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Python 2.4 extensions using the Microsoft VC Toolkit 2003 (which is
for Windows 2003 Server, the html
version from Google's cache. This talks a bit about additional
registry settings that might need applying to Windows to make a gigabit
LAN really perform well. This sort of tuning is also discussed here.
power driven fusion reactions
striders run on water
Nodel Awards for 2003 have been published
to HIV, the UNAIDS 2003 report
on the epidemic. In summary its estimated that 40 million people have
it world wide, and more than half of those are in the sub-Saharan
Africa region. But now south and south-east Asia could have up to 20%
of the cases.
Maybe there are patterns
to the prime numbers afterall
Aug 11, 2003 brought us the Blaster worm, here
is Microsofts information on it and here is a guide from Visualante.
- A module for the Fibonacci search for minima of functions, which is apparently a bit faster than the Golden search, which is a bit faster than a binary search.
Windows Dynamic disks (described in this article: KB222189 - note
this article does describe an "import" function that is provided to
allow you to move a dynamic disk from one system to another) cannot be
moved from one system to another readily. This knowledge base article: KB232463,
mentions this in the context of laptops, but I have run into this while
trying to move dynamic-type disks from an older Win2K machine to its
replacement WinXP box (when I did this the disk was shown as
"foreign"). Probably best to stick with the basic disk type, unless you
are really needing to make use of the new features of dynamic disks
(for example to provide a RAID file system). It also appears that you
cannot put a dynamic disk into a USB drive case and still access its
contents (the article KB254105 confirms
this is the case) - probably for similar reasons relating to the disk
partition database, as once the disk is USB attached it could be
attached to any number of machines and this database is not designed to
handle this. Other articles on dynamic disks:
- How to convert basic and dynamic disks in Windows XP
How to establish a striped volume with parity (RAID-5) in Windows
Server 2003: KB323434.
Best practices for using dynamic disks on Windows Server
2003-based computers: KB816307.
Basic storage versus dynamic storage in Windows XP: KB314343. This
says that the mirroring and RAID-5 features are not available in
Windows XP Pro.
How to use disk management to configure dynamic disks in Windows
The new ASUS
DigiMatrix (Oct 2003) looks like it might be the first small form
factor system to cover all the home entertainment needs.
is a small case design that even has a custom front panel display, its
intended for use in home entertainment type applications. It is
by Motherboards.org. One thing that bothers me about this is MSI's
statement: "Due to proprietary mechanical design, MSI only guarantees
the compatibility of the MEGA PC with MSI's own Optical Storage
Devices". Another thing that bothers me is in Motherboards.org's
review they note that the hard drive mounting bracket actually
positions the hard drive upsidedown
and suggest drilling a new set of mounting holes to correct this.
by SFF TECH, they also have a forum with some feedback about it and a knowledge
base thread on it. Technology Review has a collection of links to
other reviews of the MEGA. Apparently there will be an AMD chipset
version of this box in the fall of 2003 as well. 3DVelocity reviews it here.
Some articles from Tom's Hardware: Eden
mini-ITX format boards, VIA's C3
The mini-ITX.com store
has a good selection of cases. The Morex
Venus 668 and 669
like the typical SFF case design, and have space for 2 x 5.25" drives.
Even the NewYork
Times has seen the mini-ITX.
Tom's Hardware has a comparative CPU
performance review that spans the 100MHz to 3GHz CPU era
is building a mag-lev train in China it takes its first passengers in
catalysts for converting biomass to hydrogen gas, in this case a
Ni-Al-Sn alloy that out performs Pt.
A narrow, hand built electric
two-seater car from Seattle USA. See also patent #6328121 "Ultra-Narrow Automobile Stabilized with
electric cars, 0-60 in 3.7 seconds from an very expensive set of
almost 7000 lithium-ion laptop batteries
Wet Pixel, their report from the 2003
DEMA dive show has lots of underwater housings
A photo.net article on underwater
housings (Dec 2003)
Battlestar Galactica (the new series) episode
guide, another guide
that prints a bit better.
The Panasonic DMR-E85H is quite a nice DVR, it has a 120GB drive
and the TV Guide on-screen function (which works quite well). It looks
like this was available in the 2003-2005 timeframe and has been
replaced by some other models. From time to time it will "crash" (for
me this ocasionally happens when I insert a blank DVD-R to do some
dubbing, maybe about once a month), sometimes when it crashes it looses
the contents of the TV Guide memory buffer, so you may have to wait for
a day or two before the TV Guide is available again. A number of people
have reported U99 errors (especially with use of the divide function),
I've only seen this problem once. See this artical for some
discussion of the U99 issue, including a remark about the owner having
put a 160GB drive into the DVR, but the DVR only used the first 120GB
of it (maybe it would be possible to remove the drive after it has been
formatted and then extend the partition?), there is also discussion of
some additional hidden menus. The AVS
Forum also has some
postings on these subjects. There is also some information
on the forums at afterdawn.com.
SanDisk has a digital
photo viewer that has an S-Video output
Issues with XP and roaming
A Tech Writer trys
out some distros
The very nice M31
challenge on the Digital_Astro
site a great place for digital camera astrophotography
- Service Pack 3 for Office 2003 will disable support for many older file formats. It looks like this mainly affects the ability to open Lotus and Quattro files, plus PowerPoint files before PowerPoint97, which does not sound like too much of a problem. However, there is also some restriction (see KB938810) on opening older Word files which appears to be to prevent opening of files created by Word 5 and older, as Word 6, 95, and 97 should still open this is probably not too important - Word really did not displace WordPerfect until about Word 6. In a follow up on this, Microsoft has corrected its reason for doing this, and they now say that its not the file formats that are insecure, rather its the code that reads them. 
The GPL is a license, not a contract, this article
on Slashdot) explains the difference and why the common worry that
entwining GPL code into a proprietary system could cause loss of rights
for the proprietary work is not correct.
Intelligence a new approach to solving scheduling problems
When your project runs out of funds, perhaps its time to
try out a 419
of open source development. I don't agree with all of this, but
some things are very true, like the "installation experience" may
be more important than the "usability of the software"
Search, the Series a set of essays on searching text
Microsoft is making part of the VisualC++ system available
for free download here, see
this Slashdot article
for more coverage. Microsoft is launching (June 2004) Visual
Studio Express 2005 beta.
Quake3's fast InvSqrt() function
is one strange piece of C code. Discussed here
on Slashdot. Its even made it to a paper.
up nuclear waste with bacteria
Slashdot discusses electrical
power blackouts, and also here,
the past and present (Aug 2003 in North America)
Later in 2003 Sharp
expects to have a true-3D LCD computer monitor on the market (they
have just released one for phones - Dec 02), this is based on the
"parallax viewer principle" (which is how old stereo photographs work) and so
does not need any special glasses. The restriction is that you need to view
the monitor from one distance (about 40cm in the current design) and
moving nearer or further will cause the two images to appear. I would
guess that off-angle viewing would also not work. Apparently they have a two
LCD sandwich along with a mask of some type that causes the two images
to be projected separately to the viewer's eyes.
- Sometimes politics, health and market place special interests don't mix well. When Alberta had its mad cow scare (starting in May 2003)the government and majority players in the industry only wanted to tighten procedures somewhat and make sure the appropriate standards were being complied to. A minority voice in the industry argued that 100% of cows should be tested for BSE, regardless of the international or US criteria, and that doing so would help rebuild trust in the product. As the cost of doing this probably was less than $100 per animal it would not have raised prices of the beef greatly. This idea was ignored and it took something like 4 years to get Alberta beef fully shipping back into the US and during this time the industry suffered greatly. Now one American company is wanting to test 100% of their beef that is targeted at some particular markets (such as Japan) and their competitors are using the USDA to stop them from doing this - for fear that other consumers will start to demand the same standards. Beats me why they are worried, all they would have to do is to pass on the increased costs of testing to the consumers who would be willing to pay for the better meat (probably less than $0.50/pound, if the tests were $100/animal and you get 200 pounds of meat from one animal). Of course the conspiracy theory for this is that the producers know they have a problem with BSE and by inspecting 100% of the animals this will soon become obvious... 
- An old article on the manufacturing cost of prescription drugs. 
- Microsoft is now (Sept'09) refusing to fix some bugs in the Windows XP TCP/IP code that it has fixed in Vista and Server 2003. So best to keep that XP box behind a hardware firewall device. 
- The CBOE Put / Call Ratios current and historical quotes. Put call ratios are used for helping to quantify market tops and bottoms. There are a number of articles on this here:
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