Archive for August, 2007

Force of habit…

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

I went to the little mini post office in the grocery store today and bought some stamps.  The conversation went something like this:

Me: “I’d like a sheet of 41-cent stamps and two sheets of 2-cent stamps, please.”

Counter person: “That will be $9.  Do you need any stamps or postal supplies today?”

Me: “Um.  Just the stamps I already asked for, thanks.”

Lazyweb: best American plug to UK receptacle adapter?

Monday, August 6th, 2007

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be traveling to Cambridge next month.  I haven’t been to the UK in nearly 10 years, and so I’m in the market for an electrical adapter, since even after powertop’s best efforts, I still need to charge my laptop occasionally.  So I’m looking for something I can use between a North American plug and a UK receptacle.  Ideally the adapter would be neither impossible tight nor prone to coming out, and wouldn’t fall apart until after my trip.  I don’t need any gold-plated active phase skew compensation or anything like that, though.

Any suggestions?  Thanks….

Cambridge… England, that is

Monday, August 6th, 2007

My tutorial Writing RDMA applications on Linux has been accepted at LinuxConf Europe 2007. I’ll try to give practical introduction to writing native RDMA applications on Linux — “native” meaning directly to RDMA verbs as opposed to using an additional library layer such as MPI or uDAPL.  I’m aiming to make it accessible to people who know nothing about RDMA, so if you read my blog you’re certainly qualified.  Start planning your trip now!

My presentation is on the morning of Monday, September 3, and I’m flying to England across 7 time zones on Sunday, September 2, so I hope I’m able to remain upright and somewhat coherent for the whole three hours I’m supposed to be speaking….