Computing

WD Unveils Largest SATA Drive in the World

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You know what they say, it’s just more to love. WD unveiled their newest Caviar Green SATA Drive which stores 3.0 TB of data, divided into 750 GB platters. An Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) allows users to skirt the 2.5 TB limitations of PC hardware. Nothing like a little technical trickery to get your juices flowing. Believe it or ...

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The Birth of a Chip: A Tour Through a State-of-the-Art Clean Room

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Applied Materials’ Maydan Technology Center in Santa Clara, California is a 39,000 square foot facility of cleanliness. The contents of these rooms hold our future. The birth of the modern computer begins here, where super machines built by Applied Materials constructs the most modern and powerful pieces of hardware using raw slices of silicon. Wired takes a tour of a ...

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AutoCAD Makes a Triumphant Return to Mac

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18 years ago, a little application by the name of AutoCAD, also known as Photoshop for engineers, vanished from the Mac platform into the oblivion of Windows PC exclusivity. After almost two decades of avoidance, AutoCAD has finally made its way back onto the Mac OS. The transition to Mac appears to have been a smooth one. The GUIs are ...

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Digitally Mapping the 600 Year History of Prague’s Old Town Square Clock Tower

Digital mapping is in a state of transition. It hasn’t really had a chance to become a part of the daily squeeze, but it’s at point where the brink of breaking its way into everyday life is a possibility. This presentation by mapping company The Macula demonstrates both the entertainment and technological merits of digital mapping. Displayed using digital mapping ...

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Motorized Window Curtain Automatically Follows Peeping Toms

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For some people, the easy way out just doesn’t cut it. You could make a good argument that it would have been much easier just to get a curtain that comfortably fit in front of the whole window, or find some blinds that would scare people away. Even a shower curtain would work. But it’s the principle of the thing! ...

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PC Case Mod Turns Your Computer Into a Mini-Oven

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If you walked into a friend’s room and saw this sitting under their desk, you’d probably be like “Um, why the hell do you have an oven in your room?” Because it really does look like a fully-functioning oven. But in reality, this is a PC case mod by Czech modder Zbyek, who woke up one morning and decided to ...

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Flash Memory Could Be 10,000 Faster in Three Years or Less

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Is NAND flash memory fast enough? You tell me. Your mobile device is most likely using it right now. It seems speedy enough, but according to Sharp and Elipa’s standards, NAND is running at a snail’s pace. The two companies have teamed up to develop ReRAM (Resistive Random Access Memory), a new form of flash which improves the speed of ...

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Gamer Creates Massive Working Computer Using Virtual Minecraft Building Blocks

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Craddock is not your average gamer. Better known by his online pseudonym “theinternetftw,” Craddock is one of a few crafty gamers in the process of creating a working virtual computer. In Craddock’s case, a 16-bit computer that will run entirely in Minecraft. That computer will be “Hack” compatible, meaning that it will run code meant for the Hack machine described ...

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Halo 2600 Code Visualized

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Much like any other game console, Atari cartridges contained executable code along with corresponding data. Much of Atari game code is in the language of mathematics – if x is true, go to y. In this visualization of the custom Halo 2600, a adaptation of Halo for the Atari 2600 we’ve posted about in the past, each time there is ...

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