All posts tagged fusion

How to paint switch and outlet covers

Many years ago, I was helping to renovate a soup kitchen in Belle Glade, Florida. One of the things I did was paint it. I’ve never been a great painter, but I took pains to stay away from the outlet covers so the room would look neat. “David!” the leader, a guy named John, barked. I […]

Why use a CMS like WordPress?

I had a discussion at work the other day after some WordPress plugin vulnerabilities came up. “Why not use Dreamweaver?” my coworker asked. For a site that changes a lot like a blog, you need a content management system with a database backend. Otherwise the site gets unmanageable in a matter of months, if you’re […]

Reflections on 10+ years of blogging

Om Malik shared yesterday what he’s learned in 10 years of blogging. 1. Blogging is communal. 2. Be authentic. 3. When wrong, admit it and listen to those who were right. 4. Be regular. 5. Treat others as you expect yourself to be treated. 6. Respect your readers’ time. 7. Wait 15 minutes before publishing. […]

How to decide if a computer upgrade will pay for itself in power savings

I occasionally read an offhand comment where someone says he or she just bought a new computer, and the new computer is so much more power efficient than the old one, it’s going to pay for itself. I wonder if they did the math, or if that’s what the salesperson told them. Because while I […]

Farquhar discovers power-sipping AMD Fusion motherboards

AMD just announced its next-generation Fusion CPU/GPU combo. I’m not quite comfortable with AMD’s APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) moniker, because CPU-GPU integration isn’t about speed so much as it’s about reducing price and power consumption. This version of Fusion is intended to compete with mainstream Intel CPUs. Pricing isn’t available yet. And that reminded me […]

Roll your own Retro-64

So an upstart company has licensed the Commodore name and unveiled an updated C-64, which is essentially a nettop in a 64-alike case with a 64-like keyboard. Reactions are extreme. People either love it or hate it. I’d like to have one, but I’m not paying $595 for a nettop. But it should be possible […]

What the 2011 CES may mean

This week was CES, where companies make a big splash and try to show what’s going to happen in the consumer electronics space in the coming year. In the coverage of CES, I saw three things that seem interesting, but only one of those three was a surprise.

How to fix modern plastic toys

Yesterday my son handed me a piece of broken toy train track. Last night I fixed it. At first I figured it would be easy–wood’s just a matter of gluing and clamping. But this one had a funky plastic connector. The plastics used in today’s toys are less brittle and arguably stronger than the polystyrene […]