Monday, December 25, 2006
Vista and NVidia GeForce FX 5200
Monday, December 4, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Sunday, November 5, 2006
Ended about 12:30pm. Rather early :-(
Thursday, November 2, 2006
For those interested in seeing the new Vista Packaging it’s now available online.
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
The evening was a little more then boring. After a few days without running MSN Messenger I was enjoying things again. He was irratating. Recently having become too arrogate.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
First day of Snow
Rising today, I noticed the first arrival of Snow . A little early this year. I recall last year it was around Nov-15.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Information in E-Mail
The first problem has been solved. Storage of e-mail, certainly through the online [web-based] players has made it possible to easily store all your e-mail online. In the last year we have seen all the major players, lead by Google increase their customer’s storage space up to on average of 2GB/user. Yahoo and Microsoft quickly followed suit. This has allowed people to keep all their e-mail online and with a indexing engine such as Google one can easily search across all their e-mail.
The main problem with e-mail now becomes a question of finding information. We can certainly search for text quicker then ever before but finding a keyword or phrase is not the same as finding a piece of information. We’ve all sent e-mail where we have asked a few questions and later got back a response where only a subset were answered. So our day-to-day scenario is sending out e-mail asking questions, reading a response, memorising what we consider is the ‘key’ ideas and filing the e-mail (worse-case by leaving it in the inbox). The problem occurs when 6 months down the road you’ve forgotten some of those things you, “memorised” and now need to find that information. Though some systems allow for the categorisation of groups of messages (e.g.: by creating folders or labels) this is too primitive a system. This is a manual system and these tools exist in the real-world [outside of e-mail] and have failed to organise our personal/professional information. I propose a different solution.
When we send e-mail we typically create paragraphs of information, perhaps include attachments and propose some questions or ask for something to be done. The problem is people receiving the message might miss individual items. Perhaps they answer one or two of your questions but missed the important one or are going to respond to that one later. You receive back a wordy message which you have to read and understand. You have to search if/where your questions are answered and this therefore becomes a time consuming task. And even worse every time you need to refer to this e-mail you have to go through the same time consuming process.
One of the problems with e-mail is how to ask the questions to your audience such that its clear what questions are being asked and how important a particular question is. The system that I’m proposing would allow for an ‘add-in’ to e-mail systems allowing one to ‘tag’ questions as such. An auto-generated sequence number [perhaps a displayed as a graphic] would be inserted before all questions. For those items that are not specific questions but, “to do” items a separate marker can be manually inserted (e.g.. Please send me the latest financial spreadsheet). The appearance of these markers would appear in such way that it would be clear at a glance the number of items being asked [each marker would include the seq. #]. E-mail applications receiving such a message could interpret the e-mail in a different view. This custom view would brake out the items, displaying them in their own view pane. Recipients can view the original e-mail above while clicking individual [marked] items below and responding to each one. The new system in no way prevents any of the standard response methods from being used. The user has the choice to still include standard message responses such as full text paragraphs, attachments, etc. Once the response is sent back the senders e-mail package can display the original questions followed by the responses below from each of the recipients. This will allow people to easily see which items have been responded to and who has responded. These ‘summary’ e-mails can appear as part of any related e-mail or can be viewed in a separate view pane. The advantage is now to the person who needs to go back and look at this information – they can quickly see the original items and how/if it was resolved. Entire threads of e-mail can be quickly and automatically summarised for later review. People can also refer to items by sequence number and, ‘to do’ items can be parsed and presented for automatic inclusion on user’s favourite to do list manager
By simplifying the use of how e-mail and information snippets are stored and retrieved we can see the long term benefits such a system would bring. People would become much more efficient at responding to such e-mail and therefore more likely to respond. As well once they have responded one can quickly see what the next action item would be. Working smarter not harder!
– Show a numbered graphic to display the marker;
– Each type of marker would have a unique colour (e.g.: Questions in Green, To Do items in Red, etc.)
– Using a custom SMTP header e-mail clients can quickly recognise e-mails which include these new markers
– For parsing and displaying in non-rich e-mail clients markers are internally stored as XML.
Geek Marketing 101
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
DVD, "The Lake House"
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The best media...
Sunday, October 15, 2006
DVD, "V for Vendetta"
Watched the DVD, “V for Vendetta”. Have to say one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. For the matter in the top 10 of all time.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Tango Application Server
What is Tango you ask?
"A highly scaleable, feature rich, visual development environment for creating and deploying dynamic web sites that can integrate to a variety of non-web interfaces such as databases (ODBC/JDBC/FileMaker/OCI), XML, XPATH, XSLT, file system, command line, POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, LDAP, SOAP, JavaBeans..." - www.WiTango.com
Monday, October 2, 2006
Mr. W Fete
Sunday, October 1, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Windows: Admin Privileges
Here’s an interesting application to change your Admin privileges:
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Davey & Goliath
Monday, September 18, 2006
Geek (.NET) Posters
Sunday, September 17, 2006
DOS [Games] Again?!
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Monday, September 4, 2006
New Online Game: The Ship
If you like the Half-Life game engine – there’s a new game called, “The Ship”.
Friday, September 1, 2006
If you need old software and old computer games
If you are in the market for old software and old computer games.
Sunday, August 6, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 6, 2006
Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Once in a while...
Monday, July 3, 2006
Sunday, July 2, 2006
Microsoft should buy Digipede
Saturday, July 1, 2006
Fuzzed myself avec...
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
The End is just the Beginning
Monday, June 12, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
DVD, "An Unfinished Life"
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Finished Max's Graffiti & Small visit
Later Petit-P, Renault and Fred [nouveau person] came by. Unfortunately boring. My fault the place wasn't ready.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
Time on their hands...absolutely
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
Mr. W & Julien
Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Saturday, May 6, 2006
Friday, May 5, 2006
Monday, May 1, 2006
Office 2007 - MindMap
Monday, April 24, 2006
Book: The Emotion Machine : Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind: Books: Marvin Minsky
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Class room sitting arrangements
Want to know where to sit when in a lecture see here for details.
Friday, April 21, 2006
After Mr.W and I went biking. We did the 'school' route. But then he wanted to continue thru the other town. This is a 'long' route and since it was only my second rid for the season I wasn't ready. But he was kind'a of "gvaafe" so he was up for doing something more. I felt a little sick riding and Alex was phoning trying to organize for tonight. My plans had completedly changed. I ended up taking Alex and Max somewhere in the 'east' of the town, then they wanted to stay longer there. Boris and Zoran came over @~9:20pm and Mr.W had to leave early because he had to get up for 7:30am tomorrow for the concert. He left around 9:50pm and took his bike. The rest of the evening was a "Family Guy" evening plus some Poker.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
I was working for the New York Times in position #17 from the top [does this even exist?] which had a stock option benefit and the job required QuarkXPress skills. Very strange all round esp. since I'm more of a InDesign fan.
I was invited to a 'secret' section in a large baseball stadium [on the field] where their were famous old hairless burnt baseball players.
USB Keys and Vista
Sunday, April 9, 2006
Windows XP on an Intel Mac with "BootCamp"
Can't wait to go the other way round.
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
Teen-repellent shop siren
I wonder if this really works?!:
Sunday, March 26, 2006
BCS316 - Ass03 & Mr. W. - A late afternoon visit
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Word 2003 - Viewing the Comment Pane
In Microsoft Word it seems strange that this is the only way to display a the comment pane. There MUST be another way?!?!?!
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
There's some people!
Sunday, March 12, 2006
DVD, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
Sunday, March 5, 2006
Friday, March 3, 2006
Do you listen to PodCasts? Then try: Juice
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Oracle Releases a FREE Database - 10g Express Edition
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Interesting Quote: The Human Brain
Monday, February 20, 2006
Working At Home
Saturday, February 18, 2006
CMap v4.02 - Update now available
"The CmapTools program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. It allows users to, among many other features, construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet..." - The CMap web-site
I think it's amazing.
The updated version is here: CMap v4.02.
Privacy problem - Cell phone records for sale
How can this possibly be legal??? Imagine what people can do with this info.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Microsoft FrontPage - Dead!
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
New Java IDE - NetBeans v5.0
P.S. After v5.0 was released I found it a little difficult to find the link to the v4.1 download. Here it is for others looking.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
VisiCalc for Free
Monday, February 13, 2006
Modifying GMail to give presistant searches - Who knew!
Interesting Blog post on Google's GMail API
Identity on the internet has always been a problem...
Need to control your presentation with your cell phone?
Need to find events...try...EventFul
New Blogging Tool: Qumana
New Book: Prefactoring
Thursday, February 9, 2006
Sunday, February 5, 2006
Photoshop vs. Programming
When I'm editting a photo [in Photoshop] I'm given a set of tools that basically allow me to do anything I want and in a more or less natural way. I can completely relate to how if I needed to accomplish what layers allow me to do in the real world I could do this. It's easy to think of layers as pieces of paper stacked on top of each other. I can edit individual layers, I can control transparency, I can erase parts of an image etc. Not only that but I can do things not easily done in the real world for example combining[/merging] layers. And this is my point. I have a tool that takes a real world problem and not only allows me to accomplish what I want in a natural way (eg. intuitive and not combersome] but also extends it to do things I couldn't normally accomplish. And isn't that the very definition of a tool. Allowing one to 'extend' their ability.
Now let's look at the current level of programming - specifically object oriented programming. Object oriented programming (OOP) has all sorts of tools to allow one to imagine things as objects and then go about manipulating them with language contructs. The first problem is not everything fits well into the 'object' senerio. I've been part of many projects where 90% of the code is simply moving things in and out of objects. Secondly, the language restrictions of what can be done and when it can be done in OOP vastly constrain what is possible vs. allowing one to accomplish more [not less]. I have all sorts of restrictions with how I define an object, where I can define a routine, how I can access it, who can can access it and when, etc. Why can't I simply write a program that allows me to get done what I want to get done and without it getting in my way? Better still should it not extend my ability and allow me to accomplish more then I normally could without the tool!? Functional programming allowed one to get their job done and in a much less error prone way, yet today everything is about OOP. And we can see the results. How many times did your computer crash and/or needed to be restarted to fix some bizarre effect?! Does this not show that even today's modern computer programmer doesn't fully understand these restrictions? Let's compare this to computer from 10+ years ago how many times did you restart those machines? I'm betting a lot less. So what's going on? Why are we getting worse and not better? I believe it's the fundamental fault of OOP and with it all the restrictions. Any 'professional' programmer spends many years of their life learning the ins and outs of what can and can't be done in OOP. I dare say most of them never really get it. So now we live in a world where to accomplish the simplest of things takes way to much effort in an object oriented language. We need to re-examine the true usefullness of OOP and to come up with something that's more expressive, reliable and faster at accomplishing things that people want to do.
Photoshop allows me to get things done quick and easy. I'm better off using digital technology here then I am at using a 'normal' camera. Can we say the same thing when it comes to programming with OOP techniques!?
Friday, February 3, 2006
Monday, January 30, 2006
Visio 12 - Data Graphics
Friday, January 27, 2006
The other crowd were at another party.