Saturday, October 30, 2010

Asynchronous Programming for C# and Visual Basic

Asynchronous Programming for C# and Visual Basic

A big simplification coming to asynchronous programming in .NET!

Could be VERY important to make better programs
and better utilize multi-core CPUs.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Energy Crisis Over! -

"...The recent news story about China's national oil company, Cnooc, purchasing a stake in Chesapeake Energy's Texas shale oil and gas fields and agreeing to pony up most of the capital to develop them underscores what an amazing transformation is taking place in the U.S.' energy picture.
The word "revolution" is overused, but it's truly appropriate when applied to these technological breakthroughs: hydraulic fracturing--a.k.a. fracking--and horizontal drilling. With fracking, drillers inject water, sand and chemicals deep underground to crack gas-bearing rocks.
The implications are staggering. Within a decade the U.S. will be a major natural gas exporter. In those Texas Chesapeake fields alone production will reach the equivalent of 400,000 to 500,000 barrels of oil a day. Pennsylvania and upstate New York will also become major gas producers.
Environmentalists worry that fracking might poison our water, even though the drilling takes place thousands of feet below the water table. Fortunately the technology is there to get at these reserves in an extremely safe way.

The Earth is awash in energy.

- Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief"

Trouble is, the water pollution is real, and it is already affecting some people, and may soon affect millions more...

GASLAND, a movie by Josh Fox

Articles of Bill Buxton at BusinessWeek

Bill Buxton is Principal Scientist at Microsoft Research and the author of Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design. Previously, he was a researcher at Xerox PARC, a professor at the University of Toronto, and Chief Scientist of Alias Research and SGI Inc.

TechTalk - NUI - What’s in a Name? excellent presentation by Bill Buxton @ Microsoft Channel 9


PDC10: Microsoft Professional Developers Conference

28,29 Oct 2010
Completely available online, free, video streaming (Silverlight)

Not a "real" web: can not use web bookmarks :(

Thursday, October 28, 2010

podcast: Robert Kaplan: Monsoon Asia’s Rise | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook

The world’s new center of gravity, he says, is in “monsoon Asia” – a broad swath from the Horn of Africa through the flanks of Central Asia, to India, Southeast Asia and China.

Interview with the same book author at TechNation with Dr. Moira Gunn
TED video: Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from | Video on

на српском јеѕику

...the coffeehouse played such a big role in the birth of the Enlightenment, in part, because of what people were drinking there. Because, before the spread of coffee and tea through British culture, what people drank -- both elite and mass folks drank -- day-in and day-out, from dawn until dusk was alcohol. Alcohol was the daytime beverage of choice. You would drink a little beer with breakfast and have a little wine at lunch, a little gin -- particularly around 1650 -- and top it off with a little beer and wine at the end of the day. That was the healthy choice, right, because the water wasn't safe to drink. And so, effectively, until the rise of the coffeehouse, you had an entire population that was effectively drunk all day. And you can imagine what that would be like, right, in your own life -- and I know this is true of some of you -- if you were drinking all day, and then you switched from a depressant to a stimulant in your life, you would have better ideas. You would be sharper and more alert. And so it's not an accident that a great flowering of innovation happened as England switched to tea and coffee...

... people like to condense their stories of innovation down to kind of shorter time frames. So they want to tell the story of the "eureka!" moment. They want to say, "There I was, I was standing there and I had it all suddenly clear in my head." But in fact, if you go back and look at the historical record, it turns out that a lot of important ideas have very long incubation periods. I call this the "slow hunch." We've heard a lot recently about hunch and instinct and blink-like sudden moments of clarity, but in fact, a lot of great ideas linger on, sometimes for decades, in the back of people's minds. They have a feeling that there's an interesting problem, but they don't quite have the tools yet to discover them. They spend all this time working on certain problems, but there's another thing lingering there that they're interested in, but they can't quite solve...

...Chance favors the connected mind...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Tab - An Android tablet done right

Samsung Galaxy Tab improves on the Galaxy S’s proven formula for success with a perfectly-sized screen, media distribution stores that aren’t anything to scoff at, and uncompromised hardware. It features a 7-inch display, the 1Ghz Hummingbird chip from the Galaxy S, 3G cellular connectivity (with microphone), WiFi (B/G/N), GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera (with LED flash) and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 2.2 Froyo, gyroscope, digital compass, accelerometer, light sensor, and a 4000 mAh battery. The Tab will be available with either 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage.

Twitter / Andy Rubin: the definition of open: "m ...

Twitter / Andy Rubin: the definition of "Android" open:

'mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git:// ; repo sync ; make'

- Andy Rubin (creator of Android)
in response to Steve Jobs' comments yesterday about the openness of Android

That means that complete source code is available, and "anybody" can compile it.
But what is the benefit for ordinary user who wants a reliable tool?
I think it is the price...
Apple Launches New MacBook Air, Lion OS X, Mac App Store, iLife 11 | Fast Company

Great design, logical expanding of App Store to desktop...

Microsoft has missed the opportunity to introduce a Desktop App Store first...
My guess they are just waiting for Apple to "prove the concept".

Same simple, predictable formula for developers: for 30% Apple
takes care about sales, distribution, security, updates...
Microsoft has implemented exact same model on Windows Phone 7.



Monday, October 18, 2010

Arduino - HomePage

Arduino - HomePage

"Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. "

Andrew Rubin, Android Inventor's Stance on Microsoft Silverlight on the Android

Andrew Rubin, Android Inventor's Stance on Microsoft Silverlight on the Android

"When I asked Andrew Rubin if Android would ever support Microsoft Silverlight or the open source implementation of Silverlight, Moonlight, he responded as follows:

Adobe put a lot of work into getting Flash to run on the Dalvik JVM.
If Microsoft were to develop Silverlight to run on the Android then we would welcome it.

- Andy Rubin, VP, Engineering (and Android Inventor), Google
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman
with Julie Sussman

MIT press book, free online

Recommended as one of a few key computer science books...
Using Scheme (variant of Lisp), functional programing

(good) epub download from github

pdf & zip download

Video Lectures @ MIT (torrent only)

Video Lectures @ Internet Archive

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Gates Foundation Launches $20M Grant for Online Ed | News & Opinion |

Gates Foundation Launches $20M Grant for Online Ed | News & Opinion |

The initiative will be known as the Next-Generation Learning Challenges, a $20 million "funding round" that will be handed out in grants ranging from $250,000 to $750,000. The request period will run until Nov. 19; the winners will be announced by March 31, the foundation said.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

.NET Gadgeteer | Clint | Channel 9

.NET Gadgeteer | Clint | Channel 9

"At Maker Faire 2010 New York, the .NET Micro Framework team and Microsoft Research (Cambridge) showed off their new device: the .NET Gadgeteer. It's like LEGO for electronics."

Technology Review: Blogs: Mims's Bits: Why CPUs Aren't Getting Any Faster

Technology Review: Blogs: Mims's Bits: Why CPUs Aren't Getting Any Faster

"This means that, at least with this generation of chips, Intel is innovating anywhere but in the CPU itself."

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Google Says It’s Testing Vehicles That Can Drive Themselves - Bloomberg

Google Says It’s Testing Vehicles That Can Drive Themselves - Bloomberg

“Your car should drive itself; it’s amazing to me that we let humans drive cars,” Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, said at a technology conference last month. “It’s a bug that cars were invented before computers.”

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Rare Earth Elements, Global Power | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Rare Earth Elements, Global Power | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook

rare earth elements with astonishing and obscure qualities that are essential to everything from cell phones and hybrid cars, to wind turbines and guided missiles.

But the catch is that China has quietly cornered the market on 97 percent of rare earth. Basically all of it. That’s power. It’s an incredible story, with bracing implications.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Microsoft PDC10 | October 28 — 29

Microsoft PDC10 | October 28 — 29, 2010

Happening at Microsoft campus, video of all presentations immediately available
on the web and on local "viewing" events...