Laptop Shutdown

I have a problem with my laptop: it doesn’t provide sufficient warning when the battery is about to die. Yes, there is a tiny indicator icon in the systems tray, but who the hell’s going to notice something this small in the corner of the screen when they’re busy working? Inevitably a low-battery warning appears in the middle of the screen, and half a second later, the laptop shuts down.

Goodbye Space Shuttle

I just read this story about the Space Shuttle: NASA managers decided to ground their shuttle fleet on Wednesday after a piece of insulating foam fell off Discovery during lift-off. “Until we fix this, we’re not going to fly again,” shuttle program manager Bill Parsons said. Bummer.

Popular Blogs

Technorati lists the biggest blogs in the blogosphere, as measured by links, meaning the blogs that have other blogs linking to them. The top 10: Boing Boing Instapundit Daily Kos Gizmodo FARK Engadget Talking Points Memo Davenetics Eschaton dooce I only recognize a couple of them, and I don’t read any of them. I’ll post websites I read regularly soon. (via The J-Walk Blog)

Game Over

I saw Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine last night, a documentary about the 1997 chess match between Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue. Kasparov lost and then claimed IBM cheated. IBM’s behaviour was indeed suspicious. They had something like 30 grand masters as ‘consultants,’ but you have wonder if some of these guys were in a back room somewhere over-riding some of Deep Blue’s moves. It’s an intriguing subject