Buscar en Mind w/o Soul

viernes, junio 29, 2007

Previsiones tecnológicas

Nostradamus intenta predecir el efecto de introducir en el mercado, en el futuro, tecnologías que ya existen hoy.

Five Ideas That Will Reinvent Modern Computing
Milestones of the Future
Want a list of all the groundbreaking technologies due over the next decade? Tough luck. We've got neither the time nor the space. But we can give you the milestones—the 13 technologies guaranteed to change the world between now and 2020.

Summer 2007
The Real Quad-Core
AMD releases the first single-chip quad-core CPU. Code-named Barcelona, it promises 20 to 50 percent better performance than the competing multichip design from you-know-who.

Late 2007
Hello, OLED
Sony introduces the first OLED (organic light-emitting diode) television. It's too small and too expensive for mass consumption, but early adopters love its 3mm profile and 1,000,000-to-1 contrast ratio.

Like Wi-Fi—but Everywhere
Carriers launch the first WiMAX services in the U.S., giving major metro areas wireless access that rivals the speeds of Wi-Fi. The difference? No more hot spots. It's everywhere you go.

Eight-Core and More
Intel unveils an eight-core processor and completely revamps its Core architecture, moving the memory controller and graphics circuitry from distinct chipsets onto the CPU itself.

So Long, Laser Printer
The first Memjet ink-based printers hit the market, delivering 60 pages per minute at a reasonable cost per page. The trick: multiple print heads that span the entire width of the paper you're printing on.

The High-Def DVR
Seagate releases a 3.5-inch hard drive that stores 3 terabytes of data. That's 3,000 gigabytes. We're talking about a digital video recorder that records nothing but high-def video.

Can You Say 4G?
Fourth-generation cellular networks debut in the United States. The LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard doubles the throughput of 3G networks, offering 3 to 4 Mbps to real-world users.

Chips Go Optical
IBM perfects a chip for mainframes and other high-end machines that uses optical connections instead of copper. Moving photons instead of electrons improves data transfer speeds eightfold.

A Cure for Jersey Drivers
The first cars equipped with Motorola's MotoDrive technology roll off the assembly line. Able to calculate their speed and position relative to other vehicles, these cars can automatically avoid accidents.

HDTV Is Obsolete
Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) debuts with a resolution of 7,680-by-4,320 and 22 speakers of surround sound, dwarfing today's HDTVs, which top out at 1,920-by-1,080.

Power Off, Memory On
Manufacturers use carbon nanotubes to offer NRAM (nonvolatile random-access memory). Unlike today's SDRAM and flash memory technologies, it can hold information even when you lose power.

Wash 'N' Wear iPods
Flexible, washable OLED screens hit the market. That means laptops that roll up like place mats—not to mention smartphone and music-player displays built right into your clothing.

Offices Everywhere
Wall-sized displays made of low-power polymers and improved video-conferencing technologies let groups of home-based workers interact as if they were sitting face to face.

IF: la aventura original

El primer juego de aventuras conversacional.

Gamasutra - The History Of Zork
Anyone truly interested in Zork and interactive fiction will want to read Nick Montfort’s excellent Twisty Little Passages, Graham Nelson’s A Short History of Interactive Fiction, and Tim Anderson’s own History of Zork. What I intend to do here is focus less on the developmental history of the game and more on its impact, particularly on the ways it has influenced modern adventure and role-playing games.

My goal is to persuade you that the text adventure is still a viable genre for modern gamers, even in an age when software and hardware developers are making breakthrough after breakthrough in graphics and animation. I want to talk about the game developer that put its “graphics where the sun don’t shine.”

jueves, junio 28, 2007

Los románticos comienzos de Internet

Otros motores de búsqueda libres en Linux

Google Desktop Now on Linux
Thank you Google for delaying the Linux version! We now have Beagle, Strigi, the Nepomuk project and more as free alternatives to your proprietary software. There would have been free desktop search software anyway, but most likely there would have been a bit less enthusiasm for its development, and some distributions might have flocked to supporting the Google product.

I'm excited that Linux is still flying under the radar to such a large extent, when it comes to commercial software. Soon it will be Ready For The Desktop (TM) and the Linux desktop is still 100% free!

Interfaz de búsqueda desktop para Linux

affinity-search - Google Code

Affinty is a desktop search tool, which hopes to provide a quick way to get at all the different information on your desktop. It achieves this by having various back-ends, but implemented through one standard interface. Speaking of the interface, have a look:

Yeah, if I forgot to mention, Affinity is RGBA-aware, so it not only does it do its job well, it look good doing it :).

Motor de búsqueda desktop search en Linux

Alternativa a Beagle y a Google Desktop. ¡Soporta consultas en RDF Query!!

Meta Tracker - tracker-project.org
Tracker is a tool designed to extract information and metadata about your personal data so that it can be searched easily and quickly.

By using Tracker, you no longer have to remember where you've left your files. To locate a file you only need to remember something about it, such as a word in the document or the artist of the song. This is because as well as searching for files in the traditional way, by name and location, Tracker searches files' contents and metadata.

miércoles, junio 27, 2007

La CIA en el mundo: razones reales

Artículos explicando los motivos económicos detrás de las intervenciones de los EEUU en  otros países

KryssTal : USA Backed Coups
Since 1945, the USA has been responsible either directly or indirectly
of helping remove dozens of governments, many democratically elected,
around the world. Sometimes the events are kept secret for years and
only slowly come out. Other times, the events are the cause of
demonstrations, anger and resentment at the time they occur.

Whenever, an event like this occurs there are two reasons to be considered.

  • Reason 1: The reason given by the USA, its media
    and its friends around the world. Reasons like Communism, Terrorism,
    Human Rights, Freedom, Liberation, Weapons of Mass Destruction, etc.

  • Reason 2: The actual reason. This is
    usually hidden from the general public and has to be looked for in
    quotes by under-reported officials or subsequent events on the ground.
    Often, the victims of the change of government know the real reasons
    better than the populations of the Western countries. Real reasons are
    many but usually include Business Interests, Access to Resources,
    Markets, Military Bases, Strategic Value, or Political Support.

In the list below only successful changes of government are listed. Many attempts have failed. Cuba is the best example of this.

martes, junio 26, 2007

Carta abierta de profesor de física en UK

Wellington Grey -- Articles -- A physics teacher begs for his subject back: An open letter to the AQA board and the UK Department for Education

The thing that attracts pupils to physics is its precision. Here, at last, is a discipline that gives real answers that apply to the physical world. But that precision is now gone. Calculations — the very soul of physics — are absent from the new GCSE. Physics is a subject unpolluted by a torrent of malleable words, but now everything must be described in words.

In this course, pupils debate topics like global warming and nuclear power. Debate drives science, but pupils do not learn meaningful information about the topics they debate. Scientific argument is based on quantifiable evidence. The person with the better evidence, not the better rhetoric or talking points, wins. But my pupils now discuss the benefits and drawbacks of nuclear power plants, without any real understanding of how they work or what radiation is.

I want to teach my subject, to pass on my love of physics to those few who would appreciate it. But I can’t. There is nothing to love in the new course. I see no reason that anyone taking this new GCSE would want to pursue the subject. This is the death of physics.

lunes, junio 25, 2007

Referencia Word: como sumar una columna de una tabla

Algo trivial en Excel es una tortura en Word. Este artículo de la Knowledge Base de MSDN explica los detalles. Visual Basic, VB6, Tablas, actualizar campos .

WD97: How to Set Up a Table as a Spreadsheet in Word

Ejemplo práctico: =SUM(d2:d34)

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This article describes how to create simple spreadsheets in Microsoft Word, using tables and the Formula (=) field. In these spreadsheets, you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide values entered in cells.

Monitor gráfico del tráfico de red en Windows

Freeware, facil de usar

Paessler | Bandwidth management software - monitor and manage bandwidth with PRTG.

Bandwidth and Network Usage Monitoring Made Easy

PRTG Traffic Grapher is an easy to use Windows software for monitoring and classifying bandwidth usage. It provides system administrators with live readings and long-term usage trends for their network devices. The most common usage is bandwidth management, but you can also monitor many other aspects of your network like memory and CPU utilizations.

PRTG Traffic Grapher monitors and categorizes data traffic within a network to provide accurate results about network traffic and usage trends. It displays the results in various easy to read graphs and tables, and can easily be customized and adapted to your needs.

Monitoring Helps You To Optimize Your Network

With PRTG Traffic Grapher you will receive bandwidth and network usage data that helps to optimize the efficiency of your network. Understanding bandwidth and resource consumption is the key to better network management:

* Avoid bandwidth and server performance bottlenecks
* Find out what applications or what servers use up your bandwidth
* Deliver better quality of service to your users by being proactive
* Reduce costs by buying bandwidth and hardware according to actual load

viernes, junio 22, 2007

Ciencia libre

Slashdot | Faster and Open Access to Scientific Results

Faster and Open Access to Scientific Results
Journal written by FleaPlus (6935) and posted by kdawson on Thursday June 21, @11:45AM
from the idea-worth-spreading dept.
Biotech Science
Tim O'Reilly has a post about how the prominent scholarly journal Nature has recently launched an open-access service for pre-publication research and presentations. In Nature Precedings, all content is released under a Creative Commons Attribution License, and can be commented and voted on. The service will cover research in biology, chemistry, and earth science, much like arXiv.org does for physics, mathematics, and computer science.

jueves, junio 21, 2007

Caja de Faraday para pasaportes RFID

A juego con tu tinfoil hat

Protección RFID | Fundas y carteras protectoras para documentos RFID

Es necesario proteger tu pasaporte de lecturas a distancia. Esta es la primera vez que una funda protectora para RFID está disponible en España.
Funda protectora para pasaporte RFID

Este producto es una elegante funda de cuero negro que contiene en su interior una jaula de faraday (unos finos hilos metálicos entrecruzados) que, una vez cerrada, bloquean la emisión de la antena del RFID del pasaporte y protegen su contenido de los campos electromagnéticos que generaría un lector RFID.

miércoles, junio 20, 2007

Formatos de TV: NTSC, PAL, SECAM

Explicación de las características técnicas de los formatos de televisión en el mundo

Video Broadcast Standards | NTSC PAL SECAM

Most countries around the World use one of three main Video Broadcast Standards. These three main standards are NTSC PAL SECAM.

However, each standard is incompatible with the other. For example, a video recording made in the UK could not be played on US standard VCR's or shown on the TV. The reason for this is that the UK Video Standard is PAL whereas the US Video Standard is NTSC.

To find out which Video Standard each country supports, take a look at our Worldwide Video Standards Listing where we have also listed Mains Electricity Voltages and Frequencies together with DVD Region Codes for each country.

domingo, junio 17, 2007

You CAN Put Your Keyboard in the Dishwasher

'nuff said.

You CAN Put Your Keyboard in the Dishwasher

Last Monday, I spilled beer on my keyboard and received the Dishwasher advice from two very tech-savvy people.

Today, I can report that not only will the keyboard come out clean, but it will probably work once it dries completely. Every key on the keyboard works and feels just right - the Caps Lock light even works! This ‘hack’ is not for the weakhearted, and I would probably avoid putting a $100+ keyboard in the dishwasher. But if you don’t have any other options, it’s a pretty good bet.

Exactly what I did:

  • disconnected my USB keyboard from my computer
  • dumped out the spilled beverage
  • placed keyboard in dishwasher (normal cycle)
  • added soap to the reservoir (I used Electrasol)
  • closed the dishwasher and turned it on
  • I was advised to AVOID USING the heated dry cycle - 20 minutes too late
  • removed keyboard from dishwasher once the cycle was complete
  • popped ALL the keys off to allow the keyboard to completely dry (either draw, write down where the keys go, or take a picture so you can put ‘em all back in the right place)
  • leaned my keyboard vertically against a wall and allowed it to dry for 5 days
  • replaced all the keys, plugged the keyboard back in and tested every key to make sure it worked

Explicando la composición y las proporciones en pintura

handprint : format proportions

format proportions

As visual displays, paintings have the potential to be three things at once: a representation that mimics natural perception in a physical environment; a pleasing geometrical or abstract arrangement of line, texture, symbol and color; and an artful arrangement of forms within the edges of a flat surface.

jueves, junio 14, 2007

Contabilidad GPL

Un framework para contabilidad, abierto y desarrollado en comunidad.


About LedgerSMB | LedgerSMB.Org

LedgerSMB is a fork of a popular general ledger software package called SQL-Ledger largely written and maintained by Dieter Simader.

SMB is an acronym for Small Medium Business.

Some of the improvements that we've made to the code base so far include:

* Enhanced security
* Better Windows support
* More reports
* An Open Development Model
* Better data integrity controls
* Central database for users and preferences

Our goal with LedgerSMB is develop new features with a true community driven project.

Our first release was largely to fix the serious security flaws, and we have started mapping out a plan to make the code base clearer, more secure and more standards compliant.

Some features that we started building and/or are planning for future releases of LedgerSMB:

* More authentication options
* LDAP customer/staff support
* More logic in the database with more constraints
* Improvements on the data structure
* Platform and language neutral APIs (XML)

and many more. Something missing above that you want to add? Join our mailing lists and let us know. We welcome input and feedback from all. Our subversion repository is publically visible on the
SourceForge project page and we have two mailing lists for public discussion.

miércoles, junio 13, 2007

Motor de aprendizaje jerárquico

memoria artificial, produce un modelo de causa/efecto con conceptos jerárquicos aprendidos a partir de estímulos sensoriales. Código abierto.

Numenta - numenta.com


The Numenta Platform for Intelligent Computing is now available.

The first release of the Numenta Platform for Intelligent Computing (NuPIC) is a research release targeted at sophisticated developers for the purpose of education and experimentation. NuPIC implements a hierarchical temporal memory system (HTM) patterned after the human neocortex. We expect NuPIC to be used on problems that, generally speaking, involve identifying patterns in complex data. The ultimate applications likely will include vision systems, robotics, data mining and analysis, and failure analysis and prediction.

Numenta is committed to creating and supporting an open, collaborative community of companies and individuals interested in working on HTM systems. Concurrent with the Numenta Platform release, Numenta also has launched developer community tools and training materials.

Numenta - numenta.com

The Numenta Platform for Intelligent Computing is now available.

The first release of the Numenta Platform for Intelligent Computing (NuPIC) is a research release targeted at sophisticated developers for the purpose of education and experimentation. NuPIC implements a hierarchical temporal memory system (HTM) patterned after the human neocortex. We expect NuPIC to be used on problems that, generally speaking, involve identifying patterns in complex data. The ultimate applications likely will include vision systems, robotics, data mining and analysis, and failure analysis and prediction.

Numenta is committed to creating and supporting an open, collaborative community of companies and individuals interested in working on HTM systems. Concurrent with the Numenta Platform release, Numenta also has launched developer community tools and training materials.

Inteligencia artificial - modelo basado en el neocortex, en vez de en lógica

[IxDA Discuss] A MS Photosynth possibility
Jeff (the Palm Pilot guy) Hawkins new company, Numenta, has developed a
cognitive computing program based on the research he shared in his book 'On

You can watch a presentation he gave at IBM Research's Almaden Institute
Conference on Cognitive Computing @ Google Video


You can see his Power Point Slides from the presentation here:


Basically the idea is that the Brain is pattern recognition and matching
organ, and that is what they're trying to deliver. The images that their
software recognizes are very rudimentary, but promising.

Tutorial Renta 2006 - Agencia tributaria


El presente curso tiene como objetivo aportar conocimientos básicos sobre el Impuesto sobre la Renta de las Personas Físicas y facilitar la formación y entrenamiento en la utilización del programa PADRE. Los textos carecen de validez jurídica. Para fines jurídicos consulte los textos publicados en los Boletines y Diarios Oficiales.

e-Negocios 2.0: como hacer famoso tu agregador web

How to Change the World: By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09

By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09

Because of Truemors, I’ve learned a lot about launching a company in these “Web 2.0” times. Here’s quick overview “by the numbers.”


0. I wrote 0 business plans for it. The plan is simple: Get a site launched in a few months, see if people like it, and sell ads and sponsorships (or not).

0. I pitched 0 venture capitalists to fund it. Life is simple when you can launch a company with a credit-card level debt.

7.5. 7.5 weeks went by from the time I registered the domain truemors.com to the site going live. Life is also good because of open source and Word Press.

$4,500. The total software development cost was $4,500. The guys at Electric Pulp did the work. Honestly, I wasn’t a believer in remote teams trying to work together on version 1 of a product, but Electric Pulp changed my mind.

$4,824.14. The total cost of the legal fees was $4,824.14. I could have used my uncle the divorce lawyer and saved a few bucks, but that would have been short sighted if Truemors ever becomes worth something.

$399. I paid LogoWorks $399 to design the logo. Of course, this was before HP bought the company. Not sure what it would charge now. :-)

$1,115.05. I spent $1,115.05 registering domains. I could have used GoDaddy and done it a lot cheaper, but I was too stupid and lazy.

55. I registered 55 domains (for example, truemors.net, .de, .biz, truemours, etc, etc). I had no idea that one had to buy so many domains to truly “surround” the one you use. Yes, I could have registered fewer and spent less, but who cares about saving a few hundred bucks compared to the cost of legal action to get a domain away from a squatter if Truemors is successful?

$12,107.09. In total, I spent $12,107.09 to launch Truemors. During the dotcom days, entrepreneurs had to raise $5 million to try stupid ideas. Now I’ve proven that you can do it for $12,107.09.

1.5. There are 1.5 full-time equivalent employees at Truemors. For me, it’s a labor of love.

3. TechCrunch wrote about Truemors 3 times: the leak, the leak with a screen shot, and the opening. I wish I could tell you I was so sly as to plan this. Michael Arrington thought he was sticking it to me. Don’t stop, Michael!

261,214. Much to my amazement, there were 261,214 page views on the first day.

14,052. Much to my amazement, there were 14,052 visitors on the first day.

$0. I spend $0 on marketing to launch Truemors.

24. However, I did spend 24 years of schmoozing and “paying it forward” to get to the point where I could spend $0 to launch a company. Many bloggers got bent out of shape: “The only reason Truemors is getting so much coverage is that it’s Guy’s site.” To which my response is, “You have a firm grasp of the obvious.”

405. Because some people had nothing better to do, there were 405 posts on the first day.

218. We deleted 218 of the 405 posts because they were junk, spam, inappropriate, or just plain stupid. Interestingly, half the bloggers complained the site was full of junk. The other half complained that I was deleting posts. :-)

3. A mere 3 hours went by before the site was hacked, and we had to shut it down temporarily. I was impressed. The hacker who did this might be the next Woz. Please contact me if you are.

36. A mere 36 hours went by before Yahoo! Small Business told us that we were inappropriate for this service because of our traffic.

$29.96. Our monthly break-even point was $29.96 with Yahoo!

$150. Because Yahoo! evicted us, our monthly break-even point quintupled to $150. If you’re interested in buying a monthly sponsorship for $151, you’d make Truemors profitable. :-)

2. A mere 2 days went by before Truemors was called the “worst website ever” by the Inquirer.

246,210. Thank you God for the Inquirer because it caused 246,210 page views. Yes indeed, there’s no such thing as bad PR.

150. A week before we launched, if you typed “truemors” into Google, you would have gotten 150 hits.

315,000. Eleven days after the launch, “truemors” had 315,000 hits in Google. I can’t figure out how this can be, but I’m not arguing.

4. I learned four lessons launching Truemors:

There’s really no such thing as bad PR.

$12,000 goes a very long way these days.

You can work with a team that is thousands of miles away.

Life is good for entrepreneurs these days.

DNX - Empresa de usabilidad en Madrid

Responsables del rediseño de Linea Directa

dnx - Usabilidad, Experiencia de Usuario e Investigación Online

Analizar las aplicaciones con el objetivo de optimizar la usabilidad y mejorar la experiencia de uso. Identificar los obstáculos y barreras y adaptárlas a las necesidades reales de los usuarios.

* Analizar la Experiencia de Usuario
* Mejorar: Estrategias de uso
* Experiencia de usuario en dispositivos móviles


Realizar investigación sobre nuevos canales para aportar soluciones concretas y comprender mejor el comportamiento de los usuarios y consumidores.

* Por qué realizar investigación online
* Técnicas de investigación
* Recursos y herramientas disponibles
* Explotación y tratamiento de datos
* Tipos de proyectos

martes, junio 12, 2007

Introducción a la investigación cualitativa "en el lugar"

IAwiki: Ethnographic Research

"Ethnography is the art and science of describing a group or culture. The description may be of a small tribal group in an exotic land or a classroom in middle-class suburbia." --David M. Fetterman, 1998.

1. Introduction
2. Techniques of EthnographicResearch
3. SamplingMethods - aka who to study?
4. Additional Articles and Links
5. Questions for IAs
6. Discussion

1. Introduction

Ethnography is a social science research method which relies heavily on up-close, personal experience and possible participation (ie. not just observation), using a blend of historical, observational, and interview methods, with an end product of a narrative description of the group studied.

Typical ethnographic research employs three kinds of data collection:

1. interviews,
2. observation, and
3. documents.

This in turn produces three kinds of data:

1. quotations,
2. descriptions, and
3. excerpts of documents.

Which once analysed and considered results in one product: narrative description. This narrative often includes charts, diagrams and additional artifacts that help to tell "the story".

Wiki de HCI, Arquitectura de información, usabilidad

HCI, diseño de iteracción

IAwiki: IAwiki

IA wiki - the Information Architect's Wiki

IAwiki is a collaborative knowledge base for the topic of InformationArchitecture. Anyone can contribute, and there are no pre-registration hoops to jump thru ... just click the "Edit This Page" link at the bottom of any page.

lunes, junio 11, 2007

Prototipado de interfaces/wireframes en HTML con Visio

GUUUI - Visio - the interaction designer's nail gun (3rd edition)

Visio - the interaction designer's nail gun (3rd edition)
How to use Visio for rapid prototyping - now with scrolling pages and sketchy interface widgets

This is a third edition of my article on using Visio for rapid prototyping for the web. The new edition includes a minor update of the GUUUI Web Prototyping Tool that eliminates a major shortcoming: the inability to create scrolling pages. The update also includes brand new sketchy interface widgets.

HCI práctica: ejemplo de una "Persona" (de diseño de interacción)


Download an example persona used in the design of a web application
June 8, 2007 • 1 Comment

Despite a wide-ranging interest in personas (aka user profiles) by web and software designers, concrete examples of actual personas are surprisingly hard to find. So I’m happy to contribute an example here, from a chapter I wrote in the book User-Centered Design Stories.

viernes, junio 08, 2007

Curioso: contradicciones en la biblia interpretada literalmente

Bible Inconsistencies: Bible Contradictions?

Bible Inconsistencies: Bible Contradictions?
Compiled by Donald Morgan

Links to other articles in this series:

Key to Abbreviations
Introduction to the Bible and Biblical Problems
Fatal Bible Flaws?
Bible Absurdities
Bible Atrocities
Bible Precepts: Questionable Guidelines
Bible Vulgarities

Related Resources

NOTE: These lists are meant to identify possible problems in the Bible, especially problems which are inherent in a literalist or fundamentalist interpretation. Some of the selections may be resolvable on certain interpretations--after all, almost any problem can be eliminated with suitable rationalizations--but it is the reader's obligation to test this possibility and to decide whether it really makes appropriate sense to do this.

Subastas: pujar en el último minuto es la mejor estrategia

Bidding process in online auctions and winning strategy: Rate equation approach

Bidding process in online auctions and winning strategy: Rate equation approach

I. Yang and B. Kahng
School of Physics and Center for Theoretical Physics, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-747, Korea

(Received 14 September 2005; published 6 June 2006)

Online auctions have expanded rapidly over the last decade and have become a fascinating new type of business or commercial transaction in this digital era. Here we introduce a master equation for the bidding process that takes place in online auctions. We find that the number of distinct bidders who bid k times up to the tth bidding progresses, called the k-frequent bidder, seems to scale as nk(t)~tk–2.4. The successfully transmitted bidding rate by the k-frequent bidder is likely to scale as qk(t)~k–1.4, independent of t for large t. This theoretical prediction is close to empirical data. These results imply that bidding at the last moment is a rational and effective strategy to win in an eBay auction.

Formato OOXML: no es abierto porque...

Slashdot | New York Jumps Into Open Formats Fray

I provided you with a link to explanations clearer and more concise than anything I could include here.

I'm aware you're not prepared to look at evidence which would conflict
with your view, but for the convenience of other readers, I've posted
the headers to the Groklaw articles which contain the complete

# 7 Ecma 376 contradicts numerous international standards

* 7.1 The Gregorian Calendar

* 7.2 ISO 8601 (Representation of dates and times)

* 7.3 ISO 639 (Codes for the Representation of Names and Languages)

* 7.4 ISO/IEC 8632 (Computer Graphics Metafile)

* 7.5 ISO/IEC 26300:2006 (OpenDocument Format for Office Applications)

* 7.6 W3C SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)

* 7.7 W3C MathML (Mathematical Markup Language)

* 7.8 ISO/IEC 10118-3, W3C XML-ENC, and other cryptographic hash standards

* 7.9 W3C SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language)

# 8 Ecma 376 is immature and inconsistent

* 8.1 Fabricates units of measurement

* 8.2 Internal inconsistencies: the w:sz element

* 8.3 Internal inconsistencies and omissions: ST_Border

* 8.4 Confusing and inconsistent definitions of lengths of hexadecimal numbers

* 8.5 Unspecified terms: plain text

* 8.6 Poor names and inconsistent naming conventions for elements and attributes

* 8.7 Inflexible notation for percentages

* 8.8 Inappropriate non-document settings (application settings)

* 8.9 Non-XML formatting codes

* 8.10 Inflexible numbering format

* 8.11 Uses a Microsoft-specific namespace

# 9 Ecma 376 uses bitmasks, inhibiting extensibility and use of standard XML tools

* 9.1 Background: bitmasks

* 9.2 Bitmasks in Ecma 376

* 9.3 Bitmasks are not extensible

* 9.4 Bitmasks cause significant validation problems

* 9.5 Bitmasks defeat XSLT manipulation

* 9.6 Bitmasks conflict with the Ecma TC45 charter

# 10 Ecma 376 relies on undisclosed information

* 10.1 Undisclosed proprietary specifications

* 10.2 Cloning the behaviour of proprietary applications

* 10.3 Relies on application-defined behaviors

# 11 Ecma 376 cannot be adequately evaluated within the 30-day evaluation period

* 11.1 Ecma 376 has not met the stability requirement

# 12 Ecma 376 cannot be reasonably implemented by other vendors

* 12.1 Ecma 376 requires implementation of undisclosed specifications

* 12.2 The "compatibility with legacy formats" can only be implemented by Microsoft

* 12.3 Patent rights to implement the Ecma 376 specification have not been granted

o 12.3.1 The Microsoft covenants not to sue grant no rights

o 12.3.2 Microsoft licensing documents are ambiguous

+ The Microsoft Open Specification Promise is ambiguous

+ The Microsoft Covenant Not to Sue is irrelevant and ambiguous in any event

* 12.4 End-User License Agreements (EULAs) may forbid full implementation

wishing to understand the full risks of implementing OOXML in their own
software should read the Groklaw page very carefully.

jueves, junio 07, 2007

Subastas automaticas en ebay

keecua.com: Gana subastas en eBay pujando en el último minuto

keecua es un francotirador de subastas en eBay (eBay Sniper) que te permite controlar cualquier subasta y pujar automáticamente en los segundos finales, justo antes de que termine, sin tener que estar pendiente.

Keecua es un concepto que puede revolucionar las subastas pero que sobre todo está enfocado a ahorrar dinero y tiempo.

martes, junio 05, 2007

Vimacs: la abominación

Un modo de Vim para activar los comandos y semi-modos de Emacs

Vimacs: Vim-Improved Emacs - Vimacs

What is Vimacs?

* Conrad Parker: “Dude, I gotta get you doing some serious hacking projects”
* Erik de Castro Lopo: “Oh, so you’re the insane guy that K was talking about”
* Wichert Akkerman: “Gross. Horror. Vim abuse. Mind if I include this as an example in the Debian vim packages? :)”

Yep, it’s Emacs… in Vim. Phear it.

In a nutshell, Vimacs is Vim emulating Emacs. (If you’ve never heard of Vim nor Emacs, you’re probably in the wrong place right now ;). To give slightly more detail, Vimacs (Vim-improved Emacs) is a Vim plugin, which brings Emacs’s extensive key bindings and modeless editing features to the the Vim world, while completely retaining Vim’s powerful moded editing style.

Magic: estrategia para principiantes

A Beginners Guide to Magic the Gathering

A Beginners Guide to Magic the Gathering
How to Assess a Good Card, Build a Beatdown Deck, and Improve Play


My old friend Matias is getting into Magic Online and we've been searching for a good resource that helps starting magic players. There are many useful guides for those completely new to the game, not the least of which are the Getting-Started walk-throughs provided by Wizards right in the Starter Decks. And there are many advanced web columns that debate the pros and cons of complex strategy decks with rare cards. But what seems to be missing is a straightward guide for the player somewhere in between newbie and expert. That's the audience this Beginner's Guide is aimed for; we assume you already know the basic rules and lingo, like the order of phases in a turn and steps of combat. You've had a lot of fun just messing around, and now you want to learn and play more.

So what's in this guide and how will it help our Magic game? Our primary goal is to get a feel for what a good card is like, which is one of the most valuable skills to have and one of the longest it takes to get from experience. After that, we'll start in on the fundamentals of building a solid creature deck, which is a prevalent type of deck out there and also the easiest to build and understand. Then we'll elaborate on some time tested tactics that will improve your play by getting the most use out of your cards. You're in for excitement once you learn these skills, since a well-built and well-played beatdown deck can fairly contest against many different deck types.

Lastly, to save a lot of time and hassle for the beginning player, we've listed all the good cards that were available in 2003. The lists focus on Pre-Mirrodin commons and uncommons, in the Online formats of Magic Online (so we ignore editions earlier than 7th). However, you can apply the principles developed in this guide to any card, either past or future.

domingo, junio 03, 2007

La teoría del Big Bang podría estar obsoleta

Este libro detalla observaciones del corrimiento al rojo que no son explicables con la teoría oficial.

Amazon.com: Seeing Red: Redshifts, Cosmology and Academic Science: Books: Halton C. Arp

Book Description

Arp's new book is a frontal assault on the standard model of the universe, replete with anecdotes and illustrations, including 8 pages of colour plates.

"Seeing Red" represents a senior scientist's personal account of the crisis in moderrn astronomy. Dr. Arp presents observations showing that extragalactic redshifts are not caused by an expanding universe. He crafts up an empirical picture of the birth and evolution of quasars and galaxies, demonstrating that crucial observations have been ignored and suppressed by the astronomy community. Finally, he cites examples of how academic science fails its ideals and potential.

viernes, junio 01, 2007

Decodificador DVD gratis en Windows

Slashdot | Commercial DVD Software Comes to Linux

Here's my strategy: Most DVD player software has a free trial that cuts out after 10 minutes or something. That restriction is implemented in the player software, however, not the decoder (which is a seperate .dll). So, get a free, no-decoder-included player like InterActual, and connect it to the fully functional decoder that comes with the comercial player demo.(InterActual has a config thingy that scans the computer for DVD decoders, so it's easy)