A pedant that hangs out in the dark corner-cases of the web.
Friday, April 29, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
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
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.?
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Friday, April 08, 2005
Thursday, April 07, 2005
- Expensive committments to web apps that were advertised as "web-based", but were actually "IE-based"
- No centralized administration of settings (proxy, home page, search, other locked features)
- Unfinished customization tool (CCK)
No automatic authentication
- Does not use standard Windows profile location for cache, which bloats roaming profiles
- Does not support lousy MSHTML/MSCSS/MSDOM known to lazy programmers unwilling to update their skillset
- Does not support ActiveX controls, which can be a crutch, but sometimes terribly useful (like DateTimePicker and MonthView)
- Does not support CSS-BE (HTC), necessary to trick IE into advanced functionality built into all modern browsers
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
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:
Saturday, April 02, 2005
- X-Navigator ATXA8NW/500 case
- Tyan Thunder K8WE mainboard
- two AMD 64-bit Opteron 246 2.0 GHz processors
- two 1Gb Kingston PC-3200 DIMMs, leaving six slots open
- Swiftech MCW6000-64 for AMD® K8 Athlon™64 & Opteron™ liquid cooling system
- two Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 250 Gb SATA drives, for striping using the onboard RAID controller
- LiteOn SOHW-832S dual-layer DVD±RW
- docking Atech PRO-Gear DUO 10-in-1 Card Reader/Writer
- Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra 256 Mb PCI-X 16 video card, with a second DVI output, and support for SLI
- Samsung 710T pivot monitor
- Griffin radioSHARK AM/FM tuner with timeshift and scheduled recording
- FingerWorks Silver Dvorak TouchStream LP input device
- USB Mini Desktop Aquarium