Link Roundup: Jun. 4, 2005

The Darth Side
If Darth Vader had a blog, what would it look like? Well, probably not quite like this, but it’s still very well written and entertaining. I suggest you read it in chronological order

Google Translator
Google offered a sneak peak at their translation software to journalists last month. I’m not quite sure how accurate the article is (it’s still too early to tell), but it looks very promising. This will be especially important as non-English speaking countries (China, for example) come on-line. Not only will we be able to read what’s going on in other parts of the world, but they’ll be able to read about us too.

Nintendo DS Development
I haven’t tried it out yet, but one of these weekends I want to take a crack and writing software for my Nintendo DS. I’m continuingly baffled by the console makers not making it easier for the general public to build software for their hardware. It would just make their hardware that much more valuable.

11 Steps to a Better Brain
Start your day with beans on toast says New Scientist. Here’s another look at the future. Once people start improving how we thing, it could lead to a feedback loop of new improvements. If that’s not enough, Wired has a article talking about how IQ scores seem to be increasing at a few points per decade.

Qucs project
“Qucs is an integrated circuit simulator which means you are able to setup a circuit with a graphical user interface (GUI) and simulate the large-signal, small-signal and noise behavior of the circuit.” We used LogicWorks 4 in college to do circuit design and testing. It had a lot of bugs, but did the job (barely). I’m glad to see an open source alternative.

Morse Texter
There have been a small flurry of news stories on people comparing morse code to SMS (cell phone) messaging. Morse code is faster (if you know what you’re doing) than trying to key in letters in the traditional way. I (and others apparently) thought that it would be a pretty good idea to make cell phone software to allow you to type in morse code. Well, it looks like someone has done it. If this takes off, maybe it’ll become a standard feature in all cell phones. Note: I use a Blackberry with a full qwerty keyboard, so this doesn’t really apply to me today.

Apple Switching To Intel?
That’s the rumor this weekend. It’ll probably be confirmed or denied on Monday. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be able to install Mac OS X on your PC anytime soon, but it’s a small move in that direction. As long as there’s driver support (likely hijacked from Linux projects), I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Currently Mac’s market share is hurting (less than 5% I think). If they made OS X available very cheaply, I think we’d see a lot of PC owners switch. If Apple could increase the number of people using their OS, they could probably increase their hardware sales. Of course, this is still just a rumor so take it with a grain of salt.