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Thursday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-February-2019  17:26:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Day 10 of no internet in the AggCave. Some progress, though. Anyway, here's some news catchup.

On a very related note, former NBN CEO Michael Quigley has written a long article about what happened to broadband in Australia. We pointed out that of the three major fixed-line telecommunications deployments in Australia prior to the NBN, only two could be regarded as being successful – both built by governments. The first was the overland telegraph line built by the South Australian government in the 1870s. The second was the existing telephone copper network progressively built by the federal Postmaster-General’s Department, starting in the early part of the 20th century. Both turned out to be of great value to Australia.

This sounds like a cool idea, but I can't load it on my super slow tethered-3G connection at the moment. Someone play with it and describe it to me. Maybe send me a fax. Anyway, it's a map that lets you see your location over millennia. Ancient Earth, the tool behind this millennia-spanning visualization, is the brainchild of Ian Webster, curator of the world’s largest digital dinosaur database. As Michael D’estries reports for Mother Nature Network, Webster drew on data from the PALEOMAP Project—spearheaded by paleogeographer Christopher Scotese, the initiative tracks the evolving “distribution of land and sea” over the past 1,100 million years—to build the map.

Josh spotted this wall of GPU history in the Direct3D developer office. Our collection includes mainstream successes, influential breakthrough products, and also many more obscure cards that nevertheless bring back rich memories for those who worked on them.

Speaking of which, Tech-Report have an article about Intel's Graphic Odyssey. In which we interview Chris Hook, Intel’s director for Visual Technologies Marketing, about the company's "Odyssey" program. Read on to understand what this "Odyssey" thing is, how Intel is approaching grassroots meetups as a strategy, and all about the company's optimistic outlook for denting the discrete graphics market.

The name Zilog will be familiar to retro fans - sadly its creator passed away earlier this month. Dr Bernard L Peuto, the architect of the Zilog Z8000 processor has died. The Z8000 was the big brother of the 8-bit Z80, used in the first wave of low cost microcomputers like the Spectrum and TRS80, though it had a starring role in its own right. As a 16-bit CPU it powered several Unix systems, including those from Commodore, Olivetti and Onyx, as well as Zilog's own System 8000 machines.

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