I have recently been working on projects using Amazon EC2 (elastic compute cloud), and RStudio Server. I thought I would share some of my working notes. Amazon EC2 supplies near instant access to on-demand disposable computing in a variety of sizes (billed in hours). RStudio Server supplies an interactive user […]
A good fraction of R users use Apple computers. Apple machines historically have sat at a sweet spot of convenience, power, and utility: Convenience: Apple machines are available at retail stores, come with purchasable support, and can run a lot of common commercial software. Power: R packages such as parallel […]
Alexander Mordvintsev, Christopher Olah, and Mike Tyka, recently posted a great research blog article where they tried to visualize what a image classification neural net “wants to see.” They achieve this by optimizing the input to correspond to a fixed pattern of neural net internal node activation. This generated truly […]
I am going to come-out and say it: I am emotionally done with 32 bit machines and operating systems. My sympathy for them is at an end. I know that ARM is still 32 bit, but in that case you get something big back in exchange: the ability to deploy […]
There is no excuse for a digital creative person to not use some sort of version control or source control. In the past disk space was too dear, version control systems were too expensive and software was not powerful enough; this is no longer the case. Unless your work is […]
I tend to prefer command line Linux and full window OSX for my work. The development and data handling tool chain is a bit better in Linux and the user interface reliability of the complete vertical stack is a bit better in OSX. I repeat here a couple of tips […]
Re-read Fred Brooks “The Mythical Man Month” over vacation. Book remains insightful about computer science and project management.
Having worked with Unix (BSD, HPUX, IRIX, Linux and OSX), Windows (NT4, 2000, XP, Vista and 7) for quite a while I have seen a lot of different software tools. I would like to quickly exhibit my “must have” list. These are the packages that I find to be the […]