Tag: computers

  1. Apple releases the workstation from hell.

    05 April 2007

    Yesterday Apple Computers announced the release of its latest Mac Pro workstation - an eight-CPU beast running Intel cores at 3.0 GHz. That's right.. two quad-core Xeon processors with 2 MB of level-2 cache each supporting up to 16 GB of RAM.

    There are servers that have less horsepower in them.

    You can find these monsters in their online catalogue at this time; prices start at $4kus.

    There has been no word yet if Apple will be re-incorporating under the name Ono-Sendai.

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  2. Gary, Gary, Gary, you got some 'splainin' to do...

    03 April 2007

    Gary McKinnon, who cracked US government and military networks under the alias 'Solo' in search of information on unidentified flying objects and unusual power sources will be extradited to the United States to stand trial, possibly under the USA PATRIOT Act because he infiltrated a number of sensitive data systems and networks. They're calling it the largest compromise of military systems in history (92 boxen known compromised) but somehow I doubt this because McKinnon certainly wasn't the first person to go wandering around inside their systems after breaking in - Hans "Pengo" Hubner beat him to it by fifteen years, give …

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  3. FIXED: A late 20th century grimoire?

    30 March 2007

    This is one of the neatest art hacks I've seen in a while. Let me explain:

    Books are ultimately tools for storing information in a non-volatile manner for ease of transportation and reference. They're a relatively low bandwidth medium, limited by how fast the reader can turn the pages and the rate at which the visual cortex processes the characters, but are remarkably stable. Diskettes, on the other hand, are a more informationally dense storage medium, weigh less, and take up less space. They are more vulnerable to mistreatment, however: A fingerprint in the wrong place can wipe out large …

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  4. Weekend? There was a weekend and nobody told me?

    12 March 2007

    It wasn't really like that, but it's my attempt at a silly subject line for today.

    Despite the large amounts of antibiotics and analgesics running through my biosystems in the past week or so, somehow I managed to get kicked between wind and water by the first cold of the season. Waking up with a sore throat and burning sinus drainage should have been my first clue, but it didn't actually sink in until yesterday afternoon, when my nose started running. But now I have to back things up a little bit.. On Saturday Lyssa and I took the day …

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  5. Sometimes I hate being right.

    01 March 2007

    It seems that Dell Computers is putting the brakes on their new lines of Linux-equipped computers. They've changed their minds, and instead of selling machines with SUSE Linux preinstalled they are actually certifying three models (the Optiplex desktops, Latitude notebooks, and Precision workstations) for use with Linux. If they are going to sell machines running Linux, it's not going to be anytime soon.

    I hate to tell Dell spokescritter Jeremy Bolen, but the Linux community has already certified Dell's hardware under Linux - we've been doing it for years and posting our results.

    Read our lips: We want to buy Dell …

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  6. For the system administrator or parent that has everything, how about a RAT?

    27 February 2007

    'Remote access tool', that is - a little beastie (usually considered malware, though there are legit incarnations of this sort of software) that hides itself inside a workstation and lets someone connect remotely at any time and go through the system and silently monitor what the user is doing. Crackers have been using them for years for recon before an infiltration attempt, but only recently are the white hats finding uses for them. Such as watching what your kids are up to. Presenting Snoopstick, an all in one package for infecting someone's box with a RAT that lets you keep an …

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  7. Dell finally caves to customer pressure and offers systems with Linux pre-installed on them.

    26 February 2007

    Back in the late 90's, Dell offered computers for sale with Linux installed on them instead of Microsoft Windows, a move which got them sued and pressured to stop this practice. On 16 February 2007 they set up a website called Dell Ideastorm to gather suggestions from their users and customers so that they could better work within the marketplace.

    Well, guess what the thousands of requests they recieved included - I'll give you a hint, the site got flattened by the influx of traffic and is still getting hammered.

    In response to these requests they started adding lines of desktops …

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  8. It still clicks...

    22 February 2007

    Remember those old IBM keyboards with the clicky keys that sounded like gunshots when you really got going on the console? It's a shame that they're so rare these days... what was done to this one is definitely not a shame, though: It's been turned into a steampunk typewriter keyboard, complete with working indicator lights and function keys numbered with roman numerals. All of the brass parts were hand fabricated, no less.. this is a true work of art.

    Please note that some of the images are broken - I suspect that's because this site is being slashdotted since it hit …

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  9. Hyperreal cinema.

    21 February 2007

    By now we've all seen what Photoshop is capable of - just look at Worth 1000 for examples of things that just can't exist, and yet do have a strange sort of life on the screen. People can be added and deleted, colours can be changed, and still scenes can be fabricated from stock images after a couple of hours of skilled effort. Editing moving footage is more difficult, though, because you've got thirty-two frames in each second to edit, times however many seconds long a particular piece of footage is. Impossible? Hardly - video editing technology is an amazing thing. I …

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