Tuesday, 31 January 2006

A lot of effort for a tiny reward (Neutrino News)

How does one detect a neutrino? This (New Scientist) looks like one of those hippie physicists visions.
We need, like, a biiig bucket, man. And it's gotta be in ice. So, we, like, dig a huge hole, maybe 1km wide by 2.5km deep, in, like, the south pole. Yeah! Then we put some really sensitive sensors in there, and wait for... uhm, I dunno, like, maybe a decade or two?

Dude, I hope it works, otherwise that's an awfully big and cold money pit...

Friday, 27 January 2006

Internet Security from a biostatistician's point of view

Fascinating look at internet security with special regard to the dangers of monopoly in an interconnnected world.

Tuesday, 24 January 2006

Macworld: Secrets: Launch your Mac

With any OS update there are always gems and, like the best jewelry, the best are often the smallest. Case in point: Mac OS X Tiger's launchd command. One little command that yields so many options. Macworld: Secrets: Launch your Mac shows us a few samples, and a useful frontend for it.

Monday, 23 January 2006

Nintendo DS for something useful

Finally all that cute, intriguingly useful hardware may be put to good use, by this. The pretext is for using your DS as a game controller for your PC/Mac, which is a good enough idea anyway, but to do this job it has to detect the associated wireless network. Any wireless network. So it's a useful, handy network scanner too.

Wednesday, 11 January 2006

Apple at the crossroads.

Should Apple Open Up? This interesting article from Business Week discusses the options available to Apple, now that they've unveiled their first foray into the Intel world. I often ponder Apple's strategy because, unlike all the other computer tech companies, they don't like to pander to corporates. In fact, if you believe their branding, they don't like to pander at all. Rather, they like to fulfil the wishes you haven't even thought of yet. But are they the Mercedes to Microsoft's Ford, or are they the Maserati to Microsoft's BMW? The crux comes down to whether the Intel Macs can crack the mass consumer market. Their bid is to ride the digital consumer wave: digital audio leading to digital photos, video and all the sharing enablement that the internet provides. Domestic digital media management, basically. The question is, do most people really care? Apple always runs the risk of being too slick for the mass market...

Monday, 2 January 2006

Red Herring's Top 100 Small-Cap: Computing

These companies should be interesting to watch over the next year. Not just from the money perspective, but from the technology direction perspective.