Friday, May 16, 2008

My Dream Interface

A buddy was telling me that 'multi-touch' (like the Itouch/phone) screens should be around a lot more within a couple of years, which had me asking him "so that means I can type on the screen (sometimes) if I choose yeah?"

Which then got me thinking..

you know the story of the monkeys that were trained to use a joystick to fetch their bananas using a robot claw, UFO toy game style, and they wore a cap to monitor their brains whilst doing so...?

after a while, by monitoring the brain activity the 'scientists' made the machine respond to the brain signals rather than the hand. So the machine was fetching the bananas coz the monkeys were thinking about it. Wearing some sort of brain wave reading headgear of course.

And *supposedly* the monkeys figured THIS out and stopped using their hands to direct the robot hand!

I just want to be able to type like that.. there's my novel written whilst lying in bed ;)

I mean, I'm growing fond of you folks but sheesh.. so much typing...

we used to have ads here for the Yellow Pages.. "Let your fingers do the walking." But now walk to businesses to give my hands a break!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Thai Language

tonal languages are pretty intense looking to a tone deaf fella like me ?!!
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The difficulty in learning Thai is the five tones employed to confer different meanings to the same syllable, so that the syllable mai can have five different meanings in this sentence: mái mài mâi mâi mãi? Which translates as "New wood doesn't burn, does it?" Although rather contrived, it does clearly demonstrate the point that for westerners, who have never come across tones except to express emotion, learning Thai can be quite challenging.

The Thai script is another daunting barrier to learning Thai. Its origins are in Sanskrit by way of Khmer. There are 44 consonants and 32 vowels. Vowels can be before, after, above, below or surrounding consonants. Thai is also written without any spaces between words. Spaces are only used to separate sentences, which further complicates matters. Transliteration is an often cited problem when writing Thai in Roman script as there is no standard system, so you may see some variations on those given here.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Mac OS X 10.4: How to prevent .DS_Store file creation over network connections

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To configure a Mac OS X user account so that .DS_Store files are not created when interacting with a remote file server using the Finder, follow the steps below.
Note: This will affect the user's interactions with SMB/CIFS, AFP, NFS, and WebDAV servers.

  • Open the Terminal.
  • Type:
    defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores true
  • Press Return.
  • Restart the computer.
  • If you want to prevent .DS_Store file creation for other users on the same computer, log in to each user account and perform the steps above—or distribute a copy of your newly modified file to the ~/Library/Preferences folder of other target users.

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    Peace n Love

    can we reel it in..
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    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

    "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death"

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Thursday, May 08, 2008

    Slaves to the Money Lenders

    our dominant paradigm
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    "If you want to remain slaves of the bankers and pay for the costs of your own slavery, let them continue to create money and control the Nation's credit" - Sir Josiah Stamp 1880-1941.
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    Thomas Jefferson - Establishments of Religion Undermine Rights

    Religion has a lot to answer for.
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    "The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man." --Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah Moor, 1800.

    "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes." --Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, 1813. ME 14:21

    "In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own." --Thomas Jefferson to Horatio G. Spafford, 1814. ME 14:119

    "The declaration that religious faith shall be unpunished does not give immunity to criminal acts dictated by religious error." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1788. ME 7:98

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    Friday, May 02, 2008

    ZoneAlarm what are you doing to us?

    They are a trusted component of my computer's security software, but when I decided to see what I could find about the recent Ad-On I found this.
    Is it just huff?
    Well, folks, times have changed. The once highly trusted ZoneAlarm has betrayed that trust.
    The installation is completed and the computer user launches their browser and discovers
    that the ZoneAlarm SpyBlocker comes in the form of the Ask Toolbar!
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