1. Observations above the 49th Parallel

    brian on 2003.03.31
    at 06:17 pm

    An interesting Canadian-authored essay, an open letter to America. It says what we all know: we are a great people who need to get back on track before we get out-of-hand, and go the way of the Roman empire.

    Posted in: Politics

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  2. Design at the Mayo Clinic

    brian on 2003.03.31
    at 06:07 pm

    Found this interesting story of how the Mayo clinic is using environmental design and other visual strategies to ease the stress and tension surrounding medical interactions. But why don't you see people in lab coats?

    Posted in: Design

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  3. 50 Best Pocket-sized Gadgets for 2003

    jake on 2003.03.31
    at 02:45 pm

    The Independent has a listing of the 50 best pocket gadgets. I only have one critique on this article. There are no pictures of anything. So you have to visit the web site of the maker and try and find the described product (which is even harder on some products, where there is no link, and impossible with others, when the product is not listed at all on the maker's web site.) Also, some of these products are specific to the UK, so finding them is difficult in general if you're looking at a web site for a global company.

    (from Gizmodo)

    Posted in: Technology

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  4. MSI releases small form factor pc

    jake on 2003.03.31
    at 02:11 pm

    Maybe I'm a bit too into these things... ;)

    Other companies are starting to compete with Shuttle's dominance in the market for SFF computers.

    MSITM has released the MEGA pc. The first model is a P4 based barebones unit.

    It adds some nice features, the front panel sports an LCM display. This displays things like the MP3 information of a file you're playing. In the plus versions there is also a TV tuner card and a 6-in-1 Card Reader.

    I'm waiting to buy another one of these SFF PCs for things like this. Adding features and dropping prices would be great for this market. I really want to build a DVR with one of these babies. :)

    Press release (from Gizmodo)

    Posted in: Hardware

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  5. Nvidia updates software for Linux video drivers

    jake on 2003.03.31
    at 01:32 pm

    cNet is reporting that Nvidia has new software that works with Linux to update video drivers.

    The new installation software detects relevant details about the system its running on and automatically installs the correct drivers. The goal is to make it as easy to keep a Linux installation up to date as a Windows-based PC, Fear said.

    This is great news for me, so far it works with only a few major brands including Mandrake, which is what I use on one of my machines at home. This machine is a Shuttle SN41G2.. Now I just need for the them to implement it for nForce2 also. Just to get the network and sound up I needed to play with a bunch of stuff after I installed Mandrake 9.0. It could have been a lot easier. ;)

    Update - Bjorn3D has some thoughts on this subject. (article)

    Posted in: Hardware · Linux

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