Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction?
The answer to your question is that he lives in Australia where you can get a tax break on laptops but not desktops.
Linux Games For Non-Gamers?
I was going to suggest Westnoth - it is one of the absolute jewels of Linux gaming. Another one I like is "Pioneers" which is a neat little implementation of the "Settlers of Catan" boardgame. Which has it's own free online client tha is more active online but a bit buggy & laggy. Pioneers is good for a 15-30 minute game against 3 computer players. Use the official client to play against other human beings :)
iiNet Pulls Out of Australian Censorship Trial
Bigpond & Optus are not involved in the trial
Detecting Click Tracks
Keith played to a click track. I remember reading an interview with him when he described what it was like playing stuff like "Baba O'Reilly" & "Won't get fooled again" live when the synth parts were sequenced. Can't remember WHAT he said (it was a long time ago!!) but The Who were definitely using click tracks live in the '70s.
Computer For a Child?
It's not "Pop-Psych" She's done the research & read up on other peoples'. Every chapter is loaded with references.
The contention in the book is that there is so much more diagnosis than there was a few years ago & general poor performance by kids in all developed countries that there is a bundle of reasons why it's happening.
Maybe there's a genetic predisposition to Autism caused by a number of genes. So, get the lot & you're autistic. Get some & you have a predisposition that may only manifest if your upbringing triggers it.
There is obviously a real syndrome called "Autism". It's not a joke & it's not a badge to be worn with pride. Some people on the internet here & elsewhere seem to think that it's cool to have (usually self diagnosed) Aspergers. These are the people mot likely to have had the syndrome triggered during early childhood. If it's purely genetic why are the Romanian Orphans so much more subject to autism symptoms than non-orphans?
Anyways, point me at your "Real Science"
Computer For a Child?
Say it brother.
Read "Toxic Childhood" by Sue Palmer - available from Amazon. It explains why kids are getting so badly f&*ked up these days. Summary, too much TV, too little interaction with parents, junk food, lack of sleep. Result, often low grade autism.
So when people here (and on other websites) boast about being functional autistic I just think you poor sod, your parents were too busy to play with you when you were young...