Interesting technology news items

Virgin Mobile’s “unlimited broadband” will be limited, as the communication company goes back on its deal with customers. “Here at Virgin Mobile, our mission is to deliver an outstanding customer experience. Sometimes that means making difficult choices…” I don’t see that as a difficult choice at all. Drop Virgin Mobile, or, if you don’t use it, don’t consider it. Details here.

The first computer that stored apps to run on itself, EDSAC, will be rebuilt at Bletchley Park. “The EDSAC was two metres high and its 3,000 vacuum tubes took up four metres of floor space. It could perform 650 instructions per second and all data input was via paper tape.” Details here.

Steve Chang, the Chairman of Trend Micro, is a moron. He makes the stupid old and disproved claim that Open Source is inherently insecure.

Don’t mess with Sarah Palin or you will be sent to prison. “A man who broke into Sarah Palin’s e-mail has been imprisoned – despite being told he might be spared jail… David Kernell, 23, was found guilty last year of illegally accessing Mrs Palin’s e-mail during the 2008 presidential campaign. At the time, a judge suggested he should serve his year-long sentence in a halfway house.” But he’s going to the big house anyway.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the political spectrum, the JFK library will release the largest on line digital presidential library ever. Details.


  1. #1 Mike
    January 15, 2011

    …EDSAC, will be rebuilt at Berkely…

    I got all excited about having one next door, but in fact this is being rebuilt at Bletchley Park in the UK.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    January 15, 2011

    Ooops. My mistake. I don’t know why I wrote Berkeley, I know they’ve been planning this for a long time.

  3. #3 darkduck
    January 19, 2011

    5Gb limit on mobile broadband? That might be too much for mobile phone. I never went over 1Gb so far with my Android phone.
    But situation might be different if you use USB dongle.

  4. #4 Technology News
    May 12, 2011

    Watching youtube for the whole day can consume 5gb as well 😛