1. Variant method to cool computers

    jake on 2003.04.16
    at 06:44 pm

    Some researchers at Purdue University have discovered a way to effectively use liquid cooling without a pump.

    As liquid flows through the channels, it is heated by the chip and begins to boil, producing bubbles of vapor. Because the buoyant vapor bubbles are lighter than the liquid, they rise to the top of the tube, where they are cooled by a fan and condensed back into a liquid. The cool liquid then flows into the parallel tube and descends, creating a self-sustaining flow that eventually re-enters the microchannel plate and starts all over again.

    Tiny bubbles are key to liquid-cooled system for future computers

    Posted in: Hardware · Technology

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  2. Doom III article

    jake on 2003.04.16
    at 06:27 pm

    I've been waiting to post this since I got my issue of Wired a couple weeks ago. They have an interesting article on the development of Doom III and the man in charge John Carmack. It's actually more about Carmack, and they discuss Doom III.

    Since then[releasing Commander Keen], Carmack has written a new graphics engine for almost every product he's developed. In an essentially visual medium, the graphics engine - the core code that determines how images are displayed on the screen - is the brain of any game. And with each new engine, Carmack's achieved a higher level of immersion and realism. He's a hero among coders for particularly elegant programming that pushes the limits of hardware.

    Posted in: Software

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  3. Boing Boing on Disney or Disney on Boing Boing

    jake on 2003.04.16
    at 06:10 pm

    Whichever you prefer

    In the past two days a couple interesting posts were put up at Boing Boing.

    Yesterday a link to an iCal calendar was put up. It features information about attractions that are being renovated/closed at Disneyland. The best part is that it works with the Mozilla Calendar app. That's good news for PC users like myself.

    Today an even bigger post involving a new attraction. Referred to as "Forbidden Mountain" it should open in 2005 at Animal Kingdom.

    Posted in: Cool Info

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  4. Build your own TiVo

    jake on 2003.04.16
    at 02:32 pm

    Gizmodo has a link to an article at ExtremeTech anout building a media PC with linux. It's part one of a three part series. I will post when those go up too. It describes with detail building a small PC to broadcast; mp3's, pictures, and movies. It also includes a TiVo style interface which allows you to record live TV.

    I have been interested in building a machine like this for a couple months now. I don't have the dispensable cash to do it, but I plan on using a Shuttle SN41G2 to make mine. It'll run me a little more in the cost department, but would be smaller and has many integrated features.

    The software being used in the article is Freevo. Upon reading through the discussionwww.shuttle forums base on the article, I came across some more information. MythTV is an alternative to Freevo. Also TitanTV stores free program guides.

    Posted in: Hardware · Linux · Software · Technology

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  5. Bush Sr. Said No to Invasion and Occupation.

    brian on 2003.04.16
    at 03:54 am

    In 1998, Time Magazine ran an article by George H. W. Bush and Brent Scowcroft. It detailed the reasons the first Gulf War didn't culminate in an occupation of Baghdad. Interesting is this quote:

    ...we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-cold war world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.'s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish.

    Well, that's interesting, but not as interesting as this. It's noted at Boing Boing, that you can't find this article in Time's archive. It's been there until just recently. And in other news, US Troops occupy Baghdad under direction from one of the aforementioned authors' sons. Any conspiracy fans in the crowd? Well, there's a new note on the archives page that notes that the issue (March 02, 1998) has been moved to the premium (pay) portion of the archives. Nevertheless, entertaining. A good read, too.

    Posted in: Politics

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