2nd January 2012 Archive
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The most successful 8-bit micro ever
Commodore took the wraps off the Commodore 64, one of two immediate follow-ups to its popular Vic-20 home computer, 30 years ago this week. The 64 made its public debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), though it wouldn't go into production until later in the year before going on sale in the US market in August. It didn' …
reghardware 2 Jan 07:00
This year we have mainly been copying Apple
It's been a tumultuous year for the Linux desktop. Anno domini 2011 saw the release of not one, but two major new desktops, the GNOME project's GNOME 3 shell and Ubuntu's rival Unity desktop. By the time most distros hit their stride in 2011, the GNOME 2.x line had been replaced with GNOME 3. With change comes angst - …
Operating Systems 2 Jan 10:00
Gremlins in the system in lead up to NYE
Telstra’s prepaid mobile broadband customers endured a frustrating end of year technical meltdown, with hundreds off customers unable to recharge online. The carrier did not reveal the number of affected customers, but customer service representatives said that hundreds of prepaid customers were unable to use the online …
Business 2 Jan 21:26
Heading southwards as well
So far, Australia’s 2011/12 cyclone season seems unusually benign so far, but local climate boffins don’t expect things to stay that way. According to Dr Debbie Abbs, a scientist working for the joint CSIRO-Bureau of Meteorology Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, the consensus emerging in Australia is that …
Energy 2 Jan 22:00
This ain't 'Free Willy'
New Zealand residents were treated to a spectacular event just before New Year, when a beachside encounter between orcas and sharks turned into a surf-churning blood-in-the-water battle worthy of a cheesy horror flick. The bloody battle, captured on video by local residents, took place at Blue Cliffs Beach in Tuatapere in New …
Bootnotes 2 Jan 22:30
- Geek's Guide to Britain INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry
- 'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test
- Game Theory Is the next-gen console war already One?
- Analysis Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works
- VIDEO Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging