Wednesday, December 29, 2010

RT @richardbarrow: best Talking Thai/English Dictionary for iPhone/iPad thailand travel

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Amazon working on a method to avoid receiving unwanted gifts!
Q:How do we get rid of these toxic Merrill Lynch securities? A: Form a new group in ML and pay them to take them

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Turns out that mechanical portion of book scanning, turning pages and taking image, is about as fast manually as auto
100K financial transaction per second; <1ms latency <-deep hardware, storage, app model/thread design oltp
DIY book scanning
Aircraft carrier launch without steam turbines using roller coaster catapult launch tech

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Best Western opens 44 room hotel in Vientiane Laos travel

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Historic Saturday Night Live (SNL) episodes available on Netflix Instant highlighted
Chrome CR-48 screen resolution: 1280W x 800H, WXGA 16:10
Is it sociologically or psychologically to have prosthetic limbs that are at least vaguely human?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Construction of 3rd & 4th bridges between Thailand & Laos underway travel
Chrome CR-48: Using webcam: open > Library > Webcam Photo [Grant Flash permission]. Preview picture seems very pixelated
Chrome Cr-48: Google is developing a free service called Chromoting to remotely access existing PCs and Macs
RT @insideHPC: Berkeley LBL Develops Flexible Reservation Algorithm for Network Provisioning - OSCARS ESnet
Possible problems with Google NGrams for scholarly uses: OCR & metadata <-crank up the lagging humanities tech

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

datacenter - eBay uses watts/transaction as a common metric for applications & operations
SGI Air-Cooled Modular DataCenter - 35kw/rack!
datacenter conferences evaluated: Yes(DataCenterDynamics, Uptime, and 7X24 Exchange); No(Gartner)
RT @sharad_ag: @loggly cloud based server management system with hadoop, solr, lucene
iOS 4.2 (iPhone 4 only?) Fast Dormancy to reduce chatty signaling traffic & carrier load
Google Demo Slam
Chrome Cr-48 Shipping Tracker
China finances restoration of Ta Keo Angkor site Cambodia
New Siem Reap Cambodia (Angkor) airport will include a new city & industrial estate.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Google has scanned >11% of published books, about 2*10¹² words. Initial data analysis on 4%
Netflix at AWS cloud lessons learned: higher instance failure; unpredictable network latency
Netflix uses AWS, which is somewhat surprising. I wonder what their pipe to Level 3 is. cloud
Why exactly is my primary storage for music & photos on a local PC disk and not in the, uhh, cloud?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chrome "Flags" is like Gmail labs. They are beta addons to enable certain functions, like Media Player playing music in ChromeOS
Apparently 40K VoIP lines is the floor, magic number for feasibility HandWaveAnalysis
Google fiber community award announcements delayed until 2011 <-only thing predictable about any fiber project is delay

Friday, December 10, 2010

Nice discussion of The Social Network in the NYT beyond the usual dumbass retread comments
Great story from Ray Manzarek about the Doors 1969 Miami concert, totally evocative of the time

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Diversifying a bond portfolio from an overweighted index, $BND, using ETFs financial

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Friday, December 03, 2010

UK Foreign Secretary: investigation into death of British aid worker in Afghanistan during US led hostage rescue
Interesting note in NPR story: "military lawyers...have to approve an operation to capture or kill someone"
NY Times rediscovers Lee Marvin in Point Blank (1967) - movies <-much better than the review
GIS, Google Maps, Ubisense <-possibly of use with fiber cable path maps

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Using parasitic worms to mitigate human intestinal disease medicine - Worldwide VoIP Origination and Termination travel phones <-Flyertalk
RT @jalegre: Wow, way cool site => Ben the Bodyguard. Coming soon to iPhone and iPod touch
RT @VMwareArchitect: PCI-Compliant Cloud Reference Architecture; Cisco, Coalfire, HyTrust, Savvis, VMWare

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

RT @lonniehodge: People's Daily (!): As China rises, its people grow arrogant
Optimizing internet peering relationships probably could use network (not datacomm) graph tech
Interactive USA Development visualization

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kunming China to Yangon Myanmar high speed (170+km/h) rail construction to begin 2011

Google App Engine Issues

Carlos Ble tries Google App Engine and finds shortcomings for his application. Useful comments on his post.

Comprehensive New York Times Blog Post on Current Airport Security Issues

NYT FiveThirtyEight blog by Nate Silver discusses airport security and current public backlash.

Some excerpts:
  • short mention of false positives
  • derivation of basis for statement "My guess is that the fraction of Americans who travel by plane each year is in fact probably not more than about 1 in 3." As opposed to "Gallup poll conducted in 2008, for instance, found that just 44 percent of Americans reported having flown at least once in the past year."
  • frequent fliers — those who take 4 or more round trips per year — account for the 57 percent majority of all air travel, even though they make up just 18 percent of air travelers and something like 7 percent of the overall American population.
Unclear where frequent flyer = 4 or more round trips/year came from.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Laos abandons plans for Vientiane-Nong Khai rail to avoid duplication with planned China-Lao-Thai high speed rail

Friday, November 05, 2010

Saw Inception again at $1 movies. Feel like the pig in the YouTube mashup, "You're talking about dreams..."
Didn't know about Chrome Profiles
GMail and GCal don't display (for me) with apparently just dropped Chrome 8.0.552.28 beta, Windows 7

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

RT @AndyBrouwer: You Khin Guesthouse [art gallery] Phnom Penh travel cambodia

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

RT @SlackistanMovie: US west coast premiere 5 Nov 9.30p Brava Theatre, San Francisco

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Periodic review of Apple's 1987 Knowledge Navigator video to see what's left to get there from here tech

Monday, October 25, 2010

iPhone on AT&T and Verizon analysis; Verizon smartphone use more data today; dual GSM/CDMA iPhone?
Thomas Cook Overseas [non Europe] rail, bus, ferry timetable reported to suspend publication travel
Google Music India ! currently Hindi only

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Netflix transition to Amazon AWS SimpleDB & S3 high availability storage systems
Emerging preferred camouflage color "dark earth" military
Analysis of Apple deprecation of Apple produced runtime Java; 3rd party Java install structure laid out
Passenger rail service in Cambodia to resume (with basic map showing main SEAsia rail routes) travel

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jobs discusses tablet screen size, Android development challenges, why Apple doesn't distribute cash

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Buddhist Temples of Ancient Pagan, Burma / Myanmar

Resolution of the plain near Pagan, Burma / Myanmar is improving enough to map some of the 3,000+ Buddhist temples using Google Map Maker, OpenStreetMap, Wikimapia.

Here's a GMM partial view of the region with some of the sites mapped.  The Panoramio photos of this area are generally poorly geo-located, but here's a view.

Pierre Pichard did an 8 volume inventory of the monuments for UNESCO, which apparently aren't available online except in snippet form.  The inventory includes lat/lon of each site to 3 decimal places.  I don't know how the surveying was done.
Probably should cancel AT&T data service for iPad and just use Verizon mifi as hot spot. I'm grandfathered for both, but AT&T is a waste.
Surfing the Qiantang river tidal bore in Hangzhou China
Zuckerberg at Facebook says he's taking daily Chinese language lessons China

Friday, October 15, 2010

Trans oceanic data flows by language affinity and submarine cable planning
No more walking across ceramic sunflower seed replicas art installation at Tate Modern
Recycled water for datacenter <-generally no recycled water transmission/distribution
Need a guide to military imagery interpretation for this Syria missile base - Hezbollah training site
Use academic literature; Plan for failure; Disk tech matters (SSD); Large data sets need horizontal scalability
Garmin Chirp geocaching beacon; 1 yr battery; 10m range
Wikileaks funding impaired after Moneybrokers terminates relationship

Thursday, October 14, 2010

DRT co-lo top 20 occupants - sites, sq ft, % net rentable sq ft, rent, % annualized rent, lease term datacenter
Only in China: police minders bargain on behalf of dissident while shopping
Google creates inflation measure - cost of goods sold online - forecast using realtime search? economics
Tate Modern's New Art Installation: 100M Hand-Painted [ceramic] Sunflower Seeds London #!
Garment industry minimum wage by country shows China (Guangdong region) not that cheap

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Friday, October 08, 2010

Value of Burma Foreign Exchange Certificates (FEC) falling.Discontinued after November 2010 election? Myanmar travel
530km Trans-Asian rail section from Xishuangbanna China to Vientiane Laos to begin work 28 Oct 2010
Ooo, didn't know I could convert dumb paper US Savings Bonds to electronic form financial
Maxpedition Sitka didn't work out as a business travel messenger bag substitute. iPad + Thinkpad x61s (12.1") fit ok.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010

Kampot to Phnom Penh Cambodia railway service reopened. Freight only for now travel

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Friday, October 01, 2010

Free market: new Facebook friends $197/1K or Twitter followers $87/1K
Tom Stoppard - "Night and Day" at Greenhouse Theater, Chicago, ends 10/31 - WSJ review
Inventory of monuments at Pagan by Pierre Pichard burma myanmar Tips

Here's an added bonus tip from Googler Matt Cutts: if you add .qr to the end of any URL, you get a QR code instead of the URL. For example:

If you add "info/" before the short-code, you will give info of where it will send you.

For instance:
Reinstalled Picasa 3.8 after deleting database and face scanning is working again
Chrome - Added about:labs as a tab to open daily to see what's new

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Looks like no history for link shortening
I understand legacy IT in space, but why is air traffic control in the stone age with all the voice control?
US drones target terror plot in Pakistan to avert attack in West
Foreclosure Wave Hits *Cash* Buyers, Too WTF financial <-Why does anyone thing bank management is competent?
Segway Chief Dies in Segway Accident
Spitzer: Why did the government buy AIG shares? It should have bought shares of companies who got 100 cents for $1 investment financial
Global air particulate visualization pollution

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Today: import your oil from Middle East. Tomorrow: import your electric car from China

Saturday, September 25, 2010

James Gosling on .NET, IBM, iPads, Oracle, sale of Sun technology <-database comment seems off

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dura Europos - historical monument in Syria
China middle class woes - Salary is 10 times what it was 10 years ago. Why am I tense?
Influence of special interests in China - Evan Osnos
Laos - new airport and train station planned for Luang Prabang travel
Paris - interactive map for transport in Ile-de-France (greater Paris) France travel
Any studies showing minimum requirements/feasibility for load balancing across sites for OLTP? datacenter
Optimize datacenter: power supplies, UPS, load balancing across sites, compute with less watts, decrease water

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cambodia discussing new Siem Reap (Angkor area) airport 60km away travel

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Insights into the performance of Microsoft big clusters scalability
Iran - exerting global political influence through internet connectivity (continued)
Murakami site specific art at Versailles thru 12 Dec 10 France

Friday, September 17, 2010

Beefier cores better than wimpy cores? datacenter servers
Google - recycled water for datacenter use. Where, besides LA, has recycled water in US?
Financial - stronger capital requirements needed for banks for countercyclical buffer
NetApp 42kw/rack data center is limited to 12kw/rack average datacenter
Antimov - Violate the 3rd Law of Robotics! Win cash!
patent - quick analysis for infringement
Grockit - Social network for K-12 learning education
Airline flights over US with path, 20 minute lag, on Google Earth travel

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

McChrystal, except in 1880, same war theater, same demeanor military Afghanistan
Google dumps batch oriented MapReduce for Instant in favor of trigger (!) like database functions scalability
Peung Tbal petroglyphs, near Anlong Thom, Kulen Cambodia travel
RT @renesys: [#Iran - internet transit provider for Iraq & Afghanistan. Diplomacy tool?]
Big Ball of Mud, still the most popular software [non] design programming
Haystack - US technology project to help Iranians evade internet censorship collapses Iran

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

India to renovate Wat Phu in Laos Map: travel
Aranyaprathet Thailand - border town with Cambodia - Vietnam influences - restaurants travel
Relative number of Android active devices by version - v2.2 = 29% 1 Sep 10
Are Android phones in the US destined to be filled with carrier crapware? Oh, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Would a Verizon iPhone be loaded with crapware? Ack!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Samrong Circular Earthwork prehistoric archaeological site destroyed for housing in Cambodia (forgot link)
What happens when your web site is hosted at a cloud provider who hosts a site that goes viral?
Canada and Trans Pacific cable maps network
Style guides and user interface (UI) guidelines design
Samrong Circular Earthwork prehistoric archaeological site destroyed for housing in Cambodia
Ta Prohm’s trees to remain a permanent fixture cambodia angkor travel

Friday, September 10, 2010

iPhone configuration utility updated; useful for small biz; restrict Game Center
NSF: Re-architecting the internet network