Archive for ‘August, 2007’
Posted on 23:27, August 31st, 2007 by Many Ayromlou
If you’re travelling in the near future you really should take a look at Farecast.com. It’s a little bit like kayak.com in that it queries multiple other travel sites and presents a ajaxy interface to you to narrow your search down. Unique to farecast is their new Hotels search that is basically a web2.0 app with a mapping interface. Farecast also has a neat utility that can roughly tell you when to fly (in the next 30 days), so you can get the lowest fares. It’s free so give it a try and bookmark it now.
Well google has done it again. It turns out that there is a “hidden” flight sim built right into google earth client. You’ll need version 4.0+ for this to work. Here is the info on how to activate it and a listing of navigation keys. The short of it:
So following Amsterdam, we went to Stuttgart, Germany for some project meetings. You might have noticed some posts at some ungodly hour of the morning….Well they were probably made during a refreshment session at the bar. Once our official work was done we took off to see Bodensee for the weekend (Aug. 25-26, 2007). We grabbed Hwy.81 and drove through Eigeltingen, Nenzingen, Stockach, Ludwigshafen, Sipplingen, Ueberlingen, Nuessdorf, Uhldingen, Meersburg, Kippenhausen and ended up staying in Lippertsreute for the night. The next day we drove through Ueberlingen, Nuessdorf, Uhlingen, Meersburg. Took the ferry in Meersburg and visited Insel Mainau and drove back to Stuttgart. All in all a fantastic trip, if a bit short. I definitely have to keep Bodensee on my “Gotta come back” list. Here are some of the trip Pictures and don’t forget to check out the rest of my photo gallery.
Hot on the heels of our coverage of Image Slicing and Stretching paper titled Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing (Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir), here is a fully working prototype of the shrinking part of the paper by Patrick Swieskowski. So how long do you think it will take for Adobe to snag these guys up?……
Posted on 17:34, August 31st, 2007 by Many Ayromlou
So today I had a choice to make. You see I had to draw a small diagram and needed a editor. Now I know visio is the end-all-be-all of editors, but I needed something fast and simple. Oh and I really didn’t want to go down to the office to pick up the install disks for visio (on vacation). That’s where web2.0 came to rescue again. After a short google search I found two online services that allow you to edit/share Diagrams right in your browser:
I’ll leave it to you to decide, for me personally Gliffy is more polished and has a better feel. Try them both (they are free) and let us know.
Follow this link and check out pictures from my recent trip to Amsterdam. I was there for 3 very short days (August 18-20) and I can’t wait to go back. If you ever get a chance to go there, DO IT. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I’m comparing it to Nice, Salzburg, Prague and Paris. You’ll need atleast two full days (ie: none Jet lagged days) to get a appreciation of what it has to offer, a week would be fantastic. One piece of advice, take your most comfortable shoes and practice your bike riding and when you get there watch out for those bicycles :-). And don’t forget to check out the rest of my photo gallery.
Posted on 10:15, August 31st, 2007 by Many Ayromlou
Well I’m not sure how long these guys will run their service for free, but I really like the service and if you’re a researcher or student it might even be worth a subscription fee. The service is called scanR and as long as you send them semi-decent photographs (2+ megapixel) of either your Whiteboard or Documents, they will generate and email you the PDF versions of those. I particularly like their Business Card scanR. Photo goes in, vCard information comes out. Check out their examples of Whiteboards, Documents and Business Cards. BTW, Qipit is another online service that does the same stuff (less the Business Card scanning). Personally I like (and use) scanR’s Business card scanning since I’m too lazy to type all the info into my addressbook, your mileage may vary.
Well, I’ll leave this one to you. You can decide on it’s Kosherness. The application is called TED and it can find all sorts of TV episodes you might have missed. From the homepage:
ted requires Java 5 and a bittorrent client and is available for all platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac). Download here.
It is available for free from the NeoOffice download page.
You all know my dislike for Microsoft and their products. Whenever possible I’ve tried to get away from having to use their software. Here is another opensource product that allows us to do our thing without them. From their overview page: