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The Big Processor Guide updated

This is beginning to seem like a broken record. Another update to the Big Processor Guide, primarily covering Intel's Pineview and Clarkdale/Arrandale.

The Big Processor Guide updated

More new processors! Lynnfield, Clarksfield, Propus, Rana, Callisto... so many codenames! We have also added some speed bumps to other chips and minor revisions here and there.

The Big Processor Guide updated

Once again we have expanded the Big Processor Guide, with new Opterons, Athlon IIs, Phenom IIs, Pentiums, and a Core 2 Quad, as well as the usual tweaks.

Perl Cheat-Sheet (PDF version) updated

The PDF version of 10stripe's Perl Cheat-Sheet has been updated. Mnemonic characters for pack/unpack templates, file tests, and printf/sprintf formats are now in bold. Other minor changes.

Comparison of Flash Media

Over the past 25 years or so, a number of competing formats for flash-based media have been created for use in digital cameras, PDAs, MP3 players, and other devices. Things have only gotten more complicated in recent years, as modified versions of the older standards have started springing up. To help preserve a little sanity, we have created a condensed graphic comparing as many of these standards as we could name.

The Opera Directory updated: Happy birthday, Opera

The Opera Web browser is currently celebrating its 15th birthday, so it only seemed fitting to point you once again to our little compendium of valuable links related to Opera. And of course that meant updating it with more links.

The Big Processor Guide updated

The Big Processor Guide now includes Intel's Nehalem-based Xeon 5500 series and their new Atom Z515 and Z550. And as usual, miscellaneous improvements.

ARPANET in June 1974

Surely you are seeing a pattern by now. In this map, the network is filling in the middle of the country a little bit.

The DRM-Free Music Directory updated

Today, Apple flipped the switch to make the iTunes Music Store entirely DRM-free, changing their pricing system in the process. We have updated the DRM-Free Music Directory to reflect these changes.

ARPANET in September 1973

Another week, another map of the ARPANET. This map shows the network getting its first international nodes, in the United Kingdom and Sweden, and a node in Hawaii. These nodes relied on satellite communications to connect to the rest of the network.

ARPANET in August 1972

Yet another map of the ARPANET. In this map we see the middle of the United States filling up some more, a proliferation of TIPs, and several new nodes in the Washington, D.C., area.

ARPANET in March 1972

Our collection of ARPANET maps expands yet again. This map shows the Washington, D.C., region starting to fill out, and the addition of some new nodes in the middle of the United States.

ARPANET in September 1971

Another week, another map of ARPANET. This map is the first to show Terminal IMPs, which did double-duty as IMPs and terminal servers. That may not sound hugely impressive, but it was quite a useful feat at the time.

Minor updates

The Big Processor Guide now includes AMD's recently-launched Phenom II parts on Socket AM3. An HTML version of the Perl Cheat-Sheet is now available.

ARPANET in December 1970

Yes, we are again continuing our series of maps of the ARPANET, moving the clock forward another 6 months or so. In this map the network is up to 13 nodes, and the Boston and Los Angeles clusters are beginning to become evident.

ARPANET in June 1970

Continuing our series, we have another map showing ARPANET having more than doubled in number of nodes, 6 months after the first map.

ARPANET in December 1969

The ARPANET is the precursor to the Internet. It was a project funded by the US Government's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), now known as DARPA (the D stands for Defense), to create a distributed communications system to facilitate the sharing of resources. In celebration of the rich history of the ARPANET and the fact that, without it, 10stripe and the Web in general would not exist, 10stripe has begun compiling a series of maps to show the growth of the ARPANET.

10stripe's Perl Cheat-Sheet

As a companion to our earlier regular expression cheat-sheet, we have put together a general cheat-sheet for various parts of the Perl programming language. Perl is a big, big language, so of course we couldn't cover the entire language. But we did condense down some of the most frequently needed, hardest to memorize parts. An HTML version (for those with a deep-seated hatred of PDF) is under development, but will take a few days.

The Big Processor Guide updated

The Big Processor Guide has been updated with the Phenom II, new Athlon X2s, new Core 2 Quads, and other changes. And you thought you'd never see more new Athlon X2s.

Comparison of Motherboard Form Factors

This is a consolidated version of the motherboard drawings included in our Big Form Factor Guide. It has been formatted to be suitable for opening in a Web browser, printing, or what have you. All drawings are on the same scale. The image is provided in both regular and "fun size".

2008: The year in tech

The year 2008 is coming to a close. As is often the case, the year's headlines were dominated by economics and politics, as the United States elected a new president in the midst of a growing national and international economic crisis. But the year also saw a number of major events in technology, and surely it would be foolish to overlook them. 10stripe has compiled a recap of major goings-on in 3 especially active areas.

How to buy a computer power supply

Without a power supply, nothing in your computer works. So it's pretty important. Recent generations of computer hardware have become increasingly power-hungry, and power supply manufacturers have seized the opportunity to create ever-more-potent versions of their products. But more isn't always better. There are a few key things to keep in mind when you are shopping for a power supply.

The Quick IDT Guide

Another week, another guide to a former microprocessor designer. This story has a happier ending than the story of Rise, Cyrix, or Transmeta, although not that much happier. But if you care at all about VIA's microprocessor designs (and they are becoming increasingly visible in the market), it pays to know a little something about their IDT-made ancestors.

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