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Cost comparison of small volume PCs

Ever since the 2013 release of the Mac Pro in its new compact "trashcan" format, its reputation has become very mixed and many claim that the cost for such a small computer is ludicrous. Everybody knows that chasing an Apple product and upgrading the components yourself is way cheaper than doing so in the checkout options, but the cost of the "off the digital shelf" Mac Pro variant may be much more down to earth, right? Then again, the hardware in the Mac Pro is very specialised and not really suited for gamers and PC enthusiasts, including myself; so will I ever be able to buy a small form factor gaming beast?

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The JaguarBoard - Intel instead of ARM

A recently funded single board computer arrived at my home (i.e. the doorstep of my faculty's office) and I am super excited to play around with it. There are many boards out there that follow in the Raspberry Pi's footsteps by using an ARM processors, but the JaguarBoard is different to them. It uses an Intel Atom processor (Z3735) and hence provides full support for the x86 instruction set. Therefore it is possible to install not only derivatives of Linux, but also a full blown version of Windows! So, here's my experience of getting started with board and installing Windows 10 on it.

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Neural Artistic Style using Torch in Mint

Last year, this paper was published on "A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style", which addresses how a neural net can replicate an artist's style and apply it to a photograph. All the pictures that float about on the web look amazing and I wanted to give this method a go, too. Unfortunately, as this is a pretty recent publication, there is no off-the-shelf program that implements this tool, and the Git repos I found were not very clear to set up in a VM:

Now, after a bit of tinkering around I managed to get the first of the repos working, although I would have loved to run the Python project.

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