To many of us, the @ symbol is second nature. Used for email addresses and tweets alike, we’ve grown so accustomed to it that its nature isn’t generally of interest – unless you work for The New York Times.
According to the Times, the “at sign” (or, a “snail” if you’re Italian and a “monkey” if you’re a southern Slav) is a fairly recent invention, dating back 473 years. Reports state that a Florentine merchant that went by the name Francesco Lapi used the @ symbol in a letter he wrote on May 4, 1536. Back then it was used to indicate a measure of weight or volume, known as an amphora. The letter read, “There [is] an amphora of wine, which is one thirtieth of a barrel, is worth 70 or 80 ducats.”
The reason that it became commonplace for keyboards in today’s world, is because it was shorthand for “at the price of” in the records of English merchants. And, in 1971, engineer Ray Tomlinson used it “to indicate that the users was ‘at’ some other host rather than being local” for the very first emails ever sent.
And for good reason, too! Mr. Reznor has admittedly done a lot for the digital music landscape, and while he does support Apple, he’s got a rather large bone to pick with their app approval process (the very same process that approved the baby shaking game).
In a nutshell, Apple rejected an update to the official Nine Inch Nails iPhone app due to “objectionable content.” Oddly, said content isn’t actually a part of the app, instead it’s a song that the application can stream called “The Downward Spiral.” And, while the hypocrisy of this situation runs wild in my mind, it’s best described by Trent… after the break (there might be little eyes watching, so be warned of language).
It looks like MSI hasn’t had their fill of laptops doning “Turbo” buttons, because their new GX623 and GX633 both pack the crazy feature aimed at boosting performance conveniently.
Both the GX623 and GX633 feature a 15.4-inch display, but they’re fundamentally different just about everywhere else. The GX623 features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and ATI Radeon HD4670 graphics, while the GX633 packs an AMD X2 Turion Ultra processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 130M graphics. They both feature 4GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 2-megapixel webcam.
These days, privacy is getting pretty hard to come by. Your boss checks your Facebook, your mom sees what you’re looking at on YouTube, and anyone who Googles your name can find out about that embarrassing incident at the IHOP.
That’s why we think you should at least be able to find some peace of mind on your own PC. With that in mind, we’ve prepared a quick guide for keeping files and folders on your computer hidden from prying eyes. We’ll cover four different ways to accomplish this, from the mundane to the nigh-unbreakable.
There's no escaping it - expect to see lots of buzz, hype, new products, and media coverage revolving around the recent push towards 3D. But what you may be able to avoid is having to wear goofy looking glasses as 3D becomes more commonplace, thanks to a new display technology NEC plans to introduce next year.
The technology manipulates the way light moves in each LCD pixel in such a way that the left and right eye will always see a different image without the aid of 3D glasses. NEC already plans to produce several new displays based on the new technology, starting with a 12.1-inch model. Smaller screens are also being planned for portable use, all of which promise to offer similar resolution to a standard 2D LCD monitor.
Outside of gaming and movies, NEC says its technology will benefit those in the medical and industrial design fields. One of the main selling points will be the lack of headaches and eye strain typically associated with current 3D technology.
The personal computer has a storied history, stretching all the way back to the days of the Commodore 64 and IBM PC. But for us, the most interesting PC hardware developments really started about 15 years ago. Along with the eminent arrival of Windows 95, this was when Moore's law would really kick into high gear and bring us amazingly fast PC components like Intel's front side bus-multiplying Pentium, AMD's gigahertz-breaking Athlon, and yes, the wonderful world of 3D graphics accelerators.
We take an in-depth look back at the 50 most important pieces of PC hardware in the modern computing area. From CPUs to videocards and even monitors, these components were the envy of every PC enthusiast, whether you could afford them or not. They might not have been the fastest parts at the time, but they sure were the most notable. And before you ask, many of these entries were used of our Dream Machines. Join us as we journey with the ghost of PC past, and share your own favorite PC parts in the comments section!
Bonus question: can you name the card in the image above, and the issue of Maximum PC where the image was used?
Prior to today, the only way to get your hands on the MSI Wind U123 was through pre-order, and while that's still the case at Amazon, a handful of other retailers are showing the new netbook in stock and ready to ship. So far, only the red and blue models are available.
In case you'd forgotten and/or haven't yet memorized the specs on just about every netbook ever released, the 10.2-inch Wind U123 will come configured with an Intel Atom N280 processor (1.66GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 667MHz frontside bus), 1024 x 600 LED backlit display, 1GB of DDR2-533 memory, Intel GMA950 integrated graphics, a 160GB hard drive, Windows XP Home, and a 6-cell battery.
Frosty Computers so far is the only one offering customization options, which includes a bevy of hard drive and SSD options, a 2GB RAM upgrade, Wireless-n upgrade, additional OS options, and a handful of other configurations.
Prices range from $350 to $380 for the standard model.
The third annual Chimp Challenge kicks off today, in which Maximum PC's Folding at Home team will once again try to claim victory in the race for more points than the competition. If successful, this will mark the third victory in four attempts, but it won't be easy. More teams have entered this year and it's going to take a massive effort if we're to claim back-to-back bragging rights.
For those of you not familiar with Stanford's Folding at Home distributed computing project, you can get up to speed here. In short, the project relies on the computing horsepower of many in hopes of finding cures to common diseases, like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and many more. Stanford's Folding client taps into your PC's unused CPU and/or GPU cycles, and can even be run on a Playstation 3 console.
A bigger version of Amazon's Kindle eBook reader is expected to debut this week, possibly as early as tomorrow, that will be tailored for displaying newspapers, magazines, and college textbooks. The big mystery is what exactly will the supersized Kindle look like, and Engadget appears to have solved it by posting several leaked photos of what will reportedly be known as the Kindle DX.
According to Engadget, the new Kindle will bump the screen size up from 6 inches to a 9.7-inch display, and at long last, it will come with a built-in PDF reader. Users will have the ability to add notations, as well as notes and highlights, which should prove popular on college campuses. The DX also looks to come with an improved web browser, but no other details are yet available.
Still no word on price and whether or not it will come with a touchscreen.
Today is Tuesday, May 5th, and that means you can now officially download Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC). Microsoft had previously made the RC available to Technet and MSDN subscribers, and it didn't take long for the newest release to find its way onto Torrent sites.
Microsoft says the RC will expire on June 1, 2010, and starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. You'll be given a two-week reminder ahead of time.
The RC that's being made available is a full-featured edition, similar to Windows Vista Ultimate, Microsoft says. Those of you running the Windows 7 Beta can continue to do so until August 1, 2009, at which time you'll need to a clean install of the RC - an upgrade option is not available.
Windows 7 RC will be available at least through July 2009, and while that means there's no rush to go grab your copy right now, there have been no reports of a 'Server is too busy' error message like there were with the Beta release.