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Back again…

27 Oct

Hitting the blogosphere again.

Should be interesting to see how it goes this time around with WordPress instead of Blogger (http://the-enginerd.blogspot.com).

And yes, I am contemplating to host it on my own domain. I know many of you’ve already been bugged on this before, but still Any suggestions for a domain?

Cheers

And, this is it.

18 Apr

These past few days, I have given it quite a thought on how do I continue this blog, and be more regular. I’ve been wanting to blog more often- blogging stuff that is interesting, and blog-worthy. But the fact is that Blogging doesn’t appear as exciting to me as it used to, and it could only be due to what I’ve referred in the past as blogging-burn out.

And so, it’s time that this journey of 400 odd posts comes to a halt. It was great fun writing about all the cool stuff and I’d like to thank everyone for reading the blog. I’ve enjoyed every bit of it right from the moment I decided to start this blog to this moment when I decide to call it quits.

I am not saying I am quitting blogging altogether. I might as well start a new blog or continue this one real soon, but for now, there are lots of other things in life that provide better distractions.

Cheers!

The tragic mistake

29 Mar

From Adam Green’s The second coming of the Web:

โ€œWhen Tim Berners-Lee first gave mankind the Web, he made a tragic mistake. He granted us free will to use less than perfect HTML. His tools, and the tools of those to follow him, allowed users to develop sinful habits based on ignorance and sloth. The result was a Web of corrupt data, in which misformed tags abounded. This great fall from grace by the users of the Web prevented it from ever attaining the state of perfection desired by all computer scientists, a completely machine readable database.โ€

The Joy of Tech – Windows XP on Mac

27 Mar

Without doubt, The Joy of Tech is the best techie cartoon site out there. Just browsing through their archives for the past week, I stumbled upon this awesome strip:

Vox Populi: I couldn’t give a boot load about this, gimme OS X on a non-Apple PC, … it’s what’s inside that counts.

Windows Live Developer Central

26 Mar

At last week’s Mix 06, Microsoft announced the launch of their Windows Live Developer Central. There’s lots of cool stuff available there if you’re interested in developing apps using Windows Live Services.

From Windows Live Developer Central website:

The Windows Live Platform puts a deeper level of control into developers’ hands by offering access to the core services and data through open, easily accessible APIs. Start building applications and mashups today with Windows Live.

The site has spme pretty useful information and resources that enables people to start building applications using the easily accessible APIs:

There’s also a link to the Channel 9 video where Scott Swanson is interviewed by Robert Scoble about the Messenger Activity APIs and other Messenger-related demos.

Also, I stumbled upon this transcript of Bill Gates’s opening keynote at Mix06 featuring Aber Whitcom from MySpace and Ashley Highfield from the BBC. At the end of the speech, there was a dicussion between BillG and Tim O’Reilly that makes quite an interesting read. (btw, MySpace uses SQL Server and Tim O’Reilly’s Safari books online service runs on SQL Server and ASP.NET ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Sun Grid – The Network is the Computer

24 Mar

Whoever said that the world would need only five computers was probably correct. Sun has now released its on demand Grid computing for $1/cpu-hour. As Jonathan Schwartz writes about Sun Grid, “…experience for yourself what it’s like to use one of the world’s largest supercomputers. Without having to house it, manage it, power it, administer it, provision it… or buy it.

Sun’s Grid Service is available at network.com, a domain they got with the acquisiton of StorageTek. From the About Sun Grid page:

Sun is changing the very nature of computing by delivering access to enterprise compute power over the Internet with its Sun Grid Compute Utility. Sun Grid provides an easy and affordable access to an enormous computing resource for the predictable and all-inclusive price of $1/CPU-hr.

Reminds me of what my Professor had said last semester in our “Introduction to Grid Computing” class: “As the world uses the Internet to communicate, soon it would use the Grid to compute”.

ShameIt – Shame ’em into behaving better?

21 Mar

Alright. This is a wicked idea.

An exasperated father has discovered to his cost that cyberspace is not the ideal arena for family feuds. Two weeks ago Steve Williams became so fed up with his daughter’s messy bedroom that he built a website featuring pictures of his slothful offspring’s lair in an attempt to shame her into action.

But the public humiliation proved a short-lived victory. While it did spur his daughter, Claire, into tidying up her room, it also whet her appetite for revenge. With the help of her father’s friends, the 20-year-old business student has now set up a rival website that displays photos of him in a variety of compromising situations.

So if you wanna shame somebody or something with something like this, just keep it in mind that it could backfire!