Jun 29, 2000

Though the Human Genome Project is technically 'complete', this article explains the reasons why it means nothing. This article explores some of the possibilites for the knowledge we have attained.

Jun 26, 2000

These new arthritis medicines are simply pain killers. I was hoping that they were actually useful at restructuring joints, something I will need soon.

I could find artifical wiring useful in my ideas...

Having rarely watched Daria, I surprised myself by recognizing the quote off Re-run.

"Mark your calendar or Palm V. You can expect to die on:
July 21, 2055 at the age of 74 years old."

Jun 23, 2000

The AMD Duron processor (see here) got a great writeup at Ars Technica. I just wish I had enough money to keep up with computer technology. I just finished building my latest computer 3 months ago and I am more than ready to upgrade. Everything I have is at least one step away from top of the line.

I have been drinking tea for many many years now. During the previous school year, that was about all that I drank (1 pot per day). It seem that the health benefits are much greater than anyone expected. If only I could get the coffee machine to produce hot enough water here at work... I would be a much healthier man.

Jun 22, 2000

Holy stupidity! I really should learn HTML... I was completely astounded to find out that you can define table cell widths by percentage! Once Netscape 6 gets officially released, I think I will get back into web design. Being a sysadmin is fun and all, but coding has its merits. Learning Java and C++ next semester will only amplify these feelings.

Jun 21, 2000

Do you have an extra $3,500 you want to get rid of, and you also want to build the best gaming machine around? Check out the newest High-End Gaming PC over at Sharky.

It seems that a new system bus is being developed by IBM to replace PCI: InfiniBand. I loath names like that.. give me acronyms (Peripheral Component Interface).

Pimpwar is finally back to fully functional.

The headline says it all: AOL's Steve Case shafted in penis hoax.

Windows Me (see here and here) might not be the last Win9x OS. Tiger is the new code name, but it could become vaporware much like Cairo... but The Register also reports that Cairo is being revived, but as a desktop explorer replacement. Think LiteStep, but with the same background code as the normal desktop.

Before I get into the daily dump of tech news, I will start with some science: CNN reports that Princeton scientists have found a gene that controls intelligence and have genetically created intelligent mice. Of course, no one can speculate what effect genetic manipulation will have on the similar human gene.

Why is it that I always forget about The Register? It has to be one of the greatest tech news sites out there. Just so I don't forget again, I have added a link on the right.

Jun 20, 2000

Word of the day:
Revenant: /rv-nnt/
n.
  • One that returns after a lengthy absence.
  • One who returns after death.

  • Go to Ask Jeeves and ask either of these questions: "Is Jeeves well-endowed?" or "Is Jeeves gay?". Click on your question to ask it, and you will get a humorous error.

    An intellectual look at the future advancement of mankind.

    Windows Millenium Edition has been Released to Manufacturing.

    Soy un perdedor. Once again, tech news flutters through the air. The new i815E chipset from Chipzilla is a definite improvement over the i810 and i820 chipsets, or so says a review from Sharky Extreme. The 820 is obviously plagued by the high cost of RDRAM. After significant price cuts, 128meg of RDRAM still costs $350! The 810 was plagued by the onboard video, which was not upgradeable. The 815 uses SDRAM yet also has an AGP slot for video upgradability. The 815 also has a great affinity for onboard hardware, such as a network adapter, modem, or sound card. Brand new systems can be purchased for cheap when built with this chipset.

    Jun 19, 2000

    AMD has released the Duron processor, the newest value-line CPU aimed at the Celeron market. The Sharky Extreme review is quite in depth, even more so than the one from Anandtech.

    I have just found one of the best sources of information for Linux: Trinity OS.

    If you don't know Linux, there are many great places on the web to get info. Up to this point, all of the information I have come across has been helpful. Today, I read this article about proxy servers, yet it is the most worthless article for anyone. Beginners would be confused because the author does not explain how things are done, he simply gives a list of commands and what this setup won't do. More advanced users would be better off reading the how-to the author had linked. Make Linux easier for people to learn! We must increase the strength of our attack!

    Jun 18, 2000

    Again, thanks to Val: A list of horrible tranlsations.

    Jun 16, 2000

    Thanks to support from Val, a Word of the Day will become more and more common here. Today I have stolen the word from Dictionary.com:
    ruminate \ROO-muh-nayt\, intransitive verb:
    1. To chew the cud; to chew again what has been slightly chewed and swallowed.
    2. To think again and again; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to reflect.

    I definitely like the second definition better.

    Jun 13, 2000

    Jun 11, 2000

    Ever get that feeling of apathy after a new change? Like when you first move to a new home, you do not want to move for quite some time. I finally redesigned this damn page, and I will be damned if I feel like updating it for a week.

    Jun 8, 2000

    The more I work at the Student Publications building, the closer I come to having this be my future: Who Wants to Marry a Sysadmin? If you are not into at least one flavor of UNIX, this will make no sense.

    PSone, the portable Sony Playstation. Even though they say that you must plug the system into a regular electrical outlet, you know someone is going to make a fat battery pack. Maybe even a base that will fit just underneath the PSone.

    A giant development in the world of cybernetics has occured. The first true cyborg has been created. Based on a wheeled robot design (looks like a robobiscuit), but controlled by a few neurons from an eel, the cyborg can follow or flee light and move in a circle. This does not seem like much, but the implications are astounding.

    Jun 7, 2000

    The word of the day is conduit. Why? It sounds cool.
    Conduit: conĚduit (n.) A means by which something is transmitted

    The word of the day is used in the song Get Off by Bad Religion:

    Lascivious, it's all that I can think of as I drag my feet,
    searching like a diogenes,
    dangerous, the adjectives of the decade
    and of your alluring intricacies,
    I can see your green-screen mentality
    and I can feel the sting of it's consequence,
    and I know I shouldn't
    but it's too much to ignore, an emotion I deplore,
    every time I look at you,
    I just want do it,
    I can clench my fist right through it
    but I just want to get off

    rectilinear, this direction we've been heading
    never realizing we are on a runaway machine,
    angular, the momentum that does turn us one
    step further on our ladder,
    one more turn toward the east,
    I realize your green-screen mentality
    and I know it is shared by many more,
    I know it's quite impossible
    but I am damned to find a way to revolve the other way,
    every time I scrutinize I just say "screw it",
    we're on a ride down a blind conduit
    and I just want to get off

    Though extremely technical, which we know I love, this article about neural network packet routers shows a strain of logic that is admirable.

    Jun 3, 2000

    To counteract my actions of snobbery, my monitor decided that it really really liked Yellow. Trying to view the net in shades of yellow will kill your eyesight for at least an hour for every 5 minutes of surfing. It was a nice flat screen 17 inch NEC, but I got it used without a warranty. $350 will disappear from my wallet soon. I am currently using a 14'' POS, and 14 inches is not enough to satisfy.

    Jun 1, 2000

    Sent by Jamie (no surprise there...)
    PICK UP LINES THAT MAY GET YOU HURT

    1 If you and I were squirrels, could I bust a nut in your hole?
    2 I'd like to wrap your legs around my head and wear you like a feed bag.
    3 If it's true that we are what we eat, I could be you by morning!
    4 How do you like your eggs: poached, scrambled, or fertilized?
    5 I was about to go masturbate and I needed a name to go with your face.
    6 You are so fine that I'd eat your shit just to see where it came from.
    7 My love for you is like diarrhea, I just can't hold it in.
    8 Roses are red. Violets are blue. I like spaghetti. Let's go f**k.
    9 Is that a keg in your pants? 'Cause I would love to tap that ass!
    10 If your right leg was Thanksgiving, and your left leg was Christmas, could I meet you between the holidays?
    11 You remind me of a championship bass, I don't know whether to mount you or eat you!
    12 Your parents must be retarded, because you are special.
    13 Could I touch your belly button . . . from the inside?
    14 I'm not too good at algebra, but doesn't U+I = 69?
    15 How about we play lion and lion tamer? You hold your mouth open, and I'll give you the meat.