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Adi Oltean's Weblog - Flashbacks on technology, programming, and other interesting things

June, 2005

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    The various aspects of Open Source

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    A funny thing that I just realized is that the term "open source" is generally used to denote several types of software. Without actually defining what "open source" means, I am thinking to several categories: 1) Hobby projects . These are projects started...
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    Puzzle: what is the next card?

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    This is a very nice puzzle that kept me awake for a long time... :-) John and Dianne, two journalists (and experienced bridge players), are captured by some foreign government. The guardian says that he can free them, if they win the following game...
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    Using RAM instead of a harddisk?

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    At Computex, Gigabyte presented a RAM-based harddisk that offers more than 60x the performance of a regular harddisk. From the article on PCWorld: Giga-byte's IRam is a PC add-in card with four DDR DRAM (double data rate dynamic RAM memory) slots...
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    Puzzle: How do you get out of the prison (Part II)

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    The previous puzzle was solved correctly in the comments. So I thought to present with another prison-style puzzle: A warden meets with 23 new prisoners when they arrive. He tells them, "You may meet today and plan a strategy. But after today, you...
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    Searching for the next bubble burst

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    It looks like the new burst is set to happen in the real-estate market. Or, at least, this is the conclusion of two physicists at UCLA in their article . We analyze the quarterly average sale prices of new houses sold in the USA as a whole, in the...
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    Interesting way to squeeze permalinks

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    Argh... looks like I am rediscovering the wheel. In the past I used services like http://tinyurl.com but it looks that I don't need it for my permalinks. At least on a Community Server powered blog, I can simple write: http://blogs.msdn.com/423926...
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    Apple on x86 - ripple effects?

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    I recently read a top story on AnandTech about comparing Mac OS X versus Linux. It looks like most of the time they were getting reasonably comparable performance, (although Opteron configurations were apparently standing out as the best in several cases...
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    An interview with Daniela Florescu

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    Unless you live under a rock, you already know XQuery as one of the newest and coolest standards in the XML world. Hey - it's in SQL Server 2005 too - in fact, Dennis just started blogging about it! Being one of the original XQuery designers, and one...
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    Puzzle: two cubes

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    You are given two white cubes. You are asked to draw a digit (from 0..9) on every square of these cubes, such that you will be able to represent evert day in a month using these cubes in certain position. For example, "13" would require that a face on...
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    New toys in the start.com playground

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    According to Dare , start.com just got more interesting. Here is my new home page: http://start.com/myw3b
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    .NET versus J2EE - New case studies and benchmarks

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    New benchmark results comparing .NET 2.0 vs .NET 1.1 and J2EE platforms are now available. 1) Comparing XML Performance XMLMark (a benchmark created by Sun Microsystems) was used by Microsoft to compare the performance of XML operations between...
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    Is Fibre Channel doomed?

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    Or at least this is what Bob Metcalfe says in an interview . Given the increasing competition between FC and iSCSI, it is not a surprise from the author of Ethernet to see such headlines. Here is a quote: "Fibre Channel's doomed," he said in a recent...
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    The Art of Viktor Antonov

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    This type of art that leaves me in complete amazement. A fantastic place, an atmosphere close to what us, eastern-europeans were so used to. Viktor (who spent his childhood in Sofia, Bulgaria) is the art director/conceptual designer at Valve. His influence...
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    Article: Too much homework can be counterproductive

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    You might think that it is almost impossible to "measure" how much homework is needed. Surprisingly, this is not that hard to figure out - a indirect method is to compare various teaching methods in several countries, and then putting them side by side...
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    When CoCreateInstance returns 0x80080005 (CO_E_SERVER_EXEC_FAILURE)

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    A sneaky error The following post summarizes my personal experience with a subtle COM error. CO_E_SERVER_EXEC_FAILURE (0x80080005) is an error which can be randomly returned by CoCreateInstance() if you are using an out-of-process COM server. As far...
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    Microchip could be used in World Cup soccer balls

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    You might ask what's next? FIFA will consider using an electronic microchip inside soccer balls at the 2006 World Cup finals if the technology proves successful. The microchip, intended to confirm whether or not a ball has crossed the goal line...
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    Blog basics: Learn how to keep an online journal

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    Wow - I just noticed this article on the front www.microsoft.com page! Although this is not a new article - it was published two months ago.
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    Ageia's PhysX: Hype or Revolution?

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    There is more and more excitement building up on an upcoming physics hardware acceleration engine . If this thing succeeds, it's going to be big. Anyone remembers 3dfx that revolutionized the game industry with their cards? But, anyway, I just read...
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    A harddisk with 1 terabit per square inch?

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    This is funny. I just blogged about the new perpendicular storage technology (which is estimated to give 230 gigabits per square inch - which is about 29 GB per sq.in.). Well, how about about a harddisk that stores four times more than that? Physicists...
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    Ars Technica: 2005 buyer's guide is out!

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    http://arstechnica.com/guides/buyer/system-guide-200506.ars What is interesting is that the budget box solution is now based on AMD64 939 and PCI-Express. Hmmm... maybe it's just me, but I would prefer a more conservative solution based on the omnipresent...
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    Storage is still hot

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    IDC says: while the rate of growth is slowing down (to only 6%), it is still the eight consecutive quarter of continuous growth. "Storage spending is clearly trending upward as organizations strive to stay ahead of their information storage demands...
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    Seattle - the most unwired city of America?

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    According to Intel , Seattle is now the most unwired city: Seattle is now the most unwired city in America, according to Intel Corporation's third annual “Most Unwired Cities” survey released today. In a rapidly changing wireless landscape, Seattle...
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    Seagate adopts perpendicular recording technology for harddisks

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    Another storm in the harddisk industry is coming. Hitachi announced its commitment a few months ago. And now, Seagate quickly follows... The new products are expected to ship starting this summer. Seagate is preparing to convert between 70 percent...
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    Managing Solaris with MOM

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    Hmm... interesting demo presented today at TechEd . A quote from http://www.e2ksecurity.com/ : VS2005 delivers System Definition Model (SDM) info; SDM will be consumable by MOM and SMS in "System Center wave 2" coming in future. Bill Anderson from...
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    In search for a geeky toy...

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    At first, I wanted to buy one to surprise my friends, but then I changed my mind and just posted the link on my blog...
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