Archive for July, 2003

GeoBlog real-time blog map

July 28, 2003

From Mikel Maron’s ‘the World as a Blog’ site (thanks’s to Marc Canter for tip) we get the following:

“What? Real time and updating display of weblog postings, around the world

How? + geocoding + RSS

Is it really real-time? Nearly! updates about once per minute. the geo-blog poller checks about once per minute. and flash checks in with the server about once per minute. so at worse, it’s 3 minutes in the past, at best 1 minute.”


More climate modelling advances

July 26, 2003

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | ‘Potato’ Earth’s deep secrets: “It might look a bit odd — but don’t be fooled by this ‘virtual potato’. The map and the others that will follow it are going to give extraordinary new insights into how the oceans move and influence the climate. “

Excellent… more fine-grained modelling for a great cause… and just the thing for future installments of the massive distributed computing project

GPS + Palm OS5 = Garmin iQue 3600

July 25, 2003

Garmin: iQue 3600 “One of the key benefits of technology integration on the iQue 3600 is its patent-pending contact-locator feature. Enabled by Garmin’s Que (TM) technology, this feature connects the Palm Address Book and Date Book to the GPS electronic map to give the user the ability to navigate directly to a specific address within the user’s contact database.”

At last, the obvious technologies coming together– apparently now available for purchase. Great how they’ve integrated the contact list and the mapping features! Now it’s just a question of how well they’ve integrated the other technologies (e.g. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi)… shame that right now there’s a still a trade-off, and would-be users have to make some tough decisions!

BuddySpace for Business IM Presence Management?

July 24, 2003

TeledyN: BuddySpace “… it could be this app has everything needed for such a business presence management application and that could really bring IM into the corporate repertoire”
Very interesting commentary on BuddySpace, which in turn motivated my own very lengthy commentary, to be found embedded in the comments section of the above URL.

Emergent game play

July 22, 2003

Wired News: Second Life Intrudes on First One: “play in Second Life is a perfect example of emergence, where things evolve not by design but by happenstance”

France Outlaws The Word ‘E-Mail’

July 19, 2003

Wired News: France Bids Adieu to ‘E-Mail’: ” Goodbye ‘e-mail,’ the French government says, and hello ‘courriel’ — the term that linguistically sensitive France is now using to refer to electronic mail in official documents.”

Heh… and of course even in English, there’s a debate about email vs e-mail. The hyphenated form is actually more typical for noveau slang, so get with it folks, ’email’ is correct!

Here’s how you do it

July 19, 2003

WakeWorld Discussion Board: Newbie on cabletow, just can’t get up – help!: “As you’re waiting for the pull, with the handle on your lead hip, try to keep your lead foot slightly out of the water, with that end of the board slightly pointed towards the direction of the cable pull by bending your lead knee. ANTICIPATE the pull. You’ll see when the cable starts to get taut. Right at the strongest pull (the tension will bring your lead leg to level at the water), scoot off the dock and think of trying to stop the pull with your legs. The board should be pointing towards the direction of the pull with the handle still at your lead hip. Don’t try to stand tall too soon, wait till you find your balance. “

Great advice… I’ll try it! They also pointed to this photo and commentary:

Wakeboard Singapore! -> Sitting Dock Start: “Just sit on the dock and lean away a little, but don’t not put too much tension on the rope as this tends to make the rope snap off the cable.”

Photos are not me, of course, but rather from a helpful tip on how to do it. Picture credits to the URL immediately above.

BuddySpace surpasses 10,000 downloads

July 19, 2003

KMi Planet: BuddySpace, KMi’s environment for integrating instant messaging, maps, and semantic web services, has now been downloaded by more than 10,000 users since the release of version 2.1 in February.”

Geek City: Virus, Firewalls, SliMP3, Wireless, MTU, blah blah

July 17, 2003

Aargh. Had to restore many files after nasty ‘ROX.A’ virus attack – caught in time, but many system files gone. Real problem was re-installing the ‘stuff’ that made my home network work, albeit more safely this time, plus the wireless connection to my SliMP3 infinite jukebox (that I raved about in an earlier blog entry).

Fortunately I knew where to look for some of the weirder things. Tip 1 is that to do a firmware update on the SliMP3 in a wireless environment, you have to do it differently, as some helpful guy commented in Yahoo! Groups : slimp3-users Messages : Message 7301 of 7518: “used IP address of Slim and MAC of WET11 and firmware updates just fine.”

Tip 2 is that an unbelievable side-effect of running some Virtual Private Network software (Cisco VPN) is to change a deep-down-and-dirty setting without telling you… the MTU, or Maximum Transmission Units, that affects packet size and is critical for streaming media. I found this hot tip in Slim Devices : Support : FAQ: “When my SLIMP3 plays a song, it sounds chirpy, like the song is being fast-forwarded and skips. What could cause this?
There is probably a problem with the MTU setting for your network interface. VPN clients such as the Cisco VPN client utility may change your machine’s MTU setting from the default. This causes the fast-stuttering on the SLIMP3. “

I also had to re-install the domestic network, mixing Windows 2000 and Windows XP machines. Did I really want to re-learn about subnet masks, DHCP and all that stuff??? Aargh. The setup was by no means automatic. And this time I’ve installed a proper firewall. But the combination of Home LAN + Win2K + WinXP + Firewall + Anti-virus + SliMP3 + Belkin Wireless Access Point + Linksys WET11 Wireless Bridge… well, now that I’ve calmed down, let’s just say that there are some interactions among various combinations that make some standard pieces of advice contradictory.

Who needs this level of hassle? OK, well, I asked for it, I guess… and of course the net gives me tons of great answers to problems I wouldn’t have had in the first place if I didn’t have all this technology!

Friendster spreads

July 17, 2003

Wired News: Making Friendsters in High Places: Friendster, the popular social-networking service that cleverly assimilates real-life social groups into a large virtual network, just keeps getting bigger.” … “Friendster is the new Google,” said Boyd. “When you Google someone, it’s official, like their resume. Friendster is the social element.”

I had a Friendster invite; seemed interesting, but I quit when it looked like too much like a dating service. Maybe I didn’t give it a fair trial; spreading like crazy, though…