Scandinavian Flick

9.27.2011

Best deadwood line yet.

After both Wild Bill Hickok and Seth Bullock shoot a man at the same time, in the calmest voices, they say:

Wild Bill Hickok: Was that you or me, Montana?

Seth Bullock: My money'd be on you.

From the end of episode 1 season 1.

I'm only one episode in though, so I imagine it only gets better.

PGP Desktop for mac whole-disk performance test

I decided to run a quick test, using the latest version of PGP (10.2.0 build 1672) for Mac (Snow Leopard 10.6.8). The tool I used was: Disk Speed Test by Blackmagicdesign (version 1.0) from the app store. I ran the test twice, using the 5GB sample file.
I had run the test a few weeks before on Lion (10.7.0) before and after encrypting the drive with the built-in whole disk encryption and was blown away. Lions encryption cuts read and write speeds nearly in half. from around 75MB read and write to around 43MB. Coming into this experiment, I expected the same. Boy was I surprised!
Without any programs running (except the tester of course!) I saw 76MB read speeds and 73MB write speeds on my 250GB 5400 RPM eight month old hard drive. After installing and encrypting the whole hard drive, I saw 70MB read speeds and 76MB write speeds! I was so amazed, I ran the tests again, and came up with similar results. Whats peculiar here, is that encrypting the drive actually SPED up the write speeds, whilst decreasing read speeds. I figured the numbers would be the opposite, and much lower.
My test wasn't scientific, merely myself wondering about the performance hit by encrypting my drive, I have to say I am impressed with the PGP product. No matter how fast your drive is, you should avoid Apples encryption solutions, as they are EXTREMELY buggy, and obviously very slow. For awhile, I was turned off from using encryption, however, after using Symantecs implementation, I have to say I'm impressed. I plan on picking up a copy when funds come available.

9.11.2011

Schilling first pitch fail

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Update: Thanks to an unknown commenter for sending me the link to the actual video!

The day: September 10, 2011
The players: Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Damian Miller, Greg Colbrunn
The location: Chase Field (Bank One Ballpark)
The Event: Diamondbacks vs Padres and 10th anniversary of the world championship reunion game.

Right after a 72 year old Jerry Colangelo throws a pretty good ball to a Diamondbacks catcher, Schilling and Johnson, two of the sports greatest pitchers step up. I figured we'd see some heat from the two... perhaps trying to light up the radar guns one more time, but no. They throw two softies to Miller and Colbrunn making both jump to catch them. Schilling throws one that SAILS over Millers head and has him running for the ball. Ever had 48,000 people laugh at you? It was pretty bad... I really wish this had audio. I scoured the web last night and this morning looking for a clip, but the only one I found was removed right after it went up. So.... This is all we have.

Cheers!

7.11.2011

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!

It's raining outside. The thunder is rolling across the valley with sporadic lightning. The pitter-patter of the raindrops is music to my ears; so much so, I couldn't resist recording it. I can't wait to fall asleep listening to the soothing sounds of light rain, and rolling thunder.

5.19.2011

Another reason to hate monkeys...

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A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.

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