Archive for the ‘General’ Category.
I have left Atimi Software Inc. after three years being there, for personal reasons. I loved developing for the Mac, and now is an exciting time especially with the iPhone and its SDK — but it is back to the Windows world for me. I still will develop Mac stuff as a hobby, for sure. An opportunity presented itself to get in on the ground level with a web startup that I couldn’t pass up, I will blog more about it when it is appropriate.
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Announcing: “once a week” blogging.
Once a day in retrospect was too ambitious: the posts that came out of it were wasteful, they did not contribute anything except for glorified advertisements for products mainly, I felt. My main goal was to improve my writing, but I wanted to do so as long as I could come up with “some” original thought at least, and not just re-hashing some news I came by from other blogs.
Hopefully my post for next week will be more fruitful in this regard! It is easier to develop this habit by making it easier for me to do, then hopefully increase the frequency when I have kept my writing discipline up.
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Ok, so this daily blog writing thing has not gone so well, since my resolution.
It’s not that I don’t go to the computer to write, it’s figuring out what to write. Writing original articles is hard, collecting various tidbits of information out there and commenting on it is a bit easier. Let’s see, it’s Dec 28th now: I didn’t write for the 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and of course the 28th, for a total of six days. I could chalk it up to the holidays, with it being Eid-ul Adha, Christmas, Boxing Day and all, but I won’t. I’ll try to submit six postings dated on this date, to catch up.
Well, what do you know, one post down, five more to go!
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No, it’s not a superband consisting of musicians from Aerosmith and Soundgarden, it’s Kevin Kelly’s site, Cool Tools. As its name implies, it is a treasure trove of cool gadgets that may or not be considered “techy” enough to be in Engadget. Here are some of the ones I like:
- Aerogarden: Grow your own herb garden with just light, water, and some nutrient tablets (NO soil needed!). A con is that your electricity bill will increase (but of course that is expected, with the lights on the device needing to be on).
- BookGem: Hold that book open and prop it up with this gadget. Perfect for people that like to read when they eat (myself included!)
- Electrilite flashlight / radio / cell phone charger: Does not need batteries with its hand crank, and the bulbs are LED too (thus uses less power). It can charge your cell phone, and you can listen to the radio on it. Its small size is perfect compared to the other larger all-in-one emergency light/radio devices.
- Rite in the Rain Notebooks: Considering Vancouver is wet all winter generally, this could prove useful. What is great is that they also offer waterproof paper, my cat has gone missing recently and it will be great to print out the “lost” posters on waterproof stock to post outdoors on lamp posts, and the like.
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Good old analog methods, just like they used to do! No “Hollywood” style guy in a manhole outside the target, “hacking” the alarm system, and the like. Sometimes being in this (almost) all digital world, the classic methods are more exciting — to write about, at least.
From the New York Times:
Armed with nothing more than a crow bar and a car jack, it took the culprits just three minutes to break into the Sao Paulo Museum of Art before dawn Thursday and steal Picasso’s ”Portrait of Suzanne Bloch,” and Portinari’s ”O Lavrador de Cafe.”
Not much of a barrier to entry:
Jumping over a glass partition, they climbed an open concrete staircase leading up to the entrance of the two-story modernist building, which hovers over a large plaza on stilts of steel.
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