Friday, May 24, 2013

Dork Tower: May 22, 2013: Gaming Clubs


But more seriously, Matt (in the strip) is right. I find that the most fun I have with video games are the classic arcade games that I play today using the MAME emulator. Thanks to limited hardware and lack of prior art, the game developers were forced to come up with all kinds of original ideas and make them look good using relatively simple graphics.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Babylon 5: 20th Anniversary Visual Celebration Premium Bo

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Ooh! Shiny!

Expensive at $134 + shipping, but it's $88 for pre-orders and for the first 7 days after the release (which is June 24th).

I think I may have to have this....

Review: Dream Gear PS3 Move Quad Dock Pro

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At home, we just got a set of PS3 Move controllers (motion and navigation.) Combined with our three existing Dual Shock controllers, that's too many devices to comfortably charge with USB cables from the PS3 console. And Reepi (the cat) can't resist chewing on wires.

To solve this problem, we got two of these Quad Dock Pro chargers. Using them, I can move all of the charging devices out of the living room and out of the cat's reach.

Read my full review on E-Pinions

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Windows 7's time machine

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Amazing! I somehow managed to modify this file several years before I created it. Viva la Windows!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Safe Havens: May 4, 2013

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Professor: Next semester we're switching to a new edition of this textbook.
Samantha: What? They put out a new edition just last year!
Now the students won't get a decent price for a resale! What did the publisher change???
Professor: Comma on page 54.

Sadly, this is how it often goes. It's a racket. Publishers make meaningless changes simply in order to force students to buy new books instead of used ones.

The good teachers are aware of this and will allow students to use the previous edition. Most teachers, however, aren't that good.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Ericsson Technology: An attempt to motivate and clarify Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

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From the YouTube description:

This tech talk is a guest keynote given at Ericsson Research by Scott Shenker, Professor at the University of California in Berkeley, Vice President of the International Computer Science Institute, and co- founder of Nicira Networks. Scott discusses the intellectual and practical weakness of today's foundations of networking, and argues that they can be strengthened by introducing cleaner abstractions, rather than managing the ever-growing complexity of protocols. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is an instantiation of such abstractions that promises to create a more evolvable architecture for the Internet.

If you're into networking or computer-science theory, you will find this fascinating.

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock

Belkin is finally shipping the long-awaited Thunderbolt Express Dock

This is a good-looking breakout box providing the following interfaces:

  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 Firewire 800 port
  • Headphone audio output
  • Line audio input
  • 3 USB 3.0 ports
  • A Thunderbolt pass-thru (for daisy-chaining up to 5 additional TB devices

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The System #113

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I just started reading this webcomic, after having picked up the author's business card at a con several years ago. Yeah, I need to read more webcomics - I've got dozens in my backlog.

Happy 20th birthday, World Wide Web

The Register reports:

Is this the first ever web page? If not, CERN would like to know

Eggheads recreate what could be the original website
By Brid-Aine ParnellGet more from this author
Posted in Applications, 30th April 2013 11:24 GMT

Boffinry nerve-centre CERN has attempted to recreate the very first website to mark 20 years since the official launch of the World Wide Web.

It is feared the first ever web page is lost to the sands of time as it was changed daily and any backups are few and far between. However the team has pulled up a snapshot of the very first website dating from November 1992, which the eggheads say "may be the earliest copy we can find". The CERN bods are still hunting around for earlier versions.

The team also wants to use the original web server machine names and IP addresses to dish out the archived site to the planet. The effort coincides with the anniversary of CERN's statement on 30 April 1993 that made the technology behind the web available to all on a royalty-free basis, clearing the way for the online addictions we all have today.

Read the rest here...