“Another company is preparing to sell Intel-based computers that can run Apple’s Mac OS X. But unlike Psystar, a Florida clone maker that’s been sued by Apple, Open Tech won’t pre-install the operating system on its machines. Open Tech’s Home (equipped with an Intel dual-core Pentium processor, 3GB of memory, an nVidia GeForce 8600 CT video card and a 500GB hard drive) and XT (which includes an Intel Core 2 quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, an nVidia GeForce 8800 video card and a 640GB drive) machines will sell for $620 and $1,200, respectively. Open Tech is prepared to do battle with Apple if it comes after Open Tech. ‘We definitely would defend this,’ said [Open Tech spokesman] Tom. ‘The only possible case that Apple can make, the only one that has any chance, would be based on the end-user licensing agreement.’”
Researchers on the Themis (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms) mission say they’ve used a quintet of satellites around the Earth to monitor the Northern Lights phenomenon from start to completion and can definitively explain it.
“The Earth is bathed in the solar wind which carries with it the magnetic field of the Sun,” explained Nicola Fox, a Johns Hopkins University scientist.
“The field can be in many directions but when it opposes Earth’s magnetic field, just like two opposite poles of a magnet will attract, the two field lines will break and join together. This reconnection allows vast amounts of solar energy to enter into our own magnetosphere, generating a substorm which culminates in the formation of aurora.”
Observations from Themis show that a substorm starts to occur in a area of space one third of the way to the Moon and exhibits a particular pattern. The pattern consists of a period of “reconnection”, followed by rapid auroral brightening and rapid expansion of the aurora towards the Earth’s poles. This culminates in a redistribution of the electrical currents flowing in space around Earth.
Interesting tidbit: the magnetic flux lines around the earth’s pole is roughly equivalent to a 30,000 volt battery in space and can generate 650,000 Amps of current into the arctic.
Tonight I found myself searching for a Fantasy podibook to entertain me during the tortuously long periods between PG Holyfield’s podcasts/chapters for Murder at Avedon Hill (I’d take waterboarding over this).
During the search, I tripped over an interesting little nugget at podiobooks.com this evening. It’s a story called “Nina Kimberly The Merciless” written by Christiana Ellis; it sounds like a cross between Princess Bride and Dungeons and Dragons. And that Nina is smoking hot, right up there with Blondie Bumstead, click the pic for a better view.
Here’s the tagline for the story:
She’s on a mission… To kill the man who loves her…
Because he’s an idiot.
Nina Kimberly The Merciless is the story of a teenage barbarian princess who must rid herself of an obnoxious royal suitor, replace him with a hero, and then grow into her destiny as a…
Well, that she hasn’t decided yet.
Well, from the tagline it sounds like it might be fun or funny, so that was good enough to pique my interest to at least look at the descriptions for a few episodes.
Episode 1(mp3): Nina has been spending a lot of time at the tavern, all for nothing. She’s been waiting for some questing heroes to show, but they seem to be taking their sweet time, so she decides to get a little more proactive. But before she can set off to find a quest of her very own, her plans are derailed by the lovesick king’s decision to follow her.
Episode 2(mp3): Nina and Francis have been on the road for a couple of weeks now, and though the traveling has been uneventful, the increasingly revolting proximity to Francis has been forcing her to reconsider her plans. That is, until they stumble across a dragon.
OK, that’s more than good enough for me! I’m downloading the series and will report back after a few episodes.
This is pretty late news but just an update.
Apple is expected to update their Macbooks as well as their Macbook Pros with the new Intel Penryn chips. There is also an increase of ram as well as hard drive space. It has been rumored that Apple is working on new aluminum MacBook Pro designs that will adopt features of the current iMac and MacBook Air