Archive - 2006

January 12th

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 :)


January 11th

Windows Vista SideShow

The Vista “SideShow Platform”:

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.’”


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.