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Lorin Thwaits A geek says what? October 2007 Entries
If I got $143 a year from every single person in America, I could do alot of spying.
43 billion dollars is kind-of a hard amount to put your finger on. Until you divide it by America's population and see that it's $143 for every man, woman, and child. Hard to believe there's so much budget allocated to spying. That's almost half of what will be spent on the war in Iraq during this year -- which equates to $324 from every one of us. If the war really does end by 2017 as some hope, it will cost every one of us over $7000. Maybe more. All this spending makes it easy for me to understand ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 12:14 PM

Windows 2008 Server Core is worth a look
I've been experimenting with the Server Core version of Windows Server 2008 for a project I'm working on. You may be aware that Win2K8 ships with this great new streamlined "Server Core" mode that you can select during setup. Installation is lightining-fast, just 10 minutes on my Core 2 Duo machine. (And that's including the 2 reboots, hardware detection, and everything!) You end up with only a very minimal set of GUI tools, including notepad and regedit. The thing is lean and mean, and can run very ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 6:02 AM

Arriving in Ireland
Got out to Ireland safe and sound, in preparation to teach a Vista class next week. It's so beautiful out here. I'm in Doolin, which is a lovely little town by the sea. Been awhile since I bored everyone with a travellogue, so I thought I would share a few photos of the scenery: View of the ocean from the hostel where I'm staying Lots of cows out here! Here's the hostel. This is the bus driver who took me from Ennis to Doolin. He really got a kick out of my electric scooter! Here's the only garage ......

Posted On Friday, October 5, 2007 5:04 AM

Sony displays the world's first OLED panel, the XEL-1
Demo unit on display this week at CEATEC Japan Commercial unit to be sold in December Finally, an OLED panel that's reliable enough to sell. Unlike backlit LCD, which uses the same amount of power all the time, OLED only uses power for the individual pixels that are lit, saving energy. It's not a technology that has to "shutter" light, so contrast is incredible. As well, viewing angle is 180 degrees, both horizontal and vertical. There's no angle that you would see any funny coloration, so it becomes ......

Posted On Monday, October 1, 2007 2:59 AM

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