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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Previous Versions feature in Vista - an ArsTechnica review

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    ArsTechnica noticed our new Previous Versions feature in Vista. Give it a click: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060730-7383.html
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    Why Flash memory is good for your computer

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    Simply put, flash memory will enable a revolution in improving computer performance in daily utilization scenarios. Your computer will boot up faster. It will launch applications significantly faster. (Hey, it will shutdown faster as well.) The problem...
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    Puzzle: floor() function

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    Proof that: floor(x * n) = floor(x) + floor(x + 1/n) + floor(x + 2/n) + ... + floor(x + (n-1)/n) Note: x is real, and n is integer.
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    New live.com launched! (with screenshots on Vista)

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    Link: www.live.com It looks beautifully, isn't it? [Screenshot]
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    Carbonite: discovered (or something like it)

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    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...
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    Poincare's conjecture proof completed?

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    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...
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    Digg surpasses Slashdot?

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    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
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    Latest LINQ CTP available for download

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    Latest LINQ CTP released for download . The list of goodies is here: What’s new? Enhanced DLinq Support: This CTP adds support for Inheritance, Stored Procedures, User-Defined Functions, and Optimistic Concurrency Conflict Resolution (OCCR...
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    Spam Poetry

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    Those evil spam masters get better and better to attract your attention. Lately, I noticed lots of emails starting, and ending with some text disguised as casual conversation, in the lines of: industry town. Only there were no people. Neither living...
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    Passwords: Bad "best practices"

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    So, you think that your password is secure? Let's see: does it contain a mixture of uppercase/lowercase letters, punctuation marks and digits? Yes? Well, even in this case, your password might be still completely insecure. Read ahead why... To understand...
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    The definition of the Internet, in 1974

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    These words belong to Andrei Sakharov : "I foresee a universal information system (UIS), which will give everyone access at any given moment to the contents of any book that has ever been published or any magazine or any fact. The UIS will have...
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    How to run Defrag on a scheduled basis

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    On Windows XP, it's simple. Just run this command and you are done: schtasks /create /TN defrag /RU "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" /SC weekly /TR "defrag %systemdrive%"
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    Wikipedia is getting pretty good lately

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    Maybe I am biased, but I am pleasantly surprised by Wikipedia recently. There is a lot of material coming, at least on the subjects that interest me (I don't know, reading about coffee, tea, scientology, estimation theory, neural networks, anything)....
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    Boot from iSCSI? It's coming.

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    Wonder of wonders. One of the interesting features of SANs in general, and iSCSI in particular, is the ability to boot directly from the exposed logical units (i.e. disks in SAN terminology). You don't need local storage. Why would that be useful? It...
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    I am Slackware Linux

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    Huh? Which OS are You? For the record - I work on Windows, BTW :-)
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    New www.live.com launched!

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    Check it out: www.live.com Personally, I like the smart scroll feature.
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    Puzzle: prime numbers

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    Show that (N^4 + 4^N) is a prime number if and only if N=1.
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    Overhype - a new global epidemy in the blogosphere?

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    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...
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