Tuesday, April 5, 2005

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

"I was waiting for the universe to dispense some justice but sometimes the universe is just too damn slow. The effects of putting Nair in someone's styling gel, however, only take a few minutes." - Murphy (Murphy Brown)

I have decided to begin a new theme for blog titles. I am now going to use movies with days of the week in them. Today's title really is from a movie from 1969 staring Suzanne Pleshette (who is most know for her role as Emily on the The Bob Newhart Show).

In my class on Monday we discussed an intereest concept - FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays). A concept that has never really taken off as much as one might think. They are extremely useful when your system does a lot of repeated computations/actions and you want to customize the chip. Why not just build a chip? Because unless you are going to build millions of chips the cost is just too great. There is even a journal for FPGA stuff. Just recently Texas Instruments and Avnet have put together a presentation about FPGA and you can see the live webcast on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. CDT (18.00 hrs CET). However, I am guessing that it is way more effort then you really wanted to put in, so never mind.

In the world of computers, Hitachi annouced their goal of 1 TB hard-disk drives for computers by 2007. Wow, 1 TB - that's a lot of hard-drive.

In the big, big world of the internet, people will now be able to compare hospital quality online. The site is up and working.

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