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Custom 1×8 combo tube amp: build log #2

October 13th, 2014 by

The transformers for my amp project arrived a couple weeks ago, enabling me to move forward with construction. The first thing I did was find a suitable location to mount the power transformer. This turned out to be exactly on top of where the old power transformer was mounted. The hole the old transformer lived…

Custom 1×8 combo tube amp: build log #1

September 28th, 2014 by

Some weeks ago I decided to build a tube amp. I wanted something simple, with few parts, that sounds good. I decided to work from the AX84 P1-eXtreme amplifier design. I considered buying a metal chassis for the head and then building a wooden head enclosure and wooden speaker cab by hand. I figured it…

How fast is MD5?

September 23rd, 2014 by

I was having a conversation with some colleagues today on the topic of checksums. Someone was quoted as being able to hash a terabyte of data using MD5 in one minute. This is of course ludicrous for a single hard drive on a home computer, but I’m curious to see what it would take to…

Game of Life: multi-threaded code analysis and review

April 9th, 2014 by

Some months ago I began experimenting with multi-threading and OpenGL. I decided that a Game of Life simulator would be a good target for my pet project, being ripe for parallel processing and requiring little graphics know-how. I’ve met my goals, so here I’ll be describing how I implemented the various features and some of…