Random fortune cookie: Toad

Posted by Jerry Wed, Apr 11 '07
“You will be reincarnated as a toad; and you will be much happier.”

Wow, really? Um, hello, whichever great Deity on-shift listening in on reincarnation requests from mortals today? Yes, hi. Whatever You do, could You please not make me a Australian Cane Toad; and in case toad queues are full and we’d have to settle for frogs, please please please don’t drop me on Earth within 100 kilometres of a Chinese restaurant or any of the countries in that link, okay? This is of the utmost froggy life-and-death importance. Oh, and if you can somehow fit in a distraught princess from an exotic country into my fates, I promise I will spend the rest of my amphibian life croaking your religion to my future fellow pond-mates. Kthnx.

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Manna, the fall of America and the Australia Project

Posted by Jerry Sun, Apr 08 '07
Read: Manna – The Book

One Slashdot poster linked to a multiple-part science fiction essay by Marshall Brain, entitled “Manna”, short for Manager. The story starts off eerily similar to what we (or at least, the Web Two Point Oh evangelists) have been envisioning all this while; distributed web operating systems with intelligent agents, machine automation… the topics you see scientists writing in Springer-published books and miscellaneous white papers. Interesting view on what a developed robotics future will bring us. But perhaps more intriguing is the end, where the open source world’s bazaar model is used to design the ultimate utopia to defeat capitalism… Viable? Perhaps?

This sounds chillingly similar to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, doesn’t it? Just yesterday, the web went abuzz as Amazon was revealed to have filed a patent for “a hybrid machine/human computing arrangement which advantageously involves humans to assist a computer to solve particular tasks, allowing the computer to solve the tasks more efficiently”. How long until we hit the AI breakthrough to make Manna 1.0 possible?

Remind self to buy at least 2 shares of 4GC in 2015.

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Rediscovering laptop touchpads

Posted by Jerry Fri, Apr 06 '07

Ever since my old Creative mouse turned faulty (possibly by damaged copper causing intermittent shorts…) and started causing my Ubuntu to freakout and launching itself into a crazed stuttering fit every time I type, I’ve switched to touchpad-ing. Took some time getting used to, but eventually grew into it. Perhaps it’s just more natural for southpaws?

Anyway tickering around with Feisty’s settings lately I’ve noticed web pages seemed to jumped around randomly sometimes when I’m just moving my mouse. Then I realized I’ve accidentally enabled 'vertical scrolling’ in Synaptics… something I never knew exist after 5 years in possession of this machine! Dude – Human interface devices rock.

Please excuse the gunk.

As you can see, I’m also rediscovering how to draw on touchpads. It’s no Kit (the SXSW baby firefox mascot is drawn on a touchpad. Now that deserves the term 1337 h4×0r skillz), and I sucked playing Chick Chick Boom, but hey, I’m learnin’!

As a side note, this completely refreshed my perspective on touch-screen UIs. OpenMoko, the Qtopia Greenphone and the Nokia N-series (not the plain-Jane 2 digiters, I mean 770 and the especially geekalicious n800) are going to rock the industry hard.

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Upgrading lighttpd

Posted by Jerry Tue, Apr 03 '07

I’ve been considerably annoyed with my blogging setup recently. Typo's create content page has a nifty preview box, which is a good idea, but refreshes way too frequently that it gets considerably hard to type with long blog posts (Solution: install Typo SVN), and Drivel is incompatible with lighty 1.4 because of a HTTP header bug (Solution: use BloGTK or upgrade lighty). On the other hand, BloGTK just reeks of not-so-good design, and lacks the GNOME usability touch in Drivel (Things that should work, should work. Solution: use Performancing/ScribeFire). Which, I did try, but it doesn’t support Typo categories properly… although that’s Typo’s fault of not properly implementing the MetaWeblog specifications (Solution: Don’t use Typo…). And no, I don’t feel like going back to Wordpress. :/

Finally decided that I’m going to try and upgrade Lighty to 1.5 preview. Looks like I’ll be needing those Gloves of +1 Compilation Success.

Edit: Accidentally borked my Typo setup this morning, while I found out the Typo 'database restore’ doesn’t work 100%... the hard way. Thank the Web2.0 deities for Rails development environments!

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