Archive | December, 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Movie Review

Intense, visceral and well drawn the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo nails the feel and tone of the book. Based on the novel by the late Stieg Larsson, the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo tells the complicated tale of disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) who is hired to investigate a decades old murder in the [...]

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Detailed Look at the Brilliantly Simple CouchDB File Format

I’ve been researching CouchDB’s file format for the last week along side a few other efforts to understand resilient storage that is optimized for SSD or flash-based performance metrics. As it turns out, log-based file formats (and file systems) are optimal when working with flash memory like SSDs. CouchDB uses an append-only, copy-on-write approach to [...]

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Mining the same paydirt as the first outing, the second Sherlock Holmes film struggles to find gold but still manages to be worth the effort. Game of Shadows picks up through lines hinted in the first film and brings Holmes (Robert Downey Jr)  into direct conflict with the character’s greatest adversary, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), [...]

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Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol Movie Review

Exciting and fun to watch, the fourth Mission: Impossible outing not only proves that the franchise still has sturdy legs under it but that director Brad Bird is just as good with live action as he is with CG animation. After a botched mission in Russia which leaves the Kremlin destroyed and the entire IMF [...]

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How to Unlock an AMD Radeon HD 6950 to an 6970 Easily

I purchased an XFX Radeon HD 6950 (2GB) video card a few months ago in preparation for all the triple-a titles that have come out in the last year; while I miss the PhysX support for the occasional game that supports it, I’ve been mostly happy. Shortly after the dual-launch of both the 6950 and [...]

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The Descendants Movie Review

Both funny and heartbreaking, the Descendants offers a realistic portrayal of the trials of death and discovery and the things people go through to survive the death of a loved one who had some unexpected skeletons in the closet. Matt King (George Clooney) is a lawyer and land baron who finds himself trying to reconnect [...]

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imgscalr is Available from the Central Maven Repository

imgscalr is a tight and simple image manipulation library for Java. As imgscalr’s popularity has grown more and more people have asked for access to it via Maven’s central repository. While The Buzz Media has provided access to imgscalr via our own Maven repo as well as GitHub downloads, developers have pointed out that it [...]

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