek Musical Notation, five new currency symbols, and more.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Top Barriers to Firefox in the Enterprise

  1. Expensive committments to web apps that were advertised as "web-based", but were actually "IE-based"
  2. No centralized administration of settings (proxy, home page, search, other locked features)
  3. Unfinished customization tool (CCK)
  4. No automatic authentication (Update: negotiated auth is supported!)
  5. Does not use standard Windows profile location for cache, which bloats roaming profiles
  6. Does not support lousy MSHTML/MSCSS/MSDOM known to lazy programmers unwilling to update their skillset
  7. Does not support ActiveX controls, which can be a crutch, but sometimes terribly useful (like DateTimePicker and MonthView)
  8. Does not support CSS-BE (HTC), necessary to trick IE into advanced functionality built into all modern browsers
MozillaZine discussion...


Now that Microsoft isn't running the whole show, web development is seeing some actual progress! Sure, ajax was invented by MS years ago, but what have they done for us lately?

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

New System Complications

OK, the more astute among you may have noticed that case was going to be a problem.

Not only is the power supply wrong (an issue I had planned to address with an adaptor ), but, as enormous as it is, it's too small for the mainboard. The Tyan Thunder K8WE is a freakishly large 12"×13", requiring the new SSI EEB 3.5 case size, and an EPS power supply, the pair of which could easily cost me $800. Not having that kind of cash, I am now casting about for a reasonably priced, attractive, non-rack-mount case with a useable (preferrably modular) PSU. Here are a few suggested by Tyan:

Here are some other possible candidates (that do not appear to be available in the US yet):

Saturday, April 02, 2005