Unlike desktop computers that sport large cases, ample power, and generally remain stationary, laptops can be confusing to contrast and compare. Desktop computers are typically much easier to upgrade than laptops so when youíre selecting a laptop, itís a good idea to ensure it includes the level of performance you require from day one. For example, the graphics card thatís used to power games or render complex 3D objects can be simple to upgrade in a desktop computer, whereas you may not have many, if any options to upgrade the graphical performance on your laptop. Swapping out CPUs and drives can be done, but again, you usually have fewer options than with a desktop PC.
Can you fly with a computer (not laptop) in your carry-on bag. Sure! With some restrictions of course...
Most of my career has been spent working for large companies where employee manuals fill a 3-ring binder, policies number into the hundreds and metrics are used to measure the worth and effectiveness of employees. Puget Systems hasnít been around long enough nor have we grown so large that every issue can be solved by creating a new policy. When employees don't have dozens of policies and procedures governing how they get their work done, their actions might not always been predictable.
The time has come. The time is now. And with apologies to Marvin K. Mooney, itís time to consider running Windows 8 on your desktop or laptop computer. Although thereís no shortage of opinion surrounding Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 8 remains somewhat of an enigma. Iíve spoken to people who have told me the following: 1. Windows 8 is for touchscreens only. 2. Windows 8 is worthless for desktop users. 3. Microsoft is forcing a tablet OS on us. 4. Windows 8 is nothing more than Windows 7 with spiffy skin.
I've seen it happen a hundred times. I'll be having a great conversation with a customer about computer needs, what the computer is currently used for, and what it might be used for in the future Ė but as soon as I ask something like ďWhat type of wireless network compatibility do you need this laptop to support?Ē, everything screeches to a halt. I might as well be speaking Greek.
Will the Xeon Phi work in an X8 mode slot? If so, will the performance degrade? Yes and yes!
Windows users don't get a lot of love from the HPC community but, hey!, they have serious compute heavy programs to run too. ... and they are desperate for performance!
While taking an accounting course in college, I often wondered why the professor demanded we manually tally columns of numbers instead of using a calculator or computer. During her office hours, I finally decided to express my frustration. My professor calmly agreed that using a calculator or computer would be a much more efficient solution.
Yes, you can use a Xeon Phi on a Windows system!
Many people have heard about the Intel Xeon Phi by now but there is still a lot of misunderstanding about it. Here's 5 of the misconceptions that I've heard mentioned when discussing the Xeon Phi.
Are your customers telling you you're doing fine? Can you trust that feedback?
Some more advice if you are looking at (or having trouble with) motherboards for the Xeon Phi.
Ever since we started developing oil-submersion aquarium kits in 2007, we've been repeatedly asked if you can submerge the hard drive in the oil along with the rest of the components. Our answer has always been a yes for SSDs and a no for traditional platter hard drives. While we are very confident in our answer, we have never actually tested to see exactly what happens. So, to finally set the record straight we decided to take the plunge and dunk a hard drive into mineral oil.
During my teens, when music was at an apex of importance in my life, I stumbled across two large boxes full of albums in the back of my closet. Of course I was curious and began shuffling through them. Most album covers were in good shape, while others had seen better days. Their design and colors drew me in to the point I had to inspect each one.
Some quick benchmarking using the Intel MKL double precision Linpack benchmark shows Haswell to have the potential to be a stellar performer for floating point heavy code.
Want to try your hand at programming the Intel Xeon Phi? Think a card will work in your existing system? ...probably not!
Forgive me if this seems like a random post but itís the last few hours of work on a Friday night during summer in Seattle, so, you know, itís random. I am sitting here, in the Puget Systems bunker, thinking about all the stuff I have to do around the house. As my list grows I start to think about the fact we get like 15.3 sunny days in Seattle every year, they are gold. Who wants to be doing chores in the yard when you could is barbecuing in the yard?
You are staring at the screen, right now, reading this ultra interesting blog post. Did you know that someone could be staring back? There is no doubt that more and more of our customers are turning to laptops for their computing needs. Many people take issue with the integrated webcam and microphone that is on nearly every commercially produced laptop. We get several requests a month to physically remove the cameras and microphones from our laptop orders.
A few months ago, I packed up my family and left the lush, green, and often damp area of Seattle for the warmth and sun of southern Utah. I still work for Puget Systems, but have moved into a different role where I spend my days gathering insight from customers on how we can continue to improve our products and service.
What's in a name ... the Intel Xeon *Phi* ?
Several months ago I set a challenge for myself, build a small form factor system with a low wattage power supply to play modern titles at decent video settings. The goal was to use a low profile video card, modern components, and keep things as quiet as possible.
There are many types of small business out there. Some are working to grow their brand with the goal of being acquired. Others are on a conquest to grow to be one of the next Fortune 500 companies. Puget Systems is neither of these types.
I recently moved my family from Washington State to the southern Utah. I made the nearly 1200 mile journey in a rented moving truck. When I stopped to fill up the truck with diesel fuel, I often had to speak with someone at the station to either unlock the pump or approve a debit card transaction over a certain dollar amount.
Back in December, Brett brought some interesting information about the sales of Windows 8 vs. Windows 7. Yesterday some not so good news dropped about the state of PC shipments in the last quarter. So I thought I would do a follow-up because the last quarter here at Puget has been great, contrary to the market at large.
As one of the sales reps here at Puget Systems, I often get questions from clients who ask ďWhy should I buy from Puget when Company XYZ can build me the same system for less?Ē Itís a fair question and one that should be asked. After all, itís your money and itís a lot of money, so you have to do what is best.<< Older Posts