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The Ageia PhysX Card ➝

Al Williams, writing for Hackaday:

Around 2006, a company called Ageia produced the PhysX card, which promised to give PCs the ability to do sophisticated physics simulations without relying on a video card.

Keep in mind that when this was built, multi-core CPUs were an expensive oddity and games were struggling to manage everything they needed to with limited memory and compute resources. The PhysX card was a “PPU” or Physics Processor Unit and used the PCI bus. Like many companies, Ageia made the chips and expected other companies — notably Asus — to make the actual board you’d plug into your computer.

I remember there being a lot of hype when this first launched, but it seemed like such a useless product to me. There were never that many games that supported it and most people would get more benefit from spending that $300 on a better CPU, GPU, or by purchasing a second GPU that they could run in SLI or CrossFire.

➝ Source: hackaday.com

Dial-Up Is Still, Just Barely, a Thing ➝

Lewin Day, writing on Hackaday:

Despite significant advancements in telecommunications technology, there are still many regions in the U.S. where geographical challenges and the high cost of infrastructure development make it difficult for service providers to offer typical broadband or wireless services. In these areas, dial-up internet becomes the only feasible option for connecting to the digital world. For context, in 2019, census figures suggested just 0.2% of households used dial-up internet, a number surely even smaller today.

My grandparents were using dial-up internet up until just a few years ago when they switched to a cellular provider.

➝ Source: hackaday.com