Quake 2 – I’ve Still Got It

KnuckleSangwich Wins - Quake 2The other day I had some (rare) free time on my hands so I decided I’d have some fun and do a bit of gaming on my new 27″ iMac to break it in a bit. After a bit of internal debate I realized that I haven’t played any Quake 2 in quite some time, one of my all time favorites. Most of the players these days however are die hard fans/addicts and are really good, so I wasn’t expecting much in terms of ranking, just thought I’d have a bit of fun while breaking myself in once more.

Well I must say that I impressed myself. I was playing with a really good group of players and by only the second map in the maprotate list I had already dominated the competition doubling the player in second place! Screenshot attached for reference (I know someone out there will want proof). So if you are an avid Quake 2 player keep your eyes open for KnuckleSangwich which is my “handle”.

Cloud Hosting Provider Hardware Benchmarks

While running some hardware benchmarks on my new Core i7 Apple MacBook Pro, I got the idea to run the same benchmarks across several Cloud hosting platforms to see how their hardware stacks up. The tool I used to perform the benchmarks is Geekbench from Primate Labs. Now, this benchmark was designed to accurately test processor and memory performance so these benchmarks do not take into account disk i/o, network i/o, etc. In addition to the performance results, we learn a bit about the underlying hardware on the host machines that run these platforms. The different providers benchmarked here are: Amazon EC2, GoGrid, Linode, Rackspace Cloud Servers and Storm on Demand (by LiquidWeb).

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My Favorite Cartoons Growing Up

While watching cartoons with my step-daugther this weekend I got to thinking about all of my favorite cartoons I watched as a kid. Most of these are from the mid-late 80’s, back when cartoons were actually good. I’m not sure what happened, but the cartoons these days just don’t seem engaging at all and the CG animation is so hard to watch. Can’t animators draw anymore?

Anyhow, I found a few of the intro scenes from my top picks which you can check out below. They are in no specific order of preference, except for Robotech which I was probably my favorite. Flashback time!

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Apple MacBook Pro Core i7 GeekBench Benchmarks & Review

So about a week ago I got very impulsive and dediced to upgrade from my 3.06 C2D MacBook Pro to the new Core i7 based model that was recently released. I wasn’t simply after the latest and greatest processor however, there were some other significant changes that I was eager to experience first hand, so this is the model I purchased:

  • 15 Inch Matte High Resolution Display (big selling point)
  • Core i7 2.66 GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 330M 512MB

I really wanted to purchase a laptop with some newer architecture than the Core 2 Duo chips that have been out for a while as I’m looking to stay with the same machine for at least 2-3 years, which if you know me is near impossible! However, I finally brought myself to purchase AppleCare now that I’m comfortable with a machine that will last me for a while.

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Using CloudKick With Rackspace Cloud Servers – Webinar

Last week I co-hosted a great webinar with Alex Polvi (@polvi), one of the founders of CloudKick. It was a great session and I wanted to share it with everyone as it really displays the power and flexibility of leveraging Cloud hosting platforms as well as what can be done with the APIs that providers offer for their systems.

During the webinar Alex not only talks about the capabilities of CloudKick but he demonstrates them live on the Rackspace Cloud Servers platform. It is easy to see the value in their tool and it opens up tons of new possibilities for monitoring, automation and more. Our attendees asked a lot of great questions at the end as well. I’ll stop talking now so you can get to the recording, enjoy!

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