Monday, April 24

Seagate Leaks 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 Details

DailyTech - Seagate Leaks 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 Details.

These are the first of the Barracuda series based on Seagate's 'perpendicular technology'.

Sunday, April 23

Deep Note - The THX Sound

Music thing has done a great interview with Dr James 'Andy' Moorer about the creation of the THX sound.


"'At the same time Tom Holman was also working at Lucasfilm. He had developed what is now called the THX sound system. It was to premiere with Lucasfilm's 'Return of the Jedi.' They were making a logo to go before the film. I was asked by the producer of the logo piece to do the sound. He said he wanted 'something that comes out of nowhere and gets really, really big!' I allowed as to how I figured I could do something like that. "


A very interesting read.

Friday, April 21

Dr Who on the ABC

The first episode of the 2006 Season of Dr Who aired in the UK last weekend.
Upon checking on the ABC website, there was no mention of when it was going to air in Australia.

I therefore did 2 things.
1) I downloaded the first episode off the internet and watched it.
2) I asked the ABC when they were planning on airing the new series.

The answer I got from the ABC was:


"Thank you for your recent email.

We have secured the rights to broadcast 'The Christmas Invasion' 2005 special and Series 2 of the new Doctor Who, both starring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor. We anticipate that the Christmas special and the new series will be broadcast later in 2006. At this stage, I cannot be more specific about when this may occur. You can keep up to date with what's on ABC TV by visiting the ABC TV page at www.abc.net.au/tv/

Kind regards

***** ******
ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs"


I guess the ABC doesn't mind missing out on segments of its audience as it doesn't get advertising revenue anyway, though it does seem rediculous for them to hold onto the series like this and not just show it a few days later than the UK.

Saturday, April 8

The Impact of Emerging Technologies: Virus-Assembled Batteries - Technology Review

The Impact of Emerging Technologies: Virus-Assembled Batteries - Technology Review:

"More than half the weight and size of today's batteries comes from supporting materials that contribute nothing to storing energy. Now researchers have demonstrated that genetically engineered viruses can assemble active battery materials into a compact, regular structure, to make an ultra-thin, transparent battery electrode that stores nearly three times as much energy as those in today's lithium-ion batteries. It is the first step toward high-capacity, self-assembling batteries."

Wednesday, April 5

Self-Parking Cars

Self-Parking Cars Coming To U.S.: "New Toyota hybrid cars are now available in Britain with a $700 'parking assist' option."

Translation: They are now selling Toyota Prius's with the Parking Assist option that has been available in Japan for a few years in the UK, with plans to sell it in the U.S. soon.

It can't be long until it arrives here in Australia!

There is a short video demonstrating the parking assist feature on the site.