Posts

Showing posts from February 7, 2010

PC vendors market share

perm url with updates: http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/pc_seller_marketshare.htmlPC Vendors Market ShareXah Lee, 2010-02-01Lenovo, 4th largest seller of personal computers in the world. Bought IBM's ThinkPad. Chinese government owns about 27% of Lenovo.Acer Inc., world's 2nd largest PC seller. (after HP but ahead of Dell). Owns Gateway and eMachines. Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q09 (Thousands of Units)Company4Q09 Shipments4Q09 Market Share (%)4Q08 Shipments4Q08 Market Share (%)4Q09-4Q08 Growth (%)HP17,792.219.814,239.919.324.9Acer12,188.213.58,612.711.741.5Dell Inc.10,397.111.59,839.313.35.7Lenovo7,836.58.75,509.37.542.2Toshiba4,811.95.33,668.15.031.2Others37,008.541.131,855.443.216.2Total90,034.5100.073,724.7100.022.1Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs and X86 servers. Source: Gartner (January 2010)PC Seller market share: Source.My brother just bought a Acer all-in-one Z5600. (See: Acer Aspire Z5600 Review (2010-01-28), By Ewd…

District 9 Movie Review

perm url with updates: http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/skina/avatar.htmlDistrict 92010-02-07Watched movie District 9. Fantastic. Much better than Avatar. Both movies are science fiction. Both involve aliens. Both have mechs. Both involves human animals as a group needing to deal and interact with alien animal. However, the Avatar is the most stereotypical Hollywood brainlessness. No intelligence, no artistry, no content, but plenty of big expensive explosions. The District 9, is just the opposite in every way. The aliens there are quite novel, and i really loved them. They have distinct, idiosyncratic, character. The mecha is also quite interesting, far more so than the one in Avatar. The alien mecha, somehow is integrated biologically with the aliens, and would puke, and when it being shot, hurts the alien inside too. Quite novel and fun to watch. The effect is so well done. The overall movie content, makes you think, about deep ugly human nature, african history, history of ra…

death of Encarta

Image
Perm url with updates: http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/death_of_Encarta.htmlDeath Of EncartaXah Lee, 2010-02-11Just learned today that Microsoft's encyclopedia, Encarta, is dead. Microsoft announced its demise in 2009. The announcement at Microsoft site is already a dead link. You can see second hand reports, e.g. at: arstechnica.com.This is surprising because even just a few years ago, in the mid 2000s, Encarta and Britanica both belittle Wikipedia, and started to have public editing to their encyclopedias to compete with the annoying Wikipedia.In hindsight, death of Encarta is written on the wall of course. Whatever quality and expert material in Encarta, the Wikipedia fuckheads will grab the gist, reword it, and it becomes part of Wikipedia with a citation link. That is the nature of the internet, and there is no copyright on knowledge. The death of Encarta does not mean Wikipedia won. If something won, it is the communication technology revolution, the digital age, the …

millions dead today

perm url with updates: http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/congo_war.html.Congo WarXah Lee, 2010-02-10Today, The New York Times has this piece: The World Capital of Killing (2010-02-06), By Nicholas D. Kristof. Source. Quote:It's easy to wonder how world leaders, journalists, religious figures and ordinary citizens looked the other way while six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. And it's even easier to assume that we'd do better.But so far the brutal war here in eastern Congo has not only lasted longer than the Holocaust but also appears to have claimed more lives. A peer- reviewed study put the Congo war's death toll at 5.4 million as of April 2007 and rising at 45,000 a month. That would leave the total today, after a dozen years, at 6.9 millionReading Wikipedia Second Congo War. Quotes:... By 2008 the war and its aftermath had killed 5.4 million people, mostly from disease and starvation,[4] making the Second Congo War the deadliest conflict worldwide sin…