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09
Apr 07
You perhaps know how it is ... I was writing a book called 'Windows - Advanced Programming and Design', and in doing so, I created what I thought were a few neat ideas and bits of code, that others would find interesting. What I didn't think of was to patent any of those ideas back then [but hey, I'm just a programmer]!The story continues here ......

Paul Allen's FlipStart is out today. I'd like one, but a bit too much for me to gamble on, i.e., I'll wait until I hear reports first I think. Here's the Data Sheet [pdf]

Competition.

Think of some managementspeak, and propose a plain-English translation/definition.

For example ...

Mindset - attitude/opinion/stance/view?
Thinking outside of the envelope - thinking creatively?
Customer centric - focused on the customer?

Your turn.

A while back, um, quite a while back now [2nd Sept 2002], I wrote a piece for Computer Weekly about how AV can't work perfectly. As part of that, I said a little something about how an operating system should do more to protect the user - by not automatically starting processes that the user hadn't authorized, e.g., say process A [which you trust] suddenly ......

19
Jan 07
Don't click any of these if you're not 'adult' - by age, mindset or disposition! Disclaimer DONE! So Original got moved - perhaps because I was linking to it! So, here's a replacement ... Will a simple image do? hmmmm However, maybe a video is what you're after? Or Maybe you'd prefer the 'slightly geeky' approach - and a rather more realistic video ......

Out of interest, and apologies if its been asked before, butARE YOU GOING TO BUY VISTA [soon/now]?I'm not! Then again, I don't have to in many ways, i.e., we have a licence that would allow me to have this on as many machines as I want, but, the only machine I currently have it on is a virtual one - via VMWare. I've actually had it [in various forms] ......

Just wondering whether or not anyone else has had to modify their code to live with UAC? The problem? Well, here's one - you can't use CreateProcess to shell another application - like a wrappered setup.exe perhaps. I recently had to do this for some code that wrappered an AV installer here. CreateProcess fails coz the Shell can't prompt/ask the user ......

Don't know if this will work outside of the UK, but, one of my can't miss radio shows is often Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time. I say 'often' because one week the show is about something like the Speed of Light and the next, it's about Renaissance Poetry - guess which find more personally interesting! Anyway, until this Thursday, the latest programme about ......

Here's a link to a webpage/app that I use as a warm-up-thingmy/attention-g... - however you want to use it really. I call it my Sayings Viewer, and I use it before some lectures, and during lecture breaks etc. Anyway, if you think you could use it - well, feel free! Feedback [bugs, suggestions, ...] very welcome - email link in the About ......

I've recently changed my mobile phone to a top of the line Motorola RAZR This phone does way more than I actually care to grasp ... like, ya know, mainly I JUST want a phone - but, for all the cool things it does, what's it missing? Recently, here in the UK, we entered into British Summer Time (that's prob called Daylight Savings for the rest of the ......

I haven't tried this with the latest/greatest gcc [perhaps someone could please?] but I was disappointed that with gcc 4.0.2 this code ['essence' only supplied] produced a rather dumb result [IMHO] … #include <stdio.h>#include <math.h> int main(void){ long n = 42; printf("%lf\t%ld\n", pow(n, 2), (long)pow(n, 2)); return 0;} Output ......

http://www.isketch.net - if you're good at drawing/guessing!

29
Dec 05
Had a 'clear out' - lost the feynman prefers the red LEDs, and lost the watch thingmy. So, here it is again: BinaryWatch.zip This one is modded, so that if it's started with a cmd line arg of mode:normal, it runs as a standard 'clock'. Thanks to Matthew Ozvat for the suggestion. Please don't add comments to this [or my other thread on this], as I rarely ......

24
Aug 05
Just been reading this week's Spectator mag: it's not all Thinkgeek and Slashdot stuff with me you know! Anyway, I Just happened to find myself scanning the 'For MEN' bit in this. Most of the ads were for 'Professional Massage' - um, got me to thinking, were these coded ads, or legit? Normally, I'd have said 'code' - but, in The Spectator!? One ad was ......

Our [Oxford University] comlab staff, post-docs, RAs, alumni and the like at were invited to Google's London HQ last night: we don't really know why, but, hey - it was good fun, and pretty interesting. There was one speaker – Google's recently hired Vint Cerf. He gave a talk about how he basically sees the Internet evolving, and how that will ......

Well, today's presentation was a BIG [to me] disappointment! It was basically a recruitment drive aimed mostly I imagine at some of our spotty undergrads [bless]. IMHO, the speaker seemed ‘weak’ [very different from the one at Tuesday's London gig], and not at all happy with the PowerPoint he was showing, nor in making any eye contact with ......

Two suggestions – both to do with Google assessing its own performance (and improving upon it) – one long, one short… 1. Google should remember what you search for, as it doesn't learn anything about how humans refine search-expressions (unless it IP-logs or something). Currently, Googleites enter a search-expression, and Google returns ......

Just found this potential ThinkGeek Action Shot - that I didn't use: opting instead for a shot of my training program running. Anyway, thought I'd post it here - just for fun. If anyone's got a ThinkGeek Binary Watch, I posted a link to my training program for it here ......

I haven't been here for quite some time - and called by today mainly because I got an email from someone asking for the training program I knocked up for my binary watch ... mentioning the post I made about it here some time ago (the original post is below) . When I looked at the original entry I made (through curiosity really), I found that, via the ......

I've knocked up a training program for my binary watch - here's a snapshot of it running: The snapshot shows it running in cheat mode, i.e. the top window's displaying the denary-time, and the related binary. Normally, the program runs in a mode where it occasionally pops up and challenges you to a game of 'Interpret the Time' - all user configurable ......

"Comega is an experimental language which extends C# with new constructs for relational and semi-structured data access and asynchronous concurrency ..." http://research.microsoft.com/Comega/ Not really had a chance to play with this yet - bit of a busy boy lately!

Data Visualization Components .A set of .NET components that display data in a variety of graphical formats. Includes Treemap, a rendering of hierarchical data as a set of nested boxes; Bubble Chart, a set of points displayed as bubbles in an x-y coordinate system; Piano Roll, a spreadsheet-like display of numerical data rendered in one of several graphical ......

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