Posts Tagged ‘hardware’

Pathway Visualization to the next level

Friday, February 25th, 2011

The laboratory of bioinformatics of Wageningen University has put together some really cool hardware. In the picture below you see their tiled display, consisting of 12 high-resolution monitors, powered by a single workstation.

PathVisio on tiled display

PathVisio on a tiled display

This setup gives you a lot of resolution to play with. We managed to display all major metabolic pathways from WikiPathways simultaneously, at full resolution, and map microarray data as well. When you’re standing right next to the screens, it feels like the data is all around you. That really encourages you to explore, and make connections across the pathways. That’s just much harder to do on a single screen.

A Harddrive made of solid rock

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

After the relay switch and the cathode ray tube, rotating magnetic storage is the final part that is to be be replaced by silicon. And thus humanity frees the machine from its shaky, creaky, cranky mechanical shackles, and has created the ultimate device: a computer made of solid rock.

LED's from solid rock

DIY LED's from solid rock, click the image for info

A few weeks ago I bought an Intel X25-M Solid State drive for my laptop, and I’m pretty happy with it. Combined with the boot improvements in Jaunty I can go from pushing the power button to seeing my home page in Firefox in just 45 seconds, and that’s including the three seconds it takes to type my password. Plus, the battery lasts significantly longer. Installation is as easy as any regular laptop drive. People say, and I would agree, that this is currently the most effective upgrade you can give to your laptop or desktop.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out this lengthy review, as well as these endorsements by Joel and Linus.

And for those who say boot time doesn’t matter: You’re an energy hog, please turn off your computer at night, and also drive your hummer into a wall.