3D search & browsing

A new, patent pending, technology by SpaceTime lets you search and browse the internet through multiple windows laid in a 3D orientation, either according to relevance or time. For instance, upon a Google search, actual website previews can be seen in a stack of windows which can be browsed quickly and zoomed into if required for detailed perusal. Similarly an eBay search lets you browse through related products in a similar 3D way. [via Mashable]

arrow_blue_small SpaceTime’s 3D Search & Browsing

Adding a new class in LyX (windows)

In case you are wondering what is LyX, see here.

To add a new custom class into LyX (Windows), it can be tricky as it is non intuitive. Here’s a small tutorial on how to do it.

1. Copy the xxx.cls file in ~\miktex###\tex\latex\
(where ### is the version (may or may not exist))

2. Make a layout file matching the class file (xxx.layout) like this (you may add extra settings), replacing xxx by your class name in the layout file:

#% Do not delete the line below; configure depends on this
# \DeclareLaTeXClass[xxx]{article (xxx)}
# Input general definitions
Input stdclass.inc

3. Copy this file to the \Lyx###\Resources\layouts\

4. Go to Start > Run ; type in ‘cmd’ and press enter ; on the command prompt type ‘texhash’

5. In LyX, do: Tools > Reconfigure ; Restart Lyx.

Now you should be able to use the document class in LyX as usual: Document > Settings > Document Class > Document Class > xxx

‘Green’ architecture at its best

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) have designed a 71-story, 2.2-million-square-foot net-zero-energy-skyscraper called Pearl River Tower as the headquarters of CNTC Guangdong Tobacco Company in new city of Guangzhou, China. The high-tech design employs four ways to make it environmentally friendly: reduction, reclamation, absorption and generation. Check the link for pictures. – [via BD4D]

SOM’s Pearl River Tower

Irving Wladawsky-Berger’s talk

I was delighted to attend Irving’s talk this morning. Some thoughts I retained and that I thought you may find insightful:

  • Innovation: Move from Technology innovation to Business innovation and Societal innovation
  • Complexity in IT: The need to learn from other engineering disciplines
    • Traditionally we have been compensating the lack of engineering with good/talented labour (consultants)
    • Business simulations to get it right the “first” time, like micro-processors/airplanes
  • The move from Industrial economy to Knowledge economy
    • And the move from “Classical” Engineering to “Services Sciences”
    • Moving up the value-chain/pyramid: At the very bottom is Technology, then Products, then Applications and then Business
    • Far fewer jobs expected at the bottom, and only the very best will be needed and will survive.
    • Move up the value-chain to do an interesting job
    • Business optimization > Business > Applications > Products > Technology
  • Flexibility and Adaptability – Not just important for success (opportunity) but important for survival (fear)
    • Fear >> Opportunities. Fear is more effective, typically.
    • Biological systems and eco-systems: Survival of the fittest
    • Business: Ability to respond to change
    • Personal also.
  • Human Designs – Visual, Interactive and Immersive interfaces for everything (virtual worlds)

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