TGIF – ==

by Marie-Claire Jenkins May 7th, 2009 

Welcome to another edition of TGIF. I hope that the week has been smooth and pleasurable, with no hiccups. If you did however have a frighteningly rubbish week, maybe the weekend will ease the pain. There is light at the end of the week and this is it :)

(After this why not head over to SFS for TWIG if this is not enough geeky fun for you)

Without further ado…

Stuff I really liked this week…

Hospital food from around the world – nasty and yummy platters of goo.

Star Trek USB Voip Handset – …oh come on…it's cool.

R2 D2 Trash Can – I'm not sure how practical it is but it'd look good in my kitchen.

Nutritional scales – imagine all the stuff you could weigh! Shoes, hammers, your dog, fingernail clippings…Come on, you know you would.

ReadywhenUR SMS kettle – text your kettle and it'll start to boil soon as it gets the message – what more can I say.

Facts:

Computer technology use accounts for 2% of anthropogenic CO2 (same as the aviation industry)

The "Love Hurts" virus hit in spring 2000 and infected affected millions of computers and caused more damage than any other computer virus to date.

An IC that cost $1000 in 1959 now costs less than $10.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed Traf-O-Data in 1971 to sell their computer traffic-analysis systems.

Quotes:

Any performance problem can be solved by removing a level of indirection. (M. Haertel)

The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers. (R. Hamming)

We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil. (D. Knuth)

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. (A. Maslow)

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. (C. Mingus)

Tune of the week…

Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy – The Tams

Cool video footage of the week:

Apple Mac booting up (1986)

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One Response to “TGIF – ==”

  1. I wonder what the computer will look like in a decade from now. That Mac sure look funny now. Meanwhile, the owner must have been very proud to own it as at then.