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  1. Reasons to switch to Mozilla Firebird

    jake on 2003.04.30
    at 07:11 pm

    Blogzilla provides a link to an article describing many of the nifty features the browser provides. Of course with the name change and waiting for a new version to be released, Blogzilla points out, it might not be the right time to send this article off to Grandma.

    Posted in: Software

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  2. 3D Crystal Ball

    jake on 2003.04.30
    at 07:02 pm

    Gizmodo has a link to an article about the 3D wonder. It is basically a monitor where a 3D image is displayed within a sphere. And it's under $40k not including installation.

    The monitor consists of a transparent volumous bulb in which a high-speed spinning "plate" revolves, displaying images from pixel points on its surface. This requires the ability to flip between images at extremely high rates of speed (especially at the outter edge), and requires massive bandwidth.

    Homepage of manufacturer.

    Posted in: Hardware · Technology

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  3. Ren & Stimpy Coming Back

    jake on 2003.04.30
    at 06:47 pm

    TNN has three animation shows coming on June 26th. One of which is Ren & Stimpy. It is geared more towards adults, which most of the original audience now are.

    The page has a little blurb and a promo mpeg.

    Posted in: Television

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  4. NH: Net Free

    brian on 2003.04.29
    at 01:50 pm

    According to Wired News there's a bill speeding through the New Hampshire state legislature that tells owners of wireless networks to lock up or shut up.

    The bill states that someone who borrows an open (unsecured) wireless connection cannot be subject to prosecution if they're simply using the connection (it presumedly doesn't protect a cracker from breaking into a network via WiFi for nefarious purposes). This is, as the EFF states, an enlightened bill.

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  5. Apple Music!

    brian on 2003.04.29
    at 01:34 am

    Well, could I not write up my impressions of the new Apple announcements (1, 2) today?

    First comes the Apple iTunes Music Store. I played with this on and off today, and I'm very impressed. Very visually appealing, pretty usable. Best feature: every song has a 30 sec. full-quality (AAC) preview. Other points: there's a lot of great music. 200,000 tracks as of today, thousands more weekly. However, there are some notable absences. Most glaring to me was Dave Matthews Band. Word is that some music is missing because it simply hasn't been ripped yet. Others, Apple is actually going back to the master recordings to get the best possible quality out of classic recordings. Lastly, some are holding out due to contractual issues, where they are individually negotiating with artists who control the digital rights personally. Some big artists notable for that have already signed on, like The Eagles. Some artists, like U2, have given exclusive rights to sell some rare tracks. U2's Bono also appeared in the promotional video, speaking from the heart about the importance of the iPod and the new service.

    iTunes 4 is new, and the only way to access the iTunes Music Store. Yes, that means no Windows. Yet. Steve has promised that by year's end. I played with iTunes today as well. Notable features: AAC encoding is optimized for the G4. I saw a CD track ripping to AAC at 16x speed. Awesome. The buttons have been redesigned slightly. Rendezvous sharing works amazingly well. Super simple.

    Question of the week: Does iTunes 4/Music Store use WebCore??

    iPods: new, and due in stores Friday. New dock allows you to hook up to computers, yes. But it's most understated feature is that it has audio out as well, which means you can use it to interface with your home stereo. Buy an extra to put anywhere you want to drop in your iPod. They're sold separately (and don't ship with the entry 10GB). Also, the iPod's interface: how long until other companies allow you to drop an iPod into their machine for interface?

    Slimmer, smoother shape. Backlighting, cool. New extra games, cool. Customizable menus, awesome. On the fly playlists... finally!!! USB 2.0: unimpressed. Same crappy belt clip. It can't all be roses, I suppose.

    Question of the day: how did Apple make the same iPod work for both Windows and Macs? Is it a pick-one deal, or may you forever go back and forth?

    All in all, a very happy day in Apple land. Check out the event, Friday night!

    Posted in: Music · Software · Technology

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  6. Unusable.

    brian on 2003.04.28
    at 02:36 am

    Please, just try to read this article (linked via /.)

    Wireless Electricity (Sunday Times of London)

    Just try. Please comment if you get in. I tried for 10 minutes without success.

    Posted in: Design

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  7. Gov't + Big Telcos are killing the little guy

    brian on 2003.04.26
    at 06:59 pm

    This Wired News article speaks about the growing pressures upon the independent ISP. With an overbearing Government (Pro-Big-Business FCC and privacy-crushing DOJ and Congress) on one side and self-centered copyright-holding conglomerates on the other, and unaided by a complacent judicical system, the indy ISP may be a thing of the past. And along with it your last hopes for online privacy.

    Posted in: Politics · Technology

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  8. Update: Converting Carbon Base into Oil

    jake on 2003.04.25
    at 05:58 pm

    Kuro5hin has a lengthy post with many comments related to this post.

    A few people have stated that it's an April Fool's joke. This may be true, but I haven't seen anything citing this. It originally appeared in a reputable science magazine. Also the organization behind this has a web site discussing it.

    Other's pointed out that even if it is true, it will slow down movement to other forms of fuel. But oil is used for things other than powering vehicles. And considering the reduction of waste, I still believe this has a place.

    Posted in: Science

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  9. Phone Co. owes you money

    brian on 2003.04.25
    at 02:02 pm

    Forbes has written an indictment of the phone industry, and the complacency (perhaps abatement) of the FCC in the matter. One watchdog group claims that $5 billion in discrepancies they found is "the tip of the iceberg." Science psuedo-fact: 7/8th of the iceberg goes unseen.

    Posted in: Politics

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  10. Michael Moore's Experience

    brian on 2003.04.25
    at 01:48 am

    This letter from Michael Moore is a statement of what happens when you speak to your convictions.

    On the day after I criticized Bush and the war at the Academy Awards, attendance at "Bowling for Columbine" in theaters around the country went up 110%. It is now the longest-running consecutive commercial release in America, 26 weeks in a row and still thriving. The number of theaters showing the film since the Oscars has INCREASED, and it has now bested the previous box office record for a documentary by nearly 300%.

    "Stupid White Men" shot back to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This is my book's 50th week on the list, 8 of them at number one, and this marks its fourth return to the top position, something that virtually never happens.

    In the week after the Oscars, my website was getting 10-20 million hits A DAY (one day we even got more hits than the White House!)
    Following the Oscars, more people pre-ordered the video for "Bowling for Columbine" on Amazon.com than the video for the Oscar winner for Best Picture, "Chicago."

    So stand up for what you believe.

    Posted in: Politics

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  11. Kansas, again

    brian on 2003.04.24
    at 12:20 am

    Yes, we all remember when the Kansas state school board thought that science books should be labeled with a sticker telling students that evolution is just a theory, and thought creationism should be taught along side in biology class.

    Now the State is trying to out do itself. By charging sales tax on illicit drug transactions. Unreal. Please write in and tell me this is a joke. More at WhatDoIKnow.org

    Posted in: Politics

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  12. Who do you trust?

    brian on 2003.04.23
    at 11:41 pm

    Georgia is considering designing a new flag to replace its controversal, Confederate-cross-bearing flag.This article about it, and its new "motto" (In God We Trust), is brilliant. I am not against religion in any way (shape or form). However, I do find it to be wholly out of place when involved in government. The framers of the Constitution agreed.

    It disturbs me when I see a bible in court or in a "swearing in" ceremony. It's on money, and soon it may be on Georgia's state flag (replacing a flag with a confederate emblem, with a flag with a confederate emblem and a reference to monotheism).

    "It's being put on the flag to increase its acceptability to voters," Bordeaux said. "I had a colleague say that putting 'In God We Trust' on the flag will ensure that it will pass because, as he put it, 'Who will vote against God?' I think that's a sacrilege to use God to sell a flag."

    And that's exactly my problem with it, too. And the fact that in America's 2000 or so religions, many involve much more than a "God" in the Christian sense. Every time I see "In God We Trust," I read it as government propaganda, and a slap in the face of constitution. And cheapening to everyone's belief of choice. But, who's going to stand up against this? Not politicians. They raced each other to criticize the possible removal of "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. God doesn't exist to lend faith to a government. It should be trustworthy enough to stand on its own.

    Posted in: Politics

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  13. Initial study links tea to system defense

    jake on 2003.04.23
    at 07:09 pm

    CNN.com is reporting that a study on the effects of drinking tea provides benefits to the immune system. Researchers found a substance in tea called L-theanine. This substance is involved in the production of gamma-delta T cells, the first line of defence in the body.

    "We worked out the molecular aspects of this tea component in the test tube and then tested it on a small number of people to see if it actually worked in human beings," said Bukowski. The results, he said, gave clear proof that five cups of tea a day sharpened the body's defenses against disease.

    There needs to be more research done on this topic. Why give the other group coffee, why not water, or nothing? Or use different levels of tea? Five cups a day is possible, but I don't know many people who actually have five cups.

    Either way, I'm glad I don't have to stop my tea addiction.

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  14. Record labels try squeezing stone.

    jake on 2003.04.23
    at 03:51 pm

    Like in horror movies, two record labels are poking Napster with a stick to make sure it’s dead. Universal Music Group and EMI Recorded Music are going after Hummer Winblad in a lawsuit.

    The 23-page complaint charges that the Napster system, as conceived and implemented, “provided a safe haven for the rampant piracy of copyrighted works on an epic and unprecedented scale…Hummer Winblad knowingly facilitated infringement of plaintiff’s copyrights for its direct financial benefit.”

    Someone should do some market research and figure out that crappy music results in crappy sales. I still buy CD’s, when I like the band a lot, or I like the album a lot. Tha average person will not buy an entire album for $17.99 at the mall when they want one song. Sometimes buying a CD single is an option. But when an album has sixteen tracks, and they release only two, that’s fourteen tracks I might like. If someone wants only one of those fourteen, they’ll just download the song.

    That’s where the online music services can fill in. Too bad they’re just starting to get off the ground and instead of spending effort promoting the services heavily the industry is too busy with lawsuits. So all the public sees is a greedy conglomerate that rips off everyone. Consumers don’t like to deal with greedy conglomerates.

    To add to all the fun stuff going on, the plaintiffs are asking for the maximum $150,000 per infringement. So let me get this straight, I have U2’s One on my computer, I let my friend download the song from me. Wow, U2 just made $150,000. Oh wait, no they didn’t, the rest of the recording industry did.

    If you figure twelve tracks at $13.99 then the record industry as a whole, including the artists, makes about a $1.17 per song. That’s a lot less than $150,000.

    Posted in: Music · Rant

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  15. Saab meets WRX

    brian on 2003.04.22
    at 03:35 pm

    Saab announces its new small and sporty 9-2 model, based on Subaru's legendary WRX.

    Anyone who knows me, knows why I'm posting this. My favorite all-time mark is Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebologat, or SAAB for short. My favorite all-time car model however is the rallye-bred Subaru WRX. Now since GM wholly owns Saab and partially owns Subaru (they own 20% of Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru's parent company), cool mixtures of cars that were meant to be (both Saab and Subaru share a lot of innovative ideas, and a rich rallye racing heritage) can now come to light.

    In turbo and AWD, we trust.

    So when's the electric hybrid motor going to become available in this model? ;-)

    Posted in: Auto

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  16. Converting waste into useful liquids

    jake on 2003.04.17
    at 04:12 pm

    Discover has an article presenting a new machine that turns anything carbon based into various liquids.

    Unlike other solid-to-liquid-fuel processes such as cornstarch into ethanol, this one will accept almost any carbon-based feedstock. If a 175-pound man fell into one end, he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water.

    This is a major breakthrough for our oil dependency.

    Just converting all the U.S. agricultural waste into oil and gas would yield the energy equivalent of 4 billion barrels of oil annually. In 2001 the United States imported 4.2 billion barrels of oil.

    Though as chewy says, this could create more Hummer's and less Mini's. Which would be a horrible tragedy.

    We can now bring back our troops. Oh wait, there's other things that need to be fixed first.

    Boing Boing found this here.

    Posted in: Science

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  17. 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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  18. 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.

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Human Genome Map Completed

    jake on 2003.04.15
    at 07:26 pm

    Wired reports that the human genome map has been finished two years ahead of expectations. This has many benefits for science. The draft released three years ago has already helped the community.

    "We put out the draft sequence as a way of getting it out to scientists as quickly as we could. It gives them something to work with and get going, but the aim was always to generate a reference sequence for the human genome," said Dr Jane Rogers, head of sequencing at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

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  23. Baghdad: looters destroy priceless art

    jake on 2003.04.15
    at 07:10 pm

    I noticed in the Sunday paper an article from the Washington Post. The main topic of the article describes looters destroying priceless artifacts. Stealing and demolishing pieces of history that were saved from the many bombs going off around Baghdad.

    "This was priceless," she sobbed as she pointed to two seated marble deities from the temple at Harta that had been defaced with a hammer. Later, after observing more damage, she broke down again. "It feels like all my family has died," she wept.

    It is very sad that the troops are having trouble keeping the peace. However, the article also points out that with troops being scattered around a lot seem to be hovering around the Oil Ministry.

    Some Iraqis, however, question the allocation of U.S. forces around the capital. They note a whole company of Marines, along with at least a half-dozen amphibious assault vehicles, has been assigned to guard the Oil Ministry, while many other ministries -- including trade, information, planning, health and education -- remain unprotected.

    "Why just the oil ministry?" Jaf asked. "Is it because they just want our oil?"

    Are we really that shallow as to spend so much time saying we don't just want oil and then we're letting history be destroyed just to get at oil?

    Antipixel has also linked to a story by The Ney York Times on this subject.

    Posted in: Art · Politics

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  24. Phoenix and Minotaur have new names.

    jake on 2003.04.15
    at 06:05 pm

    Blogzilla posted that Phoenix and Minotaur have new names. (from mozillaZine)

    They are Firebird and Thunderbird respectively. I'm not sure where they got these. Personally I really liked Minotaur. I wish they went along the same line of naming. Even just renaming Phoenix to Mozilla would have been fine by me.

    Posted in: Software

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  25. Mac using IAs rejoice!

    brian on 2003.04.15
    at 02:00 pm

    Yes, folks, the number one requested feature for Mac-using IAs has arrived: the new OmniGraffle 3.0 Pro released today, imports Visio: "Import and export Microsoft Visio® XML files seamlessly with OmniGraffle Professional."

    Rejoice!

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  26. Safari's All New

    brian on 2003.04.15
    at 03:35 am

    Apple Safari 1.0 (Beta 2) is out today, which is great for this weblog. Why? Because it makes our website pleasant on the eyes once again. For the longest time, Safari botched our standards-compliant layout, due to a bug in its KHTML layout engine, dubbed "WebCore" by Apple. Now, it's mostly fixed. Safari also rolled out the much awaited tabbed browsing feature. Now if only Safari implements tabbed page controls like Camino, where URLs send from other applications are opened in new tabs in one window, I will be in browser heaven.

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  27. WorkFi

    brian on 2003.04.15
    at 03:29 am

    Wired again with the WiFi. This time its about how it can change the way we work.

    Posted in: Technology

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  28. 802.11n? Too bad it's a few years off.

    jake on 2003.04.14
    at 07:35 pm

    Gizmodo has a link to an article from 802.11 Planet. This article states that, based on an interview, a big jump in speed for Wi-Fi is being developed.

    The High Throughput Group is trying to deal with some of these issues. "We're talking true throughput here," says Kerry. "We've had proposals running at 108 Mbit/s and on up to 320 Mbit/s."

    Posted in: Hardware · Technology

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  29. Support Required

    brian on 2003.04.14
    at 03:33 am

    I am no longer a student (tangent: perhaps I should be once more...) but if I were one, I would undoubtedly support Students for Orwell. You should, too.

    Posted in: Politics

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  30. Fun at the President's Expense

    brian on 2003.04.14
    at 03:11 am

    No, this isn't (directly) a commentary on our billions Bush is spending in Iraq. However, if you'd like a unique perspective on our President's mind, please see this piece in the New Yorker.

    The layout of the answers (you'll understand if you look at the article) is not very user friendly, but I'll give Mac OS X users this tip (will also work for certain *nix variants, they know it as "mouseover focus"). Go to the answers. Highlight and copy. If you're using a Cocoa-built browser (again, OS X only: Camino/Chimera, Safari, OmniWeb) select "Make new sticky note" from the Application Menu/Services menu. No Cocoa? Fire up Stickies and make one manually. Once you have the Sticky set, position it over the browser where you can read the story text, and where you can access the browser's scrolling widgets. (If the Sticky isn't over lapping the browser, this trick won't be nearly as cool.) Now with the Sticky in the forefront, hold the Command Key (the Apple) and attempt to use the browser's scroll widgets... they scroll the page, but don't bring the browser to the front, allowing you to continue to read the sticky! Kick Arse!

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  31. MySQL progressing towards powerhouse

    jake on 2003.04.11
    at 07:45 pm

    CNET has an article about the first ever users conference for MySQL. It highlighted the road plan for the future. Including version 5 which will be aimed towards the buisiness sector.

    The company also is promising a concerted push into the enterprise market with MySQL 5.0, which will build on some of the features in 4.1.

    This site is run on MySQL and I'm glad to see they're trying to take on the Oracle's of the world. I was also tickled by the reference to the projects mascot.

    And it wouldn't be an open-source gathering without a mascot. Sakila the dolphin was plastered on T-shirts, bags and notepads throughout the conference hall. MySQL's Axmark said the company chose the dolphin because it's fast, clever and good looking. "They also group up to kill sharks," he said.

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  32. Opening the floodgates of Iraq related horror stories

    jake on 2003.04.11
    at 06:07 pm

    Kottke.org found an article at The New York Times related by a CNN executive. The story gives some insights into trying to report on the state of Iraq over the last couple decades.

    Posted in: Politics

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  33. Adobe Acrobat 6

    jake on 2003.04.11
    at 05:27 pm

    creativepro has a look at some of the new things in Adobe Acrobat 6. The article was written by Planet PDF. If your curious about it's significance...

    In our opinion, Adobe's new flagship product Acrobat 6 is the most significant release since version 1.0 came out almost 10 years ago. Whilst at the time of writing this piece there are still a few loose ends left to take care of, for the most part we view this release as being truly groundbreaking. Unlike the release of Acrobat 5.0, which in comparison with 6.0 was a fairly minor update, we are much more bullish about the benefits that Acrobat 6.0 is going to bring to its potential customers and users.

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  34. Worms getting randy

    jake on 2003.04.11
    at 03:53 pm

    New Scientist has an article involving worms who reside near the Chernobyl nuclear plant. The worms have begun to use sexual reproduction more frequently than in the past relative to asexual reproduction. When compared to similar worms from a body of water further away.

    Polikarpov thinks the worms have switched to sexual reproduction in an attempt to protect themselves from the radiation. Sexual reproduction allows natural selection to promote genes that offer better protection from radiation damage, and "the resistance of populations as a whole will be increased", he suggests.

    The study is part of a movement to discover the effects of radiation on species other than our own.

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  35. Babatunde Olatunji dies at 76

    jake on 2003.04.11
    at 03:34 pm

    For being a drummer I'm not up on a lot of various music styles, well at least not on the people involved in them. Brian would probably be a much better candidate to deliver this post. But he's at work right now, so I will be default. I would have seen it earlier but Boing Boing's RSS feed has errors in it...

    Boing Boing reports that Babatunde Olatunji, the Nigerian drummer, died of complications from diabetes. He basically started the "world music" revolution. Though I have to agree with Xeni (from Boing Boing) who said, "Olatunji didn't make "world music," he played Nigerian music."

    Boing Boing post. (links to other sources too)

    Posted in: Music

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  36. DMB + The Nature Conservancy

    brian on 2003.04.10
    at 02:32 am

    The Dave Matthews Band is teaming up with the Nature Conservancy:

    Dave Matthews Band will partner with The Nature Conservancy and others to offset the carbon dioxide emitted from the band's 21 trucks and buses, plane trips, 67 concert venues, and hotel stays during its 2002 tours.

    Got to love personal responsibility. Having the bucks to do this kind of thing helps, too. In short, they're (pay-rolling the) planting trees and backing Native American winds farms in South Dakota. Very cool.

    Posted in: Music · Science

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  37. Connecticut Champions Again

    brian on 2003.04.09
    at 02:58 am

    Back to back, the Connecticut Huskies have captured another NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship. After graduating one of the best recruiting classes in women's basketball history last year (including the 1st, 2nd and 4th picks in the WNBA draft), UConn has captured its fourth national championship in a rebuilding year. Interestingly, both the Women's and Men's champions this year hail from the Big East conference, and both did so starting many freshman. The Huskies didn't even have a senior on their roster.

    UConn also had someone named Diana Taurasi, who I will now say is (or perhaps, is going to be) the best female basketball player of all time. She is the future of women's basketball. Why? It may sound a little sexist, but frankly, because she's the first woman who plays like a man. She's easily as good as, say, Tyronn Lue. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of great women's players (Sue Bird, Chamique Holdsclaw, Sheryl Swoops, Lisa Lesile) but I think Taurasi is the first who would make an NBA squad.

    Posted in: Cool Info

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  38. Digital Music Files

    brian on 2003.04.08
    at 05:25 pm

    iPod Lounge has an article defining and reviewing the different formats vying to be the heir to the MP3 "digital-music-on-personal-computers-etc." throne. MP3 is nearing 20 years old, and is limited by its age. Formats like AAC (AAC on Apple), Ogg and others vie to be the next generation de facto standard. Personally, I'm hoping for both AAC (licensed) and Ogg (open source) to succeed.

    Posted in: Music · Technology

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  39. Fusion Pictures

    brian on 2003.04.08
    at 05:13 pm

    This isn't a picture of fusion. However, it is a picture of a device that Sandia National Laboratories is using to work on fusion, and it's pretty damn cool. (via Slashdot | article)

    Posted in: Cool Info · Science

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  40. Blog saves owner

    jake on 2003.04.07
    at 07:40 pm

    I'll keep this short so you can go read the long actual story. Boing Boing posted this earlier in the day. AccordionGuy posted about his new girlfriend last week. The next day he received an email from a "concerned citizen." Apparently the woman was lying about her background and very disturbed.

    The Adventures of AccordionGuy in the 21st Century

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  41. Turn original Nintendo Entertainment System into a PC

    jake on 2003.04.07
    at 06:34 pm

    If you go to Nintendo PC you can learn how to gut your NES and put in PC parts. All this for under $500.

    I for one love old Nintendo games. I can't get enough of them. But, like so many others, my Nintendo started flaking out on me. I'd have to blow into the games, then blow into the Nintendo, then try the game. 90% of the time, I'd get a flashing blue screen and I would need to try again. Well, I'd had enough of that, and decided it was time to do something different with my Nintendo.

    I decided to put a computer inside my old Nintendo case. I could run emulators, play games with my regular Nintendo game pad, all on my TV. Of course, this was quite a stretch, but I made it happen.

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  42. Nintendo apparently has bad timing

    jake on 2003.04.07
    at 06:21 pm

    CNET reports today that Nintendo is claiming to fall short of expectations in revenue.

    Yesterday Neowin pointed out an article on GameCube Europe that states Zelda is driving up GameCube sales.

    Both articles point out the new GameBoy SP is selling well too.

    Considering Zelda was released recently it could be safe to say that future sales will be good. Even if the last fiscal year wasn't as good as expected.

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  43. Various info. from Robodex 2003

    jake on 2003.04.07
    at 06:12 pm

    Neowin has a post the guides you to an article on the BBC web site.

    The show brings together more than 90 different types of robot from 38 companies, colleges and other organisations, up from last year's 72 bots.

    And over at I4U there are a whole boat load of pictures for you to sift through. All of the pages they direct you to are in Japanese. But the pictures are what you're interested in so it doesn't matter.

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  44. Cheney profits from War

    brian on 2003.04.05
    at 09:23 pm

    If you're not familiar with the US Vice President's business affairs, you should really read this short primer on Mr. Cheney's business dealings just within the past 20 years or so, from Citizen Works. It includes gems like...

    "Cheney, who served as [Haliburton] CEO from 1995 to 2000, continues to receive as much as $1 million a year in deferred compensation as Halliburton executives enjoy a seat at the table during Administration discussions over how to handle post-war oil production in Iraq."

    "A few weeks ago, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers awarded a no-bid contract to extinguish oil well fires in Iraq to Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton. The contract was granted under a January Bush administration waiver that, according to the Washington Post, allowed "government agencies to handpick companies for Iraqi reconstruction projects.""

    "Halliburton held stakes in two firms that signed contracts to sell more than $73 million in oil production equipment and spare parts to Iraq while Cheney was chairman and chief executive officer."

    Halliburton subsidiaries have also done business with Azerbaijan, Burma, Indonesia, Iran, Libya and Nigeria, despite various US regulations which prohibit dealings with some of these countries.

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  45. "All your base..." terrorist threat?

    jake on 2003.04.04
    at 06:12 pm

    Boing Boing pointed out an article at the Sturgis Journal where a bunch of kids were arrested for terrorist acts.

    Sturgis police arrested seven Sturgis men for placing more than 20 threatening letters on various businesses, schools, banks and at the post office. At least 12 signs were posted Monday morning. Another 20 were put up Tuesday evening, according to Sturgis police.

    The prank was for April Fools and involved signs referencing the "All your base are belong to us" geek joke.

    The "All your base are belong to us" are lines said by Cats, a bad guy in a 1989 Japanese video game. The poor translation to English led to its use by many involved in the video game culture.

    If you'd like to inform yourself, check out the links below.
    Official Video Site
    AllYourBase.net

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  46. Another updated topic. Alcoholic Batteries.

    jake on 2003.04.04
    at 05:36 pm

    As we mentioned earlier there has been strides in using ethanol to power a battery. Wired has also posted an article about the technology.

    "You can use any alcohol. You will be able to pour it straight out of the bottle and into your battery," said team member Nick Akers, a graduate student. "We have run it on various types. It didn't like carbonated beer and doesn't seem fond of wine, but any other works fine."

    There is still a ways to go for practical use.

    Minteer said the team is working on ways to increase their biofuel cell's power density. Currently the team's battery can produce 2 milliwatts of power per effective square centimeter. The average cell phone requires 500 milliwatts to operate.

    But it does seem promising. At least the researchers involved think so.

    Akers is confident the team will have a working prototype in a year, and that the finished product will hit store shelves a year later.

    I'd like to offer a toast... ;)

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  47. More info on OLED - "The future's bright--the future's OLED."

    jake on 2003.04.04
    at 05:22 pm

    Kodak LS633Good 'ol Gizmodo provided a link to the Australian version of ZDNet. More importantly, to an article about OLEDs. Now that a couple products (Kodak Camera) are coming around we can finally see some of the benefits this technology has to offer.

    My favorite, besides the obvious less costly flat displays, is power consumption. I can't wait till they start mass producing these things. Too bad I have to.

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  48. Colossal Squid found in Antarctica

    jake on 2003.04.03
    at 02:28 pm

    This squid is much bigger than a giant squid. This specimen is also believed to be not fully mature. There have been other discoveries of similar squid. Mostly body parts found in the bellies of sperm whales.

    The specimen, which was caught in the past few weeks in the Ross Sea, has a mantle length of 2.5 metres. That is a larger mantle than any giant squid that Dr O'Shea has seen and this specimen is still immature, the NZ scientist believes.

    "It's only half to two-thirds grown, so it grows up to four metres in mantle length." By comparison, the mantle of the giant squid, Architeuthis dux, is not known to attain more than 2.25 metres.

    BBC News (from Boing Boing)

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  49. Mozilla gets a trim.

    jake on 2003.04.03
    at 02:11 pm

    The Mozilla Group has announced that Mozilla will now be based on Pheonix, a stand alone browser and Minotaur, a stand alone email app. This is mostly to reduce the bloated, slow current Mozilla with a fast and small version.

    Isn't that what they said they were doing in the beginning? Gecko is small and fast, what they put around it is slow and clunky. Hopefully Pheonix won't become the same way. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

    At least this is aimed towards providing a group of apps. I never liked how the Browser, Mail, Composer, etc. were all hooked together. Sure they are right there for use, but I don't want a crash in Mail to bring down the browser.

    Notes from Blogzilla
    mozillaZine Article
    CNET Response

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  50. Mac based spin offs

    brian on 2003.04.02
    at 10:07 pm

    Two links of note today from the Mac world:

    From the more professional side, a man in Minnesota is going into business making Macs. He calls his the iBox.

    On the hacker side of things, wondering what to do with left-over external floppy drives? Well if you have Mac OS X, you can configure them in a RAID! This guy has. He also is working on one using Sony Memory Stick readers (same page, bottom).

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  51. Weblogs in Primetime

    brian on 2003.04.02
    at 01:17 am

    Tonight's "Judging Amy" (10pm Tues. CBS) features one of its characters (Donna) writing for her weblog. It had 76 readers. I think that's more than we have here. If you're out there, drop us a line. (Hey, we have comments, you know?)

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  52. The Rainforest Site

    brian on 2003.04.01
    at 09:56 pm

    While visiting the Breast Cancer Site (see previous), I noticed it had a sister site, The Rainforest Site. Everyone has their pet cause, and mine is the environment. I was happy to see this, and I was proud to see the site was built with WebObjects.

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  53. Indefinite Detainment

    brian on 2003.04.01
    at 07:45 pm

    The Patriot Act is downright frightening. Here's an excellent example of why. A well known employee of Intel, Mike Hawash, was detained by federal authorities on March 20th 2003 and is held in solitary confinement in an Oregon Federal prison without a charge. His home, which was occupied by his wife and three children, was stormed by uniformed and armored FBI agents carrying assault rifles.

    Apparently Mike's only crime is being born in the territory of Palestine. Mike's been a US citizen for 14 years and wife is US-born, along with their children. I hope I don't look at an FBI agent the wrong way, or I could be next. Show your support for Mike and check out this website, dedicated to his plight.

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  54. The Breast Cancer Site

    jake on 2003.04.01
    at 07:36 pm

    A buddy of mine sent me an email last night about The Breast Cancer Site. I go to this site everyday in my daily routine, so I figured I should put out the message to the masses (without sending a mass email.)

    If detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million women in the U.S. are 40 years old or older and have never had a mammogram.

    This site is part of a group of web sites. I started by going to The Hunger Site a couple years ago. In fact I own a t-shirt I bought from there. Go to these sites and just click the button. It's free and you can help others with the carpal tunnel inducing action.

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  55. Nvidia and Dolby present audio validation program

    jake on 2003.04.01
    at 01:11 pm

    To add to all the great features my Shuttle XPC includes, now it has one of three (currently) nForce2 based motherboards that meets this new standard.

    Press Release

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  56. More mini PC stuff...

    jake on 2003.04.01
    at 12:52 pm

    TweakTown has a review of my Shuttle beauty. They gave it a 10 out of 10. For the most part I agree, only I think they should add in Serial ATA suport. That's about all I would need to make it a 10 in my book.

    Iwill has a new mini PC (also) too, which is reviewed over at Hardware Analysis. This unit is cheaper, but it is also a lot less powerful. The Shuttle can handle a lot more with its intergrated parts than the Iwill. Which more than makes up for the P4 3GHz in the Iwill. But that's just my opinion... ;)

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