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 Computer advances12 comments
24 Aug 2001 @ 15:20, by ming. Internet
Damn, my computer's motherboard crashed yesterday, literally going up in smoke, and I unexpectedly had to get a new computer. But it is remarkable how little difference the advances in computers seem to make, subjectively. This computer is 3 times as fast, has 3 times as much memory, and 5 times as much disk space as the old one, which was from last year. But it doesn't really feel any different than the old one, other than that I have trouble getting a few things to work. It has more than 1000 times as much of everything as my first IBM PC computer had, which seemed lightning fast at the time, and which, in 1983, allowed me to do word processing, programming, and go online, all the same things I do today. Just not as graphically rich looking as today. And, yes, it all cost a lot more money at that time. Like $40/hour to connect with The Source to check my e-mail and browse bulletin boards.  More >

 Honest companies, cell phones18 comments
20 Aug 2001 @ 14:32, by ming. Communication
It would be nice when at some point companies will realize that they and their customers are all best served is they're honest about what they have to offer, how it works, how it is different from similar products, etc. At this point companies are still mostly trying to deceive the public, emphasizing stuff that really makes no difference, and hiding the facts that really do make a difference in one's purchasing decisions. There are some clues they really need to get, and in the longer run, it will only be companies who get it who will stay in business, I think. Anyway, I spent a few hours shopping for cell phones, which is what made me a bit frustrated with the current situation.  More >

 Return of the Zeppelins0 comments
picture16 Aug 2001 @ 22:39, by ffunch. Transportation
A zeppeliner from Zeppelin NT has carried it's first paying passengers on a one hour "tourist" flight in Germany, the first Zeppelin to do so since the infamous Hindenburg disaster. This comes after its return from the Paris Airshow where it was an unqualified hit with attendees. CNN has an article.  More >

 Siggraph69 comments
15 Aug 2001 @ 23:55, by ming. Visual Arts, Graphics
I spent the day at the Siggraph show in L.A. Convention Center. Siggraph is the showcase for the leading edge in computer graphics and animation. Nothing really revolutionary I saw, but lots of stuff that's getting better, and lots of impressive computer generated stuff. To me the most cool stuff was 3D Printers (that create an object on the spot in plastic, based on the blueprints in the computer), body motion input (digitizing somebody's movements and transferring them to animated characters in real-time), and wrap-around displays with multiple flat screen monitors. There were some, supposedly, real 3D displays, but they are still rather disappointing.  More >

 Letmestayforaday.com0 comments
picture9 Aug 2001 @ 01:21, by fleer. Travel
A guy from the Netherlands set out on may 1st 2001 for a journey around the globe using a website to find a place to stay for a day.  More >

 Anti-gravity0 comments
8 Aug 2001 @ 04:27, by ming. Science
"Eugene Podkletnov, the physicist who claimed to have discovered an anomalous gravitational "shielding" effect in the 90s, but withdrew his original paper prior to publication, has now published a new paper on the topic. It is very technical, so don't expect to understand it. Anyway, it describes an experiement, using very cold super-conductors, that creates an inverse gravitational effect (that is, the device pushes things away from it). Podkletnov claims that the results directly contradict general relativity."

 Genoa Violence Report0 comments
5 Aug 2001 @ 20:22, by ming. Violence, War
There are more horrifying reports about the police violence against demonstrators at the G8 Summit in Genoa. Well, not even demonstrators, but people sleeping peacefully. See the full text.  More >



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