Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Traveling: Trains vs. Airplanes
It is now time for the U.S. to consider improving or revamping the railway infrastructure. The current AmTrak system is no fun. A simple trip from Portland to San Jose takes 19 hours. This is even slower than driving, which takes around 12 hours. If we can really build an efficient, high speed, railway system, it can substantially improve our transportation system, save energy and be more friendly to our environment.
For more information:
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The pictures from that conference is now available on the conference website:
See if you can figure out which photo has my image.
The conference proceedings is available on-line at IEEE Xplore.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Nobel prizes and U.S. immigration
4 out of 6 U.S. citizens who received Nobel prizes this year were born outside the United States. It is a vivid reminder on immigrants contributions to recent innovations that powers the U.S. economic growth.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Electronic Design for the masses (on iPhone)
It is currently selling for $9.99 at the Apple iPhone App store.
Here is a demo video for iWafer:
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Startups: Only a few can survive
A recent survey of FPGA/PLD companies in the past few decades provides a graphical depiction.
Here is a history of FPGA/PLD startups from that article:
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Google Voice Widget
One interesting feature is the Voice Widget, which allows you to put a link on your own website and let people call you from anywhere within the United States.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Phishing attacks through social networks
There are increasing reports of Phishing attacks on Facebook or other social networks.
This phenomenon does not sound well for social networks.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Creative Junk Mail? "Swine Flu Vaccine" spam
The e-mail spammers and fraudsters have also jumped on this bandwagon, with junk mail entitled "swine flu vaccine" trying to catch peoples eyes.
The real swine flu vaccine is still under development. It will be available soon, but not now!!!
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Wolfram Alpha -- the Google Killer?
A search engine, like Google, returns a list of web links related to your search / query.
An answer engine, as prototyped by Wolfram Alpha, returns the "answers" to your query.
It is supposed to be better than Google.
Is it really going to live up to its hype? We will see.
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Electric car is about alternative (not green) energy
However, we should remember that one big advantage of the electric car is about "alternative" energy. There are many ways that you can generate electricity: solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, coal, etc. Some of them may or may not be eco-friendly. But at least people have a choice. If you like, you can replace old fashioned power generators with more environmentally friendly ones.
Going forward, green energy may not be the most important aspect of electric cars. A bigger factor that may determine their success (or failure) will be how economical they are compared to old-fashioned gasoline cars, and how much support can government (or the public sector) can help to accelerate their development.
Friday, March 20, 2009
IE 8 release has lots of problems
If you have not, then please don't!!!
It's got lots of bugs. Many web pages that used to work on the IE 8 RC (release-candidate) version are not loadable by the IE 8 official release version.
Of course, such hiccups are expected. But under such market competitions, one would expect Microsoft to be smart and nimble with its execution. Again, I am disappointed.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Romantic Poetry Generator
A 60-year-old computing machine specifically programmed to generate love poetry has been recreated in England: the Manchester Mark I.
Here is an example poem that it randomly generated:
SWEETHEART DEARYOU ARE MY WISTFUL ENCHANTMENT. MY DEVOTION SIGHS FOR YOUR AMBITION. MY LONGING LIKES YOUR APPETITE. YOU ARE MY ANXIOUS HUNGER. MY RAPTURE DESIRES YOUR CHARM.YOURS BEAUTIFULLYM. U. C.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Making Summer Longer -- A Bush Legacy
Can you really make summer longer by changing the law? Many people still think the weather is quite cold right now, so perhaps the switch to daylight savings time this weekend seem premature. Like it or not, this is yet another Bush legacy that will have long lasting effects on America :-)
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Zeitgeist: conspiracy theory revisited
The Globe and Mail criticize this movie as:
Anyway, if you still want to watch this FREE movie despite all the above warnings, take a look at the following:
"[...] this stuff [...] it's all been thoroughly debunked for years. Evidently, debunking isn't the issue. [...] Nor can you cite the findings of the professional, journalistic, and academic consensus to someone who's decided that having credibility means being under the sway of shadowy forces. [...] for all the talk of skepticism, conspiracy counterculture is really an anti-intellectual, populist movement - much like Intelligent Design. For all their absurdity, conspiracy theorists try to drag everything back to the level of common sense. [...] Did the collapsing buildings on 9/11 look like they were being demolished? Then they must have been demolished. Did the 757 that hit the Pentagon's blast-proof walls fail to make a plane-shaped hole? Then it must have been something else. Are there unexplained quirks in the official story? Then it must be the work of a higher power. [...] Conspiracy theorists want to see [...] a malevolent design behind events. The notion that calamity might be the unintended consequence of subtler causes doesn't hold the same appeal. Evil, whatever its other uses, drives a great narrative. Complexity, not so much."
Here is the original movie:
The addendum movie:
Sunday, January 11, 2009
On-line Crash Course on US economy
Chris Martenson presents an On-line Crash Course on the U.S. Economy on his website:
Take a look, and see if you agree or not.