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Wednesday March 31, 2004

[H]ardNews - Blair's Tech Ed.

Final DOS Update:

DOS is getting its final update this week. DOS people can rejoice and mourn at the same time becasue even though it is being updated, this will be the last one.

DeviceLogics, keeper of the DR-DOS code base, released this week what might be the final upgrade to the 17-year-old DOS operating-system variant. At the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco, DeviceLogics took the wraps off DR-DOS 8.0, the first update to DR-DOS since 1999.

Vodka Powered Cell Phone:

A vodka powered cell phone? Can you drink your battery after it goes dead?

Imagine powering up your cell phone's battery with vodka and having the charge last for a week. An area seed-money group was so taken with the idea of turning hooch into juice that it invested $400,000 in cash and in-kind services with the St. Louis company that is developing the technology.

New Nanotube Transistor:

More nanotube news for all you nanotube freaks out there. Nanotube this, nanotube that...anyone else notice that there is a ton of nanotube news lately?

Duke University researchers exploring ways to build ultrasmall electronic devices out of atom-thick carbon cylinders have incorporated one of these "carbon nanotubes" into a new kind of field effect transistor.

Laundry E-Mail System:

We’ve talked about laundry e-mail notification on campuses like this for a long time. Seems to be a renewed interest in hearing *bing* “You’ve Got Laundry!”

Technology is taking laundry from the clothesline to online. Carnegie Mellon University is testing a Web-based system that sends e-mail to students when their laundry is done and allows them to log on to an Internet site to check the status of machines.