Daily Archives: May 5, 2011

USB-Sized PC For US$25

Game developer David Braben creates a USB stick PC for $25

A 15 pound computer to inspire young programmers

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Now that is something.

With an ARM chip, I’d expect the XDAers to go wild porting Android to it.

I wonder if a bunch of these things could be hooked together in series to form one giant supercomputer? A ten-core machine for just US$250! That’d be 7GHz at the current proposed CPU! Now there’s something to jump-start parallel programming, eh? Hell, you could devote one stick PC to each app!

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The Apple 30% Vig Loophole Appears

Service launched for publishers to evade Apple cut

Can Publishers Really Avoid Apple’s Subscription Fee Through Yudu?

I was waiting for this to happen.

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Tablets Versus eBook Devices

Connected Devices: How We Use Tablets in the U.S.

Twenty-seven percent of those who also own eReaders said they use their eReader less often or not at all

That’s a very curious statistic that says just about nothing.

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The Human Experience

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The Slaves Of Detroit

St Christopher House, ex-Public Library

Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Can’t Read

According to a new report, 47 percent of Detroiters are ”functionally illiterate.” The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund on Wednesday.

WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with the Fund’s Director, Karen Tyler-Ruiz, who explained exactly what this means.

“Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… just your basic everyday tasks,” she said.

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Amazing Atari Home Computer Hack

A Little Atari 810 Disk Drive

The original 810 managed 90k per disk and had a volume of about 30,000 cm3. Assuming a 8Gig card the new version can store about 90,000 disks and at 5 cm3 only takes up 0.000167 times as much space. So it is a lot bigger and a lot smaller. Progress eh?

Go look at the pictures and marvel!

It was a big deal to have a five megabyte(!!) hard drive in the early 1980s. And the damn thing was the size of a shoebox! Today you can get a thirty-two gigabyte microSD card and wear it on a frikkin ring and have six thousand four hundred times the amount of storage capacity.

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The NoArchive Initiative

I cannot tell you how much this pisses me off.

There have been sites in the past that were detailed chronologies of what is now considered history — but they were never copied to The Internet Archive. That history is now totally lost. Forever.

And now up crops this “initiative,” to further dissolve the historical record.

There is no word who is behind this or why.


I want a counter-initiative. If your site is not being backed up to The Internet Archive, add the damn code to make it possible!


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Fuck Committees

Corporations have become the sole arbiters of cultural ideas and taste in America. Our culture is corporate culture. Culture used to be the opposite of commerce, not a fast track to ‘content’- derived riches.

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Goddam Unpredictable

All You Have to do is Ask

The guy laughed right in my face. “You have no business card. You’re not dressed in a suit. Your official office phone is a cell phone number, and you have no marketing materials for me to take home and look at.” The man talking to me had a bright red sweater and silver gray hair. We were eating in a steakhouse right off of 54th and 5th.

Half the people in the steakhouse were like me: someone was raising money. The other half were rich people, enjoying the privileges they had earned. The poorer people were going to pick up all the tabs.

I sat there feeling bad about myself. Feeling like I was faking my way through life, again, and just once more wanting people to give me a chance.

“And yet,” the man said, “you want me to invest money with you.”

Four years later the man killed himself because he lost a lot of money with Bernie Madoff.

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Post-Opera Life

Having gotten fed up with Opera and finally ditched it, I’m now back to using Firefox (4.0.1).

Pages build slower, overall it in fact feels sclerotic, but, dammit, it works, AdBlock works properly, and even though it is frustrating compared to the speed of Opera, it does not crash.

I don’t have to sit here in fear that the next click or next tab being opened will suddenly trigger an inexplicable POOF! that makes it all disappear.

Firefox would probably be a hell of a lot faster if my hardware was too. But I must deal with the hand I have.

Now I must organize all my damn Bookmarks in a way that simulates what I’ve lost from Opera’s Speed Dial. (No, don’t mention SD Fox extensions to me. I tried one several weeks ago, and after a crash it wiped out all of my buttons!)

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