Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Microsoft Hyper-V Server: How to Get It

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a stand-alone product that will be available via the Microsoft Download Center free of charge.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 does not require CALs for the product itself.

Micro$oft is determined to match VMware at all cost :)

If hyper-v only supported mapping of USB ports,
every windows computer should have this!

Imagine "web browsing" VM, or "freeware software" VM.
Used as "disposable", revert to clean state every time they are used...

In fact Windows 7 (pro) does have Windows XP VM embedded,
but I think it does not provide mentioned "revert to clean" options...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Discover Parks | National Park Foundation

Search for national parks near you...
The National Parks: America's Best Idea: | PBS

Just watching 12 hours of magnificent program, from a local library...
I love national parks, and I am interested in history, so this is great...

There was not a "grand plan" for national parks,
but instead many individuals from all walks of life
driven to protect the beauty of nature.

And more often than not, creating of national parks
was severely opposed by some businesses looking for quick profit.
In most cases protection prevailed, to make even bigger profit,
and enjoyment for great many people and generations :)

Highly recommended.
Web Browsers Chess tournament

JavaScript vs Silverlight
Silverlight wins, every time, for now...

I am wandering if speed advantage of JIT-ed .NET with Silverlight
will be maintained on long run, given huge push for HTML5
in particular by Google and Apple.
Even Microsoft IE9 apparently is using native graphics APIs
to make IE competitive again..

Here are some results of my testing in various browsers
on a netbook, with first-generation Intel Atom N270 CPU (1.6 GHz)
Speed in approximate 1000x nodes/sec, more is better

Chrome: C#: 300 JS: 20
Safari: C#: 300 JS: 10
Firefox: C#: 300 JS: 1
IE8: C#: 300 JS: 0.7

Current conclusion: (JIT) compiled code is still much faster, even on fastest of web browsers
Chrome: 15x, Safari: 30x, Firefox: 300x, IE8: 400x

HTML5 has much more than javascript for web applications
in particular CSS3, so this is not complete comparison,
but for games (semi-)native apps are still faster than web apps.

JavaScript used for apps could be a "disruptive innovation"
(Innovator's Dilemma metaphor), and on long run
that may be the main platform for apps, not only web apps!

But for now, C# on WinPhone7, Java on Android and Objective-c on iPhone
is the way to get max performance of mobile devices...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

2011 Infiniti QX56 | Performance, Safety, Technology | Infiniti USA

Interesting technology: "AroundView Monitor", virtual view from above the car
based on 4 cameras on each side, composed in one "big picture"
The SUV is huge and I don't like its design, but this feature seems useful in any car.

By the way, web site is not "REST friendly",
so it is no possible to put bookmark to individual page...
What bond guru Bill Gross sees coming - Money Magazine

The important thing to recognize is
that if you're looking for 10% returns to pay for college or to retire on,
they're not going to be there. We've been an asset-growth-based economy for so long.
We've skimmed off the top, living off second and third mortgages on homes,
and capital gains on stocks and even on bonds.

Now instead of having money work for you, you've got to work for your money.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

How Will You Measure Your Life? - Harvard Business Review
by Clayton M. Christensen

...For me, having a clear purpose in my life has been essential.
But it was something I had to think long and hard about before I understood it...
Ext JS + jQTouch + Raphaƫl = Sencha - Sencha - Blog

A new blended JavaScript framework...
Graham Glass, etc.: iPhone 7 - Monolith
- pure black slab, very light, no surface features at all
- the entire surface is a high resolution touch display
- the surface is black until activated
- wireless charging eliminates need for wires and connectors
- uses bluetooth for headphones
- automatically orients based on how you're holding it
- uses the surface as a microphone/speaker via vibrations

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

podcast Mark Bittman: Conscious Eating | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook

"Just a little change, he says — vegan ‘til 6pm, ‘til dinner — could save our waistlines, our health, and the planet.

Statistics from the book, "FOOD MATTERS: A Guide to Conscious Eating"

  • Livestock accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions-more than transport

  • 70% of the world's farmland -- one-third of the earth's ice-free surface - is involved in livestock production

  • Livestock is a major driver of deforestation. 70 percent of the forests in the Amazon basin have been cut down for grazing land

  • The food industry accounts for 10% of all fossil fuel used in the US.

  • 40 calories of energy needed to produce 1 calorie of beef protein; producing 1 protein calorie of corn requires just 2.2 calories of energy

  • 50% of the antibiotics administered in the US are used for animals

  • Agricultural subsidies cost taxpayers $19 billion a year and benefit only 3100 farmers

  • Sunday, July 11, 2010

    book, scheme, MIT: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

    Wizard Book
    free, complete text online

    "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs" byHal Abelson, Jerry Sussman and Julie Sussman
    (MIT Press, 1984; ISBN 0-262-01077-1),

    an excellent computer science text used in introductory courses at MIT.

    So called because of the wizard on the jacket.
    One of the bibles of the LISP/Scheme world.
    Also, less commonly, known as the Purple Book.

    from The New Hacker's Dictionary, 2nd edition
    (MIT Press, 1993)

    Friday, July 09, 2010

    Framing Changes Everything

    a nice story...

    "...the way you frame a problem profoundly influences the solutions you get.

    The same problem, when seen from a different angle can lead to a directly opposite interpretation!

    Skillfully framing problems is paramount for better problem solving and decision making..."

    Wednesday, July 07, 2010

    WEI Share

    "Windows Experience Index" share site and tool.
    Measuring performance of Windows 7 computers hardware
    and sharing data on a public site.

    Windows (Vista and newer) performance is measured
    for a few system components.
    Max value for each category is 5.9 (Vista) and 7.9 (Win7)
    Overall computer performance index is equal
    to lowest score of all components (CPU, memory, HD, video 2D/3D)

    Monday, July 05, 2010

    Are You On Task?

    Are You On Task?

    You can do anything, but not everything. Choose wisely.

    Thursday, July 01, 2010