Scientists Want to Turn Your MacBook Into a Seismometer

With scientists now saying there's a 99 percent chance "the big one" will finally hit California sometime during the next 30 years, seismologists are scrambling to come up with new ways to detect and analyze quakes as soon as they happen.

One team of researchers is now hoping to employ the distributed computing approach to detection and create a giant, low-cost tremor-sensing network that takes advantage of the motion sensors that may already be in your laptop.


Soo much faster, yet not much faster

So, at the bottom, they conclude that the Mac Plus beats the AMD in 8 out of 9 tests.  I think thats great, and completely true for an author, but what about other software?  Will it run any video app?  What if you had to have a different computer on your desk for each application, or if no piece of hardware could be generalized, and everything had its own embeded system? A seperate device for Word, another for Excel, a third for Warcraft, not to mention one for Interwebs?  That would be a great way to make money as a hardware manufacturer…… If only I had been born a couple of decades earlier.  

Daylight Saving Time

I think all of us in the IT world have seen at least minor headaches with the DST change this year. This article looks at whether or not it was worth it and what is most disturbing to me is this line toward the end, "the bill has a provision for the country to return to the old daylight savings calendar". Ummm…I don't know about anyone else out there but I certainly don't want to go through all of this again in a couple of years.