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  • Blog Post: [RO] Seminar - Storage si programare distribuita

    Florin Lazar , Todi Pruteanu si cu mine am demarat in cursul acestei saptamani un seminar tehnic pe teme de storage in Vista si programare distribuita in WCF. Mai multe detalii aici: http://reg.studentclub.ro . Pana acum seminariile din Bucuresti si Cluj au avut un raspuns fantastic! Daca aveti opinii...
  • Blog Post: My top 10 predictions for 2006 - seven out of ten. What went well?

    It's a funny exercise which I would recommend to you as well: pick 10 (less-predictable) predictions and see what would happen. Let's take my previous predictions for 2006 : Let's see how this game will play out: 1) Amazon will come up with more and more interesting stuff. I expect to be surprised. Yes...
  • Blog Post: Vista - any opinions? Let us know. It's not over yet...

    Vaibhav Kamath asked on one of my previous posts if there will be any UI changes after Vista RC1. The answer - no major changes, of course. Just fit & finish at this point. If you have any comments or issues around Vista, please log them on our forum , or even in the comments area of this post...
  • Blog Post: Gartner redesigns Windows Vista

    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 to migrate Windows to a modular architecture...
  • Blog Post: New hard drive price war coming

    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? [source: USA Today ]
  • Blog Post: Carbonite: discovered (or something like it)

    When I was in 7-8 grade I saw (as anyone else) the StarWars episodes. After this experience, I still had lots of unanswered questions. For example, what is carbonite - the black material they used to pack Han Solo in Episode 5? Hmmm... I had that question stuck in my head for a while. Maybe I don...
  • Blog Post: Poincare's conjecture proof completed?

    A few years ago, I was surprised to see an announcement in Mathworld stating (again) that the Poincare conjecture has been proved. "This time for real" they said. Being skeptical, I waited for more independent confirmation of this result... which never came. The author of the proof was a respected...
  • Blog Post: Digg surpasses Slashdot?

    Looking at Alexa , we can definitely see a trend: Alexa might be contested , however. And, speaking of trends, Google Trends tells us a similar thing, this time with respect to Google search volume : slashdot digg
  • Blog Post: Overhype - a new global epidemy in the blogosphere?

    Overhype is something very noticeable these days. Just last week, everyone on the blogosphere (except me, of course :-) was trying to guess what Apple will announce. After the announcement, people were a little bit dissapointed (there is even an article about his on CNet ). Why? Apple did nothing wrong...
  • Blog Post: What is the quickest way to get the file system type on a volume?

    A colleague of mine says that whenever he wants to see what file system is on some volume, he types CHKDSK, then <ENTER>, then ^C. You get something like this: C:\Users\aoltean>chkdsk The type of the file system is NTFS. C:\Users\aoltean> Of course, the "official" command look more...
  • Blog Post: Storage grid in the sky - a new concept?

    So, what if you take the principles behind BitTorrent (share more bandwidth to get more data) and put them as a way to store your own, personal data? You get something interesting. Allmydata attempts to do just that - building a storage grid that can store your data, without a centralized storage...
  • Blog Post: First artificial black hole created?

    As an unexpected side effect of an experiment, Horatiu Nastase (of Brown University of Providence, Rhode Island), found something which looks like a black hole: When the gold nuclei smash into each other they are broken down into particles called quarks and gluons. These form a ball of plasma...
  • Blog Post: My top 10 tech predictions for 2006

    Let's see how this game will play out: 1) Amazon will come up with more and more interesting stuff. I expect to be surprised. 2) Someone, probably Yahoo, will buy digg and memeorandum. These sites are hot. 3) In 2004, Google captured everyone's interest with GMail, GMaps, etc. In 2005, the tables...
  • Blog Post: How Hotmail works? - an interview with Phil Smoot

    ACM Queue published an interesting interview with Phil Smoot. Phil is the person in charge of managing the development teams at Hotmail.
  • Blog Post: Batch processing is back!

    It's interesting that the Cell Broadband Engine is reviving batch-based computing as one of their preffered development paradigms. http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/power/library/pa-fpfunleashing/?ca=dgr-lnxw01CellUnleash Maybe it makes sense in certain applications - when you have lots...
  • Blog Post: Did you know that MySpace.com runs ASP.NET 2.0 on x64?

    I found this quote interesting: The Internet Information Services 6.0 Web server featured in the OS has been enhanced with 64-bit support. This provides access to more memory and scalability for applications, Goldfarb said. "In high-performance scenarios, it's very, very important." 64-bit computing...
  • Blog Post: digg.com - the new Slashdot?

    I just discovered digg.com a few days ago, and I am hooked. So far, it seems surprisingly good. IMHO, it is almost as good and even surpasses Slashdot in many aspects: traffic (although alexa.com might be misleading here), volume of posts, fresh news, and of course better overall quality of discussions...
  • Blog Post: ...but, in Soviet Russia, the web services use YOU!

    Actually, in US too. No, I'm serious! The technique it's called Mechanical Turk , and its first form is developed by Amazon.com. The process is quite simple: 1) A large number of humans are going to that site. 2) They will be asked to do some work. 3) After completion, they will get paid in their...
  • Blog Post: Search-based toolbars ARE addictive

    I used to play with both MSN and Google toolbars in parallel for a while now, but even if I had the convenient search box in the toolbar, I still used to go to a web-based search (Google until half year ago, now MSN search). I don't know why - as if my brain had a hardwired prefference to go to the classical...
  • Blog Post: Who da'Punk?

    While the whole mini-msft seems to be an interesting blog these days, I personally just don't buy into the anonymity thing. I don't know, and I can't explain why - personally I just feel wrong about the idea. Second, there is a very high risk that it might end wrong for the blogger - the first thing...
  • Blog Post: Short gamma-ray burst mystery is solved

    Gamma ray bursts (GRBs) are probably the most violent events that happen today in universe. In a few seconds or less, a gamma-ray burst releases an enormous quantity of energy (10 44 - 10 46 J), which is comparable to burning up the entire mass-energy of the sun in a few tens of seconds, or comparable...
  • Blog Post: A review of AOpen's Pandora Box

    So, we all saw the recent article in CNet around the new Pandora box. Still - no specs in that article. However, I was curious and after a little search, I found these (unofficial) specs on www.legitreviews.com Celeron M 1.3G 256MB DDR II 40G 2.5” HDD Slot-in Slim Combo Drive Power...
  • Blog Post: Are there any COM programmers out there?

    Even with all this new wave of .NET stuff, I still find myself in the XXI century doing good old COM programming - and I enjoy doing it... So is anyone still interested in blog posts around COM programming? (especially around COM servers, COM security, etc).
  • Blog Post: How big is Hotmail?

    Huge. Here is some data from a PDC Hotmail presentation : ~200 million active users 3.3 billion inbound emails a day 1.5 billion blocked at the router 1.0 billion deleted as spam (never hits the user's mailbox) 0.5 billion sent to the junk folder Over 100 million messages sent a...
  • Blog Post: The death of the A-list?

    There are two important events that happened recently in the blogosphere: 1) The launch of http://www.memeorandum.com/ - a web site to automatically generate a summary of "what's hot" in the blogosphere, and 2) The widely expected launch of the first blog search engine that is actually usable: blogsearch...
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