Fifth and sixth week's summaries
The fifth week started out easy and ended easy, the days between being easy as well. We learned how to set up all those communication tools, how to lay cables, how to connect 50 year old phones, how to climb telephone poles with irons etc etc. Nothing mind boggling, but not bad either, at least we learned one thing or the other we hadn't known before.
The sixth week was then about using our newly gained knowledge in the field, setting up points of operation and having had a look at it. The weather was brutally hot and I drank about 6 liters of water one day, which might be a new personal record. We are also separated into 3 groups now, with each group having one corporal. Luckily enough they're mostly nice guys, so I don't have to be afraid of the next 9 weeks too much. Well, let's go on with the really interesting stuff now:
xlr8yourmac has been posting a lot of news on the new PowerMac G4 Quicksilver series, mainly links to reviews of the 867MHz model today and they also have some interesting bits on nVidia and the GeForce family of graphics cards. (including some rumors of an upcoming GeForce 4).
Shacknews has some rather gaming and PC related news, including some new born rumors about Halo not coming to Mac or PC etc...Nothing spectacular.
How heatsinks work
FiringSquad explains how a heat sink actually works and what physics are behind the whole thing. My former physics teacher told me that developing a truly good heat sink was a pain in the ass, now FS will tell you why.
News from ATI
SharkyExtreme takes a look at some early hardware from ATI: the Radeon 8500 and 7500 graphics cards. The scores speak for themselves, oh yes.