The Null Device

2001/7/8

The MacOS X Resource List; a blog dealing with MacOS X-related tricks and tweaks. Pretty useful if you use the system.

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2001/7/7

Computers for the Third World: A new plan for cheap computing for impoverished third-world countries involves giving them PlayStations running Linux, considerably cheaper than industry-standard Wintendo PCs. Mind you, given that the World Bank is behind it, it may be more used to set up data-entry maquiladoras on the cheap, where children can be chained to their desks for 18 hours a day than to actually empower the Third World to be anything more than a more flexible source of slave labour.

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Tonight (well, last night, technically), I saw Ghosts of the Civil Dead at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Not a bad film; a thoughtful look at the correctional-industrial complex with a touch of conspiracy theory. It is set in a futuristic prison whose exterior is in the American desert, but whose interior appears to be in Australia. Nick Cave was, of course, involved in its making, and he plays a raving psychotic inmate; a role which is, oddly enough, not much of a stretch from his musical career.

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I sense a zeitgeist here: I just bought the new Faithless album, Outrospective; haven't listened to all of it yet, though what I have seems quite passable. I managed to find the UK limited edition, which has the video for their song We Come 1, which seems to be jumping on the No Logo/Nu Marxist bandwagon, albeit superficially. The video features the shaven-headed Maxi Jazz sitting on a couch, as police and demonstrators fight running battles in his living room. Not a bad track and video, either...

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