Category Archives: research

6 Fascinating Distributed Computing Projects

In this post, I’m going to cover some scientific distributed computing projects coordinated through the BOINC and @home distributed networks. For an introduction to what distributed computing is, read this post and maybe the Wikipedia page. Essentially, the BOINC software sends your computer work units to complete, which are sent back to headquarters and combined… Read More »

5 Ways Technology Can Increase Productivity

Productivity – every American knows what it is and values it. And with the job market becoming increasingly globalized, it is essential to maximize the time you spend working. Not everyone is a natural genius that quickly solves every problem and never forgets a thing, so many people find themselves working extra hours to stay… Read More »

Can the Raspberry Pi 2 be a HTPC?

After having flipped through several Linux and Raspberry Pi magazines, it became apparent to me that there is no shortage of things to do with a Pi. While certain projects approach what some might consider gimmicky (a portable briefcase retro gaming kit), others have recognizable utility that will only become more apparent with time, like a… Read More »

Turn Your Computer Into a Science Lab

After having learned a little bit about Folding@Home(F@H) over the years, I found myself ready and willing to join a team and try it out. Folding@Home is a non-profit distributed computing project operated by the Pande lab at Stanford university. Essentially, the software simulates potential ways a protein can be folded, and once complete, sends the “work unit” back… Read More »

Build a PC this Black Friday!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are rolling around, and if you’re entertaining the idea of building a desktop PC yourself for the coming holiday season, now is the best time to make your purchase(s). With sales taking place in store (Microcenter, Tiger Direct) and online (Amazon, Newegg, NCIX), it is increasingly easy to find a… Read More »

What is a hack, anyway?

TheFreeDictionary definition of hack: hack 1 (hăk) v. hacked, hack·ing, hacks v.tr. 1. To cut or chop with repeated and irregular blows: hacked down the saplings. 2. To break up the surface of (soil). 3. Informal a. To alter (a computer program): hacked her text editor to read HTML. b. To gain access to (a… Read More »