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Tuesday Morning (17 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 12-April-2005  02:34:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TheTechZone have 10 reasons why your next PC should be a notebook. My main PC for the last 18 months or so has been a laptop, mostly so I can't pull bits out of it when testing things and end up without a working PC for email etc..

Flatout spotted this distributed computing distribution of Linux, developed by an Australian security firm. It'd be no use to OCAU readers of course, because our idle CPU cycles are all being used for Folding, right? :)

There's some progress on fuel cell powered laptops, with Millennium Cell claiming 8 hours of power from a current prototype. The hydrogen is piped through a large membrane in the back of the notebook's screen. This powers the notebook and leaves water as a byproduct.

ARP have an article about taking a PDA on an overseas journey. Speaking of travel, boky pointed out this fascinating blog from an "accidental journalist". Many pics and lots to read, scroll down for pics of the Falklands etc.

RodneyJM sent word a PC builder aiming to offer 4GHz dual-core P4 systems. LegitReviews and A1-Electronics are the latest to cover dual-core technology. Anandtech have part 1 and part 2 of their dual-core performance coverage posted also.

Dan has more letters. In this issue: Laptop gaming, pacemaker batteries, LEDs up your nose, lightweight bike lighting, ATA CompactFlash, levitating frogs, RSS bloat, more magnetic coins, and damp computers.

Hammer sent in this article about music industry losses that they blame on file sharing, examining the Canadian industry in some detail. "[t]he assumption by the recording industry that demand for CDs is fundamentally strong and that Internet piracy is to blame for falling sales is a simplistic reaction to a complex problem ... to place the burden wholly or partly on illegal downloads from the Internet is to ignore a host of other reasons." I'm on dialup so downloading music is too painful to contemplate, but the primary reason why I don't buy CD's anymore is: I can't remember the last time the music industry produced a product I wanted to own.

PC-Perspective compared three SiS760GX S754 A64 motherboards. While the performance features are nothing spectacular, these are super low cost boards that offer a lot of options for the budget minded.

Apparently gamma rays may have caused a mass extinction about 450M years ago. Computer models showed that up to half the ozone layer could be destroyed within weeks. Five years later, at least 10% would still be missing.

Mazza pointed out this super tux open-source game.

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