A new, custom 2.78m desk for an eyefinity setup and more

A few more illustrative photos are on Google+, for those who prefer the visual summary. The problem In the Christmas holidays of 2011, I realised something. I had a more or less standard 1.35m x 0.75m x 0.73m (WxDxH) study desk. It sucked. Cluttered: Two PCs and a Macbook Air So c. 18 Dec 2011, …

Graduation Congratulations!

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to everyone from UNSW who graduated with me tonight – in no particular order – Shaun Ester, Aditya Keswani, Alexei Doudkine, Stephanie Sandoval, Sean Charles Harris, Kun (Kevin) Liu, Alexander Eduardo Newski Rincon and Anoop Jayesh Mehta. And to anyone I’ve accidentally overlooked, or who’s graduated at another time, congratulations to you …

Primeness

There are times I just love my job at mathspace. Naturally being a recent graduate I have limited real-world experience, but I just can’t imagine many other places I’d be cross referencing the output of a computational knowledge engine, something at which Google/Bing fare poorly, with the most efficient StackOverflow implementations for finding (relatively small …

Sometimes I just have to tell it like it is…

…and that means I sometimes have an abrasive, impersonal, even downright harsh and insulting effect on people. I’m an engineer, I solve problems, I come from the real world and the real world doesn’t care, it’ll just steamroll over you, eat you up and let you down. However, I do wish to apologise how for …

One knows he/she is trying too hard when they feel bad about having to reject some brilliant job offers…

Just felt like saying it, because I am really torn up inside and will be for a while. I just didn’t expect it and it’s really hard to have to say no to cool and brilliant ideas and executions thus far. Talk about crazy…miss 4 grad programs mostly in the final interview(s) stage. My first …

Is there enough informational energy in the solar system to crack a 128-bit AES key by brute force?

I love Wikipedia, I wish I had the time to just roam through its myriad pages and topics for eternity. Life demands more, so when I make the time to take the opportunity, I do relish it greatly. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sun&oldid=445690729 Specifically, let’s start to break down this question posted on an IRC channel some time back: …

What’s a backup solution?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been listening to stories of lost data, drives and machines for what feels like an eternity. For example, Googlers reported in 2007 hard drive failure rates of about 8% per year in their datacenters. Data security and integrity is very important, indeed many enterprises would not exist today …

I always seem to forget to blog…

Which is why I should do so more. You know, practice written communication skills, seem organised and on top of things (though I don’t recall missing an assignment deadline or copping a late penalty in the last 4.5 years of uni…bonus marks excluded because sometimes they are ridiculously hard and thus fun, but not necessarily …

Adding G+ to a SquareSpace Site

Simple. If you haven’t added a Social Links Widget, now would be a good time. Download the G+ icons and choose the one you want. Under Website Management > Data & Media > File Storage > Upload Files, upload the icon. Get the icon’s URL, something like: But you should use the relative URL in case …

Final take on hover.com storing passwords as plaintext – and why I don’t plan to switch

TLDR: The community demanded a fix, and hover.com have fixed the issue, and without to the best of our knowledge disclosing any personal information or customer passwords to any third parties*. * Yes your email provider will know, and possibly some routers your traffic passed through (such as your ISPs). Change your password now and it’s minor problem solved. — Security …