Category: Computing

Seeing the Unseeable

Here’s an interesting view of one of the six rows of gear I maintain in the datacenter. Looks kinda cool, eh? You might wonder how I created an image like this, given that the rows of servers have less than three feet between them. This means I have to make the shot from about two Read More

Thermo CostCalc App Icon

I’ll admit it certainly looks a wee bit garish and not entirely plausible at the enormous size above, but it needs to be bold to stand out on an iPad home screen, where it will be smaller than this: I’m not even sure what this App is, but I know it had to have a Read More

J/K Navigation

I like keyboard shortcuts. I’ve always been a fan of the J/K navigation in Gmail and other sites. I first saw it on Boston Globe’s Big Picture, which unfortunately seems to have done away with it in favor of a sort of on-demand scroll, presumably to save bandwidth. Well, we have bandwidth to spare here Read More

Five Days Off the Grid

The most amazing thing about this mini-vacation is that I managed to stay completely away from any form of Internet or phone access for more than five days. This may not seem like much of a feat, but I challenge you to try it. Read More

My 3D Server Room – Yay!

What you see is a fairly accurate view of the server room at work. If you’re interested, here’s how I created this. Note that the method I use is just one way to accomplish this. There are “easier” methods, like rendering directly inside of SketchUp with any number of snap-in renderers, (I like TheaRender) but Read More

This is My Brain on Protein

Did you know that there are databases in the public domain with free 3D models of organic materials like DNA, enzymes and proteins? Accurate and highly detailed, these models can be downloaded from a number of sites and imported into most 3D packages, including my favorite – Cinema4D. I have no idea what I’m looking Read More

One Million G+ Views, Now What?

It makes me wonder what could be made of this notoriety. What does one million views really mean? Is there a way to profit from them? There are some money-making ideas out there. Perhaps one day I’ll try to do something serious with this cool domain name. Read More

Promise Pegasus RAID Performs

I recently purchased a Pegasus RAID array form my iMac. I chose this device because it is billed as “the world’s first and fastest” Thunderbolt array. The speed tests above seem to bear this out. On the left is a speed test on the hard drives in my 4-year-old, $12,000 Mac Pro at work. On Read More

First Keyshot Render

Consider this one a work in progress. The 3D mesh comes from the brilliantly creative mind of Andrew by way of SketchUp. Converted to .3ds format, brought into the amazingly easy-to-use Keyshot, assigned some fun materials (the green is from the microscope I owned as a kid) and clicked render. Fun! Click to embiggen. Read More

What’s Not to love?

When was the last time you got an unsolicited e-mail from a service provider announcing a price reduction with no action required on your part? Just bam – here’s 60% off. Have a nice day. 100 gig’s of storage for 2 bucks a month. What a wonderful thing. This is almost too good to be Read More

My New Google Custom URL

No, they won’t give me the +thedude, even though it’s not apparently in use. Rats! I guess some other dude will get that one. My Custom URL isn’t too bad though. If you know thedude, it’s pretty easy to remember – google.com/+JimPire. Read More

My First Tethered Capture

I finally had the perfect excuse to try out Lightroom’s Tethered Capture. I’ve been anxious to try this since neighbor Steve Fossum used this method to photograph yours truly. This extremely simple rig made shooting the chip much easier than ever before. The ability to view the images at high resolution on-screen as I shot Read More

Backup Complete in 103 Years

Maybe I should delete some old photos… Nah… Read More

Make it Stop Spinning!

Amazing. it never stops! Illusions like this make me question everything I see. Read More

A Sad, But Not Unexpected Day

Hello from Google, Here’s some important news about Google Apps—but don’t worry, there’s no need for you to take any action. We just want you to know that we’re making a change to the packages we offer. Starting today, we’re no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps (the version you’re Read More

3-D Fun with Chrome

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First D800 Shots

After a 6 month wait, I finally received my new DSLR. I actually gave up on ever receiving the Nikon D800E, so I settled for the D800. I must say, I’m impressed. The images are absolutely enormous – 7360 x 4912 pixels. I had to reduce the resolution from more than 36 megapixels to 6 Read More

Awesome WebGL Toy

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