I was gonna say, “throw the PC in the toilet” but thought better of it

July 22, 2008

If you’re so inclined, you can still boot MS-DOS 3.3 on the latest generation of Core Duo, Xeon, AMD64 and Opteron processors. Why? Because while the amount of core instructions increased in order to support new features (such as protected mode), the instruction word length increased from 16 to 32 to 64 bits, the amount of memory that the processor could use increased geometrically, and the number of processor cores increased, and the bus technology improved to handle higher speeds, at the end of the day, the basic architecture is fundamentally no different than what we started with in 1981. So why exactly do we still need systems than can still run CP/M and DOS on the metal?

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July 16, 2008


Well, that was predictable, really.

A small startup in Florida decides to go make Mac clones, and surprise, surprise, Apple starts legal proceedings and unleashes the might of its superior Army of Litigious Immortals.

Well, we all know how that one is going to end, right? Apple is a multi billion dollar technology company with tons of money at its disposal for protracted litigation. In the most likely scenario, poor little Psystar will back down, turn its tail between its legs and cease and desist.

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I Think I’m Still in Stage 2

July 15, 2008

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EPIC iFAIL in Fort Lee

July 12, 2008

My wife Rachel has been awaiting the iPhone 3G for several months. Even though I am wedded to my beloved BlackBerry, she wanted to be able to carry a single device to play her music, act as a phone, and to be able to check her email. At the $199 price AT&T was advertising it at, it seemed like a no-brainer. So despite my usual reservations against buying Apple products, we headed to the AT&T Wireless store today on my lunch hour to see if we could pick one up for her.

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Bletchley Park, The Forge of Computer Creation

July 6, 2008

With today’s news of Bletchley Park facing possible financial rescue from a dim future of decay and oblivion, I decided to bump this back up to the top. I think all technologists can agree that this is an important historical site that needs to be preserved.

Bletchley Park Ltd
The Mansion

Bletchley Park
Milton Keynes


Today, the city of Milton Keynes is a large town with over 200,000 people living there, working at all sorts of office parks and such. But nearly 70 years ago, it was rural English countryside, with only scattered farms being the only indication that people were living there. Nothing really interesting at all.

Which is exactly what the British government wanted everyone to think.

The small town of Bletchley Park, which is now part of the greater Milton Keynes area, was the center for project Ultra, which employed thousands of people. The research and technology which came out of it is of huge significance, because without it, there would probably be no Information Age, no Internet, no Personal Computers, no Integrated Circuits … well really nothing that involves modern computer technology at all.

Bletchley Park can be rather Enigmatic. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link for more.

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Oh yes. Yes, YES! Knead Me Like a Pizza Pie Baby!

July 1, 2008

Okay, I know I’m going to get flamed for furthering ethnic stereotypes, but I have to admit, us Jews love a good bargain. So I’m going to risk getting my butt chewed because I feel compelled to play yiddische consumer advocate.

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Goodbye Between the Lines, Hello Tech Broiler

June 27, 2008

Well, its been a nice, fulfilling but short run on Between the Lines. On Monday morning, I pack up my stuff and move to Tech Broiler. As you can see, it’s starting to look a little bit like Mount Rushmore in terms of editorial faces on ZDNet’s premier blog, and I need to move into my own digs to make room for the new talent.

I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to blog about when Larry Dignan asked me to join the motley crew at ZDNet.  I have been all over the map in terms of topics, and quite frankly, I think I like it that way.

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