Maximum PC article (one print page) shares the past and current 3D video cards -- "Try to imagine where 3D gaming would be today if not for the graphics processing unit, or GPU. Without it, you wouldn't be tredging through the jungles of Crysis in all its visual splendor, nor would you be fending off endless hordes of fast-moving zombies at high resolutions. For that to happen, it takes a highly specialized chip designed for parallel processing to pull off the kinds of games you see today, the same ones that wouldn't be possible on a CPU alone. Going forward, GPU makers will try to extend the reliance on videocards to also include physics processing, video encoding/decoding, and other tasks that where once handled by the CPU.
Gabrieltessin's Overclockers Club Forum thread shows a review on things you can and can't use as thermal interface material (TIM) in a pinch on your central processing unit (CPU)
Xkcd shows a funny comic/cartoon strip of a guy's dream software quality assurance (SQA) and software development...
BBC News reports that "Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), dongle, and cookie are some of the least understood words by the British public, according to a survey. Gadget Helpline surveyed more than 5,000 users and came up with a top ten (10) list of technology-related words people find most confusing. The firm says companies should use language people understand, rather than resorting to jargon..."
/. shares a Wall Street Journal article, with its ninteen photographs/photos. slideshow of the family album and a 3.3 minutes video story, on Bill Gates and his family's life including Bill's misbehaved rebel teenage life, his changes, etc. It was mainly an interview on Bill's father, Bill/William H. Gates, Sr.
TechRadar shares how "incremental improvements just don't get us excited. Perhaps Blu-ray is the canary in the coalmine. To its makers, it's a fantastic new format, the pinnacle of home entertainment technology. To the public, it's digital video/versatile disc (DVD) with a slightly better picture and double the price tag -- and most people have decided to stick with what they already have.
The Wall Street Journal reports on how "Vincent Connare designed the ubiquitous, bubbly Comic Sans typeface, but he sympathizes with the world-wide movement to ban it. Mr. Connare has looked on, alternately amused and mortified, as Comic Sans has spread from a software project at Microsoft Corporation/Corp. 15 years ago to grade-school fliers and holiday newsletters, ads and tags, business e-mails, street signs, Bibles, porn sites, gravestones and hospital posters about bowel cancer.
VideoSift has a bunch of videos showing cats vs. printers. Cats really hate those computer devices.
/. shares two links for the relationships between programmers/developers and other subjects.
InfoWorld reports: "Microsoft (MS) requested on Tuesday some $20 billion in bailout funds from the federal government, claiming that as the company controlling an overwhelming share of the operating system (OS) market, it is too big to fail. The company said low adoption rates for Windows Vista, the ensuing advertisement/ad. campaign trying to convince people that they really do like Vista, and the increased need for development resources to rush Windows 7 to market to make people forget about Vista have necessitated the bailout..."
Blue's News share a seven pages Computerworld article (one print page) that "honors a handful of the most memorable operating systems (OS') and interfaces that have graced our desktops over the years. Some of them lasted for years. Some of them had remarkably short lives but inspired trends that we are benefiting from to this day. And a few of them ... well, they were just cool for school.
Blue's News share a Flash thinking, puzzle game titled "Exploit" -- "Information is freedom. As a hotshot computer security cracker, you will solve over 50 puzzles and fight against totalitarianism, abuses of power, and terrorism. Story Mode offers a twist-filled story of international intrigue, and Challenge Mode offers 19 more puzzles to engage the mind. When it’s all done, use the built-in puzzle editor to make and share your own creations!"