Archive for September, 2003

Check out Lagrimas Negras by Bebo Valdes (who sounds young on the piano for someone aged 84) and Diego Cigala (whose voice sounds more mature than someone aged 35).

I’m "playing" with Office 2003 and the overall feeling is rather good. I’m surprised though that consistency across applications is not more advanced by now. How is it that Project has just one level of Undo, or that its row grouping feature doesn’t work like Excel’s? (In Excel you can group/ungroup all your groups with [...]

CIO Magazine: Why More Is Less: "The inutility of multitasking as a productivity tool makes perfect sense when understood in terms of attention and available resources. "Current cognitive models suggest that people have a limited amount of attention available at any moment," says Seth Greenberg, a professor of psychology at Union College. "Attention could be [...]

Signal vs. Noise: "Orbitz’ "flex search" offers a helpful feature where you can specify additional dates to include in your search (e.g. 1 day before and after the date you submit). The results screen comes with an excellent use of table cell highlighting

Microsoft Research: "The WWMX, short for the World-Wide Media eXchange, is an experimental research project run by the Interactive Visual Media Group at Microsoft Research. Our goal is to explore what we can do with a gazillion photos on a single database indexed by their location." Google Labs Search by Location.

Michael Sippey: "Where it shines, though, is its application and use of photo metadata. Adding categorization to photos is a drag-and-drop action, or a right-click action, or a menu-driven keyboard aware action — on a single photo or multiple photos at once. Recognizing that facial recognition software hasn’t quite migrated to the desktop, Adobe has [...]

CNet: "Cerulean Studios has released new software patches that will allow its popular Trillian client to support MSN and Yahoo’s instant messaging services, according to its co-founder. [...] Both Yahoo and MSN cited the need to improve security as the primary reason for the upgrades." The "need to improve security" that everone knew was a [...]

CNet: Yahoo IM update Shuts Out Third Parties For all the aggravation brought by incumbent telcos, the thought that organizations such as Yahoo or MSN could replace them to provide our basic communication infrastructure is even scarier. Here’s a simple action plan to send a clear message that we’re not going to let them lock [...]

The Atlantic Monthly: "Mark Bowden, the author of "The Dark Art of Interrogation," on why the practice of coercion is a necessary evil". Interesting interview. I’m especially in agreement with this quote: "[Q] Was it difficult to do that? You’ve written very candidly about torture. And I imagine that some of the people you interviewed, [...]

In the last 10 days or so Trillian Pro 2.0 and Helium 1.7.1 were released. Essential software in both cases. Trillian’s meta contacts are useful, while Helium’s album cover management is quite cool. As to Skype, no I didn’t try it yet (last week was spent struggling with, then making tons of phone calls with [...]


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