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Firefox 4 is great so far!

After having used Firefox ever since it was known as Phoenix, I switched over to Google Chrome last summer just to experience something different, because at that point, FF just wasn't impressing me as it once did. I ended up falling in love with Chrome, but over time, I realized that it didn't do a lot of things as well as FF. It might be a faster browser, but if it's more inconvenient to use, that's not exactly a win, either.

I moved back to Firefox once 4 was released in final form, and so far I've been loving it. It's fast for the most part (helps that I am using an SSD, though), stable (hasn't crashed on me even once, or hung up) and I've come to immediately rely on the Sync feature.

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Beignet is the project out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center for exposing GPGPU/compute capabilities out of Ivy Bridge hardware and newer when using a fully open-source Linux stack. While Beignet differs greatly from Gallium3D's Clover state tracker, this Intel-specific open-source OpenCL implementation is working out quite well for Ubuntu Linux. While I've been writing about Intel's Beignet project since early 2013, it's probably been about a year now since I tried out the code, which is developed by Intel's OTC graphics team in China. This weekend I tried out Beignet v0.9.2 as trying out the newest Intel OpenCL code has been on my TODO list for a while and it's been working out rather well in my initial tests. Read more