reports on molecular computing, new materials, and genetic engineering.
Note: As of the May, '96 issue, Challenge is part of the Speed section, with occasional feature articles appearing on molecular computing and nanocomputing.
In the 1/1/96 premiere issue, we provided an overview of molecular computers, who some of the players are, why the new DVD laser discs will soon be obsolete, and why this swamp gas is for real, in Molecular Computing, The Next Information Systems Revolution (1858 words).
For the 1/15/96 issue, we finished our overview of molecular computers, who to look out for, and why you should start thinking about which computer companies to sell short in Molecular Computing, The Next Information Systems Revolution (1858 words).
In 2/1/96, we showed why molecular computing offers an alternative to neural networks, in Mesoscopic Processes In Biocomputing: The Role Of Randomness And Determinism, by Felix Hong. We also plumb the mysteries of free will (3,800 words).
2/15/96, We continue to show why molecular computing offers an alternative to conventional computer systems, as in this issue's technical briefing, Research Toward Information Storage And Processing At The Molecular Level Using the Scanning Tunneling Microscope, by R. S. Potember, S. Yamaguchi, and C. A. Viands. (3,100 words) Note: This is a scientific paper, and a background in chemistry is useful.
In the March, 1996 issue, and reprised in the April Issue, we featured an excellent non-technical briefing, Bacteriorhodopsin As An Intelligent Material, by Felix Hong. Discover the potential power of biomaterials for such things as high speed memory devices. (3,300 words)
Dolo is a series of over the edge commentaries by the techno-noire columnist, Francis Vale.
"Part 1:Ain't That Some Crazy Shit?" This 25-minute audio riff by Francis Vale spills the inside beans on Microsoft’s plans for World Domination by taking on China and scuttling the US Navy, as well as sinking the Taiwanese. Also discussed is how Intelligent Design is going to save America’s technology ass, as well as turn your IT department’s latest zillion dollar loser into a god-blessed winner. http://www.vxm.com/BugUpYourAss.xml To access the mp3 podcast file directly, click here
"Part 2: Ain't That Some Crazy Shit? In part 2, Francis Vale does a podcast dis on Intelligent Design, talks about how quantum computing may spell the end of our universe, the true origins of Right Wing Christians, Dante and his Inferno, Gay Iraqi VCR-toting criminals, and a whole bunch more of absolutely crazy shit. This is the URL for subscribing to the RSS/podCast feed, http://www.vxm.com/BugUpYourAss.xml To access the mp3 podcast file directly, click here
If any question why we died
Tell them, because our fathers lied.
—Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
George Bush, The Gambian Cowboy, a 30-minute mp3 audio riff on our fearless Commander In Chief, was recorded BEFORE the Iraqi invasion/ So how did Francis Vale all this stuff was going to happen, even $5 bucks a gallon gas? Who knows? And what else does he know? http://www.vxm.com/BugUpYourAss.xml To access the mp3 podcast file directly, click here
HIV/AIDS in the over 50 set. What you don't know can indeed kill you, no matter what your age.
The HDTV anti-piracy wars have finally and totally screwed us. More...
Spam, Not! Go away for two weeks, and come home to a mudslide in the den.
Format Funk What not to say when asked for computer advice
In the 1/1/96 issue, we saw what Francis thinks of the Web as he is Caught In The Internet Wave (813 words) right down to the Bottom Line
In 1/15/96, you found out who in the computer industry is really Mickey Mouse, in The 1995 Dolo Gooey Awards (813 words)
For the 2/1/96 issue, we showed why you shouldn't wait for the sequel! In this issue, we have @HOME ALONE, PART III (900 words).
For 2/15/96, we uncover Bill Gates' secret plans for BG's New World Order. Move Over, BBG! (1,400 words).
In the March, 1996 issue, read how the ghost of fabled B movie maker Ed Wood has been resurrected, in Windows 95, and the Return of the Undead (900 words).
In April, 1996, you read how far we have come (?), in Data Processing Progress, 500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. (730 words).
In May, we discovered how our boy Bill may have done the FBI the favor of the century, in Big Bill, The New G Man (790 words).
In this Summer 1996 issue, you can find out why ISDN really stands for The ISDilemma Network (890 words).
In this Fall 1996 issue, find out why Pogo was ahead of his time in, NAKED KINGS, SURLY TECHNOCRATS (900 words)
In this Winter 1996-1997 issue, you found out why what you don't know really can hurt you, in THE PHONE COMPANIES; OR, THE PARANOIDS MAY ACTUALLY BE RIGHT (950 words).
In this Spring 1997 issue, you saw for yourself out how TRUE GENIUS FINALLY REVEALS ITSELF! MS BOB ENTERS THE PANTHEON OF SCIENTIFIC GREATS. (985 words). It's no wonder Leonardo's face looks frozen and waxen.
In this issue, you found out about GATES' & HUNDT'S NEW PIE IN THE SKY (900 words), as Big Bill finds a new way to make you pay. And pay. And pay some more.
In this Fall 1997 issue, we broke loose the jams, and gave you two columns by Vale , as well as a first ever piece by a guest Dolo columnist. In this issue, you read out about how MARTHA (STEWART) DOES BILL; REAL GOOD (940 words). After doing Bill, Martha will never be the same again! Then Francis took on DVD and the Brain Dead, in DIVX & CONQUER. NOT! (800 words) Finally, our guest columnist, Scott Bonds, showed that GATTACA has nothing on him, in COPYRIGHT THIS (760 words)
In the Winter 1998 issue, Oliver Stone finds material for a new movie, as BARNEY & Francis FINALLY FIND EACH OTHER. (890 words)
In the Spring 1998 issue, we pondered how it is Eve gave the wrong Apple to the wrong guy (or did she?), in HEY EVE, BILL BIT THE WRONG APPLE! (840 words)
In the Summer 1998 issue, Get the gory inside story on Edison, Tesla, and Gates, as we fire up the BBQ in EDISON EATS A PUPPY, RUINS GATES' FREE LUNCH (990 words).
In this issue, found out why Joe and Jane Sixpack will soon be finding chaos in their DTV den, as well as cussing out Mr. Bill, in LOST AT MS SEA (865 words)
In the Feb. 1999 issue, Francis tells you why you better watch what you eat, in Welcome to McDNAld's! (856 words)
Here, Francis talks about fear and loathing at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in THE SIMPSONS MEET CONVERGENCE. Yep. Homer Loses Another One. (861 words)
In this 2000 kickoff issue, see why Francis thinks 2000 Is Already A Big Stinker, as Gates says global warming is not his fault.
In this last issue, Francis shows how you, too, can build a Silicon Valley success anywhere in the world, as he tells all in "Secret of Silicon Valley Success Revealed!" Nowhere else, not in Fortune, not in Forbes, will you find this kind of enriching information.
In the Winter 2000 issue, Francis tells you why it's time to short AOL, bail out of communications stocks, move to Aruba, and sit back and enjoy the coming NASDAQ panic over a cold Pina Colada, as he says Adios to Bill & Steve Nowhere else, not in Fortune, not in Forbes, will you find this kind of enriching information.
In the Late Winter 2001 issue, Francis spills the beans on how Microsoft nearly sunk the US Navy! Is Taiwan next?
In this issue, Francis tells The Perfect Vision magazine to go get a Windows XP eye exam pronto, in "The Imperfect Vision -- Microsoft Fiddles While Market Burns". Some people will happily smoke just about anything....
In the Fal l2001 issue, Francis deals with the grief and pain of September 11, 2001, in The Long Goodnight, Marc's Eulogy. How do you tell a mother that her son is suddenly no more? And also some inspiring words for all of us from a son for his deceased father.
In the Winter 2001 issue, Francis tells you why Bush has it all wrong about bin Laden, as we go Back to the Future in, Old War, New Media Bottles.
In the Fall 2002 issue, tells you why Bill G. obviously slept through Econ 101, in The MS Monopoly End Game
In this Winter 2002 issue, Francis reveals Plan-X, The Perfect Plan For Destroying Microsoft.
In the December 2002 issue, Francis says Bye Bye My Internet Superhero, (sob, sigh, much gnashing).
In the Spring 2003 issue, , Francis talks about all that Iraqi Whale Oil, and why he thinks something fishy is going on here.
Impact covers the coming collision (or maybe it's collusion?) between consumer electronics and high technology, and technologies' impact on society in general.
In the 1/1/96 issue, you discovered Why Digital Signal Processing Chips Might Put Intel and Cray on the Trailer(2877 words); and How Lou Gerstner & IBM Brought Peace to the DVD Balkans (2330 words).
In 1/15/96, we completed last issue's article on DVD, and discovered Why Computer Users Are First Class Citizens, and Consumers are Not(1625 words); and saw how FireWire is going to make multimedia hot, hot, hot! (1235 words).
For the 2/1/96 issue, we saw Why DVD's Backers Won the Battle, but Lost the Consumer War (2,900 words). Also, we offered a classic case of convergence, in So Who Ya Gonna Call? How PBX Vendors Finally Got The Message (1,250 words)
In this 2/15/96 issue, read all about The Cable Connection to Complete the Digital Revolution (2,250 words). Also, see Why Intel & Microsoft May Fail to Communicate (1,600 words)
In this April, 1996 issue, this article kicked up quite a fuss, so we decided to let it run a little while longer and carried it over into May, as we tell you why it's time to get out your lobbyist checkbook, in Your Time Warner Congress & DVD, as Orwell's Dream Team Hits The Field Find out why the ATF should not be your biggest worry for breaking down your midnight door. (4,000 words).
In this Summer 1996 issue, what good is a TV Set Top Box without a V Chip inside of it? Ed Flixman (aka R. Martin, editor of Sci-Fi Entertainment) explains how the Hollywood Hackers and Paranoid Parenthood intend to make a kludge of everyone's hard work, in Microcops' in your living room (2,100 words).
In this Fall 1996 issue, the innovative folks from Chromatics Research told you why your PC is about to get a highly entertaining face lift, in SOFTWARE-DRIVEN MULTIMEDIA (4,600 words).
In this Winter 1996-1997 issue, you learned everything your mother never told you about DVD, in DVD, THE BAD, THE UGLY, AND THE DIGITAL PITS; AN OVERVIEW FROM DVD SUPER AUDIO DISCS TO PC DVD-ROM OR, HOW FAR WE HAVEN'T COME (3,500 words).
In this Summer 1997 issue, find out how Microsoft intends to crush Intel on the desktop and in your home, in INTEL MMX vs. MICROSOFT TALISMAN-- ABBOTT and COSTELLO DO MULTIMEDIA This new technology comedy act is no joke. But who gets the last laugh? (5,500 words)
In this issue, we depared from the usual Impact content, and gave you a new insight on how things can unexpectedly Impact one another in ITALY DOES CAMBRIDGE Find out how how the Italians discovered M.I.T.! (1,260 words).
In the Fall 1997, we offered you two great pieces. First, you learned about the sad end of the Fugawi tribe, in GPS, DoD, CADILLAC, OLDSMOBILE, BMW, AND YOU as we took an in-depth look at the Global Positioning System, and also did a review of three in-car GPS products. (5,500 words) Next, it was short but bitter sweet, as Auren Hoffman laid bare the Golden State's dark underside, in CALIFORNIA'S UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS (350 words) Who said high technology lifts all boats?
In the Winter 1998 issue, you found out why the D in DVD probably means Demented, in PC DVD WARS. (4780 words) Next, be sure to check out WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WEB FINALLY SMARTENS UP (OK, it's a plug for our sponsor. But it's still cool.)
In the Spring 1998 issue, we revealed a whole new Sun Java vs. Microsoft war you never even knew about, in THE NEW INTERNET MULTIMEDIA: MARKET MUD WRESTLING IN TECHNICOLOR, COMING YOUR WAY SOON (3,900 words plus 1,300 word sidebar) Next, we showed you that the DTV wars are alive and well, as William F. Schreiber, Prof. Emeritus of Elec. Eng., MIT, attempts to set the visual record straight in TWO MILLION PIXELS ARE BETTER THAN 1 MILLION PIXELS: THE LATEST FALSE ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF INTERLACED DTV BROADCASTING (2,770 words)
In the Summer 1998 issue, we offered two in-depth articles that gave you an inside view of what's coming soon to your DTV-living room. First up was Leonardo Chiariglione, of CSELT, Italy, as he laid out the framework for an OPEN PLATFORM INITIATIVE FOR MULTIMEDIA ACCESS (3,520 words) Next, we explained in detail an innovative technology that will make even Sam Donaldson's hair piece look good on high-def DTV, as Larry J. Hornbeck of Texas Instruments gave you the technical low down on digital DIGITAL LIGHT PROCESSING FOR HIGH-BRIGHTNESS, HIGH-RESOLUTION APPLICATIONS (7700 words).
In this issue, something amazing this way comes, as we told you about one of the first consumer applications of chaos theory technology. Read all about some very remarkable flat panel speakers in Henry Azima's white paper on NXT TECHNOLOGY (3,900 words). The application areas of this new audio technology are almost endless -- and should make more than just a few speaker makers' lives rather chaotic, as well.
In the last issue, Professor Emeritus William F. Schreiber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has some choice words about the government, Digital TV, and you, in TECHNOLOGICAL DECISION-MAKING AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL (6,800 words). It really makes you wonder about this new technology sausage. And if you are wondering what comes next, then tune into Tom Gerbe of Digital Planet, who tells us about ADVANCED TELEVISION - THE DEATH OF SALESMEN Oye! Poor Willy Loman gets done in by his TV, no less. (1,605 words)
In the Feb. 1999 issue, we gave you the inside scoop on Java, Jini, why Microsoft execs are wetting their pants, and why would you want this chaos in your living room, anyway? Read all the gory details in SUN JAVA VS. THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT Or, Why Microsoft Still Doesn't Want You to Have it Your Way. (6,150 words)
In this issue, Scott Kosch of Montgomery & Associates tells the broadcasters what it will take if they are to fend off AOL, Microsoft, and all the rest of the hungry, buzzcut, ring in the ears digerati-ready hordes in DIGITAL TELEVISION, EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES FOR BROADCASTERS (2,374)
In this issue, we welcomed Henk Boot from the Netherlands, who tells us what happens when convergence is taken to its virtually certain conclusion, in "Living A Real Life Virtual - From Materialism to Virtualism."
In this issue, Francis Vale gives all you class action lawyers out there all the ammunition you need to go after Mr. Bill. "It Ain't ME, Babe" cries Francis after he discovers the wonders of BeOS, a truly remarkable operating system for PCs that gives new meaning to the word "convergence". It really makes you wonder what they have been doing up there in Redmond all these years, besides getting rich.
In the Winter 2000, issue, Francis Vale gets his hands on some of the coolest digital cameras from Nikon and Olympus, fires up BeOS, and sets out to indulge his Foto Fetish. You're looking good, babe (or at least you will when I get through with the digital editing).
In this issue, learn why Greed and Speed are good in this story about Cadillac's remarkable Night Vision System. Crank up the volume, punch in for your e-mail, and dispel the gloom of the night as you barrel westward to fame and IPO glory.
In this issue, we do a very un-business like thing. We tell you the truth about the new 3G telecommunications networks, in "3G Networks A Lesson in How NOT to Do Things." Reality is indeed a bitch.
In the late Fall 2001 issue we finally take home that cute robodog in the window, Sony's Aibo, and hope that Asimov Had Better Been Right.
In this issue, we tell you why Linux has come of age for A/V home use, and how Bill Gates and his friends plan to take over your home PC (and anything else you are a SAP to fall for) in Linux Home Theater, as Linus finally learns how to sing and dance.
The federal courts have decided to enter your home and allow snooping on your every PVR click -- and there is nothing you can do about it. Or is there? You bet there is! Read this extensive how-to on creating a low cost PC-based PVR/home theater system and keeping the snoops at bay, in PC-TV Home Theater, Keeping Big Brother Out of Your Living Room.
1956: The whole family gathers around the 19” B&W TV in the living room to watch I Love Lucy. Big argument erupts when little junior starts crying because he wants to watch Davy Crocket instead. Lucy is not pleased. 2006. You skip right past the commercials. Plus, unlike TiVo, there are no monthly subscription fees. And no one is watching what you watch, like back at TiVo HQ. How do you do this? Read How To Create a PC PVR System.
A great Chinese Electrical Tsunami has hit Japan and South Korea and terrific values in high-end audio and video gear are washing ashore in the U.S. Case in point, two amazing products from Oppo, the $200 OPDV-971H and $150 DV-970HD DVD players. This kind of A/V performance at these price points would have been thought impossible just a few years ago.
The 2009 Mac Mini —Time For Another Major Apple Transplant
LCD Versus Plasma HDTV —Your brain is so easily fooled
A Multimedia PC Project — About time you got some DIY carnal knowledge, don't ya think?
Video Scalers — Easy, Martha, put down that blaster
Apple MacOS X Leopard — Vale Becomes an Apple FLACk
The RME Hammerfall DSP 9632 PC Sound Card — Skipping A Forced Upgrade March While Sounding Good
Something big in high-end audio is a-brewing, and it's coming in a very small box. Watch out! The Netgear Ready NAS NV+, in combination with Seagate Barracuda ES disc drives and the Linksys PLK200 for Home Plug A/V is going to cause the digital music fur to fly. Talk about opening up a big can of whoop-ass in the home media server market!
Oppo DV-981HD Upconverting DVD Player Latest Oppo player Gets Into Steel Cage, Kills Siblings. We report the gory details
The G Spot (tm) podCasts by Francis Vale give you the down and dirty on the sweetest gear that will get you off and smiling in no time. This is the URL for subscribing to the RSS/podCast feed, http://www.vxm.com/G_Spot_pvr.xml
IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Cleaner —The only air cleaner to have when it all goes horribly wrong...
The Linksys CIT400 iPhone for Skype; O Joybubbles, Where Art Thou?
Belkin Wi-Fi Phone for Skype; Don’t leave home without it
A Bunch of Cool Stuff For No Sweat Enjoyment — Lutron AuraRa, RemoteLinc Insteon Wireless Remote Control, INSTEON PowerLinc Controller and mControl software, PromaxUSA Wireless Home Security Cameras, and Marvel Comic Book Creator. Grab it all and rock the life.
The Ultimate Techno-Watch Review— Time, next to sex, is the most intimate connection you have with life. And you thought it was just a wristwatch. Hah!. Find out how to keep time the correct way with this review roundup of four great techno-watches: The Fossil Wrist Net Watch with MSN Direct service; the Casio Atomic Solar G Shock; the Citizen Blue Angels Edition Skyhawk; and the Seiko Arctura Kinetic Chronograph. When You Want Time On Your Hand
explores the connection between human consciousness and new technologies.
In the 1/1/96 issue, you read how a revolutionary new theory seeks to explain Neural Networks, Brain Waves, And Ionic Structures: A New Biophysical Model For Conscious Systems Processing; and why your next computer may have something on its mind (1354 words).
In 1/15/96, we showed how an exciting new theory from the Mindwaves Institute seeks to explain Neural Networks, Brainwaves, And Ionic Structures: A Biophysical Model For Altered States Of Consciousness (2165 words). It seeks to explain the biophysical basis for Psi phenomena.
In the 2/1/96 issue, we put forth how it all came to be, in The Human Energy Field in Relation To Science, Consciousness, and Health , by Gloria Alvino (3,100 words). Also, read the author's letter to the 21st Link Editor which explains how she came to her deep understanding (1,100 words).
In our 2/15/96 issue, read how it's all really One, in Part Two of The Human Energy Field in Relation To Science, Consciousness, and Health , by Gloria Alvino (2,900 words).
In this March,1996 issue, we showed how acupuncture and SQUIDs go together, in The Meridian System And The Mechanism Of Acupuncture , by Charles Shang (2,600 words).
Summer 1996 was the BIG ONE! 21st/Link now brought you streaming audio Stress Relief anytime, anywhere over the 'Net (3 Min. & 20 Sec). In addition, we brought you an exciting excerpt from a groundbreaking new book on consciousness, in Neurolinguistic Programming - An Integrative Model For States Of Consciousness , by Dr. Gordana Vitaliano (6,450 words).
In this Fall 1996 issue, we brought you an overview of an exciting approach to positive well-being in VITAL TRAINING - A NEW INTEGRATIVE MODEL FOR NEUROLINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING , by Dr. Gordana Vitaliano (4,100 words).
In this Winter 1996-1997 issue, we brought you an exciting new study on brainwaves and healing, in ON THE METHODOLOGY OF EEG ANALYSIS DURING ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS , by Dr. Emil Jovanov (6,000 words -- a 305Kb file with eight images).
In this Spring 1997 issue, Dr. Dean Radin gives you something to really think about, as he speaks ON COMPLEXITY AND PRAGMATISM (4,500 words) Plus, we gave you vital information on a must-attend conference: THE 16TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION (7,550 words) It's bleeding edge science at the frontiers of human knowledge.
In this issue, Donald E. Watson, MD, expounded on his thought provoking new theory, THE THEORY OF ENFORMED GESTALTS:, A MODEL OF LIFE, MIND, HEALTH
In the Fall 1997, issue, Dennis Stillings opened your mind as he took us on a jouney deep into Wah-space, in THOUGHTS ON HOW THE WORLD REPRESENTS ITSELF TO THE MIND AND SOME PRACTICAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THE STUDY OF ENERGY AND FIELDS (5,500 words) In addition, Stillings offered an intriguing sidebar to his article, with some fascinating test results, in THE WORD ASSOCIATION METHOD (740 words)
In the Winter 1998 issue, we were proud to bring our readers two ground breaking, thought provoking articles on human consciousness. The first was A MODEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS: AN ENGINEERING APPROACH, by Emil Jovanov. (3600 words) The other one was by Dejan Rakovic, as he writes on TOWARDS A NEW/OLD HUMANISM: TRANSITIONAL STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS AS A CLUE?
In the Spring 1998 issue, we showed you a whole new way to relax, as we brought you RELAXATION INDUCED BY MICROWAVE RESONANCE THERAPY: EEG CORRELATES written by an international who's who in consciousness research. (4380 words)
In the Summer 1998 issue, we were privileged to bring you a two part primer on The Theory of Enformed Systems. These thought-provoking papers were authored by Donald E. Watson, Gary E. R. Schwartz, and Linda G. S. Russek, all from the pioneering Human Energy Systems Laboratory at the University of Arizona. Part 1 describes the Theory of Enformed Systems (TES) which explains all the elements of consciousness, as well as all radically-related phenomena, including life per se, quantum coherence, and telepathy (2200 words). Part 2 summarizes the Theory of Meta-Systems that extends TES to comprehend not only consciousness, but the behavior and properties of enformed systems at all ontological levels (1470 words).
In this issue, we said, Let there be light!, as we brought you another thought provoking paper by Dennis Stillings of the Archaeus Project, when he writes about the THE HISTORICAL SYMBOLIC CONTEXT OF ENERGY FIELD CONCEPTS (4,055 words). Next, if the articles in the Link section by Stillings and many others whetted your appetite for more knowledge in this exciting and intriguing area, then have we got a reading list for you. Be sure to download the BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE PSYCHOACTIVITY OF ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS, as compiled by Robert C. Beck and Eldon A. Byrd (12,520 words). Read all these great materials, and pretty soon, you too will become a contributing author to 21st.
In the last issue, we bring you the ultimate, truly global, on-line gaming experience, courtesy of Mark A. Siegmund, Ph.D. and Buckminster Fuller, in ACHIEVING PEACE: A NEW PARADIGM, Part II, (Tetrahedron and the Game) (7,265 words). Quake II masters out there, be warned: Bucky was several decades ahead of you (and most everyone else, for that matter.)
In the Feb. 1999 issue, we finally gave you some peace of mind. The universe may not be as chaotic and illogical as you think, as you will see in LOGIC AS THE LANGUAGE OF INNATE ORDER IN THE UNIVERSE, by Jeremy Horne, Ph.D. (5,556 words).
In this issue were pleased to present Brian Van der Horst, a former staff writer for the Village Voice and now living in Paris, France, who offers us An NLP Primer on Spirituality.
In this issue, The Mindwaves Institute, a part of VXM Technologies, is proud to announce a major scientific breakthrough. This watershed event, which will also effect computer and Internet communications, as well as materials science, is partially explained by Dejan Rakovic as he describes the PROSPECTS FOR CONSCIOUS BRAIN-LIKE COMPUTERS: BIOPHYSICAL ARGUMENTS (4,968 words).
We were pleased to offer another Brian Van der Horst article on Ken Wilber, in Lost in the Wilberness That's no typo, as you will soon see.
In the Winter 2000 issue, the first sentence in this remarkable scientific study pretty much gave it all away, "It has been claimed that individuals can sometimes receive and share information with persons who have died." Gary E. R. Schwartz, Ph.D., Linda G. S. Russek, Ph.D., Donald E. Watson, M.D. Laurie Campbell, Susy Smith Elizabeth H. Smith (hyp), William James, M.D.(hyp),Henry I. Russek, M.D.(hyp), & Howard Schwartz, M.S.(hyp) have put together quite a study, which no matter what your scientific or religious leanings, will most assuredly give you pause for thought, as you will see in "Potential Medium to Departed to Medium Communication of Pictorial Information: Exploratory Evidence Consistent with Psi and Survival of Consciousness." And Donald E. Watson, Gary E. R. Schwartz, and Linda G. S. Russek will keep you thinking, as you read theirTheory of Enformed Systems: A Paradigm of Organization and Holistic Systems. This paper expounds a theory of consciousness that is a general theory of organization and holistic systems.
In the late Winter 2001 issue, the eminent researcher Dejan Racovic and his colleagues made two appearances in this issue. First, we offer, "Electroencephalographic (EEG) correlates of some activities which may alter consciousness: The Transcendental Meditation technique, musicogenic states, microwave resonance relaxation, healer/healee interaction, and alertness/drowsiness." After you get through with that, you can move on to, "Consciousness Mediated Quantum Gravitational Collapse Via Generated Wormholes: From Macroscopic Biophysical To Microscopic Quantum Arguments." These two thought provoking pieces should give you much to ponder for some time to come.
In the last issue, we were proud to present a paper from three of the world's leading researchers in complex dynamical systems; Walter J. Freeman, Robert Kozma, and Paul J. Werbos. This paper, "Biocomplexity: Adaptive Behavior in Complex Stochastic Dynamical Systems", describes their biocomplexity model for adaptive systems. Their model seeks to overcome the shortcomings of existing methods of complexity research, which, while capable of describing certain specifics of biosystems over a given narrow range of parameters, often cannot account for the initial emergence of complex biological systems, as well as other significant aspects, such as their evolution. (Professor Walter Freeman also sits on VXM Technologies' Advisory Board.)
A Patient Case Study:The Meaning of Life As A Theme & Variations, By Dr. Mendelowitz
A New Model for Consciousness. A ground breaking article on consciousness by Dr. Gordana Vitaliano, medical doctor, psychiatrist, and a world renowned expert in Neurolinguistic Programming. More...
The Mystery Of Being Is it possible to have magic in a life run by by HMO's? Dr. Mendelowitz explains..
Nirvana deals with peak experiences of all kinds. We all want enlightenment, but who can spare ten years for a Tibetan monastery? If some fabulous thing can propel you to a new level of consciousness, 21st will tell you who, what, where and how much the mind blowing trip will cost you. In this kickoff issue, we tell you all about the fabulous 2001 Corvette Z06 sports car, "Your Personal Rocket Sled to Higher Consciousness."
on computers, software, networks, and the Internet/Web.
In the 1/1/96 issue, we discussed how Doing Business on The Internet(2212 words) can save your corporation its bacon; and why The Upcoming Network Ole vs. OpenDoc Wars (802 words) may throw Microsoft's fat into the Internet fire
In 1/15/96, we concluded last issue's article, and discussed why the New York Times was wrong about Kevin Mitnik in The Net + Web Business Architecture(2212 words); and how The Web Delivers the Goods for UPS (770 words).
In the 2/1/96 issue; there was a scandal! You read about 21st's infamous, inadvertent Spam, in Monty Says Spam I Am!. (1,400 words) Want all the gory details? Then see, The Great 21st Spam Meatball Audit Trail (3,900 words).
For 2/15/96, see why we said it's goodbye to weekday golf games in part one of, Wireless Computing (2,700 words). We also exposed a cheap wireless alternative that Ma Bell would rather you not know about in, Packet Radio, Good Stuff Cheap (1,100 words).
In this March,1996 issue, our big wireless computing extravaganza continued! First, you can get a handle on the industry's alphabet soup by looking at the Wireless Glossary (500 words) Then you can see why there will soon be nowhere to hide, in Part Two of Wireless Computing: Ubiquitous or Promiscuous? (2,700 words). Then we unraveled a mystery, and get your spleen going in TDMA vs. CDMA; and How the Feds Blew It, Once Again (1,500 words).
For this April 1996 issue, Professor Stuart E. Madnick of the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management questioned, then discussed, Are We Moving Toward an Information SuperHighway, or a Tower of Babel? The Challenge of Large-Scale Semantic Heterogeneity (5,000 words) Find out why getting that new enterprise database system going is only half the battle.
In this May 1996 issue, Professor Kelvin Nilsen, president of NewMonics, Inc., told you why Java has some real problems, and why his company's new clean-room implementation of Java (PERC) has arrived just in the nick of time, in PERC up your Java (3,130 words)
In the Summer 1996 issue, you could discover how Bill G. might finally get his ultimate wish, and rule the heavens, in this major article on Computer Telephony Integration, CT, Phone Home (3,130 words). Next, we provided you with a great glossary of CTI terminology so you, too, could impress your colleagues (and most important, the boss), in, Computer Telephony Integration, In a Nutshell (900 words).
In this Fall 1996 issue, you found out why it was time to lock up the MIS vault, in STASH THE CASH! THE INTRANET GANG IS HERE! (5,400 words).
In this Winter 1996-1997 issue, you discovered WHY AOL ALWAYS SEEMS TO SCREW UP. OR, THE INTERNET GANG IS BACK! (5,600 words).
In this 1997 Spring issue, we did a review of the best PC multimedia speakers on the market, in PC SPEAKERS & SHOTGUN SHELLS. WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A QUAKE-MEISTER (4,100 words) Now is no time to flinch, especially at the price!
In this issue, we presented the really big one (all 8,100 words of it) that you've all been waiting for, as we presented, HDTV Wars Microsoft discovers Howdy Doody, and gets Goofy! Your TV is about to get a digital lobotomy, and you must be crazy if you think it's all to the good.
In the Fall 1997 issue, it was the techno-rematch of the year, as Microsoft once again got into the 3D ring, in TALISMAN, PART II. MICROSOFT STILL DOESN'T GET THE 3D PICTURE (5,400 words) Whose Quake-ing now?
In the Winter 1998 issue, we did a review of the RICOH MEDIAMASTER MP6200S CD-R, CD-RW DRIVE (3125 words). Life ain't easy when you own a WinTel PC, is it?
In the Spring 1998 issue, we featured three stellar pieces for your enjoyment and edification. First up was a thought provoking piece by Susan Almeida, as she wrote about what happens when VOICE AND DATA WORLDS COLLIDE. (3,350 words). Next, our occasional guest commentator Auren Hoffman let loose on why open borders are good borders in LET MY PEOPLE GO: INCREASE IMMIGRATION FOR SKILLED WORKERS?(600 words).
In the Summer 1998 issue, we featured a classic of its genre, the article that gave AT&T molto agida, as David Isenberg let the wires rip in RISE OF THE STUPID NETWORK (3,990 words).
In the last issue, we were proud to present an exciting new paper by Felix Hong of Wayne State University. His thought provoking treatise deals with consciousness, as well as artificial intelligence. This stimulating article shows that computer science still has a long ways to go if it expects to accurately emulate human thought processes anytime soon. This essay is also a call to arms for our educational system. So be sure to have a careful read of A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO COPE WITH INFORMATION EXPLOSION IN THE 21ST CENTURY: PICTURE-BASED VS. RULE-BASED LEARNING (9,300 words).
In the Feb. 1999 issue, Moai Technologies tells how you, too, can set up a professional on-line auction system, in GETTING STARTED WITH BUSINESS-CRITICAL AUCTIONING, AN INTRODUCTION TO ONLINE AUCTIONS. (3,076 words) Hey, if Cristy's won't take them, here's your chance to auction off Great Aunt Martha's musty old collection of National Geographics.
In the last feature-packed convergence issue, we give you the heads up on
some old technology now being used in some exciting and newly converged ways.
A coming T1-fast wireless service will probably give the cable TV companies
some sleepless nights (not too mention a few big ISPs). First up a is technical
primer, DATA OVER WIRELESS by Matthew Oristano, the
Chairman and CEO of SpeedChoice. (3,822 words) Next, in a first for 21st, we
offer you a corporate backgrounder. No, 21st hasn't sold out, but this one is
worth reading to see what the coming fuss will be all about. So check out the
SPEEDCHOICE CORPORATE PROFILE. (4,218 words)
The next time some smartass at a cocktail party brags about their new cable
modem or xDSL hookup, one up 'em by asking what they think about those nifty
new MMDS Supercells.
For those of you who haven't been watching about what's coming in nanotechnologies, we present an excellent overview on nanostorage devices by a group of researchers from a U.S. Air Force research lab at Rome Air Force Base. This paper, "Mass Storage and Retrieval", is an excellent primer
In this issue, Francis Vale gave you the full inside scoop on where this exciting field of nanotechnology is heading, in "The NEW new media: The growing attraction of nonmagnetic storage"
In the Winter 2000 issue, we brought you the inside scoop on Transmeta, a company out to change the way you think about the way a computer is supposed to work, as Francis Vale tells you, in Transmeta, Intel Reaches for the Maalox; or, who would have thought that Linus Torvalds would be getting rich making Windows run better?
And also in this last issue, you will see that the Chinese have it right when they say the business of war is business, as Emperor Penguins seek global domination in, "The Tao of War and Business." Linus Torvalds had no idea his beloved little LINUX would grow up to become Mulan The Warrior.
In this issue, a two-fer! First, read all about the new MacOS X. For most, it will no longer be an Apple, but it is still a very big deal. Gates only wishes he could design something like this. Next, for all those who wanted to know when to double down on CPUs and when to stand pat, we bring you the inside scoop on symmetric multiprocessing (SMP). When it's good, it's very good. But when it's not, the vendors will still happily take all your money.
In the last issue, we tell you why it's probably time to start thinking about selling Intel, et al short, as we give you the inside scoop on, "Quantum Information Science & Technology, The Next Big Thing That Will Change Absolutely Everything." So tell me, how do you upgrade the universe?
Heads up! Check out the terrific Sony CyberShot DSC-600 camera. It a great shooter, at a great price.
And when you've got your snaps, try using Google's free Picasa software. Read the Picasa review here.
Finally, you need to print your photos, so have a read of this review of the Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition.
And there's more! Your Ultimate Guide to DP pleasure. In this 14-page, multi-section review we take a hard look at Casio's EX-P600 camera; the Epson PictureMate photo printer; Samsung's 173P flat panel monitor; stage a winner take all shootout between ULead's PhotoImpact 10 and Adobe's Photoshop Elements 3 software; and finally, do a review of Maxtor's new OneTouch II 250GB drive for backing up your D-Life. And everything in this article works on both PCs and Macs! It's all in here, so come and get it!
There was a time, way back when, when people actually mucked around with smelly chemicals, small red lit rooms, big black and white timers, and a variety of other paraphernalia to turn mysterious looking negatives into glorious-looking photos. But this is the new millennium, so chuck all that toxic photo waste into your neighbor's backyard and read this review of the fabulous Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer.
The communications revolution has been thwarted! David Isenberg and David Weinberger explain why the best networks will never make any money. Is it time to go short on AT&T and Comcast? Read more...
The Death of the Internet, A fifteen minute video that explains why the Internet was DOA even before the gasping dot coms beached onto the polluted NASDAQ shores. —And there is much more
On a recent Sci-Fi channel series, nerdy guys in a super secret government lab were using expensive video conferencing gear with “CISCO” emblazoned all over it. But free state of the art videoconferencing comes standard with Apple’s line of Intel processor-based MacBook Pro laptops. Maybe the Bush administration classified this info, but you can read it here.
with space exploration, planetary sciences, cosmology, astronomy, and the technology
behind it all. If something is intelligent out there, it will appear in here.
This new editorial section deals with space exploration, planetary sciences,
cosmology, astronomy, and the technology behind it all. If something is intelligent
out there, it will appear in here. In this inaugural edition, Lavinia Ponniah
talks about what may be coming our way, and what we can't do about it, in
IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S... OH NO! (1950 words) So where's Superman
when you need him?
In the Feb. 1999 issue, Lavinia Ponniah gives you the inside story on why the Russians and Americans are making nice-nice in outer space in THE FINAL FRONTIER: SPACE STATIONS Yo, ET, phone home! (2,874 words)
this issue, we show what happens when convergence happens in the depths of outer
space -- A Star is Born (doesn't Disney wish?) Lavinia Ponniah tells you what
happened when a team of scientists took the giant Hubble telescope on a journey
of discovery to the Deep South, in A WINDOW TO
THE UNIVERSE (1,878 words) Note: This article has several big image files,
but it's well worth the trip.
Tone deals with
high end two channel and multichannel audio systems, CDs, vinyl, and glowing
tubes. Not-your-usual-reviews and commentaries are all part of the scene.
In the 1/1/96 issue, we showed you Why Apogee Caliper Signature speakers are such Great Cheap Treats(2287 words) -- and what they have in common with sleeping vampires; and you also learned about a new and inexpensive acoustic isolation tweak from Black Diamond Racing that gives new meaning to the term, Pyramid Power. (1578 words)
In the 1/15/96 issue, you found out Why The Hsu Research HRSW12V Subwoofer and Apogee Caliper speakers put the Naysayers on the Bus (1910 words). And also learned Why the High End is about to climb to the top of the audio scrap heap. (1800 words)
In the 2/1/96 issue, we explained why some recordings are great, and many others are not. You found out what it takes in The Mobile Fidelity Mobile GAIN System. Or, Why Money Most Always Wins (1,900 words). And we said that if you still were not convinced that the high end universe is imploding, then a must-see read was the Waveform Mach 17 Speaker, Preliminary Review, as we showed why the world still needs a few good fanatics (1,900 words).
In 2/15/96, We showed you how well Mobile Fidelity's GAIN System works, and how come Gordana Throws Francis a Vinyl Body Block (1,700 words). And then read how Bernard Herrmann's amazing music can expand your consciousness on a Journey Into Another Dimension (1260 words).
In the March,1996 issue, Gordana & Francis told you why Milwaukee is due for a PR makeover, as they reviewed The Shelf (1,700 words). Then you could see why Tom Nousaine never did get what he wanted from Transparent Cable, in Lies, Damn Lies, and Cables (1,000 words).
For the April 1996 issue, we kicked off a series of audio innovation white papers with Bob Carver, the high end enfant terriblehimself, discussing his radical new amplifier, The Sunfire (5,000 words).
In the May 1996 issue, we brought our readers a special treat with a 599KB sound clip from Professor Thomas Wells' award-winning computer music composition Into Darkness . He discussed how the piece was created, and also offers a set of links to some of the more interesting computer music sites (730 words).
For this Summer 1996 issue, we continued our series of audio innovation white papers with RSP Circle Surround from RSP Technologies. This in-depth paper discussed an exciting new technical challenger to the Dolby, et al, surround systems (5400 words). Who knows? You may soon even be driving around enCircled by Surround!
In this Fall 1996 issue, we did a review of a stunning horn-loaded loudspeaker which had the affront not to sound like a horn! So, listen in on the THE TA'US LOUDSPEAKER from Impulse (2,870 words). Also, check out the review of the Wilson Benesch Carbon One Cartridge, and Stage One Phono Amp, as we saw how THE HIGH END GETS THE BIRD? Or, THE NATIVES GET RESTLESS (2540 words)
In this Winter 1996-1997 issue, we did a review of the terrific MERIDIAN 508.20 CD PLAYER (1,455 words), and why this may be all the CD player you will ever need (or at least until DVD gets its act together.) Also, be sure to check out the reviews of the YBA DT INTEGRE and WOODSIDE ISA230 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIERS. OR, CROSS-DRESSING COMES TO AUDIO (2675 words)
In this Summer 1997 issue, 21st did its first-ever car audio review. Learn how to put down those snarling parking valets, in THE BMW 750IL CAR AUDIO SYSTEM. TIME TO DUMP THE BIG DADDY CADDY (2,525 words) One upmanship never sounded better!
In this issue, 21st did a review of an amazing small label record company and its passionate owner. Read all about WATER LILY ACOUSTICS (2,540 words) Music never sounded better!
In the Fall 1997 issue, we did a review of Bob Carver's remarkable new product, his SUNFIRE CINEMA GRAND AMPLIFIER (2,600 words) Two channel adopts multi, and both live happily ever after! Next, Francis Vale got well and truly high on a remarkable audio product, in his review of the VPI HWF-17 RECORD CLEANER (700 words)
In the Winter 1998 issue, Francis and Gordana do a review of the GRAAF GM 200 AMPLIFIER AND 13.5B PREAMPLIFIER (3320 words) Find out why there are good reasons that Ferraris can only be made in Italy. And from half a world away comes another high performance product, as we presented our review of the THETA DIGITAL CASABLANCA SURROUND PROCESSOR (4570 words)
In the Spring 1998 issue, Francis and Gordana went over the moon with a $100,000+ surround sound system, as they discovered the awesome grandeur of some fabulous German-made speakers, in their review of the MBL SURROUND SYSTEM: WHO SAYS MONEY DOESN'T BUY HAPPINESS? , Next, you found out what's really going in your head when you listen to all that expensive music, in EEG CORRELATES OF MUSICOGENIC STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS This thought provoking article was written by some of our regular contributors to the 21st Link section. (nd you thought none of this 21st stuff was related?)
In the Summer 1998 issue, psychiatrist Gordana finally shrank Francis 's head, as he went out of his mind over an absolute high-end steal in his review of the AudioSource AMP Two
In this issue, we gave all you retronauts comfort in letting you know that classic horn speakers are far from being dead and buried -- Not by a long shot! Especially when you have highly sophisticated companies like Avantgarde Acoustic revitalizing horn technology. This paper by Holger Fromme, HORN LOUDSPEAKERS, HOW & WHY (7,000 words) gives you an inside look at why these sound producing devices are still so remarkable, and will be for a long time to come.
In the last issue, you saw two rockin' articles. In the first article, Francis Vale manages to get Fidel Castro, Jesse Helms, Monica, Tripp, Bill, Voodoo, the CIA, plus some really great music you simply must get, all in CUBAN MUSIC IS HOT! HOT! HOT! (3235 words) Will Jesse, Dan, and Monica finally Make it in Havana? Next, Francis tells how to terrorize the neighborhood with a truly awesome audio component, in his earth shaking (literally) review of the SUNFIRE TRUE SUBWOOFER SIGNATURE EDITION (3,785 words) You too, can have your very own LFE Rocket Launcher!
In the Feb. 1999 issue, we offered a little treat. After we ran Francis Vale's review of the revolutionary mbl Radialstrahler loudspeakers we got a lot of inquiries about how these extraordinary speakers worked. So we asked mbl to submit a white paper,herewith attached for your reading pleasure. And have a look at that mbl surround sound review, in case you missed it the first time around. Who says money doesn't buy happiness?
At last, true Digital Convergence comes to the high-end! Francis reviews the extraordinary TacT Millennium (2,862 words). So how come no one else in the high-end was smart enough to ask the question this piece of gear so brilliantly answers? (Must have been the mind-numbing radiation coming from those glowing glass bottles.)
In this issue, Francis Vale unwittingly unleashes "The T-Rex That Ate Casablanc" in downtown Boston, as he reviews the stunning stereo tube preamplifier from that bad boy wunderkind, Bob Carver. Find out why Francis is suddenly so perplexed about multi-channel surround sound.
For Winter 2000,iIf you read the 21st article on BeOS, then you know it's a killer multimedia system for PCs. So now you need to know what speakers will make your new BeOS-equipped PC really sing, right? Look no further, as Francis Vale tells you all about Multimedia Speakers, Living Phat in the Land Of Be
In this issue, Francis takes on headphones from Grado Labs and Sennheiser, and also shows you how to share those voices inside your head in "Headphones & the Sunfire Theater Grand II Surround Processor." You will be forever spoiled after playing a steel cage death match with this oh-my-god-you-are-really-there power rig.
In the Late Winter 2001 issue, we review a super surround system from Miller and Kreisel. It's better and more fun than scalping Superbowl tickets, and you get a better seat.
In this issue, it's time to pass the chips, dude, as we tell you all about the terrific Polk RMDS-1 Surround System. Good things do indeed come in small packages.
In this issue, it was time to move over, Harry Potter, and let the pros tell you all How to Practice Black Magic. Your musical life will be forever enchanted after you gather up this list of Secret Ingredients.
In the last issue, Francis Vale reviews the amazing Nordost Valhalla Reference Speaker Cables and tells you why it's time to rethink some high-end audio assumptions.
In this issue, Francis Vale has a listen to a great high-end audio rig that's no Mini-Me. It's the Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 tube headphone amp used in combination with Sennheiser HD 600 headphones. Your long suffering neighbors may now be sending you candy and flowers.
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