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Beach in the afternoon at Soomers

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This weekend was good. Saturday, I went to Sjoerd to go to the XtraLarge in Amsterdam. DJs Astrid, Jochen, Spider and another played there. That's a sure thing for a great evening! And the weather was great too! Got to bed at 05:00...
On Sunday morning (uuummpf), I grabbed a train to go to Petra's parents and celebrate her mom's birthday. In Amsterdam, the weather was windy and gray when I got up, but the more North I went, the clearer and bluer the skies got. When I arrived in Assen, it was sunny, warm and blue! :)
Then on Monday, a National Holiday, it rained and was cold. So we were glad to hop on the train and go home, get some work done. However, Antonique called and said to meet at the beach... Beach? "Yes, it's perfect here, sunny, warm, nice!" Huh? But by the time we entered Amersfoort station, it *was* sunny and blue and we enjoyed a wonderful sunny beach afternoon at Soomers. :D Woohoo!

Photos from ENIAC

I've updated my gallery with photos from two ENIAC events last week. First I went to the Topicus BOL on Tuesday and on Wednesday I went to the Inter-Actief symposium on ICT in logistics, transport and so on. Topicus is yet another university spin-off or spin-out, related to UTopics and Ordina. We had a small lecture there by a fellow alumni on ICT in the healthcare sector. Very interesting and you wonder that some things actually go well. :)

Download Aborted!: Can I Help to Render Shrek 3?

"Can I Help to Render Shrek 3?" That's what this guy asked himself. he is routinely sharing his CPU cycles with programs like SETI@home, Folding@home and so on. What if Pixar were to open up the rendering in this way, you could share your PC with them when you're not using it and you'd get free passes or a special premiere!? Wouldn't that be cool! In the credits it could say: rendered on renderman by *you*
:D LOL Excellent idea though!

Cisco makes a new router with room to grow

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"The CRS-1 Single-Shelf System consists of a single, 16-slot Line-Card Shelf with total switching capacity of 1.2 Tbps."
Yes, look again! That 1.2 terabits per second! 1200 gigabits or 1,200,000 megabits per second. My ADSL line has a down speed of 2 megabits per second. With this single machine, my provider KPN, could handle route and manage 600,000 DSL subscriptions from a single box!!! I don't think they have that many customers at all...! :D

Family in the Netherlands?

Americans are proud to say they have some European heritage. Don't know why. Maybe they feel inferior somehow and want to stress the fact they originated from European trash and outlaws once. :) Haha, just kidding. Either way, there is a site for the Netherlands where you can enter your last name and find where your relatives live. Pretty cool! In my case, it goes to show that I am right to claim that I am a city person. Now I can prove it!

DIY WiFi antenna of $5 gets 3-5km range

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This guy from New Zealand has built himself a small antenna from households items to get a 3-5km connection from ordinary WiFi using Line of Sight (LOS). In other words, does your business lie about 3 km from your house and youcan get a clear LOS? Well, either you can surf for free using your company's network or vice versa, but for a couple of dollars there is no reason why you shouldn't! Impressive! :respect:

CodeWeavers - CrossOver Office

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CrossOver Office: "CrossOver Office allows you to install your favorite Windows productivity applications and plugins in Linux, without needing a Microsoft Operating System license. CrossOver includes an easy to use, single click interface, which makes installing a Windows application simple and fast."
Damn! That's good news! Excellent! Now if only someone could try this for me. It's still $35 to pay... ;)

Group dynamics play out in VR

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"Shared virtual environments are often fantasy spaces where people interact using avatars endowed with supernatural powers. In contrast, simulations of large, real places are usually dedicated to traffic flows or disasters and involve independent software agents rather than avatars controlled by humans."
They're talkign about Freewalk. Woow, talk about a blast from the past! Virtual Environment used to be one of my expertise fields back when I was working at KPN Research (now: TNO Telecom). It seems the topic still isn't dead and no less serious than we were. Of course, playing Quake really *did* have a business value. Honestly! I swear! ;)

TMLC and system-integrator Wisdom join forces

TMLC and system-integrator Wisdom (sorry, news in Dutch only) have merged recently. TMLC is a web design company founded in 1996 or so by some of my former colleagues from KPN Research. They made the move in the perfect time and were there to harvest in the Internet boom. Congratulations, guys!

BetaNews | Windows Update Refreshed as XP SP2 Nears

Windows Update Gets Refreshed as XP SP2 Nears, reports BetaNews. You can even test it our yourself, already.

InfoWorld: Good-bye PCI, hello PCI Express

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InfoWorld writes: "One of the most comprehensive refreshes of Intel architecture will start rolling out this summer. The PCI Express bus will replace current I/O interfaces, such as PCI for device interconnects and AGP8X for graphics, on all servers, workstations, desktops, notebooks, and communications devices."
This mostly means networking and graphics. Most servers are so fast, PCI can't keep up with 1Gb and 10Gb network cards. Also today's video cards are pushing the system buses to its limits. PCI Express hopes to relieve all this. But for notebooks, it may mean that we can upgrade our notebook's video card in the near future.
"With graphics upgradeability, there is now one less reason to buy a desktop PC, according to Rob Enderle, analyst at Enderle Group. [...] On the downside, old expansion cards will not work, and on notebooks, it appears most of the manufacturers will offer a PCI Express Card slot in place of a PC Card slot, requiring entirely new …

Blog Software Breakdown

OK, nerd alert... but sometimes it's the best way. If you're interested in the differences between the many many blogs out there and what they cost, what they (can't) do, where they run and so on... Check the Blog Software Breakdown, which is still a work in progress, I think. It's already very extensive, though.

How a 3D display screen works

Here is a little more info on how these 3D display LCD screens from Philips work. B) Very cool, indeed! (y) :respect:

3D Display - Royal Philips Electronics (Research)

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Royal Philips Electronics has demostrated 3D displays: "Philips technology is now ready to do just that by bringing together the Company's strengths in LCD manufacture, optical screen design and image processing software and hardware. The displays can be used without wearing special glasses and represent a new way of looking at things in medical applications, 3D gaming and even 3D TV."
Cool! B) Applications are everywhere... Anyone working on a 3D driver for Quake 3 yet? ;)

Baby Gadgets: The Why Cry Analyzer

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The Why Cry Analyzer will tell you why your baby cries, so you no longer have to run for the crib for no good reason just because your flesh-and-blood is just as attention hungry as yourself! LOL

CMU's snooping robot going to Iraq

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That's not a robot! That's a robot!CMU made a robot that can be used for surveilance and snooping inside buildings or in dangerous areas. The robot has no right side up and is remotely controlled by an operator. It can be thrown off 2nd and 3rd story floors, over fences and out of moving cars! Damn!

Let the partying begin!!!

Shit shit shit, I was a few days too late, I missed the parties at beachclub Wij (TILT) and Billabong Beach... But you can rest assured I'll be ready for the next couple of parties. :D

Funny Video and Photo Archive - www.funnyplace.org

www.funnyplace.org is a place to get all the recent funny advertisements from the US. Together with www.kicken.com, you have the best Dutch and American ads right at your fingertips! (Thanks for the tip, Sjoerd!) Add Dave's Trailer page to that and you'll find it harder and harde to even leave home.. 'coz for what!?! LOL :D

Securom Patch for Homeworld 2

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You may know I play Sierra's Homeworld 2 and love it. However, somehow, sometimes it won't start up again after I've played it, unless I reboot. The Securom protection warns me that it detected Virtual CD emulator software, etc. But I don't have that (really!). Thankfully, support was very helpful and pointed me to an updated executable for Homeworld 2. Just download that, replace the old file and everything will be fine! (y)

Google will soon search your own PC too

From the Seattle Post: "Web search engine Google is preparing to introduce a powerful file-and-text software search tool for locating information stored on personal computers. Improved technology for searching information stored on a PC also will be a key feature of Microsoft's long-delayed version of its Windows operating system called Longhorn. That version, which is not expected before 2006 at the earliest, will have a redesigned file system, making it possible to track and retrieve information in ways not currently possible with Windows software."