Seminar

January 23, 2010

In the fall of 2009, I gave a seminar (probably the best presentation of my life – and I’ve given pretty epic ones!) on the same topic – Concurrent Software Development.

Check it out here.


Sexy Web Design

June 29, 2009

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I recommend this book to everyone out there with a penchant for creating beatiful, useable interfaces. I’ve finished reading it, and I can’t wait to jump on a new project where it can be applied. It’s also insightful beyond web design; you can apply these techniques to standalone software, print, games, or anything at all.

** I know I haven’t blogged in a while now. Twitter truly is the kryptonite of blogging. I mean, why bother with WordPress when you can Tweet in just 140 characters? 😛


Seven Ways To Lower System Storage

March 23, 2009

A very good read from ITWorld. Check it out here.


Transfer Blackberry contacts to your iPhone!!!

February 16, 2009

Although I do not approve of ditching the Blackberry, I know people who have tried (and failed) doing this. ITWorld has a great article on how to export your contact lists from your Blackberry to your iPhone.  Read here.


The Plug linked by Technorati!!!

February 4, 2009

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Well, yours truly’s blog has an inbound link from… Technorati.

Yup, THAT Technorati: the holy book of all tech blogs.

This is amazing! My Ruby on Rails post is the 7th highest ranked post tagged for Ruby on Rails on Technorati!!! It’s always great to know that people out there read my blog. Especially, via Technorati.

Check it out here.


The Ruby on Rails Application Framework

February 1, 2009

Recently, I wrote a technical report on Ruby on Rails. Read and enjoy here.


Cool Apps for Blackberry Storm

January 29, 2009

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Since I will be getting one soon, I’ve decided to start an early look at some of the Storm apps out there.

There are some pretty cool ones. Check them out here.


How to: Recover Files After Hard Disk Boot Failure

January 8, 2009

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I have been meaning to post this for a while.

Above is a screenshot of how I used Ubuntu to recover files from my dead laptop PC. A few months ago, I tried to start my computer and I got the infamous black screen of death; the error message saying something along the lines of “booting error, system disk failure.”

There is a pretty good chance your system files got corrupted, possibly by a virus, and you might possibly lose all the files on your hard disk drive — on your pretty much dead computer.

FEAR NOT, and do not waste your money doing a file recovery.

Get a working computer,  then download and burn a UBUNTU LIVE cd with a program like this. Then follow a series of instructions here. Cool, huh? Let me know if it works for you too. Please spread the love.


Best Thing of 2008

December 23, 2008

Not the Obama victory, not “Batman: The Dark Knight”, and not Tina Fey’s SNL skits. Sure, those were great, but not as great as the new iTunes feature — Genius.

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This was a dream come true for every music geek out there. Pick a song on iTunes, or on your iPhone or Touch; click the Genius button, and in seconds a playlist with similar songs is generated.

If you select Coldplay’s “Talk,” expect songs like Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and Dave Matthews’ “American baby.” Selecting Jay-Z’s “Heart of the city” generates similar classics from Nas, Common, and Lupe Fiasco.

However, Jay’s T.I. collaboration “Swagga like us” would generate similarly self-aggrandizing tunes like Lil Wayne’s “A milli,” and Santogold’s “Shove it.”

Brilliant! The genius of Genius made my 2008.


iTech Sneaking Into Your Vocabulary

December 23, 2008

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Who uses the word “search” anymore? The verb “search,” used in its internet context, has found a more powerful synonym — “Google.”

When you need to find information online, you google it. The word “search” is now kinda lame.

Adobe’s popular graphic application, Photoshop, has also found its way into our everyday vocabulary as a synonym for any form of photo-editing or remodeling, regardless of whether what medium was used. Like Google, it has gone from noun to verb.

Other notable mentions:

YouTube: “I missed Family Guy tonight. I’ll YouTube* it later.”  *[watch it online]

Blog: “I am blogging* on my blog right now.” *[writing]

Facebook: “Hey let’s keep in touch. Call or Facebook* me later.”  *[holler at me online]


Web 2.0 Discoveries

December 23, 2008

I’ve been learning a lot of AJAX and advanced web development techniques. Of course, it’s mostly Ruby on Rails, in case you were wondering.


Anderson Cooper and CNN’s “Hologram”

November 9, 2008
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The major highlight of election night was (sorry, not Obama’s victory) CNN’s Anderson Cooper talking with Black Eyed Peas’ singer Will.i.am via Hologram. It was hilarious and awesome. I laughed out loud, literally, until the thing was over. Anderson Cooper (along with Wolf Blitzer and CNN) has got to be one of the vainest TV personalities of this age!

Watch video here.

On a serious note though, Obama’s victory was truly a great moment in history. I am glad to have witnessed it, and it truly was a happy ending to this long, seemingly neverending, reality show of a presidential campaign season.

Watch Barack Obama’s victory speech here.


Synthetic Telepathy: Blog without typing!

October 16, 2008

The US Army is developing a new technology that will enable users to communicate directly from their thoughts to email or voicemail, without moving a muscle.

This is really neat. Read about it here.


My First Real ASP.NET App

September 26, 2008

Peep the ASP.NET web app I just made for work. I’ve blurred out the text, for privacy purposes. It was made with Visual Studio.NET, using Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise 2003. The code is ugly, trust me. ASP.NET, SQL, Javascript, and VBScript. Not bad, huh?


Apple Exceeds Google’s Market Share

August 15, 2008

Did anyone see this coming? I think so. Reports confirm that Apple has exceeded Google’s market share, thanks to sales from the high-flying iPhone 3G, and related brands. Apple’s current market value is $159.37 billion, compared to Google’s: $157.56 billion.

Read more here.


Cuil or not?

August 4, 2008

Cuil (pronounced ‘cool’) is the latest “Google-killer” search engine. Launched over a week ago amidst a lot of hype, and the founder’s claim that it’s the world’s largest search engine, it has still failed to win over critics.

I’ve tested it for myself, and while it has a neat interface, the search results are not convincing. This blog shows in a number of Google search results; nothing for Cuil.

Cuil should have released a BETA version, prior to full launch. The bad publicity won’t help their cause in any way. Also, what’s up with the name? That DOESN’T help either.


Warning: This is too Neat – Apple iRing

July 23, 2008

Coming soon from Apple… watch out.


Google Strikes Again

June 30, 2008

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Google just announced an advertising deal with family guy creator Seth McFarlane. The deal will see McFarlane create Family Guy-like cartoons, which will be exclusively used to reach Google’s online audience, thereby expanding the base of Google’s Adsense program.

Now that’s what I call super-marketing. Read the NY Times report here.


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iPhone 3G

June 20, 2008

I know I’m a little late, but this is IT


CSI Fort Mac… coming soon

June 18, 2008

I made this with Adobe Fireworks. I also lent my workplace (Syncrude) to use for a team-building activity. Possibly one of the reasons why I got a $20 iTunes Gift Card from my boss?


Firefox 3… Bow in the presence of greatness

June 18, 2008

Mozilla Firefox 3 – can’t wait to download this!!!


Can I replace you for a day?

May 13, 2008

Image of Facebook CTO Adam DAngelo to leave, or at least take an extended vacation

Facebook CTO Adam DAngelo to leave, or at least take an extended vacation

From Technorati. Read here