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Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language

Slashdot: "Go, the new programming language Google has released as open source under a BSD license. The official Go site characterizes the language as simple, fast, safe, concurrent, and fun. A video illustrates just how fast compilation is: the entire language, 120K lines, compiles in under 10 sec. on a laptop. Ars Technica's writeup lays the stress on how C-like Go is in its roots, though it has plenty of modern ideas mixed in."

I know this is YAPL (yet another programming language), but with all of Google's effort in trying to transform the way we interact with the Internet (Google's search, Google Android for smart phones, Android OS for netbooks/laptops, Google Wave for Web3.0 communications, and all of Google's applications such as Froogle, Docs, Books, Mail, Calendar, Maps, Sync, Earth, YouTube, Picasa, AdSense, Analytics and many more), knowing or learning the language that can tie it all together may make good sense...

Digitally pimping a home network

While visiting Michiel in Singapore, I pimped their home network a bit. It was fine, but cumbersome and loosely tied together: 5 laptops, PS3, Wii. They have a cable modem, but didn't know their connection speed. WiFi was setup but not used because downloading over a fixed connection into the WiFi router was "going faster". Hehe, I told them their ISP limits the speed and after a bit of testing concluded that their 8 Mb down-link would scarcely fill the 54 Mb/s bandwidth of their 802.11g WiFi network. So no need for the fixed network hook-up not sitting near the router, freedom to sit around the house wherever they wanted to. I moved the Linksys WRT54G into a nook, out of the way, receiving thousands of thank-yous from the housekeeper who hated the nasty blue box on the floor in the livingroom. ;)

I then tied the PS3 and Wii to the WiFi network. This meant all devices were now on the same subnet. I installed PS3 media server on Molina's Vista Acer laptop. (It's fr…

New Apple MacBook Pro revealed by OS X update

In an update for Snow Leopard for developers, Apple has revealed that two new MacBook Pros are likely to appear soon. Rumors have it that these will contain quad-core CPUs, since Mac Pro and new iMacs are already available with the Intel i5/i7 quad-core CPUs. If true, this will make the new MacBooks extremely fast compared to current versions! See also MacRumors.

Google Android: Acer Liquid A1

I'm glad I know MrVanes because he and I are so much alike in some ways. I'm also glad he told me NOT to go for an HTC Android phone while in Singapore, because the Hero and Magic sucked! Bad feel, bad form, terrible handling Yuck!
Anyway, he spotted the Acer Liquid A1 planned for Q4 (aka now!) with an est. retail price for €400 and an 800x480px screen powered by a 1 Ghz Snapdargon CPU from the good people at Qualcomm. I can't wait! Acer's netbooks are great and the laptops are better than average, so why can't they do the same for Android phones? :)

Cool animated movies coming up

While in Funan, world's largest IT dept store, I walked past some laptops showing off graphics using some new upcoming computer animated movies:
* 9 (amazing)
* Planet 51 (hilarious)
* UP (outstanding)
* Avatar (breathtaking)

Installing Firefox Portable in an Internet Center

Having spent 1 day in Schiphol, waiting for my flight, I've been to the KPN Internet Cafe a few times. While you can access KPN hotspots using various accounts from third-parties, if you don't have a laptop, your only way to read Email is to use the terminals from KPN. And you can only pay for access: €3 for 15 minutes. Thieves, that 's what they are. ;)
To make matters worse, these terminals run an outdated Windows version with most certainly not the latest security fixes for IE and... the dreaded IE6. (When I'm back in the office, I'm going to write somebody about fixing it!). Problem with IE6 is that it's a terrible browser, no standards support, very leaky and brain-dead. Gmail, Facebook, Twitter... they all warned me I was using a bad browser. Sadly, most of these terminals are protected against updating configuration and installation of software. But wait, there is more...
I went to, downloaded FF 3.5.3 (9 MB), installed it in My Documents …

Playstation 3

Well, in order to celebrate my coming independence, I went out and bought a PS3! Sadly, they didn't have a 40 GB model any more. They're really easy to upgrade with any 2.5" laptop hard disk, so why bother with bigger Sony packages when you can do it yourself? I got Resistance 2 bundled, so I can play with Imro and got MGS4 for me.

I get a Full HD player, with the best Blu-ray player out there and gaming thrown in for free. w00t

PdaNet - your iPhone as a WiFi Router for your PC/Mac

Read about this app for the iPhone that can turn the phone into a WiFi AP so your PC, laptop or netbook can use it to access the net! Genius!PdaNet would be a must-have for me, if I'd have an iPhone. And for some reason, am leaning towards the Android instead...

Asus S101 Eee PC netbook details leaked

Just bought the Eee 900 when T3 tells me the S101 Eee PC netbook details were leaked. However, there's no confirmation yet.
I'm not too sad. The 900/901 are the perfect form factor. 9" screen is just big enough. Bigger means more more power, means heavier, means less battery life. 1024x600 resolution is fine for browsing. While the S101 looks cooler and is ultra thin, I'm fine with mine. Besides, all those features cost extra money and I'm not paying €500+ for a midget sized laptop. I can get a regular for that money!

Lenovo ThinkPad W700

Lenovo has the new killer laptop! It's a 4 kg beast but it has more than most desktops!
The ThinkPad W700 features a 3.0 GHz Core 2 Extreme quad core processor (!), up to 8 GB DDR3 RAM, a professional NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M graphics with 1 GB of RAM and dual harddisk bays with an on-board RAID controller. Oh, and a 17" screen (a bit disappointing, I thought), a built-in Wacom tablet, dual-link DVI, 5 USB pors, WiFi/WiMax and an optional Blu-ray drive. Prices start at $3000, so that's fine too! ;)

Adeona: Track and Recover Lost and Stolen Laptops

SSD disks more power efficient after all

At geek homes world-wide, there has been a feud about whether or not Solid State Disks (SSD) are or are not more power efficient than normal hard disks. Because, next to faster throughput speeds, that was the whole selling point. IN fact, early SSDs were not very power lean, but many thought this was merely a quick design.
Then Tom's Hardware, good ol' German Nerd Tom, did a big test and published figures that showed that SSDs were in fact also power hungry. War started... Now, Engadget reports Tom's Hardware redid the test, paying close attention to details this time and found that indeed SSDs are - in most cases - more power efficient than regular hard disks! Pfffew! Let the dust settle

BTW, this is the clear winner (by far)

TVs to become 16:9 as well

While movie makers have been driving widescreen formats of 16:10 (or worse), PC and laptop makers went for 16:9 instead. That explains why most of the time, you'll see a black bar when watching movies on your PC even though both the movie and the screen are widescreen, in case you were wondering. Tom's Hardware reports the Transition To 16:9 Aspect Ratio Unstoppable. So it seems numbers do matter. My guess is that there are more computer screens than TVs and manufacturers are getting tired of having to make two formats...

Google Browser Sync Discontinued, No Firefox 3 Support

I've been a fan of Google's Browser Sync to keep bookmarks updated and synced between my home server, work Linux and Windows laptops, my MacBook guest account and Mac Mini media server's admin account. It worked great, syncing bookmarks and passwords. However, Google Browser Sync Discontinued with No Firefox 3 Support. So what next. Well, there is FoxMarks but it only syncs bookmarks albeit better than Google's own tool. But wikipedia also has a fine comparison of browser sync tools.

How to Get and Keep Windows XP After June 30

If you get a new PC or laptop and get a bundled Vista in the deal, but you'd like to use XP XP instead, read the article on PC World on How to Get and Keep Windows XP After June 30. It lists that if the OEM wants to, it will let you downgrade from Vista to XP and you'll receive Vista media as well as XP media. So you can later decide to revert back, if you so desire. Dell and HP are at least two OEMs who let you do this.

ExpressCard, SD and CompactFlash Adapters

My friend MrVanes mailed me about this ages ago (4 weeks actually) but I just reread his mail and the implications just dawned on me... :yawn: ;)
When you buy a new laptop, you may no longer have the trusty PCMCIA expansion interface that we used to use for modem/network functionality before these were always built-in, or for card readers... So now you cannot insert the card reader in the new ExpressCard slot, because it is physically different from the PCMCIA slot. So how can you read all your digital media cards, i.e. CompactFlash (CF), Secure Digital (SD), mini/micro SD and SDHC (High Capacity)? Well, MrVanes had the same problem and found virtuavia that sells ExpressCard adapters: card readers, e-SATA and printer interfaces, and more. But also an PCMCIA to ExpressCard adapter (if you want to use the old expansion cards on your new generation laptop!). But wait, there's more...! They also have ExpressCard to CF adapters, so you can simply stick your 8GB CF cards straight from t…

iPod/Classic und Nano Video - ubuntuusers Wiki

Well, I reinstalled my laptop at work with Ubuntu 7.10 (sorry MrVanes) because I'd done an upgrade before and didn't fully trust it. I was rigtht, some things weren't upgraded properly and the system seems more snappy now. Guess some beryl/compiz/openGL debris was left behind... I'm not using it now (waste of GPU cycles)
Anyway, I had messed up my iPod connection after some trial and error thing. Only the error was permanent and I couldn't get it back right. Hence the reinstall... My iPod Nano Video, i.e. 3rd generation was read-only and wouldn't work under Ubuntu, so I set out to try it once more on a clean system and pay attention this time. ;)
Helas, an iPod that was initialized on a Mac appears with the hfs+ filesystem and while that fine to read, you can't write anything to it. It is read-only and stays read-only.

So if you try to access the iPod from Linux and use the latest libraries from libgpod and get this error:

/usr/bin/ipod-read-sy… tools for Ubuntu

I had put off installing the player on my Linux laptop for weeks. Mainly because sound doesn't work right anyway, so what's the use of playing music? Right?
Just got a nudge from a friend at and decided to check... turns out there is an Ubuntu repository for the player and I can add and install in 2 minutes. LOL Wouldn't you know... Go figure!

ALSA sound driver problems on Fujitsu Lifebook E8110

Still having problems getting the sound to actually be heard in Linux on my Fujitsu Lifebook E8110 from work. They don't call it fu-shit-su for nothing ;)
Anyway, the problem might be related to the speaker driver, not so much the snd-hda-intel driver (use lsmod to list the driver modules you're using). Several places list problems with audio on this type of laptop. Maybe I'll try the new Ubuntu 7.10, but the RC1 had the same issues for me.
Update: Seems there is a different pcspkr driver for Linux available that also plays digital sounds... /me is testing

LifeBook E8110 - Detailed Specs

Well, the MacBook Pro is gone :'( snif snif
I have managed to wreck my my Fushitsu LifeBook E8110's hard disk in under 30 minutes while trying to install Ubuntu 6.10 - I didn't have 7.04 handy - so I'm back to the KPN windows desktop... :yawn: Windows is sooo old-fashioned, it's terrible. I'm debating with myself whether to run Windows inside Linux or Linux inside Windows... But first I need to do work and then goto VMworld next week. So maybe I'll bring CDs with me on the plane and config the thang while in the plane for 11 hours.