Hello PC Clubbers,
The next meeting of your club will be this Saturday, October 16th at the Pan American School at 9am.† Do come early for donuts and coffee and visit with friends.†
Now the Byte:
Item 1.† You have probably heard by now about the robot controlled cars that Google is
using and that may be in your future.† Interesting stuff.
So Google's announcement that it has already been testing cars that drive themselves should be met by warm feelings in many of one's more imaginative nerve-endings.† As I grasp this vastly ambitious project, Google is intending that these cars, manned as they are by vast arrays of excellent soft- and hardware, will avoid crashes and allow for fuel savings and more cars on the road (as, deductive reasoning goes, there will be no crashes). They will also allow drivers to get drunk to skunk levels, given that no self-respecting Google car would actually let the drivers take the wheel, even when they're sober.
Item 2.† How to use Linux to save Windows.† Good stuff to know is out there.
Can there be still more to add to the list of useful functions a live Linux CD offers? This brief article reviews the use of Linux as a means of emergency booting a failed Windows PC and accessing potentially lost files. Linux as a boot OS is fairly common today. For instance, DELL often ships its servers with Windows driver disks that actually use a micro-Linux boot.
Item 3.† Itís that time again: Ubuntu releases (as promised) its October version of its operating system.† This time focusing on a netbook edition.
Canonical has announced the availability of Ubuntu 10.10, a major update of the popular Linux distribution. The new version introduces the Unity netbook environment, which offers a custom desktop shell that is optimized for ease of use on small displays and has a global menubar to conserve vertical screen space. Ubuntu's installer got a major overhaul in this release, with substantial user interface improvements and new features. The new installer can start downloading updated packages during the early stages of the configuration process in order to save the user from having to run a full update immediately after installation. It also has a new option that lets users choose to automatically install closed-source components, such as multimedia codecs.
Item 4.† A Mac 11.6 inch laptop??† What? You donít have one yet?† What kind of a Mac-o-phile are you?
Apple's ultra portable 13-inch MacBook Air may soon be a thing of the past if the latest rumors are to be believed. Several retailers are showing that MacBook Airs are in short supply or sold out and given that these shortages are happening in October Ė a month known for Mac and MacBook refreshes Ė it's sparked rumors that Apple is preparing to launch a new version of the super-skinny laptop.
Item 5.† How about some good gossip.
The New York Times reports that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other executives recently held a secret meeting with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen to discuss a number of topics, including how the two companies might work together to take on Apple in the mobile industry, as well as a possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft.
Item 6.† And you thought your hard drive was fast?† (Check out the comments section; thereís a lot of good talk there.)
Hitachi GST just announced that it'll begin shipping this bantam speed demon today, offering enterprise customers a 2.5-inch HDD that spins at 10,000RPM and operates on a 6Gb/s SCSI SAS platform. The Ultrastar C10K600 is available in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB flavors, and Hitachi claims that it can deliver "up to 15 percent better random and 18 percent faster sequential performance than competitive products on the market today." Furthermore, these eat up some 65 percent less power than the company's 3.5-inch enterprise drives, and also boast average seek times as low as 3.7 milliseconds.
Item 7: Elections. Time for elections again. Open positions are vice president, program chairman, and one member-at-large. Your board has nominated the following persons to fill these positions:† Walter Freeman, VP; Dick Sandlin, program chair; and Mac McCaskill, member-at-large. We will be taking nominations for these positions from the floor if anyone is interested. Otherwise, these candidates will run unopposed.††††
Item 8.†† Fun and games at the PC Club meeting this Saturday.† Donít miss it.† Thereís always something to grab your attention; not to mention that you will learn something.† (I always do.)