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Monthly Archives: May 2008

24th 27 Dinner (Joburg) Feedback

I arrived early, a small miracle considering the traffic in Joburg, and my temporally incongruous tendencies. (”I’m not late Ma, I’m just temporally incongruous!”)
Was a bit intimidated at first, but after I picked a table to sit down at, it turned out to be really interesting. (Translation: I managed to ambush people with my theories, [...]

Magnatune is not Evil

Hey. I know where you can get some music online. Shhh!
Why am I whispering? It’s all legal. You get to listen to streaming audio online for free. If you hear something you like (or love), you can shell out to download high quality tracks, or even have a CD printed and shipped to you. [...]

Open Content Learning and UNISA

MIT’s OpenCourseWare project is giving free access to all their course notes, exams, recorded lectures and other course materials. All the material is open access and open content. MIT does not confer degrees for working through the OCW materials, but you are free to educate yourself.
I’ve tried using some of the OCW material, and it’s [...]

Linux Subnotebooks Galore

Despite the low sales of the OLPC project’s XO-1, and the Windows/Linux troubles that the project is going through, it’s already had some beneficial effects. For one thing, it has firmly established a market for Linux subnotebooks:
The OLPC’s XO-1 runs (for the moment) a version of Fedora Linux
Intel’s Classmate PC runs a version of Mandriva [...]

rAge 2008

Quirky capitalization is old hat. But back when it was cool, the rAge eXpo was first held. This year it’s on 3-5 Oct, once again at the Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate.
In addition to what you would expect at a computer and console gaming expo, you should also expect kawaii~ Otakumag girls at the entrance (photo [...]

Semantic Web Application (Finally) Arrives

After years of hype about the semantic web, we finally have an application.
Powerset has launched a public beta of it’s Wikipedia search engine, and it’s overflowing with semantic web technology. Get more details here.

You Too Can Be A Bioengineer

Protein Scientist David Baker and game designer Zoran Popović have created an online game called Foldit that they hope will become the future of protein engineering. You can download and play the game for free, and you’ll be doing actual bioengineering!
Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of [...]

Iron Man (Fiction) and the Raytheon Sarcos XOS (Reality)

Tony Stark Hates Cockroaches
You need to see Iron Man. Why? Because it is awesome. Robert Downey Jr. is completely believable as Tony Stark. It’s also a much more believable back story than the Orson Scott Card comic book prequel (Brain Disease Monkeys Bit My Mom So My Body Is My Brain And It Hurts So [...]

The Bitrate of Life

I originally wrote this post about a year ago, when I was still playing with Drupal as a blogging platform. It somehow got lost in the conversion to Wordpress. What was gratifying back then was that Charles Stross posted a related talk that he gave a couple of days later. It was nice to know [...]