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Ah, it's official: Torchwood will debut on BBC3 only. First ep will be on BBC1 simultaneously, on Sunday Oct 22, but the rest are for BBC3 only, until the New Year, when it'll be repeated on BBC1. Interesting that they'd choose to hand BBC3 such a coup, but presumably uptake of digital terrestrial and satellite's broad enough now to permit such a move.

rigelkitty spotted a new study published in The Lancet, which estimates some 600,000 deaths in Iraq due to the post-invasion violence. The report can be downloaded in its entirety here.

Finally, I got around to watching Buffalo Boy, a tale of 1930s life in Vietnam, the title taken from the livelihood of those who'd take locals' buffalo away to higher ground when the floods came, for a fee. It's a raw tale of abandonment, and of the essential need for others' company and assistance, in conditions that make those endured by Steinbeck's folks seem luxurious. Beautiful and harrowing, it manages to convey the feeling of life at that time surprisingly well, even given the cultural gap for a foreign audience.

It's heartening to see some nations continuing to look forward and dream, with news from Sweden that "the state agency SSC has carried out a technical study showing that it is indeed possible to put a little red cottage on the moon." (Thanks to befrafa)

So very cute! razzlfraz found this video featuring a giant plush teddy bear that they'd turned into a costume.

otter3 noticed this interview with Nicholas Meyer, director of The Wrath of Khan. (Also uncredited screenwriter for it, as well as involvement in the two others I'd consider the best of the series: writer on IV, and writer & director on VI)

XaoS is a good fractal generator, with plenty to choose from, along with various coloring modes, and an autopilot mode. (OS X, Linux, Windows; or, for older versions, BeOS, OS/2, old Mac OS, and DOS)

A possible sign of corporate retrenchment? It appears Sony's pulling out of LCDs entirely. A little surprising, given the ubiquity of LCDs in new TVs, with plasma remaining a good contender at the upper end - the volumes involved would seem to be still sustainable, as opposed to, say, cellphone and PMP displays, now wholly a commodity offering, though still with differences of quality between manufacturers, and different grades.

Not all that many people probably know of Eudora, but, I still have a soft spot for said mail app. ^_^ It's just been announced that future versions will be free and open source, coming in the first half of 2007, and will be based on Thunderbird. If they manage to make a smooth transition of the underlying engine, I'll certainly give it a try. Mostly, I get along with OS X's Mail quite well, though it still exhibits design quirks that irk me slightly, such as taking a second or two to switch between mailboxes, where Eudora would bring them up instantaneously, as well as leaving mailbox selection in the menubar, rather than as a pane; for something only requiring occasional access, a pane seems an inappropriate UI design choice.
Oof, difficult to say.. they could just be replacing the underlying mechanics, much as OmniWeb 5.5 brought in WebKit to replace their own erstwhile HTML engine, leaving it otherwise indistinguishable from the "original" (but much faster!), or they might choose to integrate Eudora with Thunderbird, resulting in something new. I'd hope they'll leave it recognisably Eudora, though - there wouldn't seem much point in the exercise otherwise.

I did notice they'll stop serving ads for the sponsored version at some point in Penelope's development, though, so you could always see how 6.2.4 suits you, and remain using that without any ads actually appearing.

Rather a pity, in a way, but maybe it'll turn out to be a good thing in the long run - it's not really been receiving much attention from Qualcomm for a few years now, with Windows users happy with Outlook/Entourage, Thunderbird, or more exotic options like TheBat!, and the Mac market mostly acquiesced to Mail.
Well, I went ahead and paid the piper for the upgrade. I figured since development of the commercial app really has come to an end, it's worth investing in a fully-registered copy of the final release, especially for such cut-rate price.

If Thunderbird and Eudora really are going to try to merge, I hope Thunderbird becomes more like Eudora than vice-versa...
Certainly. ^_^ I could use Safari, similarly, but I'm happy to pay the modest license fee to the Omni Group for OmniWeb. And it's really not been expensive - I paid the $30 in 2001, then another $10 a year or two ago, when they moved the version number to 5, bringing in quite a few new features, such as their rather cool implementation of tabs. After all, like a mail client, a browser's something most of us use throughout the day - it makes sense to wind up with apps we're comfortable with. (The same, of course, can be said of the computers themselves. A 17" PBG4 works very well indeed, but it's also something of a work of art. Why shouldn't something one uses hours every day be something aesthetically pleasing, in addition to fulfilling its technical requirements? None but a fool would suggest everyone write with a Bic, when there are pens from Pilots to Parkers - they all meet the same practical need, but some in a way more pleasing than others)

I wonder if Eudora 6 can import from Tiger's version of Mail? It's more or less the same old mbox format, but with Tiger, each message is its own file, for ease of Spotlight indexing.

I'd like to see who's going to be leading the migration project - hopefully one of the better Mac sites will invite them for an interview. ("Better" as in "not just press releases", which are the staple of too many sites. Fine for the basis of a story, but not when they're just pasting them straight onto the site, without any editorial insight or history)
Apparently, the transition to open source is being discussed extensively on the Eudora for Mac list. Might be worth perusing the archives, or joining, if you don't receive it already.