August 2008


Scientists from the University of Sydney, Australia creates special photonic chip that boosts the data rate of fibre-optic connections by more than 64 times to 640Gbps! Twice the speed of IBM’s 300 Gbps “Optochip”, with possibilities to tweak its performance to even higher rates!

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An ULTRA-LOW Cost Open Hardware Designed (CPU) Fan-less Single Board with Linux support, called the Beagle Board is selling for 149 US$ at DigiKey and BeagleBoard.org for video demos click here.

Quick Specs:

TI OMAP3530:
– 600 MHz superscaler ARM Cortex -A8

– More than 1200 Dhrystone MIPS

– Up to 10 Million Polygons per/sec Graphics.

– HD video capable C64x+ DSP Core

Memory:
– 128 MB LPDDR RAM

– 256 MB NAND Flash

Misc Expansions:

SPI,MMC/SD
DVI-D
JTAG
S-Video
SD/MMC+
Stereo In/Out
USB 2.0 HSOTG
Alternate Power
RS-232 Serial

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Be the Invisible Man, or the Predator with its Cloaking/Stealth/Invisibility device.

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I’m not surprised of the reactions of big companies like Intel and Microsoft tried/trying to kill the OLPC movement or tried to hijack the idea and try to turn it into something else to protect their interests and turn up a profit, but I am surprised that Microsoft ended up selling Windows XP for 3 US$ per computer for the OLPC XO machines. Thats one helluva move considering microsoft never sells anything cheap.

Intel & Microsoft tred to kill the XO

Anyone notice all the 8’s of the Date & Time of the China, Beijing Olympics?

An interesting part about the China Beijing Olympics games begins at 08-08-08(August 08, 2008.) 08:08:08pm(20:08:08), see all those 8s, its no coincidence really, for those people that have not noticed this and don’t know about the meaning of the #8 in Chinese Culture, it means Wealth, Prosper and Fortune for the Chinese. For more about numbers and their meanings in Chinese Culture have a look here!

(yeah, yeah there will be some shows before 08:08:08pm but those are just some entertainment shows :p)