Archive for January, 2005

Intel’s Dual-Core Chips to be Unveiled in Q2!

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Ya, ya, another Xbitlabs pimp.
Intel Accelerates Dual-Core Introduction, Extends Reach.
But this story also came from
I’m happy to hear anything about accellerating technology, because we’re into our 5th year of the 4 GHz barrier now and it’s all feeling a bit stale.

Is it just my perception that things were exceiting when Intel and AMD raced each other, with AMD breaking 1 GHz first, but then Intel screaming past 2 and 3 GHz in fairly short order, and then … nothing?
AMD did release a “4000+” part, but somehow it didn’t seem *real*.
Not sure why.
Ya, I know it isn’t actually running at 4GHz, but it is supposed to be “as fast” as a P4 running that fast.

Ah well.

“Socket 939 Has a Good Lifespan Ahead” – AMD

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Hah, it seems that
AMD overheard me
when I whined at Iain about how sockets on motherboards were changing way too often these days!

WMP 10 high-def

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Iain pointed me at
Microsoft Windows Media – Windows Media High Definition Video
They have a bunch of
high-def content
The minimum machine spec is a bit steep:

Minimum Configuration

(to play 720p video)

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Media Player 9 Series
  • 2.4 GHz processor or equivalent
  • 384 MB of RAM
  • 64 MB video card
  • DVD drive
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • 16-bit sound card
  • Speakers
  • Optimum Configuration

    (to play 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound)

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Media Player 9 Series
  • DirectX 9.0
  • 3.0 GHz processor or equivalent
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 128 MB video card
  • DVD drive
  • 1920 x 1440 screen resolution
  • 24-bit 96 kHz multichannel sound card
  • 5.1 surround sound speaker system
  • Memo to self: NSFileHandle is the Cocoa class for dealing with sockets

    Friday, January 21st, 2005

    I’ve been delving into sockets recently. Egad, they can be very evil.
    Especially the select() call.
    I looked all over Cocoa documentation to find an easy way to deal with sockets, to no avail.

    Today, while looking for a Cocoa way to do FindFolder, I run across NSFileHandle,
    the doc for which mentions “Background Inter-Process Communication Using Sockets”.
    Of.. course.
    Sockets are handled by a FILE CLASS.


    ReidNews for Tue Jan 18th, 2005

    Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

    Here’s another
    Hm, since I’m posting them here, I really shoudll call them Tech Toks. :-)

    3:50pm Update: oops, screwed up the URL. All better now..

    ReidNews for Fri Jan 14th, 2005

    Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

    I posted this over on my blog,
    but its version of WordPress is not worthy, and thus cannot create the enclosure tag neccessary for podcasting.

    Fortunately, this one can! So here you are, my first (hopefully working this time) podcast post!


    X-bit labs – Articles – Workstation Cases Roundup: Best Power Characteristics, Best Cooling, Best Design!

    Saturday, January 15th, 2005

    X-bit labs has posted “Workstation Cases Roundup: Best Power Characteristics, Best Cooling, Best Design!
    Looks like a useful writeup on the mainstream case menufacturers out there.

    Anyone have some exotic case manufacturers to share?

    Moved to WordPress

    Saturday, January 15th, 2005

    Well, as you can see, the site has moved to WordPress.
    And, in keeping with being a leading-edge — nay, BLEEDING edge — site,
    we are running last night’s CVS version of WordPress (a.k.a. almost-but-not-quite-yet WordPress 1.5).

    I am not happy with the fixed-width format, but don’t have time to delve into all the CSS etc.
    If you are Iain or Jeff, log in and look around.
    Everyone else, feel free to create an account and see what’s what.

    Cassini’s Huygens probe has landed on Titan!

    Friday, January 14th, 2005

    Andy pointed me to the
    mission status page
    which has minute-by-minute updates on the probe.


    Big LCD TVs

    Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

    40″ & 50″ LCD TVs will soon (a few years?) supplant plasma.