Archive for January, 2009

fun: classic Looney Tunes on iTunes for $2

I was recently lamenting that without cable or satellite, none of our local TV stations show the classic Looney Tunes cartoons with Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, and the like. I have kids that have never seen these. (When they get in high school I’ll show them Animaniacs.) On a whim, I did a search on iTunes for a favorite episode, “Rabbit of Seville”. It found a video that is part of a DVD-size collection from Warner Brothers. The good news is that you can buy singles at $1.99 each from the collection. Each single consist of two episodes, 15 minutes of cartoon. I picked up a couple of my favorites, especially from the Chuck Jones era. It means I have to watch them on a computer screen instead of a TV screen (I don’t have AppleTV), but that’s not so bad. Now I can re-live some memories of Saturday mornings as a kid.

cool stuff that doesn't cost much &entertainment marcelk 22 Jan 2009 No Comments

Moore’s Law in pictures

Technology Review has a very interesting set of pictures that show how computer chips have progressed from a single transistor in 1958 (yes, just one) to almost a billion transistors today. The jump from just 4 transistors in 1961 to 5000 transistors in 1974 is impressive.

Wow, we have come a long way. The computing power in my old iPod would have blown away early systems. I can’t wait to see what will be commonplace in 8 more years.

tech tips marcelk 06 Jan 2009 No Comments