Updating BIOS of ASUS P5Q SE/R Motherboard

By far, this is one of the most straightforward BIOS updates, with the update utility within the existing BIOS itself. (though if the current BIOS was corrupted, another way would be needed) Official Site of ASUS P5Q SE/R Motherboard: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5Q_SER/ To update the BIOS: Download and extract the latest/desired BIOS from the official manufacturer website onto […]

Updating BIOS of Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L Motherboard

The Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L Motherboard was released in 2009 – do check out the manufacturer’s site for more details: http://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-G41M-ES2L-rev-14#ov I got this board second hand, and decided to do a BIOS upgrade so as to take advantage of some of the fixed/newer features (e.g. Wakeup on LAN, Charge Function). The board had a F3 BIOS version installed (observed […]

Updating BIOS of MSI P35 Platinum Motherboard

The MSI P35 Platinum Motherboard (https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/P35_Platinum.html) was launched in 2007. The following review is useful as background reading: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/msi-p35-platinum-motherboard-review/ Recently, I got my hands on this motherboard and was experiencing some issues with the POST, specifically due to the initialization of its DDR2 RAM sticks (error LEDs read “Red-Red-Green-Red” / “RRGR”). I read the MSI forums […]

Architecting an Environment to Share and Collaborate with Jupyter Notebooks

Jupyter Notebooks are very useful for developing (and sharing) data analytics. In addition, its flexibility allows it to be used for much more than that – teaching materials, self-learning programming languages, and (re)publication of academic papers and ebooks are other interesting uses. A while back, I helped architect and implement a collaborative environment that allowed […]

Remote Access to a Public Jupyter Notebook Server

Jupyter Notebook is a great way to share documents with other collaborators (e.g. team members) to collaborate on analytic use cases. Of course, it is not only limited to that: The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text. […]

Getting psql Utility on Windows CLI

I recently had to connect to a Postgres database on the network to perform some simple administrative tasks. However, the Windows machine I had did not have Postgres installed. As I only needed the “psql” utility to connect and query the database, and not the entire database engine, I was reluctant to install Postgres on […]