Phun with physics

http://www.phun.at/

Quoting:

Phun is a Master of Science Thesis by Computing Science student Emil Ernerfeldt for supervisor Kenneth Bodin at VRLab, Umeå University.
Phun is meant to be a playground where people can be creative. It can also be used as an educational tool to learn about physics concepts such as restitution and friction.

The some of the videos at youtube are plain fun watching 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H5g9VS0ENM

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No Time to Think

Where is the space and time in which we get quiet enough to think in deeper ways? Which are the tools to enable us do that?

Very interesting/good talk, extremely interesting subject, nothing really new. Did not like the environment metaphor.
Just for demystification’s sake,
Bush was on the committee advising Truman to use the atomic bomb against Japan (wikipedia).

Quoting From Google Tech Talks

No time to think

Speaker: David M. Levy
March, 5 2008
ABSTRACT
Vannevar Bush’s 1945 article, “As We May Think,” has been much celebrated as a central inspiration for the development of hypertext and the World Wide Web. Less attention, however, has been paid to Bush’s motivation for imagining a new generation of information technologies; it was his hope that more powerful tools, by automating the routine aspects of information processing, would leave researchers and other professionals more time for creative thought. But now, more than sixty years later, it seems clear that the opposite has happened, that the use of the new technologies has contributed to an accelerated mode of working and living that leaves us less to think, not more. In this talk I will explore how this state of affairs has come about and what we can do about it.

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Amazon for developers

Amazon Web Services and Amazon Business Solutions. They offer the following infrastructure services for developers:

  • EC2=Elastic Compute Cloud (Computing/processing in a cloud)
  • S3 = Storage in a cloud
  • SQS=Simple Queue Service (Messaging between different parts of applications)
  • SDB=Simple Database (Database in a cloud)
  • Flexible Payment Service (Money processing. They don’t call it FPS for some reason 🙂 )

Above those services they offer Dev Pay which allows developers to put their own business model over the infrastructure.
Very interesting business model for Amazon.

A video interview by fastcompany.tv of Jeff Barr, Amazon’s evangelist for its Web Services team.

Info for GWT

New (and not so new) technologies are taking the world of web application development by storm. Flex, Ajax (super-DHTML baptised in a fancy way), GWT etc.

Fast Definition
Google Web Toolkit is a Java framework that allows developers to build complex AJAX enabled web applications using Java code. With GWT, the web developer writes the user interface in Java code using classical java dev-tools such as Eclipse or NetBeans. The Java code is then converted into HTML and JavaScript by the GWT compiler.

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