Accessing External Card of Palm T5 on Windows XP

21. May, 2008

I had a weird problem with my Palm Tungsten T5. When I had plugged it into my Windows computer, only the INTERNAL drive would show up in the file explorer. The external SD card wouldn’t be accessible. The KB entry 8500 from Palm support lead to the solution: The system was trying to give the card the drive letter H but that was already occupied by a network drive.

After giving the external card a different drive letter in the drive manager, everything worked as it should.

The Best Java Tools You Never Knew Existed

20. May, 2008

Jakub Korab posted a list of neat Java tools for about every purpose in his blog.

P2: A Lot of Pain, No Gain

19. May, 2008

If you’re an Eclipse user, you probably heard of p2. There seems to be two groups of people: Those who adore it and those who hate it. I’m in the latter group. Here are my reasons:

  1. Where do I get the installer? There is no explanation on the Getting Started page. Try this link.
  2. The 3.4M7 release doesn’t even start on Windows because it’s broken.
  3. The installer fails if the directory to install to doesn’t exist, yet. Hey, it will be fixed after the 3.4 release!
  4. When I tried a shared install, it crashed. That’s supposed to be fixed but I didn’t dare to try again.
  5. Not enough? Well, if any of the downloads times out, you have to delete the install directory and download everything again (Bug 231826).

So I’ve downloaded four (4) versions of P2, tried them and all of them failed before I could even start Eclipse.

Banana-ware: Harvested before ripe, delivered green and ripes on the customer’s computer.

Generative Art from Neural Networks

15. May, 2008

One impressive piece of art on YouTube: “generative art from neural networks

Advice for Accepting Criticism

15. May, 2008

If someone criticizes you, it means that someone cares.

Link: “Karl Fogel explains how to herd cats”

11. May, 2008

See this post in Paul Harrison‘s blog.

It basically explains the biggest mistakes in leading an Open Source Software (OSS) project.

The Source of Life

11. May, 2008

Remember Conway’s Game of Life?

This video from YouTube made follow a trail of pages until I ended up here. Don’t bother to follow the link if you’re still surfing with IE.

After playing with the page for some time, try this link. It will start Ghost Diagrams with a special set called Rule 110. According to this page, Rule 110 is actually “a cellular automaton known to be capable of universal computation.”

An image says more than a thousand words (if you can’t see it, you’re using the wrong browser):

What does this look like? Chaotic yet orderly. The order is not only because of the shape of the tiles. When you watch it grow, you see order and chaos grow, fight with each other. For me, it looks a bit like evolution. It has a memory (the part of the shape that doesn’t change), you can see parts grow up and break down, patterns emerge and vanish.

This mimics atoms and molecules which are also way to simple to “understand” what they do. They just arrange in patterns which make “sense” (for an atom). And after 14 billion years, the human who wonders how such simple rules could create something as wonderful as the spark of understanding.