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Some more lifestyle January 30, 2010

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In case you have some fine taste for wine, here’s a few sites you may enjoy:

Don’t drink and drive!

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The iPad, a lifestyle device. January 27, 2010

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Ok, to recap:

  • No camera
  • No notifications
  • No multitasking
  • No phone calls
  • No Adobe Flash
  • The keyboard was nice and can make a difference (i.e. tempt people to replace their desktop with the iPad + keyboard)

Nice for couch surfing, maybe reading books if that’s your thing on a computer screen and you’re not longing for e-Ink. In general I’m not impressed, and assume it is mostly Apple loyals who will buy it, people to say “I have an iPad”, and gamers. It has potential to be a great gaming device.

Personally speaking, I use a Macbook Pro and would like to get an iPhone, but I can’t see the iPad filling in any gaps for me.

Registrar January 20, 2010

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I recently decided to register a couple of .EU domains, and thought it may be a chance to consolidate my domains under one registrar. I have a .NAME, a .GR, plus these new ones — and you never know what else may come up. So I had to find a registrar who would support these three TLDs at the very least. As the list of Greek registrars is too long to search for .NAME capacity, it was much easier to check out the ones from abroad. Eventually I ended up subscribing to Netim, a French registrar with the service of whom I have been very happy so far. They offer a number of free and low-cost extras, plus a very sufficient management interface.

On another note, I really like how .EU domains are ridiculously cheap, and you get them in minutes. Not much to compare with the process (and price) of getting a .GR domain, which may last up to 20 days AFAIU.

Geek tatoo January 18, 2010

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head & body

Everything is OK January 17, 2010

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I really enjoyed this so much!

(via chstath)

Twitter January 10, 2010

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I just joined, to see what all the fuss is about. Looking for a Mac OS desktop client, after some evaluation, I ended up with Socialite. It would be great if its RSS reading facilities were as good as NetNewsWire‘s, I’d just buy it and remove one icon from my dock. Not yet, unfortunately.

I also checked FriendFeed, mostly because I saw it in George‘s tweet list. Can’t figure it out, and in any case, one step at a time.

If you wish to follow, my ID is ckotso.

Update: I now switched to Echofon; Socialite is very cool but I only need a Twitter client, and I prefer Echofon’s interface. I only miss the quick-tweet shortcut…

16-bin histogram January 7, 2010

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Try using Google Images to search for “16-bin histogram“, and see the results from page 2 and on. I’d really like to understand why this doesn’t happen for 4-bin, 8-bin, or whatever other number of bins in a histogram! Also interesting to notice that not too many histograms appear on the first page of this query 🙂

A new blog January 6, 2010

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For some time now I wanted to separate between this blog, which was supposed from the beginning to discuss science and technology, and other things I’d like to blog about — mostly music or other kinds of artwork. So there you go, a new blog comes into existence: It’s written “On my balcony”, but pronounced “Play it again, Sam”.

Happy New Year! January 6, 2010

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…and some great music to accompany the wishes.

PS: Irrelevant: One more day until the QUE‘s debut!