Thursday, July 28, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
I've been beta testing the latest release (1.3.0) of Roland Weigelt's GhostDoc for the last few weeks, and I just have to say this: It is awesome. The sheer number of rules that are incorporated into the documentation framework is astounding, and as if that's not enough, you can add more yourself.
And it doesn't hurt that it's free...
Monday, July 25, 2005
There's been some talk in the media lately about the Plug-In Hybrids' 500 miles per gallon (imported) gasoline fuel efficiency; based on these cars' 100 mpg capacity and the fact that they could theoretically run on 80% biofuel and 20% (imported) gas.
"it takes at least 29% more energy to convert maize and other biomass feed stocks into ethanol than the amount of fuel produced by the process."
Now, of course, the study has been solidly refuted, and these refutations have also been widely covered in the media, though mostly in the mid-west.
So - one biased study claims a -29% energy balance, another equally biased study claims a +167% energy balance. They call this science? With as much as $1/gallon in tax incentives for ethanol producers, it's hard to know who to believe.
So it seems that every time I log back on my computer, my icons have moved around - I can never find the recycle bin, for example. Maybe this is what happens while I'm away: Icon War
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Monday, July 18, 2005
Seats 2, does 0-60mph in 4sec, carbon-fiber body, weighs 2500 lb, costs $85,000: sounds like a high-end sports-car...
Hardly looks like one though: Commuter Cars
Thursday, July 14, 2005
I DID wonder what the director was telling Bill Murray in Lost in Translation - no longer: Extraordinary Ordinary Guy In Japan: What Is Actually Lost
An interesting review of the Tor Desktop Virtual Privacy Machine; a 128MB USB JumpDrive (Flashdrive/thumbdrive/keydrive/whatever) that through the magic of Linux, the Qemu process emulator, and the Tor network enables a user to surf the internet/email/IM in a "totally secure way": Review: Virtual Privacy Machine - OSNews.com
This is cool from a geeky techno standpoint, but am I naive in thinking that only paranoids and criminals (and/or cheating lovers) would really have a use for this?
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Monday, July 11, 2005
"A bird may have hit on a concept that eluded mathematicians for centuries—possibly during a temper tantrum."
"...Alex, a 28-year-old Grey parrot, recently began—unprompted—using the word “none” to describe an absence of quantity, according to researchers at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass."
News and discussion about Lean Manufacturing, the Toyota Production System, Lean Healthcare, and American manufacturing competitiveness.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
WhenU has a n interesting business model: Allow users to voluntarily install a desktop application that serves them relevant ads.
"For example, when you are shopping for an air fare, WhenU recognizes this, and then provides you with an ad for a cheaper fare. The end result is an online experience that allows you, the consumer, access to more information and therefore make better informed decisions while saving money in the process."
Hm. I wonder how they'll make this compelling enough for people to download. Of course I have a silly SWA Ding! program running on my desktop (soon to be uninstalled)... With $35 million in funding, it looks like WhenU has some time to figure it out.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
This is a Greasemonkey user script. To install, you need Greasemonkey: http://greasemonkey.mozdev.org/ Then restart Firefox and revisit this script. Under Tools, there will be a new menu item to 'Install User Script'. Accept the default configuration and install.
Friday, July 01, 2005
Pencil Bros. Geology, Inc. (a.k.a. Richard Dudley) asks: Is Dynamic SQL in Your Stored Procedures Vulnerable to SQL Injection? and then proceeds to provide a simple but effective CodeSmith template that generates a safe (and efficient) stored procedure for any table.
Strom Carlson asks Slashdot readers a question I have asked myself many times before:
"Over the last few years, I've noticed that a surprisingly large number of native English speakers, who are otherwise very technically competent, seem to lack strong English skills. Mostly, this seems to manifest itself as varying degrees of poor spelling and grammar: 'definately' instead of 'definitely'; 'should of' instead of 'should have'; and I even see the names of products and companies misspelled from time to time. It baffles me that a culture so obsessed with technical knowledge and accuracy can demonstrate such little attention to detail when it comes to communicating that knowledge with others, and it baffles me even more that many people become enraged when you attempt to help them correct and learn from their mistakes. Do hackers and geeks just not care about communicating effectively? Do they not realize that a mediocre command of written English makes them appear less intelligent? Am I missing something here?"
PS! I'm not a native English speaker (which will from now on be my excuse for any "typos" in this blog), but the sad truth is that my English spelling-accuracy is worse now than it ever was. It appears that the longer I am immersed in an English-speaking culture, the more I tend to write words as I hear them, and not as I know they are spelled. It is as if my brain is shifting from using an internal dictionary of written words, to some phonetic-based audio-library. I'd love to see someone do an fMRI study on this sometime.