Thursday, August 23, 2007
"APC: You've been to Australia, and rumour has it that you were bitten by a penguin. Is that true? How did you find Australia, how many times have you been there, any favourite town or city? Was there any kind of activity like bush-walking and things like that which you really took to in Australia?
LT: I've been to Australia several times, these days mostly for Linux.Conf.Au. But my first trip - and the one when I was bitten by a ferocious fairy penguin: you really should keep those things locked up! - was in 93 or so, talking about Linux for the Australian Unix Users Group."
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The rugged and low-power computers will contain flash memory instead of a hard drive and will use Linux as their operating system. Mobile ad-hoc networking will be used to allow many machines Internet access from one connection.
The laptops will be sold to governments and issued to children by schools on a basis of one laptop per child. Pricing is currently expected to start at around US$135–175 and the goal is to reach the US$100 mark in 2008. Approximately 500 developer boards (Alpha-1) were distributed in summer 2006; 875 working prototypes (Beta 1) were delivered in late 2006; 2400 Beta-2 machines were distributed at the end of February 2007; full-scale production is expected to start in mid-2007. Quanta Computer, the project's contract manufacturer, said in February, 2007 that it had confirmed orders for one million units. They indicated they could ship 5 million to 10 million units this year because seven nations have committed to buy the XO-1 for their schoolchildren, including Argentina, Brazil, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Thailand and Uruguay.
The OLPC project has stated that a consumer version of the XO laptop is not planned. However, Quanta will be offering machines very similar to the XO machine on the open market. Emerging competitors in the category include the Eee pc.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Silverlight will go head-to-head with Adobe's Flash, the current dominant platform for online multimedia content. Microsoft has long insisted that Silverlight will do things its rivals can't. Those claims got a major boost from Silverlight's dramatic demos at Mix07. Netflix plans to adopt Silverlight as the foundation for its instant-viewing feature; a demo showed off high-quality streaming video overlaid with DVD-like menus and controls. A preview of forthcoming on-demand video functionality from MLB.com had attendees clamoring for the developing new features to hurry up and get finished.
Silverlight's content presentation was impressive, but development partners said its programming model is even more impressive. Avenue A/Razorfish began working on the Netflix demo it showed off today just three weeks ago, Brown said.
"We've found it to be an incredibly powerful platform to create immersive experiences," he said. "We now have unprecedented collaboration between our designers and developers."
Solutions provider Metaliq showed off a Silverlight-based in-browser video editing application, Top Banana. Building the application was quick and painless, according to Metaliq CEO Beau Ambur. What's even more painless is its download speed: the application itself is just 50kb, Ambur said.
Of course, Microsoft's willingness to play nicely with rival platforms has its limits. Silverlight applications will run on Macs, but the tools for building them won't. Expression Studio, which shipped today, will remain Windows-only software, according to Wayne Smith, the group product manager in charge of the suite.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Few months ago, when news broke out that Google Talk and Orkut would be integrated, we were all expecting an embedded Google Talk Chatbox within Orkut (something like what we see within Gmail), but unfortunately they didn’t do that. Instead, they just added our Orkut friends are GTalk contacts and added our status message to be seen in Orkut.
Recently Google introduced a new Google Talk Gadget which could be embedded onto any blog or webpage. Making use of this gadget, ErickXavier has coded a Greasemonkey script which adds a nifty Google Talk gadget within Orkut Sidebar, which allows you to stay intouch with your buddies without installing Google Talk.
Installation: Just like any other Greasemonkey script, you need Firefox and Greasemonkey extension before attempting to install this script. Click here to install the script from our mirror (Alternatively, you can get it from Userscripts)
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
DRM-free and ad supported downloads are the future, and one of the only business models that will be able to compete with pirated content. It’s good to see that BitTorrent Inc. is realizing this, they are moving in the right direction."
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
int x; // we want to find the minimum of x and y
int r; // the result goes here
r = y + ((x - y) & -(x < y)); // min(x, y)
r = x - ((x - y) & -(x <>
If a branch occurs then the pipeline has to be refilled and branch prediction attempts to work out if the branch will be taken and start fetching instructions.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
The first discovery of the new NSA access system was made two years ago by British researcher Dr Nicko van Someren. But it was only a few weeks ago when a second researcher rediscovered the access system. With it, he found the evidence linking it to NSA.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
With orkut's new SMS feature, you can scrap your friends, look up their contact information and receive scrap notifications. Now you can send scraps from the bus, bar or bathroom, and your friends can get notified of those scraps when on bicycle, beach or bed. Along with the standard orkut features, we've included a few hidden goodies for the adventurous to find.
This week, orkut SMS will become available to orkut members in Brazil who use Claro as their mobile service provider. When the feature becomes available to you, a message will be displayed when you sign in to your account. We hope to expand soon to other mobile service providers in Brazil and around the globe.
Monday, January 29, 2007
On OpenID-enabled sites, Internet users don't need to create and manage a new account for every site before being granted access. Instead, they only need to be able to authenticate with a trusted site that supports OpenID, called the identity provider (or IdP, sometimes called an i-broker). The identity provider can then confirm ownership of the user's OpenID identifier to other OpenID-enabled sites, called relying parties or RPs. Unlike most single sign-on architectures, OpenID does not specify the authentication mechanism. Therefore, the strength of an OpenID login depends on how much a relying party knows about the authentication policies of the identity provider. Without such knowledge, OpenID is not meant to be used on sensitive accounts (banking, e-commerce transactions, etc.), but if an identity provider uses strong authentication, OpenID can be used for all types of transactions.
OpenID is increasingly gaining adoption amongst large sites, with organizations like Technorati both acting as a Relying Party and as a Provider as well as Wikipedia announcing that they will support OpenID. In addition, integrated OpenID support has been made a mandatory priority in Firefox 3.