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_(This is the last of this HTPC build series do read the Part 1 – HTPC Research and Part 2 – HTPC Build )_ After researching for almost 3 years HTPC was finally built and is the center of my audio video setup. It is truly a one-box-to-rule-the-all solution. I was able to replace the following AV components with this single box Google TV – online streaming WDTV Live – local media player Comcast Cable Settop box Bluray-DVD player Digital Video Recorder Here is a photo I posted on facebook

_(This is the second part of this HTPC build series do read the Part 1 – HTPC Research and Part 3 – HTPC Final )_ After doing a lot of research I come up with the final list of components. I choose to go for SSD for the OS and programs drive. Really like the choice of Silver Stone GD06 case I made. But that required me to buy a modular power supply and shorter cable set.

_(This is the first part of this HTPC build series do read the Part 2 – HTPC Build and Part 3 – HTPC Final )_ It was 2008 and I needed to replace my old faithful Sony Vega CRT TV. LCD TVs were becoming quite mainstream at that time and anything above 46 inches were more than 2000 bucks. Spending that much requires some research and I landed on avsforum’s LCD forum.

This post is actually about a electronic product, so what does the design has to do with it? Let me start with a bit of history. I am not sure where I got interested in design. But few months of my life where my neurons would have been lit up enough that light was coming thru my ears must be when I came to US. You see I grew up in the India of middle 80s (feeling old :)) where the design must have been stuck in the five year planning commissions.

Whenever you are flying over an area just after the takeoff or before landing, most of the time landscape below looks like a organized jumble of residential and commercial buildings with criss-crossing roads and highways. Since our mind is such a great pattern matcher, occasionally you recognize a landmark or building from up above and your mind feels happy. But this morning in my regular early morning flights to Portland, OR I was in for a treat.

I have been slowly reading ”Thinking fast and slow” by Daniel Kahneman. It is full of fun phrases like ” nonregressive assessment of weak evidence” still it is an important book in understanding of human biases and how we decide what we decide. I am sure toread it multiple times. One really good thing is you can pick any chapter and read it a they are independent.

BYO or otherwise – Breaking the 10000 server barrier via Gigaom It’s in that 5 to 7.5MW area where the company starts having to know about the niceties of chillers and power systems, he said. “When you break through the 10,000 server barrier — that’s when you start needing 3 to 5MW of power and now you’re getting into major facility costs where you have to have multiple diesel generators, and complex power and cooling systems.

Towards more lighted pixels It has been more than three years that I have had a DSLR(T1i) My usage has been mostly family outings with friends and family. But only after these years of use I have come to terms with most of the controls in the camera except for flash. Last night we were at global wonder winterland (http://www.globalwonderland.org/2011/) where I didn’t have to think about setting to change and it came naturally.

While reading the book What I talk about when i talk about running, I came across this para about Talent vs Persistent hard work. This got to be the best lines I read this week I think this viewpoint applies as well to the job of the novelist. Writers who are blessed with inborn talent can freely write novels no matter what they do—or don’t do. Like water from a natural spring, the sentences just well up, and with little or no effort these writers can complete a work.

Digitopoly is becoming my favorite blog as they seem to touch the very topics I am interested in. Future of libraries and books is something I think often. Let us say everytime I visit the local library. Here is there thinking on why reading book should be more like going to cinema rather than owning a physical artifact. You can always argue that there are folks who like to own discs/tapes but that would be minority compared to folks who see the movie.