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F1 has it's groove back

Last week's Monaco F1 GP was spectacular both for it's crashes and who did (and didn't) set the pace. Monaco is also amazing for who turns out. Race weekend was so feature packed that a mysteriously missing £140,000 diamond hardly rated a mention!

This weekends European GP race at Nürburgring is shaping up to be more of the same (well—probably not as spectacular crashes as Monaco). Kimmi Raikkonen set the time to beat in practice. It's also easy to miss just how well Jenson Button is driving—we're becomming so used to it!

Bring it on :)

11:52 PM, 28 May 2004 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (1)

Java Now Running on Apple IIc []

Oh this is just too good.

* 128Kb ram is required, but 256Kb is strongly recommended
* The distribution fits on three 143Kb-sized floppy disks
* A hard disk is not needed but makes the system much more responsive

I have no idea if it's real or not - I might just have to dust off the //c and try it out!!

06:33 AM, 18 May 2004 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (2)

Phew - back to the (un)real world

Those who I speak to regularly will have heard me complain about having no broadband Internet access for sooo long (like 3 WEEKS!), well now I have dsl (phew).

And you'd reckon having several dsl companies as your clients would help...

So, the blogs should come thicker and faster than tomato sauce from a dried up squeeze bottle at an under 9's footy training bbq.

Now that I can finally download at reasonable speeds I set about upgrading various bits of my home dev box. At last the mozilla firefox project is providing contributed compiles. At long last I don't have to compile my own darn firefox just to get good xft support. Plus I get well integrated gtk2 (no more annoying XUL gui issues) and SVG support to boot. The world's best browser just got better:

for linux x86(warning: 8.9Mb)

07:05 AM, 17 May 2004 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (2)

EPA Approved ICBMs []

Now this is just silly. Thanks to TramTown, I just read the above article about how new EPA regulations have forced the Air Force to replace the rocket fuel used in Minuteman III ICBM rockets, so that the air won't get polluted... at the launching end anyway....

This could just be a money wasting piece of silliness, but the new environmentally friendly rocket fuel has a shorter range - so in the interests of clean air, America is nominally a less-safe place.

What happened to all's fair in love and war? Mad Max would be in trouble if after the nuclear missiles land the EPA is still around. Perhaps their should just be one ICBM pointed to the EPA head offices to protect against future litigation ;)

08:07 PM, 11 May 2004 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (0)

Sciences, Boffins & America

There is an interesting New Your times article about how the U.S. Is Losing Its Dominance in the Sciences (free registration required). I suspect that as well as the reasons postulated in the article, another factor is that big dollar research doesn't require dollars quite as big as it used to.

Also, the big dollars that are still required are more frequently coming from commercial entities who are waking up to the gains to be had from funding academic research.

This, however, is raising new issues of tainted research, with many journals finding they can no longer apply as rigerous independance standards as they used to. (There was a good discussion of this with experts recently on NPR's All things considered radio show. Looking through the story archives it must have been one of the recent stories on the American FTA's decision regarding the morning after pill—but I can't figure out which one since airing times here in Australia are a bit behind).

Some costly research, however, is still the domain of the US and big Europeans. like slowing a neutron to 15mph!! That's crazy talk! But apparently it has been done in Los Alamos, as reported by The Register article: Boffins slow neutrons to 15mph.

08:55 PM, 10 May 2004 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (0)

Sick of eating quiche?

Here are some interesting articles I have read over the past few days.

The first is an interesting article suggesting that learning to program in assembly helps you be a better high-level programmer. I think it has some valid premises. I would actually add that you should be able to design logic systems, program in assembly and write a basic operating system in C. But that could just be me...

Why Learning Assembly Language is Still a Good Idea[]

The second is a somewhat interesting essay that walks through the writeers quest for performance in a particular program. In the useful parts, the writer talks about our often misguided attempts to find efficiency in the wrong places.

Programming as if Performance Mattered[]

08:36 PM, 10 May 2004 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (0)

Old Technology (Post from Siberia)

Hello readers! Sorry it has been such a long time between posts - I moved house and have no broadband. In fact I had no narrowband until a few days ago. Apparently there is a cafe down the road with wireless, but I haven't found it yet.

I am well known for my love of elegant technology, old or new, and here are some great snippets of info I have come across in the last few days.

First, I have come into recent ownership of an old Apple Color Classic and an LC630. The Color Classic is so cute I want to set it up in my office to replace my broken fax machine. With (another piece of great tech) my old Global Village (cool old link) Teleport Platinum it will do just fine. Finding the GV software could be tricky though - try finding THAT on limewire...

So of course, I want to upgrade the Color Classic. The CC seems to have a sort of cult following due to it's cute form factor, and I am in luck with plenty of other people coming up with circuit and case changes so I can jam the LC630 mother board in, making a Takky CC:

  • The Macintosh Colo(u)r Classic FAQ
  • World of Power Color Classic

  • Next up, there is a new (and probably illegal) BeOS distribution called PhOS, based on a leaked copy of the BeOS source from just before development folded. Among other things it is multi-user!!

    And finally, I can never resist a good Apple Newton story. I still use my Newton MessagePad 2000 (to the amusement and ridicule of my un-enlightened friends), though not as much as I used too.

    I certainly havn't used it for mobile blogging over bluetooth - but it's comforting to know that if I wanted to I could:

08:07 PM, 06 May 2004 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (0)


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