Archive - 2003

September 24th

should we call it computer wizardy then?

Geoff Cohen asks:

Is Computer Science a Science?... More seriously, computer science is very different from the natural sciences (it's okay for a group of sciences to have "science" after their name). Computer science is what Herbert Simon calls a Science of the Artificial. It deals with creating artifacts that embody human intention. Natural sciences, in contrast, have no place for intention; they are about inferring the real functioning of reality.

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everyone's away...

I wonder where everyone's gone!



September 23rd


In April 2002, Google hosted the "Google Programming Contest" with a $10,000 cash prize. The winning entry, by Daniel Egnor, was titled Geographic Search:

Daniel's project adds the ability to search for web pages within a particular geographic locale to traditional keyword searching. Daniel's system provides an interface that allows the user to augment a keyword search with the ability to restrict matches to within a certain radius of a specified address

The contest rules had a clause that Google, Inc. would be granted full rights to use the technology used in the entries submitted.

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September 21st



phpDbxAdmin is a tool to make the administration of a DBX database easier.

People are starting open source projects to build on top of one of our babies... neat!


September 19th


Funny quote at Roshan's blog:

A friend who works for an NGO in Delhi just got her first salary. Her mom's reaction: "Wow, that's even less than your phone bill!"


September 19th


Thar she blows. (If you see this coming towards you, don't get carried away, ok? just run!)


September 16th


A listener fights back: Pranking the RIAA.


so what happens to the ring?

JLo and BAf are over! Good riddance to bad rubbish (GR2BR), as they say. Finally I can dream peacefully in peace.


more mayo

After a half hour of experimentation, I hereby confirm that equal quantities of Maggi Hot and Sweet Tomato Sauce and Mayonnaise, mixed properly, taste almost exactly like the orange sauce used in McDonalds burgers.


September 15th


Mahesh Shantaram has too much time on his hands. But with the kind of awesome stuff he's producing in his free time, I wish him all the free time in the world!