Magic Cube 4D

Submitted by jbreland on Mon, 06/09/2003 - 10:13

If you're on the lookout for a new headache-inducing puzzle, then look no further! This four-dimensional version of a Rubik's cube has
1,756,772,880,709,135,843,168,526,079,081,
025,059,614,484,630,149,557,651,477,156,
021,733,236,798,970,168,550,600,274,887,
650,082,354,207,129,600,000,000,000,000
possible combinations, so you can imagine that it'll take quite a while to solve. :-)

For more information, see the project's home page. Linux and Windows versions are available.

Sony Unveils 'PSX' Digital Appliance

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 05/29/2003 - 09:00

This looks pretty interesting:

Dubbed "PSX," the device features a built-in 120 GB hard drive and recordable slot-loading DVD±RW/-R drive, as well as TV tuner and Ethernet port. For expansion, the PSX will include USB 2.0 support and a Memory Stick slot. Sony will also include a connector for its upcoming PSP portable entertainment device.

This also appears to be a separate device from the new revision PS2 already announced. More details (and pictures!) can be found in this PDF.

Full story.

From PlayStation to Supercomputer

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 05/28/2003 - 08:49

C|Net is carrying a story about researchers from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications that have assembled a supercomputer from 70 PlatStation 2 console systems.

The resulting system, with components purchased at retail prices, cost a little more than $50,000. Researchers at the supercomputing center believe the system may be capable of a half trillion operations a second, well within the definition of supercomputer, although it may not rank among the world's 500 fastest supercomputers.

Full story

Embedded Linux "Cool Devices" Quick Reference Guide

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 05/22/2003 - 09:57

This reference guide contains a categorized listing of various embedded Linux devices, including PDAs, mobile and IP phones, entertainment devices, tablet PCs, access points, and other devices the defy categorization. It also includes a special do-it-yourself category.

Information about most devices contains pictures, descriptions, and specifications. Check it out.

Embedded Linux Reference Guide

Citrix Plans Linux Client Due to Windows' Fears

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 05/21/2003 - 08:46

Citrix has announced plans to develop a Linux version of its ICA Client to address concerns about Windows security. This client will allow companies to deploy Windows applications (such as MS Office) to any PC running Linux.

Granted, it's not as ideal as a native Linux/FOSS solution, but it does provide an additional foothold for Linux in the corporation, as well as cede even more credibility to Linux as a reliable, secure operating system.

Full story

Application Layer Packet Classifier for Linux

Submitted by jbreland on Tue, 05/20/2003 - 11:12

This is the project page for a Layer 7 (application layer) packet filter for Linux. Unlike traditional packet filters (which is usally based on ports, source and destination addresses, etc.), this can distinguish between different types of data on an application level. Which means it can, for example, distinguish regular HTTP traffic from P2P app traffic also using port 80.

I messed with a standalone device that does this a few months back. It was quite powerful and capable, and I'd like to see this kind of ability available to Linux. This project is currently at a 0.3 release, but it should be worth keeping an eye on it.

Project page