Hubble gets upgrades, Intel fined, Mac OS X upgrade goes bad and Google is sorry

  • The Hubble Space Telescope got a major upgrade of its systems.  The crew from the shuttle Atlantis repaired failed systems and upgraded others.  The fourth space walk was conducted on Sunday and the last will be Monday.  The Hubble launched in 1990 and was quickly deemed a failure because of an imperfection in the mirror:  Hubble was near sighted.  A repair mission in 1993 installed a corrective lens-glasses, essentially-and we’ve been getting stunning pictures ever since.  The Hubble is named after Astronomer Edwin Hubble.
  • Intel found to be in violation of EU antitrust and fined 1.06 billion Euros (about 1.45 billion US dollars.) The Commission found that between October of 2002 and December of 2007, Intel gave partial or whole hidden rebates to computer makers that purchased all or almost of their x86 CPUs from Intel.
  • Latest Mac OS X update results in blue screens for some.  Apple pushed out Mac OS X 10.5.7 to its users, but things have not been very smooth for some.  Among the issues users have experienced are the dreaded blue screen of death upon reboot; some external drives are no longer mounting; some video cards are not outputting the native resolutions of the display.  What happened to ‘just works?’
  • Node 3 of the International Space Station is complete.  Known as ‘Tranquility’, the node is the last module from Europe.  It was built by Thales Alenia Space in Turin, Italy.  When attached to the station, it will house life support gear and will also house a large bay window called the Cupola.  Shuttle Endeavour will launch the module in February of 2010.
  • Google says it is ‘sorry.’  Google experienced yet more network slowdowns or service disruptions last week.  They say ‘An error in one of our systems caused us to direct some of our traffic through Asia.’  Whatever.  I think I will continue using my desktop-based productivity suite and mail clients, thank you.
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