Laptop Orchestra boots up in N.J.

By David Patrick Stearns – Inquirer Music Critic
plork.jpgPRINCETON – Having long taken pop music hostage, electronically generated sounds often threaten to revolutionize more serious music – why not? – with an infinite variety of timbre and gesture, not to mention the control over such elements that technology offers.
There’s been plenty of resistance in classical music culture, but the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, which had a highly publicized roll-out Tuesday at Richardson Auditorium here, may be the exception. Key people from Philadelphia’s new-music community were in attendance.
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Lunch & Learn: Portable Media: Fun Players and Phones with Doug Dixon

At the Lunch ‘n Learn seminar on March 15, Douglas Dixon demonstrated dozens of small portable storage devices, media players, and multi-function devices. Mr. Dixon is a technology consultant with Manifest Technology, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Recording Media Association‘s Mediaware Magazine, Technical Editor for Camcorder & Computer Video Magazine, and a frequent contributor for many information technology publications.
Many of you have used or seen flash sticks, essentially removable hard disks with built in USB ports all on a chewing gum-sized stick. As Mr. Dixon demonstrated, these devices are becoming smaller and smaller, less and less expensive, and are now beginning to come with reloaded content in their Read-only memory (ROM). Newer models have LCD displays with capacity meters, offer security including fingerprint readers, and come in different colors and styles. Imation provides flash memory on a wristband. Swissbit has even added it as a component on a Swiss Army Knife!

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Della: A New Supercomputer for Princeton

OIT has once again partnered with PICSciE (Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering) and Princeton faculty members to acquire an additional, significant new high-performance supercomputer for the University. The new system, dubbed Della, is a “beowulf” computer cluster; that is, a single supercomputer made out of many individual, small computers. Once operational, Della will join the University’s two other supercomputers, Orangena and Hecate, to place Princeton in the forefront of computational research capabilities among its peer institutions.

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Students manage Middle East crises at high-tech Model United Nations

modelun.jpgEach time the door to room 309 opened, the late-afternoon quiet of the Frist Campus Center was shattered by the din of 30 Princeton students engulfed by crises in the Middle East.
The Princeton Interactive Crisis Simulation (PICSim), a high-tech, student-run version of a Model United Nations conference, was in mid-session on Friday, March 3. Frist 309 was the “crisis room,” where the Princeton students huddled around laptop computers to communicate with committees of delegates situated in 11 rooms around the building, representing various Middle Eastern nations and the United States.
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