Happy 11/11/11!

Jeffery Powers had this on Google +

“For some, you have already celebrated. But I wish you all a Happy 00110001001100010010110100110001001100010010110100110001001100010010

Binary. Very geeky!

Mashable says that, “One group of hackers has dubbed it ‘Nerd New Year.’ They’ll be lining the streets of Redwood City, in the heart of Silicon Valley, for an outdoor hackathon and party, including the countdown to Nerd New Year itself at 11:11 p.m. ‘It is ON,’ organizer Adam Rifkin told Patch. (That’s a binary joke, by the way.)”

Logitech Lost Tons ‘o Money on GoogleTV… Pulls Plug!

I love my Roku, as you know, so set-top boxes for Internet-based TV is awesome! But, GoogleTV apparrently just didn’t “catch on!”

Logitech confesses to ‘gigantic’ mistake with Google TV

“Logitech is halting production of its Google TV Revue set-top boxes, acknowledging that the whole affair was a financial disaster for the company.

At an Analyst and Investor Day hosted by Logitech on Wednesday, CEO Guerrino De Luca confessed that the Revue was a ‘mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature.’ In his presentation, DeLuca in part pointed the finger at Google TV, referring to it as a ‘beta’ product, according to The Verge.

De Luca told investors that Logitech lost more than $100 million in operating profits on the Revue after bringing it to the market almost a year ago. As a result, the company will simply let existing inventory of the Revue run out this quarter and will not make another set-top box to replace it.

The CEO intimated that Google TV simply wasn’t ready to launch when it did and that Logitech mistakenly thought the search giant’s product was revolutionary, The Verge reported. DeLuca also blamed his company’s own ‘operational miscues in EMEA [Europe, Middle East, and Africa]’ for the Revue’s failure to ignite the market.

‘To make the long story short, we thought we had invented [sliced] bread and we just made them,’ DeLuca said. The company made a commitment to ‘just build a lot because we expected everybody to line up for Christmas and buy these boxes [at] $300…that was a big mistake.'”

Geek Software of the Week: GRC Domain Name Speed Benchmark

GRC DNS Benchmark ToolHave you ever wondered how your DNS system (usually provided by your ISP) is doing, speed-wise? When your PC queries the DNS for a domain name, if your DNS responds slowly, your perception is that “the Internet is slow” when, in fact, it may just be your DNS. You can always switch to another DNS provider by setting that option in your router (for instance)… I use OpenDNS myself. Anyway, this weeks GSotW is a way to test your DNS speed, for free! And, it is by Steve Gibson… so it is very compact, and tightly coded!

GRC Domain Name Speed Benchmark

“GRC’s DNS Benchmark performs a detailed analysis and comparison of the operational performance and reliability of any set of up to 200 DNS nameservers (sometimes also called resolvers) at once. When the Benchmark is started in its default configuration, it identifies all DNS nameservers the user’s system is currently configured to use and adds them to its built-in list of publicly available ‘alternative’ nameservers. Each DNS nameserver in the benchmark list is carefully ‘characterized’ to determine its suitability — to you — for your use as a DNS resolver. This characterization includes testing each nameserver for its ‘redirection’ behavior: whether it returns an error for a bad domain request, or redirects a user’s web browser to a commercial marketing-oriented page. While such behavior may be acceptable to some users, others may find this objectionable.

When the benchmark is run, the performance and apparent reliability of the DNS nameservers the system is currently using, plus all of the working nameservers on the Benchmark’s built-in list of alternative nameservers are compared with each other….

Results are continuously displayed and updated while the benchmark is underway, with a dynamically sorted and scaled bar chart, and a tabular chart display showing the cached, uncached and ‘dotcom’ DNS lookup performance of each nameserver. These values are determined by carefully querying each nameserver for the IP addresses of the top 50 most popular domain names on the Internet and also by querying for nonexistent domains.

Once the benchmark finishes, the results are heuristically and statistically analyzed to present a comprehensive yet simplified and understandable English-language summary of all important findings and conclusions. Based upon these results, users may choose to change the usage order of their system’s own resolvers, or, if alternative public nameservers offer superior performance or features compared with the nameservers currently being used, to switch to one or more alternative nameservers.”

Red Hat Releases Fedora 16

I am an Ubuntu desktop guy myself, but one of my friends at work uses Fedora as his standard desktop (notebook) OS… it looks pretty cool. I may have to “play” with it!

Fedora 16 released with GNOME 3.2, virtualization enhancements

“The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Project released Fedora 16 (‘Verne’), featuring the GNOME 3.2 desktop environment and virtualization and cloud enhancements — including support for the Aeolus and OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms. Version 16 upgrades the techie-focused Linux distribution to Linux 3.1, and moves up to the GRUB2 bootloader and Firefox 7.0.1, while offering enhanced contact and document management apps.

As we noted when the Fedora Project released its first beta of Fedora 16 in early October, the release is notable to desktop end users primarily for its upgrade to the GNOME 3.2 desktop. Fedora first tried out GNOME 3.0 in Fedora 15, a more significant release that also added a dynamic firewall, the SystemD configuration utility, and major new applications.

Like Fedora, which acts as the cutting-edge, Red Hat-backed upstream contributor to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE’s OpenSUSE also moved to GNOME 3.2 in its 12.1 beta. And on Nov. 4, the Linux Mint team succumbed to the wheels of ‘progress,’ announcing that the upcoming Linux Mint 12 will offer GNOME 3.
Mint, however, will also keep a full-fledged GNOME 2.32 alternative to the controversial GNOME 3. By comparison, Fedora 16 and OpenSUSE 12.1 will block users from booting into GNOME 2.x except for a simplified fallback mode for low-end systems.

GNOME 3.2 is said to have squashed many of the bugs of the original, while fixing a few of the most unpopular changes. Yet, GNOME has not backtracked much from its radical UI makeover. Fortunately, Fedora 16 also offers KDE Plasma Workspace 4.7 as an alternative.”

Tegra 3 CPU Is Five Times Faster Than Tegra 2

(Cross Posted from the Hand Held Hack) A quad core CPU for hand helds! Sweet! “Project Kal-El” – gotta love the Superman reference!

Nvidia ships Tegra 3, claims it’s up to five times faster than Tegra 2

“Nvidia says its Tegra 3 processor, previously code-named ‘Kal-El,’ is now in production, making its first appearance in the Android-powered Asus Transformer Prime before the end of the year. The chip includes five ARM Cortex A9 cores, but the fifth ‘Companion core’ runs only up to 500MHz, and is optimized for saving power when running background tasks, the company says.

Nvidia introduced and demonstrated its ‘Project Kal-El’ last February. At the time, the chip was touted as the world’s first quad-core mobile processor, including four ARM-based CPU cores plus a twelve-core GeForce GPU (graphics processing unit).

But on Sept. 20, Nvidia disclosed that the Tegra 3 would actually sport five ARM Cortex-A9 cores, not four. The fifth ‘Companion Core’ is identical to the other four, except that it has been built using low power process technology and runs only from 0 to 500MHz, as opposed to the ‘0 to max GHz’ delivered by the others, according to the company.”