Finance Is Dumb

Learning the principles behind the valuation of stock is how you would spend your ideal Monday afternoon, right? Finance 320 is my favorite thing to complain about recently. My professor has too high an opinion of himself and the subject which he is paid to force upon us.

I don’t really care about risk free rates, risk premiums, beta ratings, market inflation trends, hypothetical investment return calculation, portfolio valuation, maximizing the return on my money, the idea of risk aversion, or required rate of return.

I just thought about what it may be like, were I to only post updates on google plus. Twitter will always be the place for one-off thoughts I find amusing, but I should use Google+ for incremental “blog-like” updates, instead of wordpress. Ideally I would post everything to one website that I completely control, but for now I’m spread all over the internet. My updates can be as long as I like, but I may be flattering myself with thinking anyone reads my writing.

There are drawbacks to continually switching up where I post things.. but I could always just copy and paste to all the places I am on the internet.

Have a nice day.

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Server Direction

Since Apple inconveniently doesn’t update Java on OS X Tiger, installing Linux on the G5 is mostly impossible, and the Power Mac is essentially a space heater.. I want to replace the Apple proprietary innards with some older hardware I have.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to best put the motherboard tray from an ATX case into the Power Mac shell. Whilst this option seems a bit po-dunk, it’s better than trying to figure out how to change the location of the mounting pins in the case.

I want to use the Power Mac case as a shell, with a few larger fans installed and stick the motherboard and powersupply inside somehow. There is probably no easy way to do this. If only there was a way to stick an ATX frame inside the case I have..

Right now I could be attempting to do my C++ program which is due on Monday, but I can’t figure out the syntax of a function I need to use to create multiple POSIX threads. Quite unhelpfully, I add, my professor has not returned an email which I sent this morning. The biggest obstacle I’ve encountered in all of my computer science class, is figuring out the syntax of a built-in function with a really bad man page. That’s the biggest problem with computer science, not figuring out how to solve a problem, but be baffled by the tools provided to solve it.

Building A Server

Been thinking about what hardware should go in a server.

I could buy all new hardware, this is the most expensive option, but I don’t have a budget nor do I know what parts are worth my money.

I could buy a used Socket 478 CPU with a clock speed higher than the 2.4Ghz I have in an old ATX board. This would probably be the most reasonable investment, but I’m not sure how large of a performance gain it will yield. Preferably I would upgrade to one with HT and the highest clock speed available.

The least expensive option I have, is to keep the Power Mac G5 1.6 that I’m using right now or move back to the 2.4Ghz P4 board I was running before. I may have to fall back to the latter, as OS X 10.4 doesn’t support Java 1.6, which is required for the bukkit plugins my friends are demanding.

With an open mind, I’ve been looking through value/$ benchmarks which use Passmark and price. The AMD A6 APU is making an appearance at the top in many of them, and I don’t know much about them.