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Wednesday Evening (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-January-2004  18:41:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's an interesting article here about NASA's latest Mars rovers. They're bigger than I thought, about 5 feet long, the size of a golf cart. They're not simply big remote-controlled cars, but are able to follow an itinerary sent each day to its computer by flight controllers, but also make on-the-spot decisions when faced with obstacles. There's still testing and simulation going on on Earth, as workers have been arranging rocks of various sizes on a test field here to match the terrain in the latest pictures of the landing site. One of the latest images is this full-colour panorama of the landing site. Sciby found an article about how the landing process was more eventful than they expected.

Similarly, Australian researchers have designed an intelligent helicopter which can be told in advance where to go and what to do, and will then launch, complete the task and return without further assistance.

Neevo sent word of Memtest86+, a memory diagnostic tool based on the original memtest86. This is updated to work on newer motherboard chipsets and will also display info on various chipset settings.

ExtremeMHz have a preview of Longhorn, Microsoft's next operating system.

TrustedReviews have their final CES report published. HWZ have some coverage also.

DesignTechnica have an editorial about high-priced custom PC's in an age of cheapies.

IPKonfig have an article about security in WinXP SP2.

Tweak your NVIDIA-based video card with the latest version of nVHardPage.

Dan's been playing with a toy that shoots things.

leperMessiah spotted this story about so-called hackers abusing people via a drive-through ordering system. You don't need a couple of Whoppers. You are too fat. Pull ahead.

NetworksToday have an editorial about buying music online.

Interesting Forum Threads:
SiS655TX vs 875P: Test Results and Issues in Intel Hardware.
Kernel 2.6.1 is out in Other Operating Systems.
Aquarium mod, super slim in Other Toys.
ABIT AI7 Adventure in Intel Hardware.
Donate a monitor to historical society in The Pub.
Ferrari F50.. boat! in Motoring.

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