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Multicast is.. not dead! Seems the BBC's running a quiet trial, ostensibly limited to UK folks, and subscribing to a participating multicast-aware ISP. Even then, only some routers are IGMP-aware. If you'd like to give it a shot, wander over this way for potential live availability of several TV and radio channels from both the BBC and ITV. (How long until someone hacks up a suitable proxy? =:)

And on that note, it's apparently been confirmed: Doctor Who's next season begins in the UK on April 15, and everywhere else about four hours later..

A valuable weblog for anyone interested in learning languages online, bizarrely titled Languages Online. It reviews sites' offerings (ideally free), noting first impressions, depth of course, and the media available.

There's a new Moog in town: "Little Phatty". ^_^

Well, I know one (other) film I need to see this year: Farce of the Penguins, as rubberskunk pointed out, narrated by Samuel L Jackson.

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Haven't tried it, but BestSharing seems like a good addition to or replacement for YouSendIt. 125MB maximum file size, deleted 45 days after last download, by default.

Potentially promising: InPhase's holographic storage. The company's claiming they'll be shipping drives and discs later this year, with the first generation offering 300GB. 70x the capacity of current DVD-R? I can go for that. I'd only need about four discs for everything, backed up however many times. (Although at a 20MB/s write speed, that'd mean about four hours per disc)

As one /. commenter notes, though, holographics in storage has been a promising - and promised - method for some time, as Tamarack Storage Devices demonstrated, amongst others. Indeed, this press release from InPhase hopes for "delivery in limited volume by the end of 2003, with volume shipments targeted for 2004".

Remember the City of Tuttle city manager and his valiant battle with the default Apache page? He's feeling set upon, defending himself with "I only got help after threatening to contact the FBI." So, if you feel your website experience exceeds his, bear in mind you too could earn in excess of $60k. But you'll have to live somewhere like Tuttle, Oklahoma. (nb His 22 years in computing? At Raytheon.. so, just a different branch of government =:)

A woman's suing a Chicago hotel after waking up with some five hundred bed bug bites. (Caution: photos included) Regrettably, the reporter couldn't resist noting, "When the couple reported to hotel officials that their room was infested, the officials offered two free nights but Fox and Cohen declined, Schnurman said, because they were just itching to leave."

For OS X geeks: how to make any OS X system into a NetBoot server, including all the necessary protocol configurations, and how to create a suitable NetBoot image, leaving the new server visible to any other OS X system as a valid boot disk option in the Startup Disk prefs.

Kewl! New Sam & Max comics are indeed getting posted by His Steveness. (The other one) Point your mouse over a given panel, and the words will appear before your very eyes.

If you're feeling set upon by work, I'd like to offer this posting in customers_suck. It's not that the incidents described are exceptional, but it is quite deliciously written. And hey, bunny icon too. ^_^

Fujitsu's due to ship a 200GB 2.5" drive in May, albeit 4200rpm, compared to the more commonplace 5400, with some 7200rpm models available.

I don't follow Dell's corporate goings-on, as it's not a company that interests me - but does anyone have insight as to why they'd acquire Alienware? It's hardly for their financial input, given the comparative sizes involved - the panache of the brand, maybe? (Maybe even seeing the mark used on lesser equipment?)

Speaking of computer companies, I'll be curious to see if the rumored Apple 30th anniversary event actually takes place this Saturday. There's been no confirmation of any such thing, so it may well be an analyst's half-baked suppositions, repeated in the rumor echo chamber. (Something a little more innovative than a boom box, please)

If I said "haddock" to you, would you know what I was referring to?
I'll be quite interested to see if any future MacBook Pros (MacBooks Pro? *sigh* Still don't care for the name.. I appreciate they wanted a new name to go with the architectural change, but "MacBook Pro" sounds too much like something aimed at the Mars Attacks! aliens; and one of Tim Burton's best films, to my mind =:) use an AMD offering. Gods only know what agreements exist between Apple and Intel, of course - they may have some commitment. Still, it would seem like a feasible option now, should they so choose. How are AMD faring in the laptop offerings? The Core Duo seems to be stacking up remarkably well on the power consumption front, despite being a dual core chip - battery life seems much the same between the single core MPC7447A PowerBooks and the Core Duo MBPs, at around four hours of moderate usage.

Last AMD I used was probably an AMD7910, a fairly revolutionary chip at the time. ^_^