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MacBook Pro Temperature Control

01/06/07 | by JAdP | Categories: Blog

I believe that Mark Twain said that a man with two watches never knows what time it is. Segal's Law: "A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure." Like that man, I have no idea what the CPU operating temperature of my MacBook Pro is, as I have three monitors now: CoreDuoTemp, Fan Control and iStat Pro. In °C, here are five readings from those three monitors, in the order listed, over a 15 minute span.


Some of this may be due to different sampling rates and display changes, as the three change at different times, wtih iStat Pro seeming to have the longest interval between changes, and Fan Control having the shortest. You many also notice that there isn't any consistency in the difference from one monitor to another, or in which monitor reports the lowest CPU temperature, though Fan Control is consistently the highest.

Based on this, I changed my set points in Fan Control so that the lower threshold is now 53°C and the higher being 79°C, so as the fans don't come on too often, which they seemed to be doing when Fan Control's lower threshold was set to 50°C, but they stay on a bit longer if things really heat up. Fan Control has been a big help in optimizing the performance of my MacBook Pro.

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Time for an Ark

04/24/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Blog, Personal

April 24th, and it's raining. Not drizzling, not a spring shower, no, no, no. A cold, driving rain... In California, in April. XX(

I haven't written about the rains, the slides, the 12 minute commute to pick up my partner that is now over an hour, the two-hours it takes to get over the hill at commute times, or even the joys of living just south of the new cul-de-sac. I lived through it in '95 when I worked at Oracle. Why complain? Others are having a much harder time of it than I.

But on Saturday night, a slide on CA Rte. 92 played havoc with the telephone lines for the Coast. No DSL, minimal if any cell service, wonky landlines. And to top it off, both of my old routers [inside and outside to form a DMZ] died. I did buy a new MIMO router. :D Any excuse is a good excuse. But I'm still investigating why both routers [one is less than a month old] should die because of mud pulling out the fiber optics 12 miles away.

And now it's raining again. Time to build the ark and gather the animals.

Oh well, at least the frog that has taken up residence in our pond is happy about the rain. And the owls are back. Last night as I was setting up the new router was the first I had heard the owls since the cypress fell over - also because of the rains. I'm not sure if the owls are in the new holy cypress, or across the street in the Monterey Pines.

Ah well, better that than for it to have fallen into the house, or to have the house go sliding down the hill into my neighbor Joe's place.

Tim is working on the electricity today, so I'm typing this while on Back-UPS battery power. He came down with the flu right after his initial inspection, poor guy. Twnety-six minutes to go, and then I must shut down.


Bayosphere Citizen Journalists Lunch

07/11/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Blog

I attended today's Citizen Journalists' Lunch at Bayosphere, the new media site "of, by and for the Bay Area". The diversity of the backgrounds of those attending pleasantly struck me. Some with journalism backgrounds, PR, indy filmaking, some entrepreneurial, some technical, some scientific, some corporate, some non-profit and all in one room. Most of the time was spent with introductions and discussion around the vision of Dan Gillmor [founder] and Michael Goff [CEO], followed by breaking off into three groups to brainstorm ideas [metadata, direction, topics, and technology] for going forward. It was a fascinating time, too short, as such gatherings always are. My thanks to Dan, Micahael and Nealeigh for hosting the events.

BTW, lunch was great.


Supreme Nerd God

07/06/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Blog

Joe Anderson left a comment on Clarise's post about our first podcast. When visiting Joe's site, she discovered the Nerd Test, and challenged me to a contest. Let's just say "I won", but not by much. &#59;D

1% scored higher (more nerdy), and 99% scored lower (less nerdy).

What does this mean? Your nerdiness is:

All hail the monstrous nerd. You are by far the SUPREME NERD GOD!!!end quotation

Nerd God


MIT Web Log Survey

06/23/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Blog

Some of the questions were difficult to answer, and don't seem to reflect blogging usage, especially how often I read a blog on my blogroll - when their feed tells me they updated, I read it. So, please help these guys out, and take the survey...

Take the MIT Weblog Survey


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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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