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

July, 2005

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    Puzzle: When everything goes wrong

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    During war, two spies (Jack and Arnold) are being parachuted in a hostile country. But during their landing, their plane gets intercepted by the special forces. Things started to go out of control: they both lose all their equipment, and Ann, the person...
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    Be careful with that keyboard!

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    OMG. This is by far the most expensive typo in history... http://news.com.com/Bad+keystroke+leads+to+251+million+stock+buy/2100-1030_3-5772264.html?tag=nefd.top A Taiwan stock trader mistakenly bought $251 million worth of shares with a misstroke...
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    New feature in Windows Server 2003 R2: directory-level quotas

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    If you are an IT administrator that has to manage file servers, you are probably familiar with Windows Server 2003 code-name R2. It's not shipped yet, but you can already download the Beta2 trial version from this location. A new feature in this release...
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    Data Protection Manager closer to shipping...

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    The new Data Protection Manager is almost done! From Infoworld : Microsoft has completed production of its disk-based data backup and recovery system and will release the product to manufacturing in the next 30 days, said Ben Matheson, group product...
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    Article: Service Level Agreements explained

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    Acronyms like SLA are often confusing. To quote the article: What’s this buzzword really about, and what does it take to do SLAs right? http://www.cio.com/leadership/buzz/column.html?ID=8000
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    Interview with Anders Heljsberg on the next version of C#

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    (No, I didn't mean Whidbey. I meant C# 3.0) The interview appeared on Microsoft Watch. Here is the link . I like the new approach on dynamic/inferred typing for database queries. The problem is this: whenever you have to mix highly declarative languages...
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    Steve Ballmer: the interview

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    Robert Scoble , our unofficial blogging vicepresident here at Microsoft, interviewed Steve Ballmer yesterday morning. Here is the link . I really liked this interview. First of all, I was surprised to hear Ballmer's stance on blogging at Microsoft...
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    Neural networks used to improve relevance in web search

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    Did you know that the most recent version of the MSN Search engine uses neural networks to improve search relevance? The ultimate goal is to have near-perfect relevance. The algorithms were developed in collaboration with Microsoft Research, with help...
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    Worst-case scenario: How to survive a hurricane

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    Of course, everyone knows the Worst-case scenarios survival series . But, as an IT administrator, you also have to seriously think about wild natural disasters when you design your IT infrastructure (including replication, backups). After all, you...
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    Open source and proprietary software

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    An interesting article from CNET.com confirms what I always thought of open source: The fact that you have a business based on proprietary software is somewhat orthogonal with the fact that you participate to the open source movement, whether by publishing...
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    Price Guides, July 2005: Storage

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    AnandTech runs a very nice comparison between the various deals that you can get today for SATA/PATA/SCSI harddisks. I was amazed that several SATA drives went down so much in just a few months - as some of them went below the psychological 50 cents per...
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    SecureEasySetup - the holy grail of Wireless security

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    Recently, Linksys , a division of Cisco and Broadcom joinly announced support for the SES technology ( SecureEasySetup ). These are fantastic news! What SES allows is brain-dead, risk-free wireless security configuration of your network, with a very...
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    The most human looking robot?

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    The psychology of human-robotic interaction is a very interesting research area. Japanese scientists just created a robot that can could pass for a human - for a few seconds at least. So, whatever happened to the uncanny valley ?
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    Managed Speech APIs and other cool utilities...

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    New speech-related utilities here . A new addition is BuildAppLex: BuildAppLex Speech Utility for Microsoft Speech Technologies BuildAppLex.exe is a command-line tool that allows you to create an Application Lexicon, using the Speech API. It takes...
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    Water cooling technology for server racks

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    Dissipating the heat in a rack full of servers can be a real problem given the extreme power consumption. IBM introduces a new technology that attempts to fix this problem: Officially called the IBM eServer Rear Door Heat eXchanger, Cool Blue is...
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    Hanford Site: now open for public tours

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    I am not sure how I became fascinated about nuclear engineering in the last months. But, anyway, in the Washington state we have a unique nuclear reservation - the Hanford area, where the first nuclear reactors were put in operation more than fifty years...
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    Not enough neons and LEDs in your computer?

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    Some can't get enough blinking lights in their computer. So, then why not have LEDs even in the screws? Here: http://www.sunbeamtech.com/PRODUCTS/LED%20screw.htm
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    Bubble Fusion reconfirmed?

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    It seems that we have another experimental confirmation of bubble fusion . From PhysicsWeb.com : Physicists at Purdue University in Indiana claim to have found new evidence for nuclear fusion in a tabletop device. Yiban Xu and Adam Butt say that firing...
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    Script recipe: how to query a HTTP/HTTPS web page

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    It is sometimes hard to diagnose browser problems. For example if you have problems loading a certain page, you don't know whether this is a browser problem or an web server problem. Maybe you have the wrong browser settings (for example bad certificates...
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