Scrap notes, 2008.04.25ish-2008.05.03

  • Adobe Open Screen Project – apparently Adobe is now opening up the SWF and FLV formats, which hopefully soon means significantly less trouble getting Flash to work for me on Linux.
  • Tilera TILE64 – some sort of chip with 64 interconnected cores (or “tiles”); according to their site, tiles can be grouped into clusters, and the chip can run multiple operating systems simultaneously. Maybe kinda neat.
  • Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest – “whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.” Kinda interesting to read.
  • Contiki OS – “Contiki is a small, open source, highly portable, multitasking computer operating system developed for use on a number of memory-constrained networked systems ranging from 8-bit computers to embedded systems on microcontrollers, including sensor network motes.” (from Wikipedia entry). Apparently can run from a few KB and provide multitasking and TCP/IP, as well as a full GUI if given about 30 KB. It runs on a variety of systems, including AVR micros, Commodore, Apple II, blahblahblah. Looks handy.
  • Sort of reminds me of the TRON Project despite not really being anything like it.
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