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Technologies I find significant, good or bad.

My, there are many bugs in the system...

Clearly bugs are the toys d'annee for the Bush administration. First it (using the National Security Agency) partakes in bugging the offices and homes of diplomats of six undecided countries on the U.N security council as it was trying to push through it's illegal invasion of Iraq. When Katherine Gun blew the whistle on this, rather than actually stop, they pressed the U.K government to arrest her for revealing the illegal and highly embarrassing activities!

Mad cow disease infecting humans in the U.S.A more than recognised?

A very well researched, referenced and written article by an M.D., Michael Greger, on the argument that sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease could be the result of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) transfer similar to variant CJD, which is known to be caused by BSE infection. Sporadic CJD is much more wide-spread than the variant form, with many cases reported in the U.S. and many misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease.

Thanks to Jill for the link.

My dream laptop

I use an Apple 2001 vintage G4 Powerbook about 15 hours a day. It's great, but looking forward, here's my realisable dream machine:

Dual processor 2GHz G5s.

4Gb flash memory for the operating system.

802.11g (54Mbps) WiFi with wide spread coverage.

No hard disk! Uses a distributed secure file sharing protocol, perhaps the Andrew File System, perhaps even WebDAV.

OLED (Organic LED) display, no backlight required.

My daily news sites

I've been checking Juan Coles blog a professor of Middle East history who speaks Urdu, Arabic and other middle east languages. He has some very informed commentary, particularly his monitoring of Arabic news sources.

The Presidents Space Program

I support astronomical exploration but it is very clear that the idea of sending humans back into space as proposed by Bush yesterday is fundamentally flawed.

It turns out the Bush administration has been in talks with Halliburton, Shell, and Baker Hughes among others about the provision of space exploration. There is considerable argument that the real purpose is to obtain minerals from Moon and further colonies. In particular Helium 3 is said to be a particular goal, with the demand likened to the 1840s gold rush.

PC-200 keyboard carbon pads

PC-200 keyboard carbon pads

A close up view of the carbon pads of a Roland PC-200. The rear pads have deteriorated causing the pad to stop conducting.

G-202 body

G-202 body

A view of the Seymour Duncan replacement pickups, piezo and magnetic hex pickups, original potentiometers and the added extra switch for splitting the humbucker coils next to the original humbucker selector switch.

G-202 magnetic and piezo hexaphonic pickups

G-202 magnetic and piezo hexaphonic pickups

A view of the original GK-1 magnetic hexaphonic pickup, the RMC piezo bridge pickups and a Seymour Duncan SH-5 Custom pickup installed into the G-202.

Micromoog09

Micromoog09

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Micromoog11

Micromoog11

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