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

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    The newest, greatest, smallest iPod is now announced!

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    It holds eight million songs and every photo ever taken... Here it is: http://section3.net/stevejobs_SNL
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    Want free email? Bring your own domain

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    Forget the battle between Hotmail, Yahoo and GMail. Just use your own domain and go to http://domains.live.com to get free email services, plus antivirus/antispam protection! And if you don't have yet a domain, just create one. The prices are pretty...
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    ...but, in Soviet Russia, the web services use YOU!

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    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...
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    Home page adventures - this time the new, shiny MSDN search beta

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    I could write a little history on the (frequent) changes of my home page during the last twelve months. Why not? So far I was on: 1) google.com for a while - until a year ago if I remember correctly. At that time, this was the only search engine page...
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    Ray Ozzie blogs again!

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    I am sure this will be a good blog to watch. So, when we will see Steve and Bill join the crowd?
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    Search-based toolbars ARE addictive

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    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...
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    Singularity - a new research OS from Microsoft

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    Here it is: http://research.microsoft.com/os/singularity/ There are several interesting ideas in this new operating system. It's not just an "OS written in managed code". There are a new set of techniques in modern software development: contracts,...
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    Check the reality: What most gamers use as their gaming PC?

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    I just got prompted today for a survey on what most gamers use as their gaming PC. Very interesting results: http://www.steampowered.com/status/survey.html A few notes: 1) Most peope are still in the ATI 9600/9800 ballpark. Hmmm... now this is interesting...
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    live.com - better than start.com?

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    I like that live.com is easier to type: one character less than start.com, and a lot easier than typing search.msn.com (and also easier than google.com!). So I am not using start.com as the choice for a quick search portal. Of course, first thing I do...
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    .NET FX 2.0 available for download

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    http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/downloads/updates/default.aspx
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    Be polite when you are driving!

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    Otherwise this is what could happen to you. Well, that's it for now! I'm closing the blog while I am in vacation.
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    Yahoo launches blogs, news search engine

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    Various Yahoo rumors are coming furiously from several directions. First, a new blog search engine, as noted by Steve Rubel, at the (still non-existent) blog.search.yahoo.com . Apparently, there was a Yahoo blog search engine available for some time...
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    Who da'Punk?

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    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...
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    Short gamma-ray burst mystery is solved

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    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...
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    DOSDEV.EXE - a misterious tool

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    Once in a while, you might encounter this tool in some Microsoft-provided SDKs, or Resource Kits, for example in the Windows Resource Kit, the Exchange Report Toolkit, and others. But this tool never came with any relevant documentation. It just displays...
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    Random Repro vs. Consistent Repro, and a surprise under the cover...

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    (Continuing on my previous post on supportability) Supportability Principle # 3 - When writing code, avoid random, hard-to-diagnose, unpredictable failures at all costs. I previously mentioned that good predictability means less costs in supporting...
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    Supportability is not a feature

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    I recently read about a Linux to Windows switch story . It made me remember something: supportability is crucial to the success of your software. Your programs are out there in the wild, alone. There are no helpful debuggers that you (or anyone) can hook...
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    A review of AOpen's Pandora Box

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    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 ...
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    Are there any COM programmers out there?

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    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...
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    Start.com has now Hotmail integration

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    It looks like Hotmail is slowly getting integrated with start.com. Go to http://mail.start.com for a quick test...
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    Day of Defeat: Source - released!

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    A few hours ago (one hour later than expected, at 4.00 PM PDT), Day of Defeat: Source was released in the wild. This is the first product from Valve that benefits from the HDR technology. The Valve engineers went to interesting challenges to make HDR...
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    An internet-enabled sewing machine... but does it run Windows?

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    Yes it does . This is Bernina Artista 200e and it runs Windows CE! The 200/200e models have some interesting features: among other thigns, an incorporated CD-ROM reader and a USB port. Also, it is able to connect to the internet. I saw it briefly...
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    CMD programming - elements of style

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    Everyone knows how to write CMD scripts. And this is the reason why we have so many messy CMD scripts around. Unfortunately, I haven't seen anywhere some guidelines on how to write clear, maintenable batch files. So here is my take: 1) Think about...
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    How big is Hotmail?

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    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...
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    Virtual disease affecting World of Warcraft characters

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    We are living in interesting times. First, WoW created the possibility of virtual economies. Now we have virtual diseases... Players of Blizzard's incredibly popular World of Warcraft are reporting the outbreak of a virtual plague that is spreading...
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