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new energy blog   01 Aug 08
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Vimperator - gain back your time   20 Jun 08
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Thanks to Brenden for passing me this link.

First there was a Navigator, then there was an Explorer. Later it was time for a Konqueror. Now it’s time for an Imperator, the VIMperator :)

Vimperator is a free browser add-on for Firefox, which makes it look and behave like the Vim text editor. It has similar key bindings, and you could call it a modal web browser, as key bindings differ according to which mode you are in.

Now I need vim bindings for openoffice, so that I stop typing :w.

Six Degrees of Wikipedia   28 May 08
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Ever heard of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? If you haven’t, it works like this: Every actor gets a Kevin Bacon number. Kevin Bacon has a Kevin Bacon number of 0, actors who were in a movie with Kevin Bacon get a Kevin Bacon number of 1, actors who were in a movie with someone who has a Kevin Bacon number 1 get a 2, and so on (Everybody always gets the smallest number possible, so if you were in a film with two people, one with a 4 and one with a 6, your Kevin Bacon number would be 5).

The same idea could apply to the articles Wikipedia. Instead of taking "in the same film" as the relation, you can take "is linked to by". We’ll call the "Kevin Bacon number" from one article to another the "distance" between them. It’s then possible to work out the "closeness" of an article in Wikipedia as its average distance to any other article. I wanted to find the centre of wikipedia, that is, the article that is closest to all other articles (has minimum closeness).

Dual mode bus   28 May 08
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What do you get when you cross a bus with a train? A dual-mode vehicle that has the versatility of a bus, the speed of light rail and fuel economy vastly better than either.

Good wired article!

Thin -- a fast and simple ruby webserver   28 Feb 08
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I have not yet used it in production, but heard good things.

The pulse of uncertainty   27 Feb 08
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Very nice graph, well done!

Gold - towards the danger zone?   24 Feb 08
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Tom updated his analysis

Vido of matz speaking at Google on ruby 1.9, Feb 20, 2008   24 Feb 08
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Erlang Cookbook   13 Feb 08
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The Erlang Cookbook is designed to be a good starting point for learning about the language, the OTP platform, and fault tolerant programming. This book was started as a way for me to document what I learned about the Erlang programming language, best practices gleaned from reading the newsgroups and mailing lists, and tips and tricks from the helpful developers and scientists using Erlang.

I modeled this book on the nearly-completed Scheme Cookbook that I was fortunate enough to have been part of developing.

This book (and the Scheme Cookbook itself) could not have been created without the excellent templating system Anton van Straaten developed for the Scheme Cookbook.

— BrentAFulgham - 20 Aug 2004

Gold: updated technical analysis   12 Feb 08
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Tom updated his analysis.


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