Teleport Destinations #5

Sunday · 11 Nov 07 · 04:28 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

Been meaning to make this post sometime back, well I guess now's as good a time as any.  Nothing much, just a set of links to some interesting webpages I came across recently.

  • A recent article on Slashdot talked about a guy who built his own "homebrew" CPU, called Magic-1.  It has a processing speed of 4 MHz it seems, and it runs a customised version of Minix.  As some the comments on the Slashdot article say, it's a very interesting read for any CS engineer.  I found one thing very amusing — the creator says that he was not too happy with the performance of the OS on that CPU, so he implemented demand paging in the OS himself.  Hmm, and here I was yesterday, proud that I coded an RSS feed for my site...  The awesome thing about this CPU is that he implemented a web server on it too, and apparently you can communicate with the computer through telnet (though I haven't been able to do so, so far).  Here are the relevant links: the Slashdot article, a summary article, and the Magic-1 homepage.
  • I was talking about the game Portal in a previous post, hence I found this comic strip on Penny Arcade very amusing.
  • Saul Williams' latest album, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust! was released in a free-to-download form, like Radiohead's new album In Rainbows.  I downloaded the former album, which has music by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, but haven't heard the full thing yet.
  • Two recent downloads from The Manchester Morgue blog: the soundtrack for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and the comic book adaptation of Shaun of the Dead.  I read the Shaun book and it was great, will write a review for it soon.
  • This one I came across recently on Doomworld, Derek MacDonald a.k.a. Afterglow recently wrote a lengthy post on his blog called Best Individual Add-On Doom Levels, and it was a very insightful read.  It's a great selection of levels, and a very well-written article that provides lots of information about the levels, their authors, and what makes them special.

One more post is thought out and needs to be written: the review for the Shaun of the Dead book.  Now I need to decide what drawing to do for today!

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17 Nov 07 · 02:58 PM
Comment by user Pablo
interesting article about the magic-1 processor! :)
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