Wireless longrange antennae
Some guy in Egypt managed to get his WLAN to reach over 1KM at 2mbps/sec, using mostly cheap materials and home-made antennae. Very interesting what can be done with todays tech and some tinkering, especially if you want to connect to distant places with a wireless connection yourself.
Insights on Apple
Cringely had some very insightful thoughts on Apple's stragety, following MWSF. This is old stuff too admittably, but still interesting.
Logitech MX mouses (sic): why they rock
Tom's hardware has an interesting article discussion the superiority of Logitech's 300, 500 and 700MX mouses (not mice, since it's a device, not a rodent). Some fairly technical info but easy to understand. A good read if you're considering buying a new mouse.
the register has some info about HP reconsidering the Alpha EV7 as a future server chip once again. For those who don't remember: The Alpha used to be the fastest chip on earth and incorporated some technologies that are still present in todays chips, such as teh bus architecture of the AMD Athlon chips. The Alpha, while being a RISC chip, ran at relatively low speeds, but was capable of executing tons of instructions at the same time. It's a 64bit chip and consumes as much power as a smaller coffee machine.
Intel launches new chip
Intel has launched a new chip, called "Centrino", which is aimed at the mobile market, running at lower speeds, but having a better IPC rate (Instructions per cycle) and consuming less power than Pentium 4 M chips. Centrino also incorporates a WLAN architecture, possibly pointing to future use in "tablet" PCs.
Cantrip has an aparently real interview with Bill Gates from back in 1995. The interview is claimed to originate from German FOCUS magazine. However, the statements Bill makes are so shockingly stupid, it's almost impossible to believe. Either way, it's a very interesting read to say the least, and I suggest everyone to read it.
Virtual PC goes M$
Microsoft acquired all rights on the Virtual PC emulator from Connectix. They still want to develop it further, but nobody really expects it to get any better now. More of the opposite actually. the news came as quite a shock for everyone, and many already spoke of VPC as being doomed to be discontinued. Let's hope the opposite will be true.
IBM releases info on PPC970
IBM posted some infos for an upcoming demonstration/launch of their Blade servers with the brand new PowerPC 970 chip. The article has been pulled since, or at least I couldn't find it anymore, but it was there and also noted that yields were way beyond expectations and at higher speeds than expected too. IBM's now talking about introductions speeds between 1800 and 2500MHz which is a lot more than anticipated earlier. They also refer to the chip as the "fastest PowerPC ever". Some more info was released on the POWER5 and PPC 980 chips, that are a little farther off. Also there's word of a non-castrated POWER5 with Altivec, called PPC 9800.
What happened in the meantime
Apple has released their new PowerMacs, not with FireWire 800, Bluetooth, Airport Extreme and up to Dual 1.42GHz G4 and Radeon 9700 Pro BTO. Mac OS X was updated to 10.2.4, fixing some nasty bugs, OpenGL related ones among them. I have released my second Quake 3 movie which is here either as QuickTime mpeg4 or as DIVX4 file. Maxon has released Cinebench 2003, which is a piece of shit and the iMac also got a speedbump. Otherwise, there's little excitement going on, as the economy is still deep in the shit and so there's not much going on in the world, apart from George W. desperately wanting to go to war with Saddam, lacking any reason or excuse. Who cares, the US are the world cop and dominator, so we better get out of its way, right?