DID YOU HEAR

DID YOU HEAR

  • Annapurna: just another day at the office. Mountaineer Ed Viesturs is using Microsoft Office XP in his attempt to scale the 27,000-foot Himalayas peak Annapurna next month. No kidding. He keeps the expedition's gear inventory in Excel, maintains his Web site with FrontPage, makes presentations in PowerPoint and exchanges e-mail in Outlook. Visit www.Annapurna2002.com/dispatch/index.html.

  • I've got you under my skin. Applied Digital Solutions Inc. of Palm Beach, Fla., is readying a subcutaneous VeriChip processor the size of a rice grain to implant in humans. The company's Web site, at www.adsx.com/prodservpart/verichip.html, points out that pacemakers, artificial joints, orthopedic hardware, heart valves and medication pumps are already implantable. So why not computers to track people's whereabouts and store important medical data? The VeriChip is read-only with a special scanner, which the company will give away to hospitals and emergency services.

  • Pixie dust. That's what IBM Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. are calling the three-atom-thick ruthenium filling that could quadruple data storage density up to 400G on future antiferromagnetically coupled hard drives.

  • 'Like a heavy in a B movie.' That's how lawyers for the nine nonsettling states described Microsoft Corp. at last month's hearings on the proposed Justice Department antitrust deal. But which B-movie villain? It could make a difference in the final shootout of this spaghetti-code Western. What bad guy fits the role: Chucky, Freddie Krueger, Dracula, Godzilla, Jack Palance, Christopher Lee or Vincent Price? Tell buzz@postnewsweektech.com.
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