14 Aug 2003 kai   » (Journeyer)

Programming

The following quote is from a document describing a calendaring architecture but I think it's a good rule for a much broader set of applications.
[Jan Grant] : The system's algorithms should be capable of operating in a mode where instant responses to requests are not required. That is, state transitions should not merge a request and a response.
Get used to writing programs this way. When half of the computers you're talking with are on Mars, it'll all be like this.

Syncronous, control-flow based languages make this hard, though.

Life

It's always better in the summer :°)

Web-mining

I'm looking for a tool to extract structured data from semi-structured web documents, identifying records (and hopefully fields) by learning extraction rules automatically or semi-automatically from multiple-record web-pages. I only found some research papers, can somebody point me to a Free Software tool to start with ?

With every day, Google seems to become more PDF/citeseer-infested, but there is (almost) no competition left, sigh.

LCDs

raph: Don't worry, marketing will coin a cool term, probably something containing "double", "ultra" or so ...

Coding

Linux Interface Project: Too hot for coding. Circular treemaps will have to wait.

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