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1989 in a new perspective – Prince of Persia source code found, released

April 19th, 2012 // 4:17 pm @

Ronald Regan completed eight years as US President, the Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, Soviet submarine K-278 sinks – killing 41, Chinese government declares martial law in response to protests in Tiananmen Square, Voyager 2 passes Neptune – making it the last planet visited at least once by a […]

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Cana-duh Post files copyright lawsuit – claims postal codes are their’s and their’s alone

April 16th, 2012 // 5:33 pm @

Cana-duh Post, a crown corporation (it’s owned by the Government of Canada),á filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement against GeoCoder.ca for its exclusive copyright to Canadian postal codes.á GeoCoder.ca – a website that, among other things, provides free access to a database of over 89,000 Canadian postal codes – compiled its database of postal codes […]

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Free Speech

November 30th, 2011 // 4:41 am @

Disclaimer: (this is a comment on free speech – found in a forum comment) Free Speech valid only in participating areas and Free Speech Zones. May be revoked at will for reasons of fear, political power, religious, ethnic or economic sensibilities. Not valid in airports or theaters. Subject to taxation and regulation. Can be exercised […]

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Up and Down

November 24th, 2011 // 1:06 am @

If you were on the site earlier today, you may have noticed it going up and down. I was doing some maintenance and ended up rolling back (restoring from a backup) from a “clean” copy of the server. The web server was behind on updates so it had become unstable and eventually became unrecoverable. It’s […]

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Asteroid 2005YU55 makes closest approach tonight

November 8th, 2011 // 9:47 pm @

Asteroid 2005YU55, a 400m wide asteroid, will make a close approach to Earth on Tuesday at 23:28 UTC/GMT. It’s cloudy here in Toronto, yet the JPL and other outlets have live coverage that stared about an hour ago. Take a few minutes to have a look this evening – it’s a rare opportunity to be […]

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I miss…

October 31st, 2011 // 12:50 pm @

I miss being the age when I thought I would have my stuff together by the time I was the age I am now.

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Microsoft embraces Hadoop

October 13th, 2011 // 11:21 pm @

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that in plans to integrate Hadoop with future versions SQL Server and Windows Azure. The company also said it is now working to port the Hadoop platform to Windows; Hadoop was originally built for Linux. A product manager inside Microsoft said that they plan to release their work back to the […]

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Dennis Ritchie, pioneer of modern computing, dead at age 70

October 13th, 2011 // 11:07 pm @

A friend of Dennis Ritchie announced on Google+ that the computer science pioneer died earlier this week at his home in Murray Hill, New Jersey after a long illness at age 70. Ritchie is co-inventor of Unix and created the C programming language. Ritchie credits much of the portability of Unix to the C programming […]

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XKCD tribute to Steve Jobs

October 7th, 2011 // 5:37 pm @

XKCD, a very popular web comic, posted an eternal flame in memory of Steve Jobs: The hover text on the XKCD comic reads, “There’s always the hope that if you sit and watch for long enough, the beachball will vanish and the thing it interrupted will return.” As always, well said!

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RIP Steve Jobs

October 6th, 2011 // 1:52 am @

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer and listed as inventor or co-inventor of 338 US patents or patent applications, died today at age 56 of pancreatic cancer. Rest in peace, Steve Jobs; you have forever changed the world you leave behind.

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