The bitter taste of chocolate.

Last month we have finished the Monk’s Mind experiment – one of the rules throughout the month was refrain from eating chocolate. As with everything else that I have been deprived during that month, I asked myself lots of questions: why I eat chocolate in the first place, what is chocolate, how it works on…


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Erlang, is it really a parallel language?

Erlang is a concurrent functional programming language that is claimed to be well suited for parallel programming.Some experts however think otherwise. The author makes a good case for Erlang not being any different to other functional languages without side-effects, capable of exploiting coarse-grained parallelism. I guess it is generally accepted that Erlang offers only good…


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Singularity and Midori from Microsoft

Midori according to the article from InfoWorld is the next generation presumable cloud (or Internet) based replacement for the somewhat aging Windows OS. Midori is an offshoot of a research project Singularity that started in 2003 with the aim of rethinking the software stack and playing with new architectures for the operating system layer. This…


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Looking inside Dalvik Virtual Machine.

This Dalvik presentation (video) contains a seminar about the internals of the new Virtual Machine from Google. The Dalvik Virtual Machine (DVM) (Dalvik is a city up north in one of the fiords in Iceland) is the application workhorse behind the new Google’s Android platform. User applications can be written in Java (or any language…


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Randy Pausch

CS prof. Randy Pausch’s famous Last Lecture quickly became widely watched inspiration story, especially for young people and CS students. Simple rules of thumb, worked on and implemented in one’s life can lead to improved quality of life and motivate people to work harder on achieving their targets and dreams. Notes: brick walls, people, enabling dreams…


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Cloud computing as green computing.

Most estimates put the enterprise desktop costs between $3000.00 and $5000.00 USD per year. Most of the costs come from help desk/support. Desktop “appliances” and DaaS can help.  Virtual desktops and DaaS solutions are growing and ThinClient desktop appliance vendors are growing rapidly to meet this demand. Replacing all 150Watt desktops  with modern low power…


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Roland Dale talk.

Roland Dale from Timaru gave a very interesting talk on today’s meeting. Roland is 70+ years old. For the last 15 years has been going to Fiordland each year for a month-long trips. Living a dream. The party is dropped off in a helicopter at one location and picked up a month later at the…


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