Day: July 8, 2003

  • VIA Introduces Antaur Mobile Processor

    El Reg:

    VIA launched itself against Intel’s Centrino mobile platform today when it unveiled Antaur, a mobile version of its C3 desktop processor.

    We say ‘mobile version’ but we’re really just talking about little more than a rebranded C3. The C3, particularly in its latest incarnations, based on the Nehemiah core, has been targeted at low-power applications, and VIA has often touted its strengths in fanless, zero-noise systems.

    I have a C3 533MHz board sitting next to me running Red Hat 8.0.  The C3 seems to be great for running stuff like word processing, browsing, SSH terminals and the sort.  It does tend to choke on more processor-intensive tasks.  The first time I noticed this was when decoding a speex file.  It brought the system to a halt and produced a couple of unusable files.

    I wouldn’t try to do realtime audio or video on the 533MHz C3, but for day to day stuff, it’s fine.

  • Going For a Classified PHD

    I read the following article over Honey Nut Cheerios this morning:

    Sean Gorman’s professor called his dissertation “tedious and unimportant.” Gorman didn’t talk about it when he went on dates because “it was so boring they’d start staring up at the ceiling.” But since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Gorman’s work has become so compelling that companies want to seize it, government officials want to suppress it, and al Qaeda operatives — if they could get their hands on it — would find a terrorist treasure map.

  • Move the Discussion to the Wiki

    Dave Winer:

    Interesting timing. Mark Pilgrim shuts off discussion in a thread, just as the light is beginning to shine, clear and bright.

    Mark Pilgrim posted an example implementation of the RESTian (not)Echo API.  He also posts an XML-RPC implementation for comparison.  He turned off comments for a reason.  I think he was trying to get people to go over to the wiki and post their comments/questions/improvements rather than start a flamewar on his weblog.

    Which one is more constructive?

    Moderators: Please don’t mark this -1 (Flamebait).  It really shouldn’t be.  Granted, the flamable keywords are there: Winer, Pilgrim, Necho, REST, XML-RPC; but that’s not my intent.  Take the political aspect out of it (if that’s possible).  It’s all just angle brackets anyway.  It’s not worth getting upset over.

  • A Blip on the Radar: The Blogging Together Alliance

    There’s not any content of note yet, but things are happening at


  • Panther to be 32-bit/64-bit Hodgepodge?

    El Reg via MacNN:

    Mac OS X 10.3, aka Panther, will not be a 64-bit operating system, despite running on a 64-bit processor, the PowerPC 970 aka the G5.

    Instead, the next major release of the Mac operating system will be a hybrid, much like version 10.2.7, codenamed ‘Smeagol’, which Apple has running on its pre-production Power Mac G5 machines and with which it will almost certainly ship production units.

    If this is anything like the Carbon Finder Fiasco, we’re in for a good one.