Wednesday, May 12
Nonetheless, my freshly disinterred corpse is conducting the Bestofme Symphony over at the main Mu.Nu website.
Any excess pongage is entirely due to Abby Normal's brain.
Sunday, May 09
So, there was the Devil (or at least one of his associates) writing out my very own personal contract with an old-fashioned quill pen on parchment (I didn't ask what what he used for ink) and I was looking over his shoulder and pointed out that the word wept is spelled w - e - p - t and not the rather quaint way he had it, and (rules are rules, you know) he had to tear the whole thing up and start again.
Good thing devils are immortal or they might lose their patience at times like this.
Of course, when I actually got the final copy, it read like a penis enlargement spam ("3-Inch-es E-x-t-r-a or Re-fund to YOU! nu kzf bt") only with penalty clauses and I suddenly realised I had pressing business elsewhere.
Saturday, May 08
Intel's forthcoming "Tejas" processor - a 64-bit version of the Pentium 4 - appears to have been cancelled, according to these reports in The Inquirer. Instead, Intel will concentrate on adding 64-bit goodness to its forthcoming "Jonah", "Conroe", and "Merom" processors, which will gradually replace the Pentium 4.
Now, the interesting thing is, all of these are descendants of the current Pentium M processors found in many notebook computers, often under the name "Centrino". And the Pentium M - although Intel do not publicise this - is really a modified version of the Pentium III.
Which in turn is a slightly modified version of the Pentium II.
Which is in turn is a slightly modified version of the Pentium Pro - which first appeared back in 1995.
Friday, May 07
New Terry Pratchett book. See you tomorrow.
Thursday, May 06
Somewhere between 130-nm and 90-nm the whole system fell apart. Things stopped working and nobody seemed to notice.The problems were already apparent with the 130nm node, and there were hints even at 180nm, but now the awful truth can be told: After 39 years, the free ride is finally over.
Scaling is already dead but nobody noticed it had stopped breathing and its lips had turned blue.
Now chip designers will have to work for a living.
Wednesday, May 05
The Confusion, which constitutes books 4 and 5 of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver being books 1 through 3), is a rather better-written and more cohesive work than its predecessor.
Indeed, in many ways it is clear that the main purpose of Quicksilver was to set the scene for The Confusion and the concluding volume (to come), The System of the World. A 900-page introduction is still rather on the wordy side, but I agree with what others have said: That The Confusion retroactively improves Quicksilver; and indeed, the way the ending of the former points towards the opening of the latter (and yes, I meant it that way) is rather neat.
In fact, I am now even willing to give Cryptonomicon another go.
(Neal Stephenson's web site, on the other hand, sucks.)
Tuesday, May 04
Ambient Irony should return to it's irregular schedule around about Thursday.
Until then, I leave you with this selection of fine reading:
Sunday, May 02
Just finished reading Quicksilver.
My take: Far too long. Stephenson needs to be ruthlessly edited. Or, you can take the view that it's not a novel, but a collection of short stories and essays, in which case it still needs to be ruthlessly edited.
It's a decent book, and interesting, but it would be a much better book if there was less of it.
Saturday, May 01
Has anyone else noticed that the subject lines in spam are trending towards the surreal? Or is it just me?
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