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the Linksys WRT54G, Cringely takes a
look at it. More followup on this here.
In late 2005 it looked like Linksys had discontinued this model, but according
to this they have just changed the product name slightly
with CVS and the followup article Continuing
Poll asked what revision control system Linux should switch to from
BitKeeper, while the resounding top choice was the mind meld (obviously
a very effective technique) the followup discussion has quite a bit of
feedback about the various real systems that are available. Commercial
choices include Perforce, ClearCase and BitKeeper. Free solutions
include CVS, Subversion, Arch, Monotone,
git and Bazaar-ng.
- The MSI Wind is another competitor to the ASUS Eee - this will have a 10 inch display at 1024x768 resolution and sell in the UKP299 to UKP699 range. Now MSI is talking about June'08 for first shipment of the 8.9 and 10 inch Wind devices, for prices in the range of $470-1099. MSI has posted its official specifications for the Wind, the 8.9 and 10 inch displays will be 1024x600 and be LED-backlit, so battery life may be better than a similar sized Eee. Engadget reports that this is to be $610 for a 10-inch screen, 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB RAM and XP. MSI has finally announced that the price for the 10 inch version will be $399 (with Linux) and $549 (with Windows XP). At $399 it really under cuts the 9-inch Eee and provides more features than the 7 inch Eee (which is also about $399) so ASUS will have to rethink their pricing a bit - isn't competition great! A Chilean gets to review an early version of the Wind and quite likes it. The UK site Mobile Computer reviews the Wind and Slashdot discusses it here. CNET takes a hands-on look here with followup on Engadget here. Another pre-release preview here. LaptopMag reviews the MSI Wind, and likes it. More reviews of the Wind and questions about why the Advent 4211 (which is the same machine under a different label) is less expensive. 
- The BBC's Yes, Minister and the followup Yes, Prime Minister are some of the best political satires every to appear on the small screen. Notable quotes from these can be found here, including my favorite about the minutes of meetings:
It is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them, and that every member's recollection of them differs violently from every other member's recollection; consequently we accept the convention that the official decisions are those and only those which have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials; from which it emerges with elegant inevitability, that any decision which has been officially reached would have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials, and any decision which is not recorded in the minutes has not been officially reached, even if one or more members believe they can recollect it; so in this particular case, if the decision would have been officially reached, it would have been recorded in the minutes by the officials and it isn't, so it wasn't.
- Sir Humphrey, Man Overboard (Yes, Prime Minister)
- Python Threading is Fundamentally Broken, the GIL gets examined in detail and is found to encounter significant performance issues on multi-core CPUs when threading is used. More followup on this comparing CPython to Stackless. And another round of followup on this. This article (referenced in one of the comments) shows how raising the sys.checkinterval to a value much larger than the default of 100 can greatly improve the situation. However, it still does not allow a multiprocessor machine to solve a problem in half the elapsed time by using two threads at once instead of a single thread. 
- The VIA NSD-7800 8-Bay NAS storage solution gets reviewed here, some followup discussion of it here. 
- The Amazon EC2 cloud computing service has been used to crack PGP passwords through brute force key searching. This article describes the general process and some details of how to setup the EC2 machine images. A followup article examines the cost to crack passwords of different sizes (and complexities) using this technique. Based on an opponent spending a few thousand dollars a password of 8 characters or less is not safe unless it uses more than just upper and lower case letters and numbers. The good thing is that a password using only lower case letters and numbers would cost $75M to crack this way if it was 12 characters long (and this rises massively with just one more character), so passwords still don't have to be massively long. This gets further discussion here on Slashdot. 
- Slashdot discusses the reliability of PC flash drives. Seems like the consensus is to stick with the Intel drives. Also cited are some articles: Linus on his Intel SSD (with followup here), and Jeff Atwood on the state of solid state hard drives which mentions the new drives from Crucial which the Stack Overflow team are using. 
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