1. Microsoft nixes plans for its dual-screen Courier tablet
Its a real pity that Microsoft cancels Courier project. The demos were pretty mind blowing.
2. Discovering pages similar to ones that you like
This is something , I was waiting to happen. With similar queries, news items and feeds, its only a matter of time Google was going to bring in similar pages. I have to say , I was reasonably impressed with the quality of the results. Testing this feature is a bit tricky. Currently , it appears only when the query term looks very similar to a webpage name. I am curious about how this works internally. I doubt they use Content scanning though !
3. apache.org incident report for 04/09/2010
There was an attack on Apache’s bug tracking server. This post gives a detailed post mortem of what happens and its impact. Wish other open source projects also have a similarly robust reporting mechanism.
4. Computational Biology: Genomes, Networks, Evolution
Computational Biology is a field I am learning on my own during my free time. The potential of the field is amazing. It is also favorite play ground of machine learning techniques. Hopefully in summer I will have time to fully read all the lecture posts. The topics seems to be pretty wide and deep.
On a related note , an interesting NYTimes article, The Search for Genes Leads to Unexpected Places .
5. The Data-Driven Life
An interesting article from NYT. I can kinda identify with some of the data freaks sampled there. I obsessively track my time using Hamster. I also track the books I read, movies I watch , blog posts I read , my blog stats and other stuff. I think the article started well and then sort of lost focus and fizzled out.
6. Facebook May Not Be Skynet, but It Is Getting Smarter, and That’s Bad for Google
Another article that took a great topic but did not do much justice. But I think he correctly brings up the potential of FaceBook and its threat to Google. I think Social info is much much more meaningful in predicting and advertising.
7. Thoughts on Flash
An interesting post from Steve Jobs. He has raised some very valid points. Lets see how Adobe reacts.
8. Creationism propaganda for children caught on camera
I had no words after seeing this video. Their topics and rationale is so absurd that I fail to understand how they can talk it with a straight face . God save this country and the kids ! I think may be we should make these people listen to MIT’s Biology/ Computational Biology course. Thanks to Hari for the link.
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