Archive for April, 2011

WorldWideWeb: 18 years in the public domain

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Eighteen years ago today, CERN released the source code of WorldWideWeb, the first Web browser and editor, into the public domain.

CERN’s intention in this is to further compatibility, common practices and standards in networking and computer supported collaboration.

WorldWideWeb (via Imaginary Foundation)


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Shocker! Microsoft commands 79 percent of desktop OS market

Everyone knows that Windows is installed on the vast majority of computers, but it’s always interesting to be reminded of what a cash cow the OS has been for Redmond. According to Gartner, Microsoft owned 78.6 percent of the global market for desktop operating systems at the end of 2010 — up almost 9 percent from 2009. That means, of the $30.4 billion in revenue that various companies generated, $23.8 billion lined Microsoft’s coffers. But while Windows remains the kingpin, Mac OS X and — wait for it — Red Hat, posted more substantial gains. Apple’s market share shot up almost 16 percent to 1.7 percent market share, Red Hat surged 18 percent, while dark horse Oracle leaped from ninth place to fourth, with a 7,683 percent growth in market share — no small thanks to its 2009 acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Only one question remains, then — who’s the loser?

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Gigabyte’s Touch BIOS Makes Changing Memory Timings Fun And Easy

If you’ve put together your own PC before, chances are you’ve had to dip into the BIOS to change a few things around, switch the boot priority, things like that. But as essential as the BIOS tools are, the UI has always been a bit daunting. Keyboard navigation of an 80s-style ASCII interface isn’t something you expect in this modern age.

So Gigabyte has gone ahead and given their BIOS a shiny new touch-compatible layer, for those of you rocking all-in-ones or touchscreen monitors. Practical? Not really. But hey, why not?

Interestingly, Gigabyte is among the few motherboard manufacturers which have not gone over to UEFI, the new mobo-level firmware interface. In fact, I have a P67-UDP4 sitting behind me that’s probably the last of the old-school BIOS breed — which was actually part of the draw for me, as the new UEFI boards are still working out the kinks, or so I hear.

As for the touchscreen thing — it could be nice for helping people troubleshoot or get more out of their PCs, but I don’t think there’s really a big market for it just yet. Observe this powerful Venn diagram:

See? The statistics show very clearly that this Touch BIOS has a hard future ahead of it.

[via HardOCP]

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Microbes can survive 400,000 times Earth gravity [Prokaryote Overlords]

Think the crushing weight of larger planets might be too much to prevent life? Think again! A new discovery from Japan has shown that microbes can survive 403,627 × g — yes, that's more than 400,000 times Earth's own gravity. More

 

Amped Wireless’ UA600EX adapter quadruples your laptop’s WiFi range when you’re on a boat

For every gadget you can use on land, there has to be one you can use at sea, right? Just in time for yachting season, Amped Wireless released the weatherproof UA600EX High Power Wireless-N 600mW Pro USB Adapter, which promises to extend your notebook’s WiFi range in areas where there are no hotspots to be mooched. That sounds ideal for boating, but thanks to some flexible mounting options and one heavy-duty 26.5-foot cable, it should also come in handy everywhere from offices to RVs. The single-band UA600EX runs on the 2.4GHz spectrum, and although the company stops short of saying just how many feet of leeway you can expect, it does claim to quadruple your computer’s range — whatever that happens to be. If you have a hankering to watch Deadliest Catch on your next fishing trip, you can nab one of these bad boys at the source link for a cool $110.

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Poop into power

“If you look at fecal matter, what is it? It’s carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and minerals -it’s a great source of stuff for doing this.” — Ian Gates, associate professor in chemical engineering at the University of Calgary. He’s working on a method to turn human poop into a source of renewable energy. (Submitterated by hughadam)


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Is Netflix reducing illicit file sharing? Depends on which stats you believe



Netflix, the DVD-by-mail and streaming movie giant, now has as many subscribers as Comcast, and in the evenings accounts for more than 40 percent of US bandwidth usage by some measurements.

Those astounding numbers are leading some to wonder whether Netflix is reducing the amount of peer-to-peer file sharing, once the easiest way to find movies to watch.

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The Eyes Have It

As amazing as human eyes are, other species have developed ways of seeing that will astound you.

Scientists are discovering new structures and adaptations all the time. There are eyes with mirrors, eyes with optical fibres, and eyes with bifocal lenses. There are eyes that see in the dark, move around heads, or go into sleep mode. There are even eyes made of rock. This slideshow will take you on a tour of some of these recent eye-opening discoveries.

Pictured is a box jellyfish, which has 24 eyes of two different types. Link

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