Some blogging tips:
Against popular belief, sitting straight may not always be the best choice. A BBC article states that Scottish and Canadian researchers used a new form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show this. Instead they said that the best position in which to sit at your desk is leaning slightly back, at about 135 degrees.
Are you a Windows command-prompt power user? Console is nice tool that sits on top of the windows command-prompt and adds some funky features and eye-candy; for starters, I love to see the wallpaper in the background rather than a plain colour. Then, there are tabs and transparency options!
Is WS-* the future of enterprise computing? David Hansson thinks not. A very interesting interview by Hansson at InfoQ, the creator of Ruby on Rails, especially his focus on “simplicity” (caution: bit blunt at times). Personally, I think a core subset of WS-* will be part of our future, but likely not all of it.
Looking for a Content Management System (CMS) for your website and not sure which one is best for you? OpenSourceCMS is an innovative site that let’s you try real installations. It works by taking images of full software stacks, and automatically restoring them periodically. Neat!
An interesting excerpt from a report:
By 2010, IT professionals will need to possess expertise in multiple domains. Technical aptitude alone will no longer be enough. IT professionals must prove they can understand business realities – industry, core processes, customer bases, regulatory environment, culture and constraints. Versatility will be crucial.
First I thought this is simply like the Matrix theme – what’s new about it!?! But then I realised there is more. It’s intriguing. I didn’t quite understand p2 col 1 – “If we work out the numbers, we find that there would be vastly many more simulated minds than nonsimulated minds”. Last paragraph in the document is nice.
Really liked this perspective!
MIT Labs have developed a robot called Leonardo that interacts with humans and learns through such interactions. It is able to learn and apply its knowledge to similar tasks. Apart from carrying out complex visual and auditory tasks, it even looks remarkably like a living being. MIT Labs has many demonstration videos, though this one is my favourite.