Finally. Fantastic looking non-Mac laptops with hi-res screens

Asus is starting to show off some impressive laptops, with great designs, and hi-res screens. Other manufacturers are following suit. Something to rival the Apple Macbook’s.

Will be interesting to see how the prices compare for any given hardware specs.

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EC2 Performance vs Dedicated Hardware

TechEmpower continues their web framework performance evaluations. Here are the latest results.

Jeff Atwood (of StackOverflow, and now Discourse fame) tweeted the comment that he found the performance difference between EC2 and the dedicated hardware more interesting than the framework comparisons themselves. Looking at the numbers, I’d have to agree. The EC2 large instance is fairly similar to what they put together for hardware, and yet the dedicated hardware is significantly faster. Factors of 7-10x aren’t uncommon.

Makes one wonder about running things in the cloud. Sure, the cost factor kicks in, as well as not having to have dedicated, controlled space to store the machines, and constantly worrying about maintaining them. But, if you’re looking for maximum performance, expect to spin up a lot of EC2 instances…

Mac: Showing hidden files in Finder on Mountain Lion

Used to windows where this is easily turned on/off. On Mac, guess they’re trying to protect me from myself 😉

Anyhow, here’s a useful post that shows one how to accomplish this task.

To summarize, in case the post disappears. In terminal, enter ‘defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -bool true’, then enter ‘killall Finder’. Finder should now show all hidden files.

If you want to hide the files again, change the ‘-bool true’ to ‘-bool false’.

Asus OPlay issue Windows 8

I have an Asus OPlay that I’m quite happy with. It gets used for playing media off a central server.

Initially, I had a WD NAS. It worked well enough, but I also had to have another computer to do any transcoding or ripping of media.

So, I recently replaced the NAS with a server. I bought an Ivy Bridge 3220 for the job. Anyway, long story short, it’s now running Windows 8. I shared folders, but for some reason, the OPlay wouldn’t allow me to login. I kept getting Login Fail.

Finally found this post and it helped immensely. I’m currently running version 4.41 of the firmware. Startup is slower than without this config, but only by a few seconds, and certainly not the 60-90 that the poster references. I also haven’t experienced the problems with Windows shares (CIFS) that he reports either, although I’m always connecting wired, so perhaps that’s it? Who knows.

Bottom-line: you’re manually mounting the drives onto the OPlay’s drive system. They will now appear under Drives rather than having to navigate to the network options. Modify /usr/local/etc/rcS file by appending the following lines. The mounted drive will appear under Folders… Storage.

mkdir -p /tmp/ramfs/volumes/Videos
mount -t cifs -o username=*******,password=******* //192.168.2.?/Videos /tmp/ramfs/volumes/Videos

The only thing I’ve found is I can no longer delete files using the Asus. The share permissions in Windows allow the user I’m connecting with all rights, but for some reason the Asus always fails on deletion. If I ever figure out why, and get it corrected, I’ll post details here.

Hope this helps someone else.

P.S. To telnet in, the userid is root and there’s no password.