Category Archives: technology

Building a new computer.

I have an AMD Athlon XP 1700, socket A CPU in a Shuttle K31A rev 3 motherboard. The FSB is 266 and one of my two sticks of 256k RAM is only working on one side. I get bluescreened several times a week and now my registry is corrupted such that I cannot open anything from its icon. My MB bios does not allow more than 80GB hardrives nor can I use the 3rd or 4th slots for additional RAM.

Windows Vista is finally going to be available tomorrow so I am finally going to build a new computer. Here is my tentative list of components:

CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
MBÂ Â ASUS P5W DH Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition
RAM Kingston KVR800D2N5K2/2G 2GB DDR2/800
HDÂ Â Seagate 7200.10 500GB

Don’t worry. Be Happy.

What are you optimistic about? Why?

Are you getting bummed out reading about doom and gloom predictions? Edge asked 160 ‘thought leaders’ to share with us their answers to this years question, “What are you optimistic about? Why?”

The 160 responses to this year’s Edge Question span topics such as string theory, intelligence, population growth, cancer, climate and much much more. Contributing their optimistic visions are a who’s who of interesting and important world-class thinkers. Edge asked its hand-picked list of ‘thought leaders’ to reassure each other and the rest of us that we have reason to be optimistic.

Ray Kurzweil

Kurzweil, who authored The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, explains how when things keep doubling at a regular rate they approach infinity or zero. Computer’s increasing ability to “figure things out” will lead to answers for our many problems. The cost of solar energy, like the cost of calculators, will drop to levels cheaper than oil. Our new mastery of biology will allow us to “turn off” diseases and aging.

I’m Confident About Energy, the Environment, Longevity, and Wealth; I’m Optimistic (But Not Necessarily Confident) Of the Avoidance Of Existential Downsides; And I’m Hopeful (But Not Necessarily Optimistic) About a Repeat Of 9-11 (Or Worse) Ray Kurzweil

Therapeutic reading

Please consider reading some of the 160 contributions.