Michael Jackson Dies; Twitter Fails

In other news today, Michael Jackson is reported as dying at age 50. It’s very sad, but neither his death nor his ownership of the Beatles’ music is the topic of this post (although hopefully with his death, the latter will be transferred to somebody who plays well with Apple, Inc.).

Michael Jackson: Trending

After TMZ reported [...]

Visual Studio 2008 and Emacs

I’m starting to use Visual Studio after years of disuse. It’s amazing to see all the improvements that have gone into Visual Studio since version 5! As a programmer who prefers working in a terminal window (I like the dark colors), being impressed by a GUI is something significant–especially since I’ve gotten used to using Emacs!

Yes, [...]

New Job

I’m very happy to announce I’ll be starting a new job this Monday, June 8th, 2009! For my own job security, I’m not going to mention which company. I will say that it’s one of the largest manufacturers of computer hardware components in the world!

I’m very excited! I’ll even get [...]

Can you save power by closing programs?

I was reading a blog the other day, minding my own business, when I came across this question in the comments section:

What about the green argument? Holding information in RAM requires power to keep it there, or else the computer forgets it. RAM that has nothing in it has no power cost to the system, therefore you are being more power-wise by keeping system memory clear?

Well, that’s half true. I wrote a quick reply, but thought it was an interesting enough question to go a bit more in-depth here. I guess another title for this post could be: How does memory work?

Thankfully, writing about the latter would require a lot more typing than I’m willing to do, so I’ll just discuss the original topic in a long-winded way.
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