Microsoft.com Canada has released pricing for Windows Vista. Coincidentally, Microsoft has now removed the price list. Above is an image of the price list before it was removed. Sadly the page itself was not cached by Google in time. I should have thought about taking a local copy of the site, but sadly I did not. I do feel somewhat happy that a story I broke is showing up all over the world today. *pats self on the back*
All Canadian to US conversions were done using the Bank of Canada website
Prices in U.S.D as of 8/28/06
-Full Retail: $450.581
Vista Home Premium
-Full Retail: $269.931
Vista Home Basic
-Full Retail: $233.862
-Full Retail: $342.215
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These are two great web applications for OS X that everyone will enjoy. Spread the word.
Yes, I am still a live. I’ve been quite busy working on a project for a client. I’ll have a little free time this week. Expect something then…
If you use the ‘Search’ option on your browser to look for articles on Neural Networks or “Connectionism” (which is another name for the same subject), you will find a great many sites explaining what they are and how they work. Unfortunately, they all seem to be written by mathematicians, all of whom speak Double Dutch. This is fine, providing you speak fluent higher mathematics, but when I wanted to find out how they worked, I looked from a programmer’s point of view.
This might be interesting to some of you, and a certain someone *wink wink*
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Toronto research team debuted photo-deblurring technology at yesterdayâ€™s 33rd Annual Siggraph Conference in Boston, MA. The anti-blurring mathematical model can only correct a particular type of blur caused by hand motion. As digital cameras and camera cell phones gradually shrink in size, the model can accommodate the recent phenomena of hand motion with lightweight cameras. The algorithm is based on the principal that slight hand motions of even only a few millimeters cause camera rotations, resulting in image blur according to researcher and post-doc Rob Fergus in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Very cool technology that looks to be quite promising based on the example shown in the demonstration.
Photosynth is an amazing new technology from Microsoft Live Labs that will change the way you think about digital photos forever.
Gotta love sweeping overly dramatic product descriptions…(generally it’s good practice to avoid words like “forever”).
Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space.
With Photosynth you can:
* Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle.
* Seamlessly zoom in or out of a photograph whether itâ€™s megapixels or gigapixels in size.
* See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.
* Find similar photos to the one youâ€™re currently viewing.
* Explore a custom tour.
* Send a collection to a friend.
Well I have been putting off this post a few days in hopes that they would finally release this public technology demonstration that they said is coming soon, but that doesn’t seem to be happening just yet. Sooo, I thought I’d go ahead and write a little bit about this. Let me just start by point this out:
The above link to “Photo Tourism” is only loosely based on what you’ll see once this software is ready. The Photo Tourism example is also up on a server somewhere running inside Java. Needless to say (but it needs to be pointed out), it runs a lot slower than it will when it’s on your computer.
Software or ideas come along like Photosynth maybe once a year or so. This is definitely one of those things that make the nerdy parts of my brain tingle with excitement. The possibilities for this Photosynth software are virtually impossible to fathom. The technology could be applied to medical imagining, tourism (as the rough example shows), real estate, and a plethora of other fields. I don’t want to say “this is what it does and what it can do” simply because the example I am linking to is not exactly the newest version of the code. Once we get the first public technology preview a in depth write up will soon follow.
So, play with the demo…learn what type of things this technology enables, and generally try to hold yourself back from saying “oh wow” and “ok, that is cool” more than 10 times. (I said both of those at least 18 times).
MySpace, Friendster, Facebook, Bebo and other social networking sites would be banned from schools and libraries in the U.S., if a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law. Called the Deleting Online Predators Act or DOPA, the bill passed the House last week in a overwhelming vote of 416-15. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA), who introduced the legislation, has said that many social networking sites are “hunting grounds” for child predators. The bill now goes to the Senate within the next month, where it is expected to pass, and then to President Bush for his expected signature.
Ok, let me start off with the key point that I will be stressing with this posting: Are you F-ing kidding me?
According to this bill, that frighteningly enough may be approved in the very near future, social networking sites would be banned from public computers and other federally funded computer centers. Why you might ask? They would be banned because they may be used as a “hunting grounds for child predators”. Since when has the solution to a problem (child predators) been to close up shop and run away? This is not a solution to the problem, this is running away like a coward and letting these demented child predators win. This bill will not help to stop the problem of people preying on children, this will simply shift where it occurs.
What will happen if this bill passes and library computers and colleges block these social networking sites? The community will then be filled with the only people left who can access these sites: even younger children. These social networking sites will then be primarily used by kids ranging from elementary school to high school accessing these sites from home where they would not be blocked. How is that a way of solving the problem? If we used this pattern of problem solving to combat the “War on Terror” we would just stop using air planes because they might be used again for harm. What an absolute joke of a bill. Nothing like a bunch of crusty old white men with no idea about technology ignoring the real problems they should be dealing with (stem cell, abortion, gay marriage, etc). I am sorry, but if this passes it will mark the continual downfall of American culture (or lack there of).
Well, I’ve spent most of this evening fiddling with a new module for Expression Engine that provides keywords (AKA tagging) for individual entries. That would be the reason for the previous entry titled “Test Entry with Keywords”… this would be a very cool feature if I can in fact get it working correctly. It would be
fancy cool if you could click on a keyword like “Vista” and instantly be taken to a page that lists all of the entries that have been tagged as pertaining to Vista. Think of it as instant search. Apparently it’s not as easy as I thought to implement this though. All of this being said, yes I am slowly working on it…yes, I know it currently does not work. It’s coming, give me a chance to break it fix it.
In summation, don’t click on the keywords yet…I’ll let you know when they are unbroken.
[Update] Ignore previous stuff. This module doesn’t work at all like I thought (or like logic for that matter). I won’t explain as you won’t have a clue what I was talking about without seeing the administrative interface. Long story short, I will not be adding this feature until a much better implementation comes along. (
just testing out the new keywords functionality.