Month: January 2016

Raspberry Pi, Hypriot, Docker Swarm and Consul

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Well finally back to running a Raspberry Pi stack. Got the new Hypriot Cluster Lab which is in it’s first incarnation. it is much easier than the manual docker swarm setup up, but a little less clear how to do thing. It uses Consul for managing the cluster (rather than just using docker swarm cli)…

Paying the IRS

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Well there are so many options these days but here are some good ones: directpay.irs.gov. This is a free site that let’s you pay with your checking account for free. The only trick is that you have to do it before the deadline. You need 3-5 days beforehand. pay1040.com. This has a $3 charge for…

Machine learning and notebook

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OK, this might seem like an oxymoron, but if you are doing machine learning you kind of want to do it when mobile or in poor connectivity areas yet also want something that doesn’t weight 7 pounds. I tried the MSI gaming notebook, but at 17 inches and 6 pounds it is just too big….

Deep learning frameworks

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Here are the big ones as covered in a survey article: Tensorflow. The newest one from Google. The biggest issue seems to be how this scales as Tensorflow is a single machine solution now. Google Brain is the a closed source scaled system. Torch. A great chance to learn lua and Facebook has open sourced…

Price searching

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For a long time I used pricegrabber.com, but then it really changed to a resell site. Then I used the Merrill Lynch rewards site which was decent, but had some great mileage bonuses, now I’ve just been hacking away looking at some random store (Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Wal*mart, Newegg, Rakuten and Overstock) and that…

File Vault and El Capitan upgrades do not get along

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I haven’t seen much about this on the web, but with our two older machines (MacBook Pro 2010 and iMac 2009), we have had hang problems with File Vault. On the former, the upgrade just failed and hung at a blank screen. The on the later, it worked, but then on some update, it would…

Skylake mini-ITX build using non-K processor

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We just started our first Skylake build on micro-ATX taking the Haswell build and using it with a system cost of $1500. The main changes with the Z170 board called the Gigabyte Z170MX-Gaming 5 is that we now get: USB 3.1 Controller. So 16Gbps for 2 USB 3.1 ports (10Gbps is standard and is 2x…

New years resolutions

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Happy 2016. I can’t believe we are already here. Wow, and we are getting close to 2020 and driverless cars and even hoverboards, but the old tradition of New Years resolutions lives on. So here are mine: Really understand computer vision machine learning. Ok nerdy in the extreme, but last year, it was about really…

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