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How to Get into Medical School (Part 1)

From the horse’s mouth: DeanDanielRemickMichigan (May 30, 2006 5:07:28 PM) Americorps, Peace Corp, Teach for American, First author publication in either Nature or New England Journal of Medicine, 4 months of research in Antarctica, just to name a few. RobertRuizMichigan (May 30, 2006 5:07:51 PM) professional ice hockey player, National Champion football player, editor of […]

Investigation of Linux Performance/Responsiveness Regressions

Hey all you faithful readers. I recently saw this article and was shocked to realize that yes, I too have noticed *Linux* (not Ubuntu alone) become slower and less responsive with the latest kernel and gcc releases. So, I’ve decided to gather more hard data and pinpoint the precise cause of this slowdown. My findings […]

The Dismal Science

Economics is called the dismal science for good reason. The knowledge one gains from study is almost useless in predicting future events, but rather allows one to have an almost perverse insight into why something happened by being forced to watch the process unfold like a grotesque surgery on oneself. I think the reason most […]

HTPC Blues

This Thanksgiving break, I decided to head home to set up my family’s HTPC, which had been recently down for “repairs” due to my installing new hard drives. There are two of them – a 250 GB refurbished WD drive that was sent to me for warranty on my old drive that failed and a […]

Typealyzer Meme

Typealyzer says: ISTJ – The Duty Fulfillers The responsible and hardworking type. They are especially attuned to the details of life and are careful about getting the facts right. Conservative by nature they are often reluctant to take any risks whatsoever. The Duty Fulfillers are happy to be let alone and to be able to […]

Debian (Lenny) Blues

After running Debian Lenny for a while, I’ve got a few things to report. Performance is admirable and is certainly a step up from Ubuntu 8.04 in terms of reponsiveness. However, not all packages behaved well. To start off, there was a strange click/buzz noise from the hard drive section, which really freaked me out. […]

Revenge of the Taiwanese Manufacturers

For the longest time, (mostly) Taiwanese companies such as MSI, ECS, Foxconn, Acer, Abit, DFI, and Shuttle have escaped notice because they produce products that aren’t well-differentiated. Things like motherboards, A/V solutions, bluetooth receivers, video cards, sound cards, and a variety of other electronics sold at retail by OEMs such as Dell, HP, and Gateway […]

Career Meltdown?

A friend and I had dinner together a while back, and midway through, we chanced upon the old adage: What’s a nice young Jewish boy got to do to make his grandmother proud? He needs to be a doctor, lawyer, or investment banker and marry a nice Jewish girl. Well, so much for that. Investment […]