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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Just thought I'd post about the LAN party this past weekend, mainly to read some comments on how people thought it went. It took a lot out of everyone to set up all of the computers, and I have yet to finish cleaning up and return the tables to my room. I was pretty stressed out Friday night, and I hate hearing complaints from everyone; I tried, but I'm sorry I can't make everyone happy. Luckily by Saturday things went a lot more smoothly (not counting the occasional power outage). We will have to watch the appliance usage closely next time; I'll have to post signs through the apartment or something.

It would have been nice to have more time for gaming, but we had a good balance between drinking soda and sitting outside and playing games on our computers. Even though I thought the "human vs. bots" games were enjoyable for everyone, and challenging enough, I know one thing we didn't do much of was team-based Battlefield and UT. Hope you guys weren't too disappointed with that.

Anyways, I'd like to hear what you all think (even though my hunch is that they're all going to be negative comments based on the topics I outlined). If you feel that I did a crappy job "preparing", let me know what I should have done to get ready. I believe there's always going to be obstacles, but overall this apartment was the best place for the lan, and this past lan party turned out to be a lot of fun.
AT&T is setting up the powerline broadband infrastructure that could offer WiFi in our neighborhoods. By pumping 13 mbps through the power grid onto WiFi repeaters located on light posts, up to 3 mbps is offered for each trial customer. Read more here.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Are you ready to take the Google challenge? Solve an equation and you've completed the first step in the hiring process to work for Google.

Instead of just posting a "Now Hiring" sign, a Billboard found in Silicon Valley contains a URL composed of the first 10 prime digits in e. Part of the human resources function can now be completed through solving a mathematical problem floating on the web. Read more at
Josh Sutinen just sent me a link to an mp3 on the DamagedGoodz server. It's a Bud Light radio ad presenting Real Men of Genius - Mr. Company Computer Guy. "You are the guru of the gigabyte, the monster of the memory...without you, computers would megabyte...the countless hours we spend surfing the internet and accidentally stumbling upon porn sites would instead be spent working."
Here's an interesting image I thought I'd do a quick post on. I was searching for benchmarks between FreeBSD, Linux, and Windows, and found an arabic forum. Although I can't read anything on the page, I found this image and laughed.