Facebook Open Computer Project server

22/05/2017 Leave a comment

Some time back, in a previous post, I showed you the server used by Google, and how I was happy with the fact that they chose to use all off-the-shelf components in their servers. It is almost as if they were telling us that we could do it ourselves like them. Much time has passed since I wrote that old article. Check out the next generations of servers, this time used by Facebook. Many are adopting the OCP or Open Compute Project, using ODMs (Original Design Makers) to manufacture for them. Dell and HP have offerings that are not relevant to them. One example quoted was that the plastic bezel in front of HP’s and Dell’s offerings impede airflow and thus, are not very efficient.

I am excited for this. Looks like the way to go as far as servers are concerned. Looks like if push comes to shove, this might be a viable option.

Refreshing sangria

21/05/2017 Leave a comment

It was Mother’s Day one week ago and so I took my mum out for a lunch. While waiting for her, we were served a delicious sangria by the restaurant we took her to. I mean, I have drunk sangria before but I always wanted to know how to make it. So I went on the Internet and found a recipe and here it is from The Spruce

  • 1 750 ml bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 Orange cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Shot brandy
  • 2 Cups ginger ale or club soda

Their’s is a great recipe but I will also throw in some apples cut into wedges as well. There is something about the crunchy taste of apples to complement the sangria. In any case, The Spruce has said that it is a very basic recipe so I suppose that there is room for experimentation. The method is pretty simple, according to their article:

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.

The best sangrias, according to them, are the ones that are allowed to chill in the refrigerator for 24 hours. That will allow the cut fruits to marinate for 24 hours and bring out the taste.

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SKK6830T, you one helluva asshole

20/05/2017 Leave a comment

I saw a post of this on Facebook profile of this guy Bobby Boucher and I had to put this up on the blog. Check out this fella driving SKK6830T. That is why I always say that we will never be a gracious society. This idiot, with his small-minded mentality, has to win…all the time. And this is not the full video. Check out the continuation below

All he had to do was to give way. Not asking a lot. But no. he shows his ungracious side, gets video-ed and now he is infamous for all the wrong reasons, for giving the finger. Well done asshole. Enjoy your infamy!

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LeYou slim battery bank

20/05/2017 Leave a comment

A colleague of mine was using this slim 5000 mAH LeYou battery bank to charge his mobile phone. I found this to be ideal for a charger. For one, it is light and does not weigh a ton like my Xiaomi battery bank. Secondly, it does not take long to charge this thing. The only downside is that because it is 5000 mAH, it can only support perhaps one charge of your mobile phone at a time. But for weight, I think it is a better option, especially for ladies like my wife, when she wants to carry it everywhere.

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Bike wheel chandelier at Haji Lane

19/05/2017 Leave a comment

Well, I am a biking enthusiast after all and while the wife and I were walking down Haji Lane, this “chandelier” of sorts caught my eye. Thinking of this, it ain’t too difficult to make. Something to think about perhaps when I redo the lights at my house?

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QED speaker cable from the UK

18/05/2017 Leave a comment

Just earlier this week, I was installing some speakers for a client and he requested me to use these cables that he had bought. I had a look at the reel and saw that it was supposedly made in the United Kingdom, made by a company named QED. The cables did not look anything spectacular and were of a very thin American Wire Gauge (AWG) which I estimated to be about 18 AWG. I normally have my doubts about such speaker cables like these and I doubt if they were actually made in the United Kingdom after all. But the client wanted it so my Belden speaker cable had to take a back seat for this one. Honestly, sometimes, the things I do to please my clients…

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QSC GX7 power amplifier

17/05/2017 Leave a comment

I was using this for an event some time last year. I remember that the event was a success and the sound was loud and punchy. It was partly credited to this lovely QSC GX7 amplifier that were powering the two main speakers. Now in the past, I have never been an advocate, of sorts, to these QSC GX series amplifiers but I am a convert now. I have installed these amplifiers in a couple of places and I can safely say that these amplifiers can really push their power well and handle their jobs with ease. This GX7 for instance. Both channels driven, it can put out 725 watts of power into 8 ohms. Into 4 ohms, it can put out 1000 watts. Not too bad really. As for connectors, there are XLR, 1/4″ TRS for balanced connections, and phono for unbalanced connections. Features-wise? Here you go:

  • Power levels matched to the most popular speakers used by entertainers
  • Optimized for maximum real-world headroom into 4- and 8-ohm speaker systems
  • Inputs: XLR, 1/4″ TRS and phono input connectors for compatibility with any source
  • Outputs: Speakon® combo accepts 1/4″ (TS) plugs or Speakon 2- and 4-pole plugs (connects 2 poles only). Binding posts support all other speaker wiring systems
  • Minimum depth chassis (10.1″ / 257 mm) fits in compact, inexpensive effects racks
  • Lightweight – GX3 and GX5 less than 26 lb (12.5 kg). GX7 only 15.5 lb (7 kg)*
  • Detented gain controls for precise setting and matching of sensitivity
  • GuardRail™ automatically protects the amplifier and loudspeakers from damage due to temperature rise or overdrive without shutting down the show
  • Front panel LEDs monitor power, signal, and clipping
  • Subwoofer/satellite crossover built-in

I am still used to the Yamaha amplifiers that I have used for many installs and even Yamaha have come out with some good ones recently. But given the fact that these from QSC are really good, it has been making me think twice about which amp I should be getting.

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