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My first SSD drive

December 5th, 2008 • Comments Off on My first SSD drive

After ordering my first Solid State Drive on Tuesday, it arrived on Thursday and today was the day I first tried it. It’s a patriot 64GB Warp v2 drive. And I got it for a reasonable price. Here is a nice picture of the drive. It’s quite light and looks nice, but that is my opinion.


About speed: You can feel the performance increase, and if you look at the numbers the increase is quite impressive. The systems boots twice as fast as before, applications launch faster. Although I must admit that the Intel disc might be faster. Here is the output of hdparm:



Timing cached reads: 1768 MB in 2.00 seconds = 884.39 MB/sec

Timing buffered disk reads: 121 MB in 3.00 seconds = 40.66 MB/sec



Timing cached reads: 1660 MB in 2.00 seconds = 830.30 MB/sec

Timing buffered disk reads: 278 MB in 3.02 seconds = 92.07 MB/sec

The noice reduction is also very good – if the fan is off, you hear nothing, and by nothing I mean nothing. You here only your own typing 🙂

Also the power consumption seems to be much better – in normal mode I can use my notebook 45 minuter longer.

Only negative points are the size of the disc and sometimes the performance is rapidly down for some reason, I have to investigate that further. But for now it was a real good deal!

Python 3.0 released – Juhu!

December 4th, 2008 • Comments Off on Python 3.0 released – Juhu!

Doing it the cloud computing way

November 26th, 2008 • Comments Off on Doing it the cloud computing way

Sun has many cloud computing initiatives e.g. Playing only a underpart is the work done in the RESERVOIR project. RESERVOIR stands for Resources and Services Virtualization without Barriers and is part of the Framework 7 program of the European Union.

Sun is part of this RESERVOIR project and provides great technologies to the project. Besides working on standards for upcoming Cloud Computing frameworks Sun will

The first part is pretty straight forward, while the second part involves more software development. The goal is it to provide a application container which allows the deployment of different kind of Java applications. Those services should then be managed  e.g. based upon predefined SLA definitions. Service can then be started, migrated, suspended, consolidate/distributed (if more instance are running) and stopped.

Sun is therefor developing the Virtual Java Service Container with the project name Floccus 🙂 More details are coming up.

OSGi dependencies

November 25th, 2008 • 1 Comment

I have been a great fan of pushing the degree of automation to a limit. And as stated in this blog post: Software engineering and as a follow up of OSGi dependencies and OSGI  Best practices: I now present  the consistency and OSGi dependency checker 🙂

The setting is a multi modul maven project for a OSGI based application – with all the nice maven features turned on (reports (all kind off), scm, issue tracker, mailinglist, etc) – so to speak of a complete Software Development Environment.

The broken window principal says:

"Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.
Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from take-out restaurants there or breaking into cars."
Source: wikipedia

And to prevent the broken window principal I implemented a small tool doing some of this stuff:

As a result you get e.g. a report and a graph.


The second part of the tool is maybe even nicer 🙂 Beside all the good reports and tools you can use like findbugs, pmd, checkstyle, and others; sometimes I’m missing the very basic stuff. I implemented some consistency checks which can check for the following stuff, and verify the consistency of your project:

You could integrate those checks in the build systems or even force them on checkin like svnchecker does. Or you can use it to generate reports.

Amazon gives access to public datasets :-)

November 25th, 2008 • Comments Off on Amazon gives access to public datasets :-)