January 13, 2008 |
Few insurance company employees can say they help unravel the secrets of the universe in their spare time. Jeff Renkar can. Day and night, Renkar's six personal computers at his home outside Houston are helping run complex simulations of how the early universe evolved, as part of a new University of Illinois project called cosmologyhome. In the eight years since the California-based SETI Institute thought of embedding software in people's screen savers that would help sift through radio noise from space for possible signals from alien civilizations, some 40 research groups have launched projects based on the same principle.
August 28, 2003
How many Californians keep an old television set or computer monitor stashed in the garage, a closet or a back room? Millions, because so few can figure out just how to get rid of the stuff. Worse than storing that electronic mess, many have hidden a machine in the bottom of the trash barrel or cloaked it in a large garbage bag headed for the landfill. That's illegal, of course. So what to do?
June 24, 2007 |
ATTENDANCE at multiplexes nationwide may be down, but one Los Angeles theater is bucking the trend. Regency's Fairfax Cinemas has been gaining momentum over the last six months as a destination theater. The draw? Three-dollar tickets. The theater, at Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue -- right near the Pacific Theatres at the Grove's 14 screens -- was formerly a Laemmle art house.
April 27, 1995
Wiz Technology Inc., a San Juan Capistrano software publisher, will produce and distribute Sea World Screen Savers, programs that flash images of Shamu the killer whale and other creatures across inactive computer monitors. Wiz entered into an agreement with Busch Entertainment Corp., a division of Anheuser-Busch and owner of Sea World, to produce the promotional product. The screen saver will be included free with Wiz's software products.
February 14, 1994 |
The controversy over software patents keeps going and going and going. The latest conflict arising from a broad patent in the field involves PC Dynamics, a tiny Westlake Village outfit that has raked in a cool $1 million-plus by selling a computer screen saver program featuring the Energizer Bunny, used for years by Eveready to promote batteries. PC Dynamics was astonished to learn that Software Advertising Corp.
December 29, 1998 |
Tantalized by the notion of extraterrestrial intelligence, even if you're not yet persuaded that intelligent life exists on Earth? Then the people leading that search want you . . . to employ a screen-saver program in your desktop personal computer that, along with thousands of others, can analyze billions and billions of raw bits of space data collected from a 1,000-foot-diameter radio dish operated in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, by SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence folks.