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Archives for July, 2007

Cleaning the laptop keyboard

The keyboard design for most laptops is just hopeless. Under the keys are multiple ecosystems hosting bacteria that are rapidly evolving to eat your fingers. Today morning I used a USB powered cleaner to clean the keyboard of my work laptop (I got the cleaner as a gift from the sibling after she saw the…

What children need is a go-kart (OLPC) they can play with, not a 12-wheeled Truck (Classmate PC) that can crush them while scratching a teacher’s back. While OLPC focusses on fun and appropriate user interfaces for children, Classmate PC seems to pride itself on Teacher control, parental control, piss control and poo control. (What the…

Orthodoxy and Contradictions

Noah Feldman on the contradictions of a religious community facing modernity in NY Times. If you read an essay on the contradictions of orthodoxy by anyone at any time in history, you will find the same themes discussed. Ignorance empowered by authority will always be at odds with Science, regardless of how well they’ve learnt…

India’s new President Pratibha Patil

Amit Varma writes in India Uncut blog: Pratibha Tai will also not let India’s traditional sciences wither away just because they are nonsense. (What kind of silly reason is that anyway?) Consider astrology: Just last year, while launching an astrology website that she surely knew would succeed, she said, “Astrology is a serious and deep…

Saturday Song – Amapola

Andrea Bocelli’s Amapola. Romance has not been rendered in a more beautiful and moving voice.

Aravind Eye Hospital

Beebs reports on cars developed by universities to compete in DARPA’s Grand Challenge. Checkout the cool video on the page.

Well, you are lucky. PZ’s has suggestions. [the last point, the post is in response to the recent disturbance in the fabric of google maps].

Details at ars technica Microsoft has filed another patent, this one for an “advertising framework” that uses “context data” from your hard drive to show you advertisements and “apportion and credit advertising revenue” to ad suppliers in real time. Yes, Redmond wants to own the patent on the mother of all adware. Have you tried…

Humor

My problems all started with my early education. I went to a school for mentally disturbed teachers. -Woody Allen We don’t know why we laugh. But we do know this: before we laugh truthfully there is a flash in the mind, a flash which tells us undeniably that we really get it.