Archive for January, 2009

Yesterday, Macintosh turned 25, and here’s how Steve Jobs demoed Apple Macintosh on Jan. 24th, 1984.


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It’s just after midnight, and I only now opened my thursday mailbox. It included a promotional email mentioning a project called “CF Groovy“. Maybe it’s too late for my brain to assess this correctly, but as a ColdFusion developer who would love to get his hands on Groovy I can only say: that’s looking groovy!

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Grameen Again

The poor countries of the world aren’t waiting for Obama. How about this press release: “The first annual Zayed Future Energy Prize was awarded on January 19 by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to Mr. Dipal Chandra Barua, Founding Managing Director of Grameen Shakti for his visionary efforts to bring renewable energy solutions to the rural population of Bangladesh“? Grameen Shakti isn’t just a vision, it’s a program that has already installed more than 200.000 small photovoltaic installations in Bangladesh! The name ‘Grameen’ isn’t a coincidence; the founders of the Grameen Bank are involved with the Grameen Shakti programs, and micro-credit is the way for their customers to pay for their participation in the programs.

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How To Cure Trauma?

On the Electronic Intifada website, Jewish Avigail Abarbanel publishes a psychoanalitical analysis of the “war” in Palestine. A few quotes:

From what we know about the human brain we know that living with the belief that one is under constant existential threat can lead to tunnel vision, to short-term thinking, to lack of empathy, to constant stress. This ultimately leads to an isolationist mentality and an inability to see the humanity of others. This is Israel in 2009.

There is “another problem with trauma. It leads to blindness. Israelis don’t accept that their problem with the Palestinians was caused by the occupation. They really believe that it is because they are Jewish that the Palestinians are angry and attack them.

According to Abarbanel, “Israel needs real friends who with “tough love” can save it from itself, who can help it see what it is unable to see”. The problem with that cure, of course, lies in the difficulty of finding such friends, especially in the current geo-political and economical context…

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Here’s a Greek algorithm in Latin:

#! /usr/local/bin/perl -w

use Lingua::Romana::Perligata;

maximum inquementum tum biguttam egresso scribe.
meo maximo vestibulo perlegamentum da.
da duo tum maximum conscribementa meis listis.

dum listis decapitamentum damentum nexto
    fac sic
        nextum tum novumversum scribe egresso.
        lista sic hoc recidementum nextum cis vannementa da listis.

I’m not 100% certain this wasn’t published on April 1st… but it is certainly worth mentioning in my “Humour” section, I mean my “Funny little programming languages” section.

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Don’t worry, I know that a python (of reptilian persuasion) would rather strangle me than bite me, but I was bitten in a figurative manner – by Python the programming language/interpreter. While trying out the first tutorial sample of the rest2web web site generator, I ran into an error message: “ValueError: unknown locale: UTF-8“. After a bit of searching, Henrik explained a solution. A bit of tinkering made rest2web work – at least for the parts I didn’t touch! More experimentation is required, but that will be for tomorrow.

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A Good Intention For 2009



That’s the slogan displayed on english buses; more info at the Official Website of the Atheist Bus Campaign.

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