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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Yoggie's mini-computer offloads security duties - Engadget

Yoggie's mini-computer offloads security duties - Engadget

Here we see yet another implementation of computing appliances. I really am not surprised and I expect to see a *lot* more of this type of thing evolve as we move forward.

EDonkey still brays despite being "shut down"

EDOnkey Still braying

"On receiving the CD, I discovered it was not actually a CD, as it was one of these god-awful copy-protected abortions which don't play in my computer (without installing some proprietary software) and hence don't play on my hifi, can't be downloaded to my MP3 player, and don't play in my car. So that's useful then."

Much the same reason I gave up on buying CDs and I quite a few... Not that I get my music from P2P (I don't) but I support those artists now who use alternatives. Bseides, I have more than enough older music to listen to on CDs that weren't crippled.

Get with the game plan and wake up to the new model. There is still money to be made, but not as much in the older, clunky, busted models of distribution.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Computer science majors numbers drop

"Vanderbilt University's computer science department has apparently half the number of students that it did five years ago and enrollment fell again, to 61 students from 78, last year."

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

AA Batteries - 2 cell pack -

AA Batteries - 2 cell pack -

Seiko Epson makes paper thin electronic paper

Seiko Epson makes paper thin electronic paper

So we have been hearing about this type of stuff for years. Will this be the one that actually makes it to the market?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

PC price war predicted

PC price war predicted

Damn.I need a new one now. Perhaps I can make do until the shooting war starts...

Monday, September 18, 2006

The Amfibidiver.

The Amfibidiver. - The Red Ferret Journal

What diver WOULDN'T want one of these? Damn I'd want TWO.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

iRobot's Dirt Dog: Roomba gets a 'tude - Engadget

iRobot's Dirt Dog: Roomba gets a 'tude - Engadget

Love me, love my Roomba....

AMD on Tyan benchmark

AMD Opteron clocks high on Tyan rig

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The TAO of Backup

The Tao Of Backup

For all those who said "it will never happen to me..."

Monday, September 11, 2006 - $TAR WAR$: AN OPEN LETTER TO GEORGE LUCAS Feature - $TAR WAR$: AN OPEN LETTER TO GEORGE LUCAS Feature: "Finally, it was with a heavy heart that I welcomed Revenge of The Sith, accepting it was going to, in the parlance of our times “suck ass.” So great was my reluctance to accept this onrushing faecal juggernaut as the closure to a lifetime’s love of Star Wars that I watched it on pirate DVD. I couldn’t allow myself to give you more of my money simply to watch it for the sake of it completion. To this day, I haven’t bothered to watch Sith on legit DVD nor purchase it – because a shiny shit is still a shit.

RIAA tries to delay 'pirate' case

RIAA tries to delay 'pirate' case: "The RIAA agrees that it does not have enough evidence, but has now formally asked to court to have more time to get it. It told the court that lots of people thought they were innocent, until the RIAA proved that they weren’t."

Friday, September 08, 2006

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Turns out I am an "Elrond" Hmmm.... not sur eif that is a good thing or not. Betterthan being a "Sauron" I suppose.

Google Research Publication: MapReduce

Google Research Publication: MapReduce: "MapReduce is a programming model and an associated implementation for processing and generating large data sets. Users specify a map function that processes a key/value pair to generate a set of intermediate key/value pairs, and a reduce function that merges all intermediate values associated with the same intermediate key. Many real world tasks are expressible in this model, as shown in the paper."

I think asw multicore CPUs continue to procreate we will see more and more of this type of solution being used.