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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Cologne Cathedral - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you are near Dusseldorf, try a visit the Three Kings of the Epiphany at the Cologne Cathedral.

While there, you may want to try the local beer: Kolsch

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Local pubs

from PC World

"The idea of a Web operating system hearkens back to the model of dumb terminals reliant on a central server that runs every program. "

"Winner: YouOS, launched in 2005 by refugees from Oracle but still in alpha mode, lets you surf the Web via a browser-within-a-browser window, read RSS feeds, create text documents, and use a Nintendo game emulator to play titles like Donkey Kong.

It's mostly a playground for developers right now, and it isn't very fast, but it is free--and running, say, Zoho Writer inside a Web browser that runs on an outside server through a browser running on your PC is oddly thrilling.

Runner-up: EyeOS is an open-source, free application that comes with a full-featured word processor, a basic calendar, a rudimentary Web browser, and an RSS reader. You can use the hosted version of EyeOS or install it on any Web server. Like YouOS, however, it runs slowly.

Also-ran: By contrast, Desktoptwo relies heavily on Flash and Java to pull off its desktop imitation. Though it supplies no browser, the desktop includes a full suite of OpenOffice applications, an MP3 player, and Adobe Acrobat Reader, and it offers a 1GB virtual hard drive."

Friday, March 14, 2008

Child-like intelligence created in Second Life - Internet - iTnews Australia

Child-like intelligence created in Second Life - Internet - iTnews Australia: "Four-year-old Eddie might behave like a typical young boy. Outside of the Second Life virtual world, however, he is anything but.

The child is a product of logic-based artificial intelligence and complex modelling techniques, and operates on what has been said to be the most powerful university-based supercomputing system in the world.

A creation of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Eddie has his own set of beliefs, and the ability to reason about his beliefs to draw conclusions in a manner that matches human children his age."

Saturday, March 08, 2008

QOTD: Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard was once asked why his books were so popular, he answered, "Simple. I just leave out the parts that readers skip."