Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Vista... the WOW! effect?

So, another news-flash for the ones hiding behind a rock or something; Windows Vista is out. 5 Years in the making, $3bn development cost, the biggest operating system advertising campaign since Windows 95, supposedly the safest Windows ever (I hate how they always claim this just to be ridiculed very soon) and kewl new graphics...

Riiiiight. Why am I not impressed? Is it the fact that the most cutting edge feature, the Aero graphics system, has been around in Macs and Linux for a long time? Is it because only 15% of the world's computers can run this Aero system?Is it the fact that if you don't have the "approved" hardware, Vista will downgrade the quality of Bluray and HD-DVD of the movies you legally buy? Is it because everyone has to validate their copy with Microsoft and if they change something hardware-wise they would have to validate again? Is it because Microsoft will force this very expensive upgrade ($100 for the useless version up to $400 for the best) to everyone so that it remains the huge company it is? Or is it maybe because --- except for gaming --- has probably nothing to give to the Windows XP user? Actually, there are some interesting legal and liberty issues, as raised by the BBC.

Here's Bill selling his new brainchild in one of his many efforts to make this very hyped product a "must-have".

I've recently removed Ubuntu from my laptop and only have Windows XP. I could get the update from my college for free but I won't. I will keep my Ubuntu-style Windows XP for now, until and if I buy a new PC.

Imperial College, happy 100th birthday!

So... what started as an effort by Prince Albert to create a centre of excellence that would rival MIT made it to its first 100 years.

Founded in 1907 by merging many institutes in the (very very expensive) area of South Kensington, it has been standing well. Thus far it has accumulated 20 Nobel prizes, the Times cited this year as the 9th best school overall and 4th in engineering world-wide, 1st in engineering in Europe and 10th in science world-wide. (Thanks Infrared)

Today, well... rather yesterday, the celebration has began with some free cake, a 1907-style-and-price lunch and finally a nice presentation by its Rector.

So, apparently Imperial College London is great! So they say... To be fair it's great to be part of this institution. Many amazing people were here and many more will come. I am sure I will miss it when and if I left...

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Wish you were here...

Τι να πω... ότι και να πω είναι λίγο. Να σε παίρνουν οι κολλητοί σου από Ελλάδα και να μην μπορείς να είσαι εκεί να πιες κάτι μαζί τους...

Και για τι; Για ένα διδακτορικό. Σιγά τα αυγά...

Ο καιρός γαρ εγγύς όμως.

Και το δωμάτιο με την "παρέα" θα έρθει και αυτό. Λίγη υπομονή και όλα θα γίνουν.

Σύντομα... θα γυρίσει ο τροχός.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ancient Greek Worship in Greece

Can't we all just be friends?...

And let people worship whatever they want?...

And not be too worried about how many sheep we loose from our flock?...

And better to have a look at our own mess so that we don't loose any sheep?...

Friday, January 19, 2007


Oh, and I've translated most of the greek version of Songbird.

I think it's a great effort being open-source and all and it is really a clever idea, to "play the web".

Have a try and let me know if the translation is good. Works on Windows, Linux and MacOS. It is still in beta but no excuses for not downloading people!

EDIT: See what Songbird can do

I'm back!

And more determined than ever to finish the bloody PhD.