A fascinating idea: what if life on earth follows Moore’s Law? If it does, as discussed
here, then it could explain why there are no beings in the universe advanced much beyond ours. It could also mean that life on Earth came from somewhere else.
The article in MIT’s Technology Review is well worth a read. It also makes me think that Moore’s Law could be a fundamental way of understanding much more than integrated circuits.
Posted in ideas, IT
Tagged ideas, life, MIT, TR
You need four things to do this
- their phone number
- there carrier
- this list
If you have that, you can send an email to their firstname.lastname@example.org with your message and the carrier will send it to them via SMS. The list has the carrier.com information.
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Tagged IT, SMS
I recently had problems with Evernote on my Windows laptop, and I want to document my notes here in case you run into a similar issue.
I am not certain what was the cause of the problem, but one day I could not synchronize my Evernote client on my Windows laptop. It kept saying I could not reach the server. This was odd, because I could access the Internet and login to evernote.com and see my notes there.
Now the first thing I should have done is work to resolve this. Instead, I kept adding things to the Evernote that was having a problem. Bad idea. I can’t tell if I lost what I kept at the time. It doesn’t appear that I did, but don’t make this error. Work to fix it right away.
I tried a number of things to fix it. Finally what seem to fix it was uninstalling it, and then installing it using the Advanced install option. Going through the Advanced option, I picked a different directory than the default directory to install it in. When I brought up the Evernote client, I was notified by my security software that Evernote was trying to connect to the Internet. I allowed it and it then the client worked fine.
My theory is that there was something corrupted with the files in the old location where I had Evernote installed. As a result, uninstalling and then reinstalling didn’t correct the problem. Now this is somewhat odd, because when you uninstall Evernote, the file directory seems to go away. That leads to my other theory, and that is that there was something else that was corrupted (e.g. registry? appdata?), and that picking another directory with the Advanced option forced the installer to ignore the old settings and come up with new default settings.
The good news is that the problem is fixed and Evernote is fine and syncing is fine. I just checked and a note I just added an synced on my laptop flowed over to my iPhone.
My computer is toast. Specifically there appears to be a problem with either Windows XP or the file system where Windows resides. Regardless, it is likely going to mean a lot of restoring of files or at least moving them.
Ask yourself; if my computer stopped working right now, do you have a copy of the most important files on my computer? Do I even know which files are important? Have you tested restoring those files and did it work?
If you don’t have a good answer to these questions, look for ways to determine how to answer them today. In the worst case, take your most crucial files and email them to someone or use a service like drop.io as a temporary place to put them while you find a longer term solution.
You don’t need a complex solution. In fact backing up your files should be as easy as brushing your teeth! And just as important.
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Tagged advice, IT
Come January 1, alot of people will resolve to lose their excess weight and get fit. And what is good for people is also good for …Macs! In this article, Ten ways to turn your Mac into a lean, mean, agile machine…right now (or Jan. 1 ), you can learn various ways to slim down your Mac while you wait for Mac OS X v 10.6.
When I went to school, we would write assignments with pen and double spacing was the instruction.
Now my daughter does assignments on my laptop and the instruction is about proper font size.
As an IT architect, I use Microsoft Visio for some of the diagrams I do. (I do use IBM’s Rational products as well.) Little did I imagine you could use it for non-technical things the way David Salaguinto does to make funny comics like this one:
For more on this, see Office Hours: Drawing a daily comic strip with Visio – Help and How-to – Microsoft Office Online
Posted in humour, IT, quirky
According to the nytimes.com blog, Bits ,
Starbucks announced today it will give most any customer two consecutive hours a day of free Wi-Fi access. Specifically, that offer applies to anyone who uses its prepaid Starbucks Card at least once a month. That represents as many as 60 hours of access for the price of one $2 cup of coffee.
It’s interesting to think of Starbucks as a network service provider. It has the potential to open up lots of other business opportunities for them as well. See Bits for more info.
When you are Bill Gates, you can get some PRETTY powerful people to show up in a spoof video of you. The video is funny, but the underlying message is: hey, I am Bill Gates, and look who I can get to show up.
Watch and see:
YouTube – Bill Gates’ Last Day at Microsoft – CES 2008
If someone has to learn about computer algorithms, a very nice introduction can be found at the well designed site called
DataStructures. This site is
dedicated to students and other who want to learn about programming, data structures, algorithms and how to write efficient code. You will find free e-books as well.
How can you defeat CAPTCHA? With sophisticated software? Not necessarily. RMG, a company in a legal dispute with Ticketmaster (a big user of CAPTCHA) does this:
“We pay guys in India $2 an hour to type the answers.”
If you want to know how tickets to an event can sell out so fast, read this: Hannah Montana Tickets on Sale! Oops, They’re Gone – New York Times
TheCompiler blog from Wired.com has the story. Key information:
The One Laptop Per Child project’s “Give One Get One” offer has been extended through the end of the year, which means there’s still time to pick up an XO laptop for yourself and someone in a developing country.The promotional offer kicked off two weeks ago and was originally scheduled to end yesterday, November 26, but due to the demand it has been extended through the end of the year.
Over at the blog Compiler from Wired.com is a good review of the latest AND greatest features in Zoho Writer. Key quote:
While it isn’t feature complete just yet, Zoho Writer is getting very close to the ideal in online editing with word processing software that works equally well in offline and online modes. With big names like Google Docs, Microsoft Live and even Adobe all vying for your online office loyalty, there’s no doubt that if offline functionality matters to you, Zoho has the lead.
Posted in cool, IT, tools
The globeandmail.com has this article: U.S. Military documents found unprotected on FTP servers
I think it is a sign of the adoption of technology that the Globe could mention “FTP servers” in a headline: they must assume that people will know what that means.
Of course, there is a good article in there on the lack of security when it comes to such matters, but that is another story.
For really hard core nerds, check out
WiReD has the latest on LoLcats. It has to end soon.