['2001'] is in these articles:
- GUI Programming in Python: QT Edition, Boudewijn Rempt,
2001, ISBN: 0-97003300-4-4. This is available on the web from www.opendocs.org,
and is also available in printed hardcopy.
and java servlets on Apache
2000 image compression is starting to show up (in mid-2001!)
(made by SegWay) is another
electric scooter, except with a built in gyroscope and the wheels mounted
side-by-side, instead of inline.
now there's the Dilbert cube.
nuclear reactors? And the tale of the
radioactive boy scout (which simply has to be an urban legend),
which also appears here
rebel against journals, and about time too! Scientists
quit from the editorial board of a journal.. Nature
debates the issue of electronic access to scientific literature,
on Slashdot. Apparently the US Congress is considering having all government funded research
published in an open way. Mar'05 the IEEE wonders who will pay the costs of open access. Now some open access journals
are being funded by accepting a payment from the author for publication. The
Royal Society wants to keep papers off the web. The Association of American Publishers
to work against scientists publishing freely. The European
Commission may be providing some funding towards making a free
scientific library. Nature is going
to allow open online access to pre-publication works in Nature Proceedings, something similar to arXiv.org. The physics journal Physical Review may reconsider its position on copyright now that some scientists are writing to tell it that they are unhappy with the current restrictions that will be placed on republication of their works.
In Are Academic Journals Obsolete Slashdot discusses the journal issue - perhaps they are only useful for evaluation of professorial job performance? In Oct'08 the arXiv system reached 500,000 publications. Current science publishing methods are being called problematic. The MIT faculty have voted in favor of making all their publications open access. Perhaps the final solution to this problem would be to abolish copyright protection on academic works. Now the University of California faculty might boycott the publisher of Nature, seems to me all they would need to do is self-publish their own papers in a peer-reviewed section of Wikipedia. 
distance model airplane (11 pounds and 1 horse power peak, plus a
gallon of fuel to cross the Atlantic ocean)
How fast can a man on a bike go?
Did a meteor end a number of ancient civilizations in the Middle East?
converters, still need a pretty hot heat source but they are now down to the 200C to 450C range
Could a meteor
have rained extraterrestrial microbes on Kerala India in 2001? This
gets some more discussion here,
and there might actually be samples of this.
The SANS Institute runs incidents.org
which tracks the progress of some worms and things (including the Code
Red Worm). Caida.org has some dynamic
graphs of the code red worm's progress. And in the end even Microsoft (hotmail) got hit by the worm. A script that can be used to notify
the victim of code red that their system is infested. Another
script, this one will shut down
the infested system to prevent it from further abuse. Another script,
this one is in python and it just
parses your web server's access log to find the sites to notify (the way it
notifies them is to start a browser on them pointed to a web
page about code red). Some thoughts on what the next
generation (Warhol Worms) of worms might be like.
Wireless lans are becoming more popular, they are a bit much
home in 2001, but the pricing will probably drop significantly by 2002.
However, their security
has some major
flaws as shown in this
paper... NetStumbler has
quite a lot on this issue. Some more on free access at www.free2air.org.
Some suggestions on how
to secure a wireless LAN by using PPPoE or PPTP. Looks like the
next generation of wireless, 802.1x, may also be insecure.
And now your favourite geek store may be using these to broadcast
your credit card numbers.
wireless ethernet to the limit, see also this
and this in San
Apparently the Linksys WAP11 unit has programmable control on its power
output. And the great 802.11b Homebrew
Antenna Shootout. And then there is Hawaii
Wi-Fi, a free wireless on the Big Island. And now the HAMs
are getting into the act. Non-line
of sight technologies may may long haul broad band more of a viable
alternative. Here's a neighbourhood that set up their own DSL
wireless networking has a free
screen, even in New York
city (and more on New
York's free LANs), including some details on how to hack up an
externally mounted access point using a RubberMaid container as a case. Byte has
on setting up your own wireless freenet. Here is another Byte article,
this time on antennas
for WLANs. Problems with boosting the power of the WAP11
Looking for a website that has disappeared? The web
archive site tries to keep a copy of sites, but its not a very deep
copy. Here's a link to my
top page from back in 2001.
A very powerful 5 millisecond blast that occurred Aug 21, 2001 is still puzzling astronomers.
An AMD Motherboard
review site - the first dual processor Athlons should soon be among us, maybe
by March 2001
a round up of current (summer 2001) VIA
Apollo KT266 based main boards
Recognition software in use, reported by the Register
, and here
too, now in use in Florida
too, and now in Tampa
too. And the first case of mistaken
identity . Now the RAND
think tank is in favour of its use on a broad scale. Now Borders
is going to use it in their stores to identify known shoplifters. And a
few days later Borders
has decided not to invoke Big Brother. Now the Register
reports that these systems are nearly useless. The ACLU has finally
spoken on this subject. And this report
states that it has not proven to be reliable at the Palm
Beach International airport. But the Statue
of Liberty is going to give it a try next.
there's the eye on Britain
inkjet printers, the
890 and StylusPhoto
1280 (reviewed here)
which offer some of the best printing you can get. They can all do
borderless prints on regular media (no perforated tear-off strips needed), the
only real difference between the 780 and the 890 is that the 780 cannot
handle roll paper, the 1280 is the only one that can handle large format
paper. The I
Love Epson site has some information on new printers (probably in
table of the various Palm devices including the new Sony Clie
space photos for 2001 from space.com
, exploring the subways of the world
- When building for MFC you need to compile for multi-threaded use,
this is done with the /MT or /MD compiler switches. The /ML switch
(which is the default) compiles for a single threaded, statically
linked program. See also Linker
Tools Error LNK2001
Programming Book at Dr. Dobbs
lost ... and found
Big brother may not be watching, but he's giving
away a cut of the spoils to those who do
book machine , combines both printing and binding of books into one
machine, bits in books out. If the speed and cost are right this could
be the end of the publishing industry.
it yourself DSL connections (for less) and wireless bridges
much multitasking on the job hurts productivity
- Cygnus has patented file preview with an iconic representation. This was filed for in 2001 which is rather late, as many applications did some form of this long before that. In fact my own VBBS TERM (later called IceTERM) had a preview function that allowed users to preview reduced size images of photos to help them decide on spending the time to download the full image. That function was in use before May 1992 and at the time it was not new (though this might have been the first BBS-Terminal system to support it). 
- Do expensive running shoes actually help, or are they causing injury by modifying the way we run? Discussed further by many sedentary geeks here. Maybe something like the FiveFingers (should really be the FiveToes) from Vibram is what one should use? A paper published in 2001 looks at Barefoot Running. Wired kicks up on the barefoot running thing, the Vibram FiveFingers while looking like something that could cause a lot of blisters on the heel, are quite nice, but don't try to do more than a half a kilometer in them for your first couple of sessions (you'll get sore Achilles tendons on the following days if you do). 
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