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Light Processors October 31, 2003

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Yes, it’s here. The end of silicone and the start of something great. An Israel-based organisation has developed processor that works on optics instead of silicone, allowing processing at the speed of light. Wow! source: Wired News

Economic (Astronomic?) Growth October 30, 2003

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Well for the last while I have been ranting about what I perceive as media farces with respect to global recessions and downturns, etc. Today I read in the papers that the US government has published figures that show the strongest economic growth since 1984. Enron type stats or the real story about the state of the global economy? Make up your own mind but I know I’m sticking to the latter. source: Ireland.com

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Flat Land October 30, 2003

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Having recently just purchased a new television and talking about the options with family and friends, we got chatting about old stories and advances in TV. Many, many years ago we remember our Dad being constantly critical of the depth of TVs and how much room they took up. He always said that some day they’ll make a television that just hangs on your wall. Mind you, he said this in a time when LCD was only just making a realistic break into wrist watches.

Strange how these things come to pass over time. I remember seeing the first flat 42″ plasma screen that came into Waterford for retail. It cost a whopping IR17000 roughly Eur 21500. These days you can buy the same sort of technology for as little as Eur 6000 and LCD versions as low as Eur 4000. With trends like this how long will it be before the TV stand becomes a memory of history. Wall mounted TV, DVD, CD = more floor space. It makes sense and it’s just a matter of time. This linked article from back in September 2003 talks about the trends in the market and the surge of interest in such televisions. source: CNN.com

Bloggers Uncovered October 30, 2003

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The game may be up for those web loggers out there who like to conceal their true identity under a nom de plume. This story from the US shows how the treat of legal action may force one such blogger to reveal their identity and may set the precedent that warrants all weblogs to be attributed to real people. source: The Register

The Times, They are a Changing October 29, 2003

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If like me you have forgotten in the past to adjust your clock for daylight saving, only to find yourself wandering around wondering why there’s no traffic or why your boss is giving you socks for being late. You’ll be happy to know that the process isn’t really that simple, well at least for those in Australia. This linked article sheds some light on the complex issue of daylight saving changes in Australia, it’s worth a read. source: IRB RWC 2003

Lost but Not Forgotten October 22, 2003

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A class action brought against Fujitsu for selling faulty hard disks, and chips with knowledge of the faults looks like it will be settled out of court with a $42.5M price tag. People just don’t pay any attention to quality of workmanship these days, everything from large manufacturers to the small tradesmen. The story is focuseed but the problem is more widespread as to why everyone in business has suddenly lost pride in the quality of their work? source: The Register

More Good News October 22, 2003

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Well following up on a post I made on October 17 stating that the so-called downturn in technology was a media farce in Ireland here’s more evidence to suggest that things are definitely on the up again. NEC have just posted great 1st half figures, source: Irish Times, way beyond prediction and almost double that of last year. In addition Amazon have posted profits, source: Irish Times, that are not due to the holiday season sales figures. Technology and e-business are on the way back, time to start buying domain names. 🙂

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On The Up October 17, 2003

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Well it looks like things are on the up again after the last 3 years of market slump. EMC have reported substantial gains in this years Q3 compared to the same quarter last year. Other companies are following suit. Could it be that this was the quickest turnaround from a global recession ever or was it simply that these companies never closed, only relocated and the Irish press needed to produce a story that covered up exactly why companies were leaving Ireland for countries with cheaper overheads? source: The Register

Bin Tax October 15, 2003

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Yes, they should bin this tax in my opinion. Doesn’t every civilised country have an obligation to its citizens to keep it tidy? After all every citizen pays tax on everything they do never mind the money they earn. Bin charges are a ridiculous idea, it’s like slapping a tax on water. Remember what happened to the water rates? You can’t charge people for the basic needs of life without providing suitable free alternatives. Fair play to the protestors and I really hope that they bring Dublin to a standstill for the next indefinite period until these “charges” are dropped. source: Irish Times

The Real Big Apple October 13, 2003

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Seems as though the new Apple G5 is creating quite a stir out there. Students in Virginia Tech have just managed to plug 1100 of the machines together in an effort to build one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers and a snip at only $5M. Could this be the end of $100M supercomputers? I estimate that in ten years these machines will become ten times smaller and will cost only a tiny fraction of the current price and every home will have one. 🙂 source: BBC NEWS