Friday, September 23, 2005

Another reason to love Ruby

RubyCon is a toolkit for building concept processing and other intelligent reasoning systems. A brief glance suggests similarities with Cyc which I have looked at before.

An interesting comparison is that RubyCon claims 170,000 concepts whilst OpenCyc (Cyc's open source cousin) claims 36,000. I wonder whether I'm comparing apples with apples and what the significance is?

Well, whatever, RubyCon looks very interesting and the Ruby interface is a compelling feature.

23/09/2005 11:16 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:
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What's the matter Safari?

Well now this is annoying. For some reason Safari has stopped opening pages in a new tab when I Cmd-click links... what could be the matter with it?

23/09/2005 11:28 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:
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You gotta have a dream

I've always been a bit of a dreamer... well, check that, a lot of a dreamer. It was a frequent comment of teachers when I was a young 'un. Anybody's whose spent more than half a bottle of wine with me has probably heard about The Pyramid. That's an

if I was fabulously wealthy I would...
dream I've had for at least five or six years but I won't go into that here. Today I add a new dream: I want to start a commercial Airship company.

If you've been listening to Radio 4 in the mornings you've probably heard about new reports which reflect a growing concern about the environmental effects of mass jet travel. The news isn't good. In my ignorance bringing air travel into Carbon trading programmes sounds like an excellent idea because, although it willl push up the cost (since I don't think all other industries are going to go Carbon neutral just so EasyJet can pollute at will), it will also put more pressure on airlines, and hence manufacturers, to innovate and come up with less polluting solutions.

I'm not sure it's true but my guess is that an airship needs less powerful engines since it is already buoyant. I think also that if you aren't in such a rush you can use less powerful, but more efficient engines. I'm guessing but I think airships could be a more environmentally friendly way to travel.

But what really drives this dream is a vision of looking down on Manhattan from my stateroom as we glide in to dock (think wood panelling, velvet upholstery, and a cuban cigar).

And no Paolo, my flagship won't be called the Led Zeppelin!

23/09/2005 13:58 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:

How sick is my Dock?

I've just noticed in my console log an awful lot of messages along the lines of:

Sep 23 12:31:20 Irulan crashdump[14331]: Dock crashed
Dock[14333]: Welcome to the WSX:Carbon
Sep 23 12:31:22 Irulan crashdump[14331]: crash report written to: /Users/matt/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/Dock.crash.log
Hrmm... when I go check it out my Dock.crash.log is over 2MB (since July when I got the PB). That seems pretty big for a file just containing Dock crash info. The error always seems to be the same:
Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001)
Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE (0x0002) at 0x00000000
and there are a lot of them, sometimes only a few seconds apart. Is the Dock really that buggy?

If it weren't for the fact that the crashes seemed to start from day#1 I'd wonder if it's because I was musing about completely replacing it with Quicksilver?

23/09/2005 18:48 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:
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