AMD releases amdgpu-pro driver 17.30

Just some time ago, I let myself go and wrote about how upset I was about the (missing) support for my new RX 470 on Linux. Today AMD released the amdgpu-pro driver 17.30, with support for Kernel 4.10 and Xorg 1.19. So my setup is finally not useless anymore. Details are on the AMD download… Read More »

It's two and a half minutes to midnight

The doomsday clock is at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. The doomsday clock is a illustration of how close we are to a man-made global catastrophe, published by " The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board". Last time it was at that level has been 1953, during the tests of the Hydrogen-Fusion bombs.… Read More »

Lightning Monitor - Update

Because of heavy rain and thunderstorms this weekend, I had some time to work on my lightning monitor again. With success, I could reduce the "DISTURBER DETECTED" messages significantly by putting the device away from the laptop. Even better, it was starting to measure lightnings during one of the thunderstorms! Great 🙂 The data makes… Read More »

GPX to GeoJson convert tool

I hacked a C++ tool for converting GPX files to GeoJson, because the only one I could find used Node.js. The tool is available on GitHub. Binaries are available for GNU/Linux, the tool should be compatible with MacOS and Windows (Not tested). Runtime comparison with togeojson (Node.js)

And now with my tool

It's… Read More »

Sapphire Nitro Radeon RX470

About a month and half ago I purchased a RX470 and I want to write my experience with the card so far. I am not happy. Originally I wanted to have a nVidia GTX 970. But the RX470 had 8GB RAM instead of 4GB and, more interestingly, the double precision float operations should be significantly… Read More »

StarParty Pfalzen/Falzes

Yesterday I have been an invited speaker at the Star Party 2018 in Pfalzen/Falzes in South Tyrol Italy. I use this post to thank my former teacher Christof Wiedemair for the invitation. For me it has been a confidence boost - the audience was engaged and interested, like this it's fun to give a talk!… Read More »

The joy of multicore processors

I recently came back from an amazing trip to Iceland. Had a glorious time there - it was an outstanding adventure! After this trip I had to convert 3200 photos from RAW to JPEG. Turns out, that usually it takes something like 15 seconds for my computer to process 1 file. 3200 * 15 is… Read More »

Intel Skylake Hyperthreading broken

Hyperthreading in Skylake and Kaby Lake seems to be broken and should be disabled in BIOS/UEFI. My Laptop is also affected by this bug, but I will try to update the Microcode. Since I'm running Arch Linux I should get the update rather fast. UPDATE I underestimated the effect of this bug. For now I disable… Read More »