Monday iMac Moment

The news is back! I'm at the airport waiting for my monthly flight to Toronto. Next week: Sitges, Spain for the Pearson International Sales Conference. I'd rather be in Paris today. Supposedly, that's where Apple will unveil the new, G5 based iMacs today at MacWorld Expo. I keep checking for an announcement but nothing so far.

The first African-American astronaut took flight in 1983. Lord Rutherford, who discovered the atomic nucleus, was born in 1871. President Carter was attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains Georgia in 1979.

The Splendid Splinter, Ted Williams, was born in 1918. Bill Gates's bridge partner, Warren Buffet is 74. Happy 34th Birthday, Cameron Diaz.

  1. On the other hand, maybe I'd rather have an Orion. Orion Multisystems announced its multi-processor cluster workstation based on the Transmeta Efficeon chip and runing Linux. Each motherboard can host up to 12 processors. The top of the line DS-96 deskside Cluster Workstation has 96 nodes and claims 300 gigaflops peak performance, 150 Gflops sustained, with up to 192 gigabytes of memory and up to 9.6 terabytes of storage. The company said it consumes less than 1500 watts and fits unobtrusively under a desk for just $100,000.
  2. Intel has announced a chip size breakthrough. The company has created a prototype chip that packs 10 million transistors into an area the size of the tip of a ball-point pen. The 65 nanometer chip will go into production next year.
  3. Call Longhorn Windows 2006. Or 2007. Something like that. Microsoft says it will ship the next version of its Windows operating system in around two years. But with a schedule like that don't expect some of the promised new features, like WinFS - the highly touted databasing file system.
  4. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other California cities and counties are suing Microsoft. The class action suit attacks Microsoft for it's monopolistic business practives. SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera says, "It's anticompetitive, it's predatory, and it denies consumers, and in this case taxpayers, the benefits of innovation that a free marketplace should provide." The local governments are seeking millions in damages.
  5. Slashdot reports that Kevin Mitnick's Caller ID trick will soon be available to everyone. The Caller ID Falsification Service will allow you to enter the number you're calling, and the number you'd like to appear as the id. Within a couple of seconds the site will call you back with your connection. will launch September 1.

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