Category Archives: Uncategorized

This Really Is My Next?

I spent a good chunk today reading up on 3D XPoint technology. It’s basically non-volatile memory based on a phase change technology. Think NAND, except it writes-in-place (no erase needed) and does not have the same degradation issue NAND has (it still does…). This means this memory can be directly addressed, and also offer very low latency and very good performance at low queue depth.

This is because Intel issued a PR for its consumer space, selling 3D XPoint SRT (basically M2 cache drives for consumer grade desktops and maybe laptops). For $77 or whatever you can stick 32GB of fancypants new memory tech into your crap-tier desktop and it will function like a hybrid drive? Uh okay. The only juice I found was that they’ll release a U2 version of this memory and that’ll be worth looking into when the time comes?

Instead, let’s read up on Intel’s roadmap (unlike SLC/MLC NAND, Intel and Micron locked 3D XPoint down) here. Or their 4$/gb enterprise “cache” solution. Or Sammy’s answer as of last year. As you can see this has been playing out for years. A lot of the performance that 3D XPoint brings are going to be “locked” behind the controller scheme, and OS level support. Obviously for hyperscale solutions there’s all kind of juice to be extracted but if we plebs get even non-volatile memory as a result, that would be pretty sweet. Of course even for NVM-based memory (that sounds dumb) to play a revolutionary role there’s so much that has to change…

It’s interesting to see that the heating uptake on NVM directly leads to my investment in NVM (bought a Sammy 950 pro last Christmas) being obsolete. As someone who still owns an Intel X-25m g1 I find it only apropos.

The worst Giants game I’ve witnessed on TV

From the NY Daily News:

There is no reason to look at the 23-7 victory over the Vikings any deeper than this: It was one bad team beating a really bad team. The two worst quarterbacks to play at MetLife Stadium this season: Josh Freeman of the Bucs in the season opener against the Jets and Josh Freeman of the Vikings on Monday night. He completed an abysmal 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards in his first game with Minnesota after Tampa first benched him and then cut him.

If the Giants’ luck has really changed, the Vikings this week will cut Freeman – can Christian Ponder really be worse than this guy? – and then the Eagles, who are dealing with injuries to Michael Vick and Nick Foles, will sign Freeman and start him Sunday against the Giants in Philly.

Not sure if it was the ugliest MNF game ever in MNF history, but it sure was close.

Wooting Jeremy Lin

Just some random statistics. Woot has been selling these Spalding Jeremy Lin basketballs. I caught the link to one and just went to the usual statistics. It was during a Woot-off so the main page has long expired by the time I looked at it. Instead, here is the thread on the sale.

What caught my attention is this graph:

Breakdown by state


I think this is kind of telling. Granted the sample size is albeit not very large, and the sale started probably at around early morning eastern time, which translates to super early morning central time, but you’d expect Texas to lit up deep woot-green just like Virginia and New York. Well, I guess it was also a cheap item and some people may have been buying it for other reasons.

Whining about the MBA refresh

For a non-mac user like myself I sure talk about Apple’s hardware a lot. I guess it goes to their credit that they do make quality hardware.

But the new MBA is a major disappointment. It’s got the same specs as your typical Asian manufacturers, plus a couple bells and whistles (thunderport is going to become the new mac-only whatever port at this rate).

The problem I have is how it drops discrete graphics for the HD 3000. It’s a totally sensible move, one that I would not had mind at all 10 years ago. Or even 5 years ago.

But I’ve grown to expect more from my mobile hardware. I want enough beef to play Starcraft. Intel HD 3000 can play Starcraft fine…at low quality. That’s not to mention that even with its LED-lit IPS screen, the resolution is not exactly high–just like all the other laptops out there.

I guess it’s time to plunge for an Alienware M11x. But it’s ugly and thick. Com’on, computer industry! Give me a bone here. All the MBA did today is just join this list of slick but gamer-unfriendly laptops. But I guess it’s a fool’s errand to expect that from Apple.

Which is true; the gamers don’t do mac thing is still a solid rule of thumb. I’m just as disappointed with Asus, Sony, Acer, MSI, Lenovo, Samsung, etc…

Or maybe is 3000 HD really good enough? Benchmarks show that it’s on par with an nVidia M310, which is about what the old MBA had. I guess that’s fine. But Starcraft on low is … not desirable.

Back to the ASUS U31JG-A1!