Archive - Jan 12, 2006


quantuM chip

UofM creates first Quantum Microchip.


apple macbookpro

Apple releases the MacBookPro, and I am not impressed. Actually, I’m kind of stunned. This one is way, way below Apple’s standards. Let’s enumerate:

  • No choices on size? When did that happen?
  • The color is weird. It’s not exciting white, it’s not exciting titanium, it’s… dull gray.
  • The website is weird, and looks like a last minute job, or an uninspired one (by Apple standards)
  • The design of the MacBook is… weird. This doesn’t look like something Apple made. An Apple product is almost always “aesthetically-complete”; i.e. you can’t point at any attribute and say that it does not belong there. Every part of the product is in its place, and that place is the best place for it. Can someone explain why the camera is misaligned?
  • The magnetic power cord thing is the only thing I liked, but that thing too doesn’t look that good!

Either Apple is losing its fizz, or maybe the MacBookPro was only a hack job to apease Steve Jobs and the Apple fanatics? I want my 700$ FlashRAM based 12” iBook with Intel Dual Core, and I will wait till then.

Update: Also read my post about the Apple MacBook.

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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 :)