Archive for February, 2005

Bob’s Inappropriate Toys for Children

For all your birthday shopping needs…

I helped my sister move a bunch of her stuff a while back, including books
from her undergraduate degree in political science. Many of these books
have semi-interesting titles:

  • The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World
  • The Search for Modern China
  • The Lexus and The Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization

I tried to read a few and discovered that most of these books are just
as dense and boring as the books I had to read for my engineering degree (the last
one being a notable exception – go read it :) Imagine if CS/engineering texts
had better names:

  • The Beast Inside: Microelectronic Circuits
  • Sand is Useful: Physics of Semiconductor Devices
  • Blinding Pain: Fundamentals of Complex Analysis with Applications

I probably still wouldn’t have read any of them, but at least I’d have
an interesting bookshelf.

A slight understatement

While Bill Gates was busy impressing the ladies, a new computer was briefly discussed on Usenet:

Any opinions on the new Commodore 64 computer.  I’ve seen it and it looks pretty neat.

        (i)     it comes with 64K of memory standard
        (ii)    in highest graphics resolution it has 320 X 200 pixels.
                In lower resolutions you can display 16 colors
                simultaneously, but the number of simultaneous colors
                goes down with increased resolution.

Yes, I have had a Comodore 64 for some time now. It was given to me
by Commodore people so I can put some software up on it. Let me
also say I am impressed with the machine:

– It has a nice keyboard, well laid out with two different control keys.
(ie. a META key if you like)

At $600 for 64K in the USA, I expect we’ll see a lot of these.

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