Archive - Jan 2006

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January 12th

2006 acm fellows

The 2006 ACM Fellows were announced recently, it’s great to see many familiar names on the list; whose research work I’ve read and enjoyed:

  • Surajit Chaudhuri: DBExplorer(BANKS competitor), and a bunch of other DB/IR stuff.
  • Gerhard Weikum: Loads of algo stuff, lurrve his probabilistic Fagin merge paper!
  • Jennifer Widom: Personalized PageRank, Topic-sensitive PageRank, amongst other things.

In case you were wondering, my advisor is an ACM Fellow too :)

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January 11th

Windows Vista SideShow

The Vista “SideShow Platform”:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/features/default.aspx:

The Windows Vista SideShow platform will also enable hardware manufacturers to build auxiliary displays in a wide range of peripheral devices such as keyboards, LCD display casings, remote controls, and cell phones. These devices can then display information received from a Windows Vista-based PC, providing even more convenience to your everyday computing.

Probably the only thing they didn’t copy from Apple. I like it, because it makes a lot of sense. Combine this with E-Ink displays, and Optimus keyboards, and we’ve got a winner.

captcha for 4.7

Just put up the form-API based captcha.module for Drupal. Go get it! (of course, i’m assuming you’re running Drupal 4.7 / Drupal HEAD; because otherwise this is of no use to you.)

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mitch hedberg

Discovered Mitch Hedberg via Anuj’s band website :

“An escalator can never break; it can only become stairs. You would never see an ‘Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order’ sign, just ‘Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.’”

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January 1st

new years resolution

Ok, so let’s get this done with:

  • I promise to not consume carbonated beverages in 2006.
  • I promise to not consume chocolate or candy products in 2006.
  • I promise to waste my time swimming instead of thinking about swimming.
  • I promise to be nice to the fairer sex. I’ve heard this has its benefits.
  • I promise to be more proactive about my research.
  • I promise to give a sincere shot at Learning Spanish.

Is there anything you think I should or should not be doing? Leave a comment, I’ll think about it.

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