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Tuesday Afternoon (12 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-April-2007  14:20:50 (GMT +10) - by Rational


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Check out this timeline of Linux distributions from 1991 to 2007. The page which it originally came from is here. It does a pretty good job at showing what evolved from what.

PCReviews have taken a look at the upcoming Intel QX6850 with a 1333mhz FSB. The news about the Intel extreme QX6800 is still not even a week old, and already we have new information to its successor. The core 2 extreme QX6850 raises the front Side bus from 1,066 MHz to 1,333 MHz and clocks for the first time with 3 GHz.

TechARP have posted part one of their compression comparison guide. Data compression software have been with us for a long, long time. From load-and-forget general compression utilities (Remember Stacker and DiskDoubler?) to the far more popular stand-alone compressors, they enable us to pack and compress data to reduce file size and save hard drive space.

Redcat sent in some videos of Beryl running on Ubuntu including one comparing it to Vistas Aero. He has been trying it out on his own system also, here is what he has to say about it: Been playing with it for about 2 hours.. pretty stable (just remember don't turn on blur till its setup). It has all the aero features (alt tab, window preview, cascade in 3d, is there any more?) plus a little more: 1. 3D Rotating Cube for different workspaces 2. Different effects for drawing new windows, rotating, sliding in, growing for a point, magic dust appearing, firey appearing 3. Water effects on desktop when windows move, clicking on icons or just for fun, creates ripples, waves + more. 4. Floppy windows, Ability to grab the title bar, pull down and look behind it. 5. Fadding to windows after loosing focus, inactivity, crashed/unresponsive.

The _Rick spotted an article about scrapping the Internet and starting again from scratch. Although it has already taken nearly four decades to get this far in building the internet, some university researchers with the US federal government's blessing want to scrap all that and start over.

Daryl sent in a page about a homemade turntable for playing records. Those who visit my sites regularly already know that I am a sucker for natural tone. Therefore the turntable is made to large parts out of wood. Wooden base, wooden motor base, wooden turntable-platter, wooden tonearm. Some ideas make this turntable easy and cheap to build. Depending on your local price for wood, and your ability to find some surplus parts, total cost can be as low as $50

Ze spotted this pretty cool CG movie called Code Guardian. It involes a giant WW2 era robot invading America and the fight to stop it. If you want to see a high resolution version you can find them here in Divx format (~170mb).



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