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Posts published in “Day: February 22, 2005”

10Mbit people…..

Will this be the end of those bins filled with 100’s of diferent cables, connectors, adapters, and other home brewed creations that were needed in the past to get devices to communicate to one another?

Now here is an interesting idea…. it’s about time someone figured out something useful to do with your body and electricity besides the fun of shocking them…. ah remember grabbing your buddy’s arm and then the ‘lectric fence…… Well now the technology is coming around to actually let you get some other types of shocking cool effects, transmitting data through your body at speeds up to 10Mbit. Imagine being able to upload songs to your MP3 player or other devices just by holding it and touching this other gadget.

Cool idea…

TechnoGeeks can click here for the tech sheet.

What’s preventing you from high speed internet access?

What’s this map for? The states colored dark grey actually have legal barriers in place to prevent anyone (besides the Telco’s) from establishing any sort of ‘community’ internet access, be it wireless or broadband or whatever. Check you particular states laws to figure out why. The states in blue actually have legistlation in the pipe to block such activities.

This is rediculous, up in Wisconsin I’d say that anything faster than dialup is available to about 3% of the state TOTAL! Our own resisidence is way out in the sticks, as we prefer not to see people, the remainder of the state outside of the larger 40K+ populated cities get nothing. Options, pay the bloodsucking telco’s for a lousy copper run for a frame relay and WIFI it out to anyone that can reach your access point to share the load on the monthly bills. Guess what, you can’t ‘legally’ do it!

Satellite, well it works, but who wants to shell out 1000 clams for the equipment and the monkey to set it up, and then pay $60/month for such high latency service. Not knocking the satellite providers, they are providing the best that they can, it’s the shear distances they are dealing with, come on even at the speed of light, 11 miles up and 11 more back down, mathmatically your still looking at around 290ms before your first packet ever reaches the ‘net. I’d take it, but last I saw they required the hardware to connect to a Windoze box, sorry I’m not that gutsy to put Windoze up front. But they happily take my money every month to pipe in my TV show that I don’t watch in very nicely.

That got off on a tangent, back to the topic at hand, the crappy Telco’s have the states legislation so deep in their pockets and their heads so far up their asses it’s doubtful they’ll ever see daylight again. With the recent telco mergers and such we are slowly going back to the Ma Bell system, well Baby Bell just bought out Ma Bell, but the overall picture is the same, we are all getting hosed. Almost $30 a month for a plain jane no frills analog phone line that does nothing but connect my firewall to my ISP’s dial up access server 24×7, bet they love that one. Toss in another 20 spot for internet access and a static address so my sendmail server doesn’t get it’s MX record lost in some dynamic pool somewhere. All this for a lousy 56K, oops forgot the FCC ruling 53K down 33.6K up connection to the internet to be shared amongst everyone in the house.

Why are they allowed to get away with such tactics? All I can say is you voted for them, not me (i was out of state). But state elections will be coming back around….

Source Free Press Community Internet

Cooking things up with Cyrix.

Finally a good use for all those silly Cyrix 686 type chips I have laying around. Lord knows there weren’t good for much else after the first 90 days, by then they overheated and their clocks would wander and just cause havoc on the system, so they became a prime target for overclocking attempts.

This fella took 7 of them and made himself a hotplate…

Read the whole article at RabbidHardware, it looks like their server is having a tough time dealing with being slashdotted, so I grabbed the leadin text and once the smoke settles a bit you may be able to get to the pictures and such. hee hee

Welcome to the 21st century. The age of conservation, renewable materials and Jolene Blalock. As we're urged to replace our gaming equipment on a weekly basis, many tonnes of silicon, lead, and copies of Daikatana make it into our planet's landfills.

At RabidHardware we strive to be environmentally sound (so says our lawyers). By re-using hardware we would have so hastily discarded in our youth, we can now give our dear Earth a new lease on life. Seeing how the Great White North is in the middle of one of the more colder winters as of late, and I'm on a budget (read: cheap bastard), I figure we could get two birds stoned at once with this latest project: A CPU-driven hotplate.

Enter the intrepid Cyrix(tm) Central Processing Unit. Instead of piling the landfills with these retired, non-biodegradable heathens (or donating them to NASA for shuttle heat shielding), we may as well put em to further use. So what do we do instead you ask? Well, there is only one thing a Cyrix CPU does well besides reflecting heat, and that is producing it.

To do this we'll be using 7 6x86 Cyrix CPUs ranging from 100mhz to 150mhz, dissipating an upwards of 20+ watts each. All chips will be supplied with 5v regardless of their original requirements, which I imagine will also improve the thermal output.