Thursday, January 19, 2006

couple of links before I head to bed

The essence of a Geek [ZDNet]: "A general rise in technical literacy driven by gadgets such as the iPod could be evidence that 'geekery' as a personality trait is becoming more pervasive." - unselfishness in economics? not the kind of stuff people are taught today

Unselfish Technologists [redherring.com]: "The key to sustainable capitalism is reasonable profits as opposed to maximizing profits…. What you need to do is combine the sensibility of the social enterprise with the form of a for-profit business." - unselfishness? not the kind of stuff future economists and business-leaders are being taught today

Interview with Martin F. Krafft, Author of The Debian System [xyzcomputing.com]: "This interview was conducted with Martin F. Krafft, the author of "The Debian System". Despite Debian GNU/Linux's important role in today's computing environment, it is largely misunderstood and oftentimes even discounted as being an operating system which is exclusively for professionals and elite users." - good read!

Search Engines as Leeches on the Web [useit.com]: "Search engines extract too much of the Web's value, leaving too little for the websites that actually create the content. Liberation from search dependency is a strategic imperative for both websites and software vendors." - haven't really read it, looks interesting though

SLAMPP [slampp.abangadek.com]: SLAMPP is a generic Linux distribution that can boot directly from a CD-ROM, or optionally can be installed on a local hard drive. It is designed to be used as an "instant home server". - gonna give that one a shot

Linux robot site launches with user-controllable robot [linuxdevices.com]: "A Linux hacker with an electrical engineering background and experience creating robots for the legendary performance art troupe Survival Research Laboratories (SRL) has created a website devoted to... Linux robots. Michael Shiloh's LinuxRobots.org website hosts a live robot that users can ssh into and program." - Linux + Robotics = excellent mixture

VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX review [EPIACENTER.com]: "The VIA VT-310DP is the latest in VIA's growing line of highly acclaimed Mini-ITX mainboards and introduces dual processing power and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to the Mini-ITX form factor for the first time. Combined with the VIA CN400 digital media chipset, the VIA VT310 DP enables the development of a wealth of high density, low power consumption, fanless, and embedded applications to be implemented in small form factor or node farm configurations with extensive processing resources." - nice board, too expensive for what it does

Imitation is no match for innovation [bit-tech.net]: "Wil Harris is fed up of the imitation culture of the tech industry, having witnessed a million-and-one knock-offs at CES. Bring on the companies with vision and originality!" - I'm looking forward to CeBit

Look At The Numbers... [Overclockers.com]: "In an era of hype, when sizzle is so often sold that people don't even know what steak is, it is always good to look for the beef.

When it comes to claims by technology companies, to "look for the beef" means to look at the sales numbers and marketshare, and if the claimers don't give them to you, rest assured they're hiding something."
- marketing = bullshit (?)

ATI All-in-Wonder X1800XL Review [Sudhian]: "Back in the early days of All-in-Wonder there would be a slight delay after the release of a GPU before ATI offered an All-in-Wonder variant. Nowadays ATI is quick with releasing All-in-Wonder cards—typically a month after the initial GPU release." - wish I could afford that sucker

Microsoft selling PCs, prepaid style [Engadget]: "Those Microsoftees like to distance themselves from the PC hardware biz in the States, only just skirting it with their MSN TV 2 (pictured) and Xbox units, but in Brazil they're jumping into the market with a system of prepaid PCs for low-income buyers." - ugly design, interesting concept

good night.

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