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    WS-Management specification submitted to DMTF

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    WS-Management was just submitted to DMTF! WS-Management is a web-service based spec for system management tasks like resource discovery, events, executing of certain operations, etc: [...] this specification identifies a core set of Web service...
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    Age of Empires III

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    I can't wait to get it. In the meantime, interesting things on http://ageofempires3.com . AOE3 will use Havok physics engine, the same middleware component that powers Half-Life 2 (there is a link mentioning Havoc in this page , however, the link points...
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    The death of the A-list?

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    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...
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    A new Hotmail interface

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    The new Hotmail interface was presented at PDC - and here is already an ArsTechnica review . The UI seems clean and nice, and BTW it uses the Atlas framework under the cover. Speaking of e-mail, I just noticed that Yahoo also has its new Y! Mail interface...
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    Gates on Vista, Office 12, LINQ, and other stuff

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    Interesting - three more interviews with Bill Gates: 1) with CNet. 2) with Jon Udell. 3) and with Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Of course, his previous interview with Robert Scoble is old news...
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    LINQ: a post-modern revolution in software development

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    Arguably, LINQ (Language Integrated Query) will be the next major revolution in programming languages. LINQ is a language-independent, platform-independent technology that solves an old problem - data queries in your code- in a very elegant way. First...
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    Puzzle: all horses have the same color

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    Several answers to my previous puzzle reminded me about an old result: Theorem: All horses have the same color. Proof : We demonstrate this by induction over N for all the sets of horses size of size N: - N=1: The proof is true for N = 1 (any...
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    Start.com Developer Center is launched! (or at least the web site is up)

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    It looks like it is possible to create your own start.com site, develop "gadgets" for it, etc. Go directly here: http://start.com/developer/ Here is also some documentation on the new Atlas runtime: http://start.com/developer/atlasruntime.aspx While...
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    100 GB in your cell phone?

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    Using nanotechnology, Rusell Cowburn and other researchers developed a new 3D architecture for memory chips. This latest research, however, has the potential to develop a chip that combines the storage capability of a hard drive with the low cost...
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    Two math puzzles

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    What is the value of this expression? If that was too easy, how about this one?
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    GetVolumeInformationW warnings in VSS - what do they mean?

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    I mentioned a while back a weird-looking event log entry: Event Type: Warning Event Source: VSS Event Category: None Event ID: 12290 Date: 8/30/2004 Time: 12:37:19 PM User: N/A Computer: SomeMachineName Description: Volume Shadow Copy Service warning...
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    eBay and Skype?

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    When I saw Fred's entry on eBay and Skype was "What? Skype is on sale on eBay?". Then, I quickly figured out that this is about eBay buying Skype... Intriguing move.
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    The Bill Gates interview

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    Robert Scoble did it again! The latest interview on channel9.com we have Bill Gates in person answering to various interesting questions (for example, his opinion on blogging at Microsoft). http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=111598
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    Samsung will launch DVD player with HD DVD + Blu-Ray support

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    Samsung came with a brute-force solution to the HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray debate: it will launch a player that will support both formats! http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-09/07/content_3454461.htm Samsung said Tuesday it will introduce a DVD player...
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    Hurricane Katrina: Plea for help revealed by satellite imagery

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    I hope that the right people already know about this particular message for help: This message was noticed three days ago by Scott Stanfield, on the latest NOAA imagery released on the web on September 1, and posted by Jeff Atwood in his blog. ...
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    start.com - what I like, and what I want

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    In reply to my "Start.com rocks" post , Dragos asked me the other day: >>> what is it that rocks if we compare it to google/ig for example? Or if we compare it to a web-based rss reader for that instance, since it plays a strong substitution...
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    Thoughts on chirality

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    In a recent post that I've missed until now, Eric Lippert describes a simple mental experiment: why a mirror reverses left and right, but not top and bottom. This weird property (called chirality ) has a fascinating history, and deep implications everywhere...
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    Vendors try out VDS 1.1

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    The VDS plugfest is almost done now... The most interesting part is the new VDS 1.1 feature set, which extends storage management capabilities to iSCSI and MPIO deployments. http://www.infostor.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?ARTICLE_ID=235991&p...
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    Tricks with Mark of the Web: Behaviors, XML files

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    A new feature of Internet Explorer is the Local Machine lockdown that blocks by default the execution of scripting in HTML pages. It is implemented in Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 (and future versions of Windows/IE). If you just load in IE a...
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    Start.com rocks!

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    Less is more - and now it's even more less than what you saw last time. I hope that http://start.com will set a new bar for a clutter-free search portal :-) Start.com it's now my home page. Good bye, search.msn.com...
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    Iain McDonald talks about R2

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    R2 is a server technnology. It is essentially a specialized Windows OS for server management in file serving, printing and directory utilization workloads. I hope that IT administrators will love it. R2 was designed top-down starting from practical...
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    VSS writers and inconsistent shadow copies

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    A few days ago, a customer told me that he encountered a weird error while using NTBackup to backup the system. The error text looked like this in backup log: Media name: "System State.bkf created 8/29/2005 at 5:38 PM" Volume shadow copy creation...
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    Virtual Earth hacks

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    http://viavirtualearth.com/vve/Gallery/Default.ashx I personally like Flash Earth .
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    Nature, the beautiful nature, can be bad

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    Reuven told me about what happened in New Orleans. I browse the dramatic news and I feel an unexplained sense of guilt. Guilt because I am not one of the hundreds of thousands of people affected. That I will never understand how will this affect their...
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    Nostalgia: Cray Y-MP EL - available for online access

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    rchrd pointed that a Cray Y-MP EL is freeely available for online access. This was one of the first mini-supercomputers - an idea that Cray Research played with fifteen years ago. The computer was a computing monster in those times (four processors, 1...
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