Do you think you're a Software Engineer? According to one man hacker Ravi Mohan, your probably really a ratcatcher. I have to agree with Steve over here though. If you're a programmer, you probably don't know how compilers work.
I finally bought Rock Band, even though I only got the PS2 (PS3 compatible though!) version. It certainly brings back memories of my drummer days. Check out this cool program that will allow the drum pads to work with your PC.
Yeah, ok so you can't really compare a giant MacBook Pro to the tiny Foleo and NanoBook, but the MacBook Pro just got updated today so here it is anyway.
Foleo as you'll note was released last week by Palm. It seems like a good idea. Basically adding a large screen and full keyboard to a palm device. Palm sees it as a companion to their palm devices.
Via then today releases their NanoBook Ultra Mobile Device (NanoBook woulda been just fine...) reference design. Running a 1.2 GHZ VIA processor, with up to 1 GB memory, 30GB hard drive, bluetooth and 802.11g, a DVI out, Windows XP or Vista, and I'm sure eventually Linux, it seem to beat the pants off the Foleo.
I think the NanoBook does win over the Foleo, if nothing else it is a full computer which can handle all the things I would expect from a device larger than a cell phone (or palm device if you want). The fact is palm sized devices are gaining more abilities becoming more like full mobile computers.
To make a lap sized devices, even though it is very small, with essentially the same abilities as their palm devices, is not really worth it. They should either focus on more innovations to their palm sized devices (touch screen, removing keyboard, larger screen) or focus on more advanced lap sized devices.
When it comes down to it though. I am not really as impressed with these new small notebooks. I am still looking for the large palm device (not depth) essentially like the iPhone but slightly larger and can wirelessly interface, control, connect, and VNC into any machine I have access too.
I have been thinking about that lately. How I want to talk to my computer to do simple things like go to this web site or play that song. Not as a replacement but as a supplement, where I still use a mouse and keyboard. This allows for me to speak and type at the same time.
I also have been thinking about audio logs where I can keep a daily or whatever log of the happenings in my life. The audio interface plays right into that where I can just say to the computer "Personal Log" and it starts recording.
AMD has been slowly ramping up a drumbeat about their plans for the future of the CPUs. With their recent acquisition of ATI they have a key component for their idea of modular processors. Ars Technica has a good post explaining in depth the multifaceted plan for customizable solutions.
Intel on the other hand seems to be sticking with their general purpose processors by pushing more and more cores and good performance per watt numbers.