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  • Haiku R1/beta1 is finally actually really close now

    Mon 3:44pm
    At last, R1/beta1 is nearly upon us. Only two non-"task" issues remain in the beta1 milestone, and I have prototype solutions for both. The buildbot and other major services have been rehabilitated and will need only minor tweaking to handle the new branch,…
  • ArcaOS 5.0.3 released

    Mon 3:40pm
    The OS/2-derived ArcaOS is now up to version 5.0.3. This latest release appears to be mainly bug fixes and hardware compatibility enhancements.…
  • A sound card before its time

    Mon 3:38pm
    A mysterious full-length sound card recently arrived at the OS/2 Museum. It was clearly manufactured by IBM in 1985, and sports a 20 MHz Texas Instrument TMS32010 DSP (the DSP is the large black DIP chip near the lower left corner, not the ceramic gold cap…
  • NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti, 2080, 2070 officially released

    Mon 3:36pm
    NVIDIA announced its new Turing video cards for gaming today, including the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and RTX 2070. The cards move forward with an upgraded-but-familiar Volta architecture, with some changes to the SMs and memory. The new RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti ship…
  • Windows 8/8.1 app distribution ends in 2023

    Mon 3:30pm
    As a part of our Windows device life cycle, Microsoft Store will soon stop accepting new apps with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier or Windows 8/8.1 packages (XAP and APPX). Soon after that date, we will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or…
  • Inside the die of Intel's 8087 coprocessor chip

    Thu 4:51pm
    Looking inside the Intel 8087, an early floating point chip, I noticed an interesting feature on the die: the substrate bias generation circuit. In this articleI explain how this circuit is implemented, using analog and digital circuitry to create a negative…
  • The jury is in: monolithic OS design is flawed

    Thu 4:50pm
    The security benefits of keeping a system's trusted computing base (TCB)small has long been accepted as a truism, as has the use of internal protection boundaries for limiting the damage caused by exploits. Applied to the operating system, this argues for a…
  • China's first 'fully homegrown' browser is a Chrome clone

    Thu 4:42pm
    A Chinese software startup has become a laughing stock on Chinese social media after claiming to have developed China's first fully homegrown browser only to be promptly exposed for copying Google.…
  • tinywm, a tiny window manager

    Wed 2:45pm
    TinyWM is a tiny window manager that I created as an exercise in minimalism. It is also maybe helpful in learning some of the very basics of creating a window manager. It is only around 50 lines of C. There is also a Python version using python-xlib.
  • Inside the iPhone repair ecosystem

    Tue 6:34pm
    There's a thriving market for unofficial, aftermarket iPhone parts, and in China, there are entire massive factories that are dedicated to producing these components for repair shops unable to get ahold of parts that have been produced by Apple.…
  • Why Apple had a secret meeting with app developers

    Tue 6:25pm
    10 years later, the App Store isn't new anymore, and Apple continues to tweak its rules so that developers can create sustainable business models, instead of selling high-quality software for a few dollars or monetizing through advertising. If Apple can't make…
  • NVIDIA reveals next-gen Turing GPU architecture

    Aug 14, 2018, 2:53 pm
    Moments ago at NVIDIA's SIGGRAPH 2018 keynote presentation, company CEO Jensen Huang formally unveiled the company's much awaited (and much rumored) Turing GPU architecture. The next generation of NVIDIA's GPU designs, Turing will be incorporating a number of…
  • Why use an FPGA instead of a CPU or GPU?

    Aug 14, 2018, 2:49 pm
    Recently, Intel bought Altera, one of the largest producers of FPGAs. Intel paid a whopping $16.7 billion, making it their largest acquisition ever. In other news, Microsoft is using FPGAs in its data centers, and Amazon is offering them on their cloud…
  • How Michael Dell saved his company from the brink

    Aug 13, 2018, 6:40 pm
    So CEO Michael Dell presented shareholders with a $25 billion buyout that would take the company private, giving it space away from the public limelight (and pressure from investors) to rethink and reposition the struggling computer company for the future.…
  • PC-RETRO Motherboard Kit: IBM clone computer

    Aug 13, 2018, 2:13 pm
    The PC-RETRO Kit Beta (Catalog #PC-RETRO) is a hobby electronics kit for building a faithful reproduction of the classic IBM PC 5150 motherboard from 1982. We have been in development on this new product offering for over 1 year. We started with the original…