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May 2, 2008  1:10 PM

Overheard: New Internet on its way — thanks again to CERN

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cern1.jpg “We need so much processing power, there would even be an issue about getting enough electricity to run the computers if they were all at Cern. The only answer was a new network powerful enough to send the data instantly to research centres in other countries.”

Tony Doyle as quoted in Coming soon: superfast internet

Yes, that’s right folks. The Internet could soon be made obsolete by a new “grid” system that’s going to transfer data 10,000 times faster than our current broadband Internet connections. Think of it — 10,000 times faster!!!

The Grid’s main purpose is to track the data associated with CERN’s Large Hadron Collider “big bang project” — although the Grid will also be made available to some researchers. Current thinking is that CERN is reinventing the Internet and no matter what you think about CERN messing with sub-atomic particles, the idea of a new Internet is intriguing — especially with recent predictions of our “using up” the Internet we have by 2010.

The new Grid has routing centers, dedicated fiber optic cables and over 50,000 servers — and the potential to offer everything from HD video telephony to the transmission of holographic images.

May 2, 2008  12:47 PM

Video: CERN and the Large Hadron Collider

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The Large Hadron Collider is supposed to be turned on sometime this May. (The turn-on date has been delayed many times.)

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May 2, 2008  12:39 PM

Video: CERN – from the WWW to the origins of life

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Cern in 3 minutes — virtual tour

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May 1, 2008  1:34 PM

Overheard: Memristor is ultimate unifying storage technology

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hp.png The Memristor is the [so called] fourth basic circuit device after the capacitor, the resistor and the inductor. Like the capacitor, the Memristor has a memory; it remembers the amount of charge that goes through it and will change its resistance according to the amount of charge that flowed through it…

Desire Athow, HP boffins design Memristor device; could replace DRAM technology one day

The technology called Memory Resistor or Memristor could bring forth a new generation of computer which would power-on instantly [no boot required] and could be used to process information in a similar fashion as the human brain. More importantly, it could mean that HP has discovered the ultimate, “unifying” storage technology, which combines DRAM and Magnetic storage properties.

May 1, 2008  2:25 AM

Overheard: Dave Winer is the Microsoft of XML?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
elliottback.jpg My point here is that OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language) takes a very, very simply nested list definition and then adds random hacks that Dave Winer wanted to use in his applications without thinking of a generic way to define them so that other developers can do something with the format.

In other words, Dave Winer is the Microsoft of XML.

Elliot C. Back, The OPML Embroglio: What is OPML?

This is an old blog post and I’m late to the party, but it still made me laugh out loud. 🙂

April 29, 2008  7:21 PM

Overheard: Linux desktop flunks the parent test

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wayne_richardson.png The day where I can recommend that my father use Linux (without the fear of him calling me on a daily basis to fix things) is the day I’ll proclaim the “year of the Linux desktop” has arrived.

Wayne Richardson, Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 Release Notes Rewritten in Plain English

You could have said the same thing about Windows ten years ago.  Remember drivers and .DLL files?  I think the learning curve is going to be the same no matter what operating system you start with. It’s no different for Linux on the desktop. The navigation, jargon and acronyms are always going to be confusing the first time you jump into a new OS.

April 29, 2008  6:41 PM

Overheard: Hardy Heron flunks the girlfriend test

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hardy_heron2.jpg Linux won’t truly be ready for the desktop until someone computer illiterate can sit down at a the computer and with little effort do what they want to do.

Content Consumer, The Great Ubuntu-Girlfriend Experiment

The Linux on the Desktop debate continues. Lots of buzz this week about this guy who had his girlfriend try out Ubuntu‘s latest release, Hardy Heron. (Love the codenames!)

It seems the guy (Content Consumer) had his girlfriend perform 12 tasks — ordinary things like watching a video on YouTube or changing the mouse speed. Nothing fancy.

And guess what? She had trouble. His conclusion?

The main issue with the desktop experience is that the geeky programmers and designers assume too much from the average user. They assume the user knows about the way in which programs are installed, or how the file system is set out. The average user will not go out of their way to google for help or even read the associated documentation that comes with Ubuntu and its default software. The little information pop-ups and guided wizards are critical to explaining how the user can accomplish the basic tasks they most probably are trying to do.

For those of you who’ve never even seen Linux on a desktop, Shawn Powers from Linux Journal gives you a high-level look-see. And here are the release notes from Wayne Richardson in plain English.

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April 29, 2008  4:52 PM

Overheard: Goodbye GoLive

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
neil_mcallister.jpg HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the Web graphics formats are all public, open standards. It just doesn’t seem right that the primary tool for professional Web site creation should be an expensive, proprietary software package. Where are the low-cost or open source competitors?

Neil McAllister, GoLive Goes Dead as Adobe Consolidates

Adobe should just have cleaned up GoLive and made it free. It’s still a useful app and would go a long way to soothe all the people who are still angry about how Adobe promised something useful with Photoshop Express but didn’t deliver.

April 29, 2008  11:30 AM

Overheard: iPhone vs. Blackberry

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mike_lazaridis.jpg I couldn’t type on it and I still can’t type on it, and a lot of my friends can’t type on it. It’s hard to type on a piece of glass.”

Mike Lazaridis, as quoted in BlackBerry’s Quest: Fend Off the iPhone

April 28, 2008  12:44 PM

Overheard: Microsoft Cosmos

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microsoft.jpg Unlike most OSes,   Cosmos doesn’t run on the bare metal of machines. Rather, it’s a virtualized OS that runs within the .NET container, intended to support .NET-based languages (particularly C#) that are also resident on the .NET container.

Joe McKendrick,  A New OS is Born

Channel 8 has step-by-step directions for downloading and making Cosmos work on your PC. 

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