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

August, 2006

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    Simple probability problem

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    I love probability puzzles. Here is one I liked: There are a 100 people trying to get onto the same flight you are. The airplane has a 100 seats. You are all ready to board. You are the last one in the line of passengers at the gate. The first guy walks...
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    Time Machine: Vista Previous Versions are now making their way into Mac OS X Leopard...

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    Mac OS X Leopard incorporates now a previous versions feature called Time Machine - similar with something that we added in Windows Server 2003 a while back, and recently in Windows Vista as well. If you just read the text at http://www.apple.com/macosx...
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    New hard drive price war coming

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    Seagate, Hitachi and Samsung will compete for more price cuts for harddisks in the near future. The toughest competition seems to be on the low-end, 80 GB harddisk models. So, what do you think the new non-rebate price would be for, say, 160 GB drives...
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    Gartner redesigns Windows Vista

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    There is an article in Techworld.com mentioning a curious research report from Gartner implying a redesign of the Windows Vista code base, around virtualization. Huh? To quote from the article: Instead, the research firm predicts, Microsoft will be forced...
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    Vista speech recognition? It actually works... :-)

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    Long Zheng gave it a try and he was impressed ( along with lots of diggers). He recorded the video on his own laptop, with the embedded microphone. He was using the July Vista CTP build 5472. If the original video fails to start, here is a cached...
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    Render yourself in XBox 360 games

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    Lately, there are several 3D photo technologies coming from Microsoft like Photosynth and Photo Tourism . A new one is 3D facial mapping in XBox 360 games. How does it work? Upload a few photos of yourself (using the XBox Live Vision Camera ), and create...
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    Bloom filter calculator

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    Bloom filters are amazing data structures, perfect to represent sets of numbers in a small bit array. They are very compact, space-efficient, and simple to implement. Maybe one day I will write a post about them (as opposed of writing my memories)...
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    WS-Management? Already here in Vista!

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    WS-Management is a new web services-based management protocol. It's SOAP-based of course, and it is compatible with the rest of the specifications in the WS-* Web Service stack, like WS-Transfer, WS-Enumeration, WS-Addressing. WS-Management is enabled...
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    How to write in plain English

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    An interesting guide: http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/plainenglishguide.html Now, if I only would have an English language compiler handy :-)
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    Web page real estate - how to use it?

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    Here is an interesting question: If you have 20% space to spare on your web page, what would you choose to get more money? The choice might not be easy. Fortunately, there are methods to find out: We are in an interesting position at ProductWiki as we...
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    Search Engines and Privacy

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    The recent AOL scandal had one and only one learning lesson for any software company. Think 10x, 100x, 1000x about customer privacy. There is a large amount of discussions, opinions, passion on the blogosphere, but I don't think that anyone disagrees...
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    Full list of online advertising networks

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    My previous post got me thinking to the following question: what other alternatives to AdSense and shopping.com? I just found an impressive list in Charles Iliya Krempeaux's blog: http://changelog.ca/log/2006/06/05/online_advertising_network_roundup
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