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No exponential is forever… but we can delay “forever”

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Just happened to stumble on Gordon Moore’s speech slides at 2003 ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) while reading an interview with Shekhar Borkar, an Intel Fellow, on Intel Technology Magazine. The interview (in 3 parts) gives a good overview of what are the current challenges that semiconductor companies are facing to further delay the time when Moore’s exponential will no longer hold. Since this is an exponential law, as time goes by the difficulty to make it happen grows exponentially as well. That’s why a lot of new techniques and paradigm changes are necessary in order to continue improving the performance and power consumption of new chips (and not just microprocessors).

Particularly interesting is the 2nd part of the interview with Shekhar Borkar, where some of the current techniques are detailed that are currently used to reduce power consumption and provide higher performance at a lower power cost.

[Update June 2007: I just realized the link to the interview on Intel’s website are broken. The interview title was “Designing for power-The future of Moore’s Law” and I can’t seem to find it on another page. Will update this posting if I find it.]

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October 12, 2006 at 10:21 pm

Posted in Semiconductors

Mac: keyboard shortcuts galore!

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Over at melablog.it today I noticed a mention of a document that has just been posted at Apple’s developers site, that summarizes many of the keyboard shortcuts available in Mac OS X interface. I found this pretty useful since I’m new to the Mac platform and most of them are still unknown to me.

While I’m at it, let me mention a few other similar links I found recently:

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October 12, 2006 at 6:34 pm

Posted in Mac

Mac: configuring a mail server (part 2 – getmail, procmail)

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Hello and welcome to the second installment of these articles dedicated to setting up a small email server on a Mac for personal use by a local user. In this second part I’m going to complete the setup with getmail and procmail.

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October 12, 2006 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Mac

Mac: configuring a mail server (part 1 – postfix, dovecot)

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(updated Oct 11th, 2006)

Recently I’ve been playing a lot with the Mini (while my Linux box is here taking the dust :-) ) and wanted to see how easy it would be to set it up to function as a mail server. For reading emails I wanted to have it download emails from the POP3 server of my ISP, deliver them locally and make them available through an IMAP server (so I could read email from any machine in the house and have a single mail repository on the Mini); on the sending side, I wanted it to relay email through SMTP to my ISP SMTP server. This is something I’ve been wanting to play with during my Linux days but never got the time. Now that I have some free time (and a Mac!), this is something I tried. Read on for the details! In this first installment we will cover the server part: postfix (SMTP) and dovecot (IMAP). Read the rest of this entry »

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October 7, 2006 at 3:19 pm

Posted in Mac