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Daily Dose - A Farewell to Floppy Disks

04.27.2010
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Sony announced that they will stop selling floppy discs this year, making them the final manufacturer to halt their production.  You may not believe it, but even up until 2008, the company could still sell 8.5 million floppy disks just in Japan.  Now demand has sharply fallen and companies like Hitachi Maxell and Mitsubishi Kagaku Media stopped selling floppies in early 2009.  With Sony having stopped the production of floppy disc drives in Septemer 2009, this year will be the end of the floppy disc era.

Police Break Down Gizmodo Editor's Door
Over the weekend the California police began investigating the events surrounding the iPhone 4G leak, possibly at the request of Apple.  Perhaps in an attempt to find out the identity of the person who sold the iPhone 4G prototype to Gizmodo, Apple broke down the door of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's house with a warrant to take his computer.  Chen states that the warrant was ambiguous and the seizure of his computer was unjustified because of the California shield law, which protects the confiscation of a journalist's property.  However, the shield law may not apply to this situation if the police are investigating the purchase of stolen goods by Gizmodo. 

Nvidia They Run Flash Better than Intel
In a local San Francisco TV show, the Nvidia VP Dan Vivoli said that Intel is blocking consumers from using their lower-end graphics technology.  Intel's recent legal action against Nvidia is preventing them building chipsets that attach to the Intel CPU.  Intel has said that the license agreement with Nvidia dowse not extend to Intel's future processors, but Nvidia has countersued.  Vivoli stated that consumers aren't getting the benefits of Nvidia's GPU for photo editing and other graphical programs, like Flash.  Vivoli said that Flash runs way more efficiently on Nvidia's GPU than on Intel's GPU.

Ubuntu Certifications - Will They be as Controversial as Scrum Certifications?
Cannonical is offering its own certification program for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx".  An Ubuntu Certified Professional exam existed before this announcement, but demand has grown for a pure Ubuntu program.  The program will probably cost around $300-$350 and will be available online in May.  Training from partners will be ready in June.  Graduates will be able to claim the title of "Ubuntu Certified Professional."

20 Incredible Tumblr Themes
Get on the Tumblr train with these new Tumblr themes.  Thanks to Boydster for this link.
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Manjuka Soysa replied on Tue, 2010/04/27 - 7:59am

Quite newsworthy - new cloud platform for Java :

 VMForce

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