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Friday April 30, 2004

[H]ardNews - Blair's Tech Ed.

BASIC Turns 40:

BASIC computer language turns 40 tomorrow. At least a computer language doesn’t suffer mid-life crisis and start shopping for convertibles to compensate.

On May 1, 1964, the BASIC computer programming language was born and for the first time computers were taken out of the lab and brought into the community. Forty years later pure BASIC Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code has all but disappeared, but its legacy lives on.

Stupid Criminals:

This is a follow up to the story we posted a week or so ago about the truckload of stolen computers. Apparently there has been an arrest in the case. How hard will it be to catch this guy? Check out the truck description:

Two men have been arrested, but a manhunt continues for two others after police discovered more than $800,000 worth of stolen computers. One of the other two men at-large reportedly drove off in a purple truck cab when he saw police approaching with the search warrant, investigators said.


Want a little USB TV action on your laptop? No one does it better than ATi. Check it out:

ATI Technologies Inc. has unveiled the TV WONDER USB 2.0, a low-cost external TV tuner product that easily plugs into both desktops and notebooks.

Gibson Digital Guitar:

First there was acoustic guitars, then came electric guitars…now, we finally have digital guitars! Cool.

It also allows the player to control the sound of each string. For example, the guitarist can have a heavy metal crunch on the low strings, medium distortion on the middle strings and a clean sound on the high strings.