Friday, September 02, 2005

Google Identity

Hmmm. Google Sitemaps - use your gmail account identity.
Google Talk - use your gmail account identity.
Maybe gmail isn't about e-mail after all :-)
Hmmmm.

Time - he's waiting in the wings. He speaks of senseless things...

It is becoming increasingly amusing to read about the future in WikiPedia.
Folks are writing in the present tense, for an audience in the present tense about something that will happen in the future tense but which, by the time many will read it, will be the past tense...

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Handling a database crash with a sense of humour


Screenshot
Originally uploaded by PropylonSean.
Not only are there no synthetic a priori truths, but try getting a database plumber on a weekend.

OpenOffice Beta 2

The XML-based office productivity application notations used in this thing are the future.

Go on. Re-claim the documents you always thought were yours anyway, even though their formats were somebody else's.

Ever want to be part of a network-effect tipping point? This is your chance :-)

Festival of Science in Dublin

Via Karlin : A very interesting schedule of science-shaped epiphenomena is coming to Dublin this weekend thanks to the British Academy Festival of Science.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Data Shock and how to treat it

Data Shock is the jolt one feels when you realise that data you thought was at hand, is not at hand because you have jumped from one computing environment to another. For me, the big jolts of data shock come when I leave Thunderbird/Emacs/Firefox/OpenOffice on Linux and boot into Thunderbird/Emacs/Firefox/OpenOffice on my Windows partition. All my apps are there but most of my data isn't. 220 volts to the cerebrum.

At home in Linux, I have /media/windows which works great. I've recently started to play with explore2fs and so far so good. Great for crossing the chasm with a Visio diagram on your back to haul it to a printer.

Plan 9 is a general solution to data shock in which moving from one directory to another can move you from one CPU to another but I digress...

Internet Cotton Guide? Surprised me too

Why would the Internet Cotton Guide be quoting from and linking to my blog I wondered? I used the word "cottoned" that's why.

I used it as an intransitive verb. The pattern matcher was fishing for nouns.

Isn't language wonderful?