an in-between move

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Don't read this blog!

I mean, thanks for dropping by my little corner of the blogospheric backwaters, but the blog you should be reading is The Bellman. The stuff I post there is much, much less likely to be imbued with dormitive powers.


[German, from zwischen, intermediate + zug, move

Literally an "in-between move". A move in a tactical sequence is called a zwischenzug* when it does not relate directly to the tactical motif in operation. |source|

image copyright TWIC

From this position, black played a zwischenzug: 19…d5
(Linares 2002, 1-0)


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David Rowland studies philosophy at the University of Illinois - Urbana / Champaign, where he's an active member of the Graduate Employees Organization. He used to play a lot of chess, but wasn't all that good. He has a blog. And email.



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Tuesday, January 11, 2005


Dollars to donuts

Steve Jobs' keynote at MacWorld Expo starts in about two minutes, so I thought I'd get my prediction out of the way. I'm expecting Apple to release some kind of digital video recorder. I expect it to have limited functionality as a computer, but it will probably have a cd/dvd burner and run something like iTunes (but with the ability to organize and buy video content) and the other iApps that you can run on your iPod. Maybe it'll have an optional keyboard and the ability to do instant messaging, email, and (possibly through email posting) some kind of mac-centric blogging. If it's really cool then the hard drive will be on a removable cartridge.

Oh yeah, and they'll call it the iTV.

As you probably know, Apple filed a lawsuit against mac rumor site Think Secret a few weeks ago (and, again last week) because the site had published rumors from, ahem, knowledgeable sources claiming that Apple was going to release a sub-$500 headless mac.

I used to pay a lot more attention to the world of mac rumors than I do now. One thing I learned is that the rumor sites are always wrong. It would really surprise me if their information happened to be on the money this time.

Some macheads seem to think that the lawsuit means that the rumor sites must have been right. We'll see. My feeling is that the lawsuit is nothing but pure crankiness. If not, then my guess is that Apple wants to insure press for their announcement and this is a way of ginning up interest.

One last thing. This is neither here nor there but it occurred to me the other day that the various mac rumor sites that I started reading back in 1998 would be called blogs if they started up today.

Update: Looks like the rumor sites were spot on for once. Huh.
Encased in brushed metal, the new Mac mini features a square shape with rounded edges and is somewhat similar in appearance to an Apple AC power adapter. It features a slot-loading CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo drive, USB 2.0, FireWire 400, DVI and VGA connectivity and a headphone jack.

Jobs describes the Mac mini and BYODKM: Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard and Mouse. The Mac mini works just fine with Apple's peripherals, of course, or you can use other industry-standard peripherals.

The Mac mini comes in two models -- a 1.25GHz, 40GB G4 system for $499 and an 80GB 1.42GHz G4 system for $599. |source|

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