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Wednesday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-September-2021  00:48:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

British computing pioneer Clive Sinclair passed away recently, aged 81. I'm pretty sure the Sinclair Spectrum was the first computer I ever used, at a cousin's place when we went back to the UK for a funeral. This was before I was typing BASIC programs into a friend's VIC-20 and before we had an Amiga 1000 at home. Sinclair was a true pioneer - even if not all of his ideas worked out. Discussion here.

Not sure if this is news, but Google Lens has appeared on the search bar on my phone. It's kind've insane, searching for things with your camera or even looking back through your old photos. For example, I now know the cactus I've had for about 20 years is in fact from Argentina originally.

TechSpot have a guide to different display technologies. When choosing a new computer monitor, the type of panel used by the display is a key piece of information that reveals a lot about how the monitor will behave and perform. By far the most common types of display panels are TN, IPS and VA.

Apple recently launched a pile of new toys. Apple introduced two new iPads, four new iPhones and an updated Apple Watch during its Sept. 14 product event, while also leaving a few rumored products waiting in the wings.

There's a new fastest supercomputer in town - in fact it's in Western Australia, and the fastest in the Southern Hemisphere. Stage 1 of Pawsey’s new $48 million HPE Cray EX supercomputer, known as Setonix – the scientific name for Western Australia’s cheerful marsupial, the quokka – now stands in the white space at the Pawsey Centre next to its supercomputer cousins, Magnus and Galaxy. When fully operational, Setonix will be 30 times more powerful than the existing two systems combined, packing the punch of about 150,000 laptops working in parallel.

If you're running an AMD machine, you should probably update it to avoid a password-stealing exploit. AMD's security advisory, however, notes this applies to a much wider range of systems, including all the way back to Ryzen 1000 series on up to the latest Ryzen 5000 series processors, as well as multiple families of APUs. Mobile chips and Threadripper platforms are all affected as well. Microsoft's latest Patch Tuesday update that went out earlier this week contains the updated PSP driver that mitigates this threat. Otherwise, you can visit AMD's support site to download the latest chipset driver for your platform.

Here's a cool 360 degree video of the International Space Station. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, the Space Station 360 series lets you explore for yourself alongside Thomas’s explanation – this is the Node 2 module.



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