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Archive for October, 2014

From “Mustapha Hamoui’s Geek Blog::

Like email, the personal blog’s technology is not owned and controlled by a company. It’s a decentralized technology that goes whenever you go. If you choose to follow a blog, no company like facebook can decide whether or not you can read its posts. So don’t hesitate to blog away. If you think blogs are dying, ask yourself: Are emails going away anytime soon?

Right on. And don’t you call email “exciting”!

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Google reinvents the “face unlock” feature of Android, and seems to succeed in putting it to excellent use in a user-friendly solution: “Google made one of Android’s jokes into something clever“.

They took this technology (face recognition), and finally applied it in a useful way. It’s a subtle thing, but the difference between “staring at your phone to unlock it” and “reading a notification unlocks it” is a huge difference.

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It’s this kind of progress that makes me want to use Lollipop ASAP!

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I’m an OS X user at home, not a *nix terminal junkie. But there are good reasons to use the Terminal app on a Mac, for example when you’re a developer or a photographer: wildcards are great to handle large numbers of files in multiple directories ;-)

I used to have a little button in my Finder windows that allowed me to open a Bash shell on the currently shown folder, but somehow managed to lose that when moving to OS X 10.8 and 10.9. So I’m happy to report that the “cd to” app (https://github.com/jbtule/cdto) is still working fine in OS X 10.10.

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I installed version 2.61 without any trouble, just by following the instructions on Github. Happy bashing!

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Alex Cruickshank tried, just for day, to live with the technology from 25 years ago, just doing his job – but without modern cars, smartphones, GPS directions, the Internet, etc. He writes about it in two blog posts on the IDG Connect website: “Living With 1990 Tech For A Day“, “Part 1” and “Part 2“.

Computer? What Computer? This is a smart typewriter, that's all!

Computer? What Computer? This is a smart typewriter, that’s all!

I don’t suppose my children will ever completely understand what it meant to not miss all those future innovations; and I guess the same is true for any generation: my grandparents were born in a world without radio, but spent their last years viewing colour television shows (including images from space) and calling anyone in the world by telephone.

At the same time, it’s easy to think that technological innovations never came faster that the last 50 years, but I have no proof for that statement. What is true, is that the speed of popularisation of innovations like the personal computer or the Internet has never before in history been so fast. But will that always be the case from from now on?

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Math Gone Mad?

Martin Gardner used to be the Mathematical Games columnist of Scientific American magazine. His 100th birthday is celebrated this month with a dedicated series of articles on the man and the math and puzzles he introduced in the magazine. As an illustration, here’s Make Your Own Hexaflexagons…and Snap Pictures of Them

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What a word: hexaflexagon! And hexahexaflexagons exist as well… More details about these and other flexagons can found on the Wikipedia, and beyond on the Web.

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Finally I can show you a picture of my bike that’s worthy of a place in the collection of R1100S photographs in a touring setting. I love the lighting on this photo, with a soft sun and a little haze in the background.

Yes, Belgium has nice landscapes too

Yes, Belgium has nice landscapes too

Why show this today? Because I went touring today, of course.

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The Holy Grail Of Portable Apps

While reading “Chrome OS can now run Android apps, no porting required” on Ars Technica, a thought sprang to mind: when will Microsoft allow Windows Phone apps to run on a desktop, and vice-versa? Wasn’t .Net made for that?

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