kudos to Netgear Technical Support

Don’t you hate it when you have some technical issue and you procrastinate getting it resolved and then, when you do finally get around to it, it only takes minutes to sort out!? My home ADSL connection has been slooooow for the last couple of months. I’ve been getting about 5Kb/s instead of 50Kb/s. I…

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Microsoft Unveils Pricing and Packaging Details For BizTalk Server 2004

From Microsoft PressPass: “Like the previous version of the product, BizTalk Server 2004 will be offered in four editions: Enterprise, Standard, Partner and Developer. The pricing for these editions is on par with the 2002 version, with ERP Open B pricing starting at $25,000 CPU for the Enterprise Edition, $7,000 CPU for the Standard Edition,…


Telstra, McDonald’s open wireless hotspots

Forty-four McDonald’s restaurants in Australia will offer Telstra mobile customers (apart from pre-paid) and people with an approved credit card wireless broadband internet access from today as part of a partnership with Telstra. Source: The Age


current state of humanoid robots

Bernard Wong pointed us towards this video demonstrating some of the current capabilities of humanoid robots. This has got to make you think. I’ve been following the progress with Honda’s ASIMO robot for the last few years and the advances are amazing. In the last couple of years alone we’ve gone from robots that could…


an overview of RFID tags

Jeffrey R. Harrow, writer of the very excellent “The Harrow Technology Report “, has written this article on the current state of  “Radio Frequency Identification Tags” (RFID Tags). I’ve been trying to keep up to date with RFID over the past couple of years, as this technology obviously has the potential to dramatically impact the…


Grey Tuesday

More on DJ Danger Mouse’s “Grey Album”. Accoring to greytuesday.org: “Tuesday, February 24 will be a day of coordinated civil disobedience: websites will post Danger Mouse’s Grey Album on their site for 24 hours in protest of EMI’s attempts to censor this work.“ I doubt DJ Danger Mouse has much to do with this. According…


Barcode yourself

I’ve been trying for a couple of years to figure out what kind of tattoo I should get. My sister got a bluebird on her foot a year ago. I realize I am going to have this for the rest of my life and so I want to choose carefully. Recently I’ve been thinking about…

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the CD will be dead by 2007

I’ve been arguing this myself for a couple of years and it’s good to see music industry analysts starting to agree. Having a physical cd is of little interest to me these days. They just clutter up my house. If I am going to buy music, I would rather just be able to download it,…

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The Grey Album, Copyrights and the Law

There’s been a lot of hoo-hah going on over the last month about DJ Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album, a remix of Jay Z’s Black Album with the Beatles’ White Album. It’s obviously illegal, but what is most interesting to me is the amount of commentary suggesting it is the most innovative thing to happen…

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Linux hacked more often than Windows

Interesting new stats being reported on hacks against Linux. I’ve also read these reports in Slashdot recently. What I’m most interested in understanding is: who are these people who are hacking Linux and what is their motivation? I can kind of understand people wanting to hack Microsoft stuff just to feel like they are a…

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