What would you like your headstone to read? Here are some choices:
Is a tiger release for PC on the way? At least one guy thinks so. This is not really a rumor, but more wishful speculation on his part.
You can trade-up your 32bit windows to 64bit XP from now until July 31, 2005. Before you take the plunge however, you need to make sure you can track down 64bit drivers for all the stuff you use. This is a clean install only, so migrating data is up to you.
Here is a nice quote from the Technology Advancement Program site: "Purchasing technology can be frustratingóthe minute you buy something, the new version becomes available. We understand this frustration..."
I do not understand why programs that are not massively IO or Disk bound require 44 freaking threads to run. Valve, I'm looking at you:
MSN Messenger weighs in at a svelt 12 threads, and I'm not even showing its window or in a conversation! Firefox and iPodService: what are you thread spankers doing? winlogon.exe, your engineers are shite.
Coming from GoAhead, I'm pretty used to multi-threaded coding. But the above examples are just ridiculous. There can be no explanation except programmer incompetence or laziness. I like threads, they're pretty useful for GUI based applications. But sometimes, threads are for people who can't program state machines.
Here is something they didn't teach me at scout camp.
If I had to choose 3 records that had a huge influence in my life, not necessarily what I'm currently listening to, they would have to be:
Continue reading "Who are you?"...
A few days ago George sent me a pointer to a new 'mini tablet' prototype device. Pocket PC thoughts picked up on this a bit later and it spawned a debate about mini-tables / ultra portables vs. PocketPCs.
I got caught up in this again and went back to take another look at some of the current generation of ultra-portables out there like the flybook, the OQO and the Sony Vaio U-50 / U-70 / U-71 / U-750. The Sony seems like a pretty good trade off between portability and power. I wish it had built in blue tooth, but that can be fixed with a CF adapter. They are very expensive but they turn up on ebay from time to time. Dave's did a nice review last friday. Many people have put the full Tablet OS on these. JK is one of these guys, he has a nice page of links for Sony U owners here.
So am I ready to give up my PPC and convert to an ultra portable? Not quite yet, but I'm keeping an open mind.
George sent in a link to this on Telesym:
I hate to see it. Telesym was one of the local mobile devices companies I have been following. I was really hoping they would pull through.
A new update coming April 18 to rebalance weapons and such:
Read about it at Gamespot
My latest entry in my quest to eliminate wires from my digital life is the Bluespoon AX from Nextlink.Continue reading "My Newest Borg Upgrade"...
I thought I'd share a couple more ways to get your daily fill of geek news:
Digg is a tech 'news' site much like Slashdot but with a twist. Users submit stories like normal, but instead of an editor choosing what makes it to the front pages the users do. You can scan through the pile of recent submissions and click on "digg this story" to vote on what you like. The stories with the highest votes make it to the front page, or to the front page of a particular category. Pretty cool.
If you don't know about this one yet, you should check it out. It is basically a Ďone stop shopí web based RSS aggregator for about 300 of the top tech sites. As Iíve already mentioned before I prefer to use a web based RSS solution over an installed client package. This allows me to get the latest headlines at a glance from anywhere I can access the Web (PC or mobile). A few clicks later and Iíve got tabs opened for all the stories Iím interested in. For general RSS feeds Iíve just been using my.Yahoo.com tuned to my favorite sites etc. Daily Rotation is much like that only dialed to 11 on the geek scale. You can configure your preferences like format, font, desired sites etc. and it will drop them in a cookie for you. Heck itís worth checking just to see the impressive list of tech sites you never new existed.
Continue reading "Dashboard vs. Konfabulator"...
I read an interesting (but long) post on Daring Fireball comparing Apples's new Dashboard to Konfabulator. I say interesting because he first defends the dashboard as a logical extension of the original desktop accessories in the 81' Mac,
Wired has an article on some of the surprises that turn up when browsing satellite images.
News.com has an article on Wind River's moves to adopt Linux. We have been watching Linux's effects on the embedded OS makers for years now. It seems like VxWorks is coming to this game a bit late, but actually having the #1 embedded OS vendor (er I mean Device Software Vendor) start thowing it's weight behind it really makes a statement. I guess they have to do something after AE.
I've watched the first two DVDs of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex recently and really like the series. The original movie is a must-see, but I didn't like the second movie (Innocence) as much. Stand Alone Complex is a TV series that tackles the same issues of consciousnes with an overarching plot that is tied together by each individual episode. The virtual cinematography is incredible and the vision of the future is so ingrained in the story, they don't even bother to explain it. Here's a well written review of the first DVD.While various networks have become deeply rooted,
The UW has a video presentation on Google by Jeff Dean. It is about an hour long, but is a pretty interesting view of how their stuff works.
I realized it has been almost a year since stopped actively reading about, blogging about, programming on and playing with Linux. I have booted up Linux a couple of times in the last year, but I have not downloaded any new distros since my Linux Ďflavorí of the week frenzy in early 2004. So just because Iím feeling nostalgic, Iíll post a link to a random Linux article here. Admittedly this one has a negative slant, but maybe that will stir up some conversation. Iím interested in feeling out the current Ďmoodí regarding Linux. Any thoughts?