Go read.  You can come back in a bit and be mildly confused.

Look, it's CLI-tan.

..or don’t (if you did, good).

Ubunchu is.. interesting.  I’ve lately taken to ignoring most things that so much as mention UbunchuUbuntu (as my StumbleUpon history will attest to), but it’s good to know that there’s still plenty of sense, if you know where to look.  Not everyone is spewing nonsense from their nostrils, evidently.

The truth is over there

There’s a pretty impressive amount of truth lurking in Ubunchu under the silliness and not-quite-OS-tan levels of moe.  Basically every opinion voiced in the manga is accurate, IMHO.  In my mind, there’s a place for each OS- each has is strengths, and certain weaknesses- what you get from any system is a combination of what it can offer well and what you put in.

Ubuntu, for example, is a very newbie-friendly Linux distro, and it’s very good at being free and (generally) easy to use.  Try to control it too much, and it might break on you- that’s just how the game works.

Arch, my Linux distro of choice, is quite different- it’s one that expects you, the user, to go poking around and configure things yourself.  Arch is great at being configured to exactly fit your needs, provided you’re willing to take the time to learn things for yourself (do eeeet, I say).

Windows is good at being itself- not free, but generally worth the price for those who know what they’re doing.  I’ll freely admit that Windows tends to be overkill and even something of a liability (what with malware and all) for uninformed users, but I feel that power users can get a lot out of Windows with excellent dev tools like Visual Studio, a huge multitude of games, and the multiple ways to do just about anything.  Say what you want about Microsoft, but their developer support is superb.

OSX?  Well, it’s good at being simple to use and not free.  I won’t say much on that since I generally make a point of ignoring Apple products, but I hear such systems are well-liked in the creative community.  My main complaint is that it generally only gives you one way to do whatever it is you might want to do, which is rather painful for someone like me, who likes to poke around in things.

Bottom line

Operating systems bring a variety of benefits to the table, and it’s up to you, the user, to decide which one(s) fit your computer usage style best.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to SSH into my server to check on my CLI IRC client. ( ^‐^)_

Oh, and I want a sysadmin’s club.

CPU Comparison Shopping

I’ve been slowly working towards putting together a new PC build to replace my current one, a Core 2 Duo- based system I built about three years ago, which is starting to show its age.  In the interest of comparison shopping, I put together a spreadsheet and some charts looking at the newer Intel (i5/i7) and AMD (Phenom X4/X6) processors.  Turns out that Intel’s Core i5-750 seems to be the best deal in processors for what I’m looking for in a system at the moment.

Raw Data

Clock speeds are in MHz, TDP in Watts, and cost is price in USD at newegg as of 5/3/2010.  Processors with SMT (hyperthreading) are noted in the Cores column.

Manufacturer Model Cores Clock TDP Cost
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE 4 3200 125 159.99
AMD Phenom II X4 940 BE 4 3000 125 161.99
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 4 3400 125 180.99
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 6 3200 125 309.99
Intel Core i5-650 2 3200 73 184.99
Intel Core i5-661 2 3330 87 199.99
Intel Core i7-920 4 (SMT) 2660 130 279.99
Intel Core i7-930 4 (SMT) 2800 130 294.99
Intel Core i5-750 4 2660 95 199.99
Intel Core i7-860 4 (SMT) 2800 95 279.99

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Having just recently finished watching Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, I figured I’d share the fun with whoever happens to stumble across this.  Perhaps this is the beginning of a pattern, in which I’ll be posting mini-reviews of media I consume.  Who knows.  Anyway, let’s get into it.


Gurren Lagann is the product of Gainax, the same studio (notably) behind Neon Genesis Evangelion, but that doesn’t really mean anything- the two are completely different, even in animation style, which took a bit of getting used to.  It’s a mecha, so you’ve got plenty of robots stomping around, explosions, and post-modern themes.  Most importantly, however, Gurren Lagann is loaded with silliness.  To get a feel for exactly how silly, let’s just say that at times there are multiple levels of mecha-piloting-mecha recursion.

The Cast of Gurren Lagann
Partial cast.

“Your drill will pierce the heavens”

See what I did there?  That’s basically the point of the entire thing, and it’s the source of most of the silliness.  There’s a very good reason for it all, but whenever something happens that makes no sense, it can be justified because “drills are magic”.

The setting

It’s some undisclosed alternate reality or future, where it seems all of humanity lives underground in small villages, and it’s been that way long enough that it seems like the way things have always been.  Simon the Digger lives in one such village, working to expand the village, but it’s not really why he digs.  He digs to find treasure.  In addition to Simon, we have Kamina, a bit of a troublemaker, who wishes to escape the conservative village elder and escape to the surface, dragging Simon along, piercing the heavens to freedom.  It’s a pattern that gets repeated multiple times throughout the 27-episode run: fighting for freedom.

Bottom Line

Gurren Lagann is silly, fun, filled with explosions, and totally worth watching.

Oh, and how’s this for a tidbit?  40% of the animation budget for the entire series was spent on the last 5 episodes.  The sheer insanity is.. mind-blasting.

Really messed up
I agree.

Now in production

For everyone who didn’t know about my tests with WordPress, you’re probably very surprised by the sudden change in the page, but this is the new taricorp.net, as I’ve moved (well, redirected) the site root to WordPress now.

Comments, questions, suggestions are all welcome, and enjoy the new setup.

The Colors!

With a surprisingly small amount of effort, I’ve added a splash of color to this otherwise pretty boring theme.  Huzzah!

Some additional tweaks, and I think this will be worthy of moving up to be the main page of the site, rather than just an experiment.

Rebuild of Taricorp[.net]

After a quite a bit of inactivity on this site and a host migration, I’ve finally gotten around to updating this page, now running WordPress rather than my own hacked-up solution which worked OK, but was a bit of a pain and rather ugly.  So, long live WordPress, TCMS is dead.

The site is currently a WIP, etc etc, suggestions are welcome.