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Thanks to Matt for making me feel guilty about failing at blogging. Lesson: guilt is far more effective than to do lists.
I got two computers in the mail this week!
The first computer is an old Lenovo Thinkcentre that was acquired from eBay. It’s going to be the Stanford University Mathematical Organization‘s new server. We’ll use it to do a whole bunch of things, including but not limited to a number of jobs for the Stanford Math Tournament (registration, grading, and tons of data analysis). I installed Debian Squeeze last night, and it should be fully functioning within the next few days.
The second computer is a Raspberry Pi! I ordered a Raspberry Pi from RS on June 29, and after increasing amounts of frustration, cancelled that order and ordered again from Newark on July 20. After another few weeks of waiting, it’s finally here! It looks really pretty. Unfortunately, I’m still lacking various cables, an SD card, and free time, so I can’t play with it yet. With everything else that I should do this week, that’s probably a good thing. I’m still trying to decide what to do with my Raspberry Pi. Any cool ideas? Let me know!
Before I got my Raspberry Pi, I had heard that it was credit-card-sized, but I was still surprised to see how small it is. It’s amazing that something that small could have so much computing power — this computer is more powerful than the best supercomputers from only a few decades ago.
Here’s a picture of the two computers: