Better late than never
I start my second year of blogging with a slight delay. Thanks to the way the holidays happened to occur this year I managed to get a whole six days' worth off by taking two days off. Consequently I haven't really had the time/energy to blog at home. Then again, I have the whole year to make up for it, right?
Whats with all the stuffed animals, and what's with the glass?
This quote pretty much says it all... "A 7-year-old boy had to be rescued with the help of a locksmith Saturday after crawling into a supermarket's stuffed animal game machine while his father talked on the telephone." Check out the whole article at the Chippewa Herald. That little boy sure has been trough something that very few people have, ougt to be something to tell the girls when he grows up... Imagine the pickup line: You know, I had to be rescued from inside a stuffed animal machine once... Via Blogdex.
Are you is or is you ain't a console?
The Inquirer reports on a new games console which is to be introduced this week. The article points to more detailed information over at TechBits. The interesting thing about this console is the fact that it's actually a Windows PC, designed to run games designed for any Windows PC. At a rumored price of 300-400 dollars it could be quite a bargain, and not just for gaming. Imagine having a server in the basement storing all the media, and using this baby as a front end. Something for the MythTV project perhaps?
Sharing the load
It's getting harder and harder to squeeze more power into single chips by each new computing generation. 3D graphics was put on a special purpose chip long ago, and dual processor PowerMacs have been the norm in Apple's high end workstations for quite some time. Both Intel and AMD have been speculating on bulding multiple processors into a single chip. But even so a single machine can only go so far. Some things, like searching for aliens can't be done by a single machine. The load has to be shared by many machines.
Therefore it should come as no surpise that distributed computing, or grid computing has gotten a lot of press lately. I was still quite surprised, positively, that Apple has released Xgrid, which "turns a group of Macs into a supercomputer". It's nice to see more players in this arena as well, because I really hope that all that surplus power out there could be harnessed for something useful in the future. After all, most computers do nothing at all something like 90% of the time. Cool stuff. Via Slashdot.