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Things to say when you are losing a tech argument

Monday, January 31st, 2005

From Things to say when you are losing a tech argument:

2.That’s been proven to be O(N^2) and we need a solution that’s O(NlogN).
15. Oh, I played with that approach back as an undergrad. Got a D, too.
18.That’s totally inefficient on modern hardware.
26. No, no, no. It’s fairly important that the database be in THIRD NORMAL FORM.
28. I don’t think that’s altogether clear. Please write it up in UML for me.
39.This is all covered in Knuth, and we don’t have time to go over it again.
65.Yes, but we’re standardizing on XML.

Wired News: Area Codes Blur Boundaries

Monday, January 31st, 2005

I’ve talked about this a couple times.

I think we’re all just going to have to get over the fact that there is no longer a corelation between phone number and location. I can’t imagine how many database schemas will have to be updated to do this, however.

Bluetooth virtual keyboard.

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

Via Scoble, I just found this.

It’s a review for a new device that projects a virtual keyboard onto any flat surface. And it connects to devices by Bluetooth.

OMG! This is way too cool. Of course, I’d now love to see Apple build a Tablet with one of these doo-hickies build in (and a stand build in). That way you can just be using your Tablet, then set it down on a desk and start typing away on the desk.

Unfortunately, this device is quite expensive, but I imagine the price will start dropping quickly once its been on the market and once it has competition.

Singing in the rain

Friday, January 28th, 2005

It’s been raining off and on all day here in SF, so this seems quite appropriate. Its a video remix of the classic.

Second Class

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

So, last night I went to the first session of the second course I’m taking. This one’s on Computer Security, a topic that I really know nothing about, but that I feel I should know well.

To be honest, the class scares me. Here’s the first line of the syllabus:

This is a difficult, time-consuming course.

Ok, I knew that grad school was going to be a challenge, but when a Eastern European[1] with advanced degrees is telling me that is something is going to be hard, I’m inclined to believe him.

I think he’s Eastern European based on his accent, but I may be wrong. I can’t seem to find his bio or credentials online anywhere