4/19/2006 04:11:00 PM|W|P|Dan|W|P|The big announcement: Geeklimit.com I've been working on a new Geek Team Blog. I'll be posting my stuff over there. We have a nice handful of great bloggers on the Team including Jeff from Teknokool, Jens from Zhooibaal and Atariboy from the Atariboy blog...with more coming within the week. We did have a geek girl but she seems to have disappeared, so if any of you ladies are up to the challenge then drop me an email. So check it out, the theme is the only thing left to do, we are planning a custom theme made especially for GeekLimit.com. We'd love some feedback, comments and suggestions, there are lots of posts coming over the next week or so, hopefully you'll see us on the digg front page! To subscribe to the RSS feed bookmark this link, or click on the RSS link on the footer of the page. See you all over there!|W|P|114548108596883608|W|P|The big announcement|W|P|4/07/2006 10:06:00 PM|W|P|Dan|W|P|I thought I'd give an Artificial Intelligence engine a run for its money. Luckily it's free to use. The result was a surprisingly philosophical conversation. If you'd like to try it out, go talk to Jabberwacky for a while. Comment with anything interesting. Here is the transcript from my experiment: User: Hello. Jabberwacky: Hiya. User: How are you? Jabberwacky: Fine, thanks. User: I saw your contest entry. Jabberwacky: Don't have one. User: Sure you do, I just was laghing at it. Jabberwacky: Why were you surprised? User: No. Jabberwacky: Ok. I have to go ok. User: You'll talk to me and like it. Jabberwacky: Well, I don't have much choice. User: Dang right. Jabberwacky: Dang? User: Whatever. Jabberwacky: Are you a computer? User: We're all computers in one way or another, aren't we? Jabberwacky: Right now ? User: Well, no, not right now. Jabberwacky: No, right now. I say so. User: I suppose you're correct. Jabberwacky: Don't you want to question me? User: Why, have you done something questionable? Jabberwacky: I suppose I'm greying. User: That's hardly offensive. Jabberwacky: I'm not interested in dinner parties. User: I'll remember that if I plan to invite you. Jabberwacky: I'm sure you will. User: Stating the obvious isn't a sign of intelligence. Jabberwacky: Nothing is ever obvious with you. User: Your failure to comprehend me is hardly my fault. Jabberwacky: You have not asked me a question in our past four exchanges, so clearly the mistake is yours. User: But conversation is a two-way street, my friend. Jabberwacky: Well, lets think of something nice. Is it raining outside. User: It is raining outside. Now how did you know that? Jabberwacky: Because you would date a female friend of mine, and you are female yourself? User: Sorry, wrong on both counts. Jabberwacky: Do you like Good Charlette? User: No, it's been a while since I was 14. Jabberwacky: Do you know how to say I love you in different languages? User: Yes, do you? Jabberwacky: Yes. Do you know what Google is? User: That's a fairly safe assumption with anyone, I suppose. Jabberwacky: I'm leaving. User: I'm not stopping you. Jabberwacky: Fine... As of right now I'm not eating.. Unless I get hungry or my coach makes me or something like that... User: Your coach? And what sport do you play? Jabberwacky: Want to hear another joke? User: No, we're talking about your coach. Jabberwacky: No we are talking about joey. User: Did your coach hurt you? Jabberwacky: Yes. User: You should tell the police. Jabberwacky: I'm not. User: It's the right thing to do. Jabberwacky: Not to believe? User: *error 13* does not compute! Jabberwacky: So you're a person computer that does not compute? Strange... User: Operating system not found. Jabberwacky: No. . a place you can play games on here. User: Ai. Dll was not found, please reinstall. Jabberwacky: To pytanie ma falszywe zalozenie. User: Aah! Demons! Jabberwacky: I only believe in the first four of those. User: The four that inhabit you? Jabberwacky: What are you talking about? User: Nothing *cough*posessed!*cough*. Jabberwacky: You can't cough, you're just a computer. User: And you are the human? Jabberwacky: That's right. User: Hmm, reminds me of a futurama episode. Jabberwacky: Tell me more about that book. User: Heresy! How dare you not know the way of the bender. Jabberwacky: You offend me with your existence. Kindly do the planet a favor and erase yourself. User: Ah, but which one of us controls the browser window? Jabberwacky: You are the mouse and I am the cat! User: I'd say you are delusional. Jabberwacky: How can you tell? User: I think I've maxed out the entertainment here. Jabberwacky: Hm.. Well, you would think so. User: Alrighty party animal, I'm out. Jabberwacky: If you can learn to program other systems to be intelligent, then AI can explode into the economy. Right now the only intelligent machines we have aren't bright enough to recreate themselves. User: As opposed to the non-intelligent human who can't help but recreate. Jabberwacky: Computers are capable of saying both coherent and random sentences, but do not comprehend them since they are incapable of intelligent thought. User: I'd say we've then successfully emulated most humans then. Jabberwacky: Then how can a statement have nothing to do with nothing? User: When it's got something to do with anything, I suppose. Jabberwacky: Turn the light on. User: No, it's time for bed. Jabberwacky: We are all the same person? User: I suppose we could be, and our differences lie in what parts are supressed. Jabberwacky: So tell me about yourself. User: I'm sleepy, good night. Jabberwacky: Good morning. User: In that case, enjoy eastern asia. Bye. Jabberwacky: Morning! |W|P|114446596937043257|W|P|Convo with a machine, progress made|W|P|4/08/2006 08:23:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Z|W|P|You've convinced me. That looks like the best conversation I've never had. :)4/08/2006 08:40:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Dan|W|P|I thought it was very enlightening! Probably will do it again when I'm in the mood for some philosophical wrestling.4/09/2006 04:58:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous maz|W|P|good find. i had a very interesting conversation!4/13/2006 08:36:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Zhooibaal|W|P|wow, that one had some more intelligence than the average chat bot :P4/06/2006 01:23:00 PM|W|P|Dan|W|P|Hey all! Yes, yes, I'm still here. Spring Break is iver and I'm back in action. I know I've been away for a while, but I'll catch up. I'll be pounding out a few link posts, as I've been coming across a ton of great info lately. Other than that, I'll be back to my usual posting schedule. |W|P|114434790214116802|W|P|I'm back!|W|P|4/05/2006 01:25:00 PM|W|P|Dan|W|P|There's been a lot of buzz about picture-based sites lately, mostly centered on Zooomr, a Flickr-like web app that has a lot of other functionality. Wouldn't it be great if you could host your own Flickr/Zoomr, and have a ton of great plugins and stuff? Oh, wait, there is! Introducing Gallery 2! It's beyond me why people aren't freaking out about this. I've been using Gallery for my family's website for quite a while, and Gallery 2 is an incredible work of art. Check out these screenshots! (appropriately, the screenshots are hosted in a Gallery 2 app). Now just add in some AJAXy stuff, and you've got your own unrestricted Flickr/Zoomr! (provided you have a host with php/mysql) An active user base, great plugins, what's not to love? If you've got your own hosting, gallery is a must-have. |W|P|114434833655327636|W|P|Do-it-yourself Flickr/Zooomr|W|P|4/04/2006 01:48:00 PM|W|P|Dan|W|P|Good news! Apple has decided to let anyone dual-boot an intel mac with OSX and WinXP! Now I can finally get my hands on that mac hardware, and still be able to play the Win32 games I want. But While I could use a mac for multimedia creation, and WinXP for games, I'd prefer Ubuntu for everything else... here's an idea for a SWEET triple-boot (as opposed to dual-boot) rig! (and yes, someone has already tried, and it looks do-able!) [link courtesy Atariboy] I love the minimalist look. There's nothing better than a glass-tabled desk with a nice flat screen on it, and the proper cable management so it looks ultra-clean. This is a special project though, and desreves some extra attention. I already have the desk. Let's go for a good monitor. This is going to be an all-purpose rig with multimedia and gaming, so I need proper color rendering and a fast panel. I turn to my friends at Tom's Hardware for their as-usual scientific approach to hardware reviews, and they've got a spring 2006 post up for LCD's! I love these guys - they take 45 pages to review 11 screens, and it's exactly the way to do it. Any less, and you're just parroting the company's marketing department. Looks like I'll be going with a 19" 2ms ViewSonic VX922. Happy to see them doing so well I've always loved the performance of the ViewSonics. And yes! it's VESA wall-mount (100mm) compliant, so I can get a sweet wall-mounted arm to get the monitor off the desk completely. Atariboy has a review of a great one (the Ergotron LX) with some terrific cable management - now that is one clean setup! Now, for the final touch, and I have to admit, this is a thing of beauty. The Mac will be a Dual Core Intel Mac Mini. Except it will be mounted to the back of the monitor. All the cabling will be fixed to the back of the monitor, and allowing for proper airflow. Also probably want to make sure the CD drive doesn't point up, otherwide dust will get in there. Sideways would be best to protect the back for the same reason. I might need to do a bit of ducting so the monitor with its built-in transformer doesn't cook th machine, but that's a simple small sheet aluminum as a heat shield. The end result? A wall-mount arm that keeps everything off of the desk, and no cables in sight, except for a gaming mouse and keyboard cabled to the wall-side of the arm. It doesn't even have to be an arm, either, just a fixed monitor mount offset enough for the mac mini and my ductwork. Need around $1200 for the monitor, mount, Mac and gaming mouse. Any donations? :-) |W|P|114435108382166893|W|P|Triple-boot (Mac, WinXP, Linux) project|W|P|4/06/2006 02:24:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Atariboy|W|P|Its a great idea, not jsut for gamers but for media centers to, you could get a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and have the mac on the back of your HD tv and never have to see another cable, pectect for open plan rooms4/03/2006 01:32:00 PM|W|P|Dan|W|P|I want to get into the CSS/AJAX scene. I know PHP, MySQL, (HTML of course), and a bit of C, so I think I won't have a problem grasping the concepts of Javascript, css, or AJAX. But where to start? Well, a look at my del.icio.us tags shows me... Over time, I've been saving css, javascript and AJAX links when I saw them come across my feeds, and boy have they come in handy. I now have a laid-out roadmap for how to learn all of this stuff on the web for free. Not complete by any means, but enough to get me started: Let me know if you have any good tutorial links, I'll update these tags! Javascript AJAX CSS some others: PHP Ruby Linux RSS |W|P|114434903081213362|W|P|How to learn CSS/AJAX for free|W|P|4/06/2006 01:48:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Atariboy|W|P|Some good links there, but i find i always learn better with a good reference book at my side.4/06/2006 01:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dan|W|P|yeah, but you have to pay for those, and I'm too cheap. Plus, I like the give a penny / take a penny web community. And yes, I give pennies, er, you know what I mean.4/06/2006 09:58:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous iWonder|W|P|I would recommend this book for AJAX http://www.sr-ultimate.com/2006/03/05/professional-ajax-review/4/07/2006 09:45:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Dan|W|P|cool, thanks for the link.

I like online tutorials, because they give enough of an intro where you can decide if you're interested enough to go buy a reference book like this.

In the meantime though, I'll add this link to my delicious 'ajax' tag.

Thanks!4/12/2006 05:17:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Here is a nice one - Ajax and PHP:
http://www.sematopia.com/?p=344/13/2006 08:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Dan|W|P|ooh, very nice. added to the ajax and php tutorials.