Friday, September 30, 2005

TripSpot Packing Tips

Ever worried about what to take when you travel ? this site makes your packing list for you !!! Plenty of tips to travel safe, light, with a backpack, a suit case or a just a carry-on bag.

I give you one tip from my own experience: there is no need to worry about anything but official papers. All the rest can be found everywhere on earth !! Enjoy your trip :-)


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Rocketboom VideoBlog... vblogs... better than CNN?

Rocketboom :

I thought you might enjoy this daily vblog.... it's different than the mainstream media!

hope to see you all again soon!

"Rocketboom is a three minute daily video weblog based in New York City covering information and commentary ranging from top news stories to quirky internet culture. Agenda includes releasing each new clip at 9am EST, Monday through Friday. With a heavy emphasis on international arts, technology and weblog drama, Rocketboom is presented via online video and widely distributed through RSS.

RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is an exciting web technology that allows viewers to subscribe and then download newly published content to their computers or portable players automatically once it becomes available. As a result, when a subscriber is ready to view the new video there is no download or buffer delay. [*note: the word 'subscribe' can be misleading because everything is free]

Rocketboom is currently one of the most popular videoblogs on the internet with more daily subscribers for original syndicated multimedia content than nearly any other site, including podcasts.

We differ from a regular TV program in many important ways. Instead of costing millions of dollars to produce, Rocketboom is created with a consumer-level video camera, a laptop, two lights and a map with no additional overhead or costs. Also, Rocketboom is distributed online, all around the world and on demand, and thus has a much larger potential audience than any TV broadcast. However, we spend $0 on distribution because bandwidth costs and space are donated, and $0 on promotion, relying solely on the viral nature of the internet. Finally, while TV programs have traditionally been uni-directional, Rocketboom engages its international audience in a wide range of topical discussions. "

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Free music at SXSW-- south by southwest festival

south by southwest festivals : "SXSW Music
March 16-20, 2005

Hope you're all doing well.... SXSW is actually three festivals at the same time.... music/ film / and "interactive" IT... I thought you'd like the music most! james

read more below.....

'Now in its 18th year, the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, is a veritable fantasyland for music fans. There's a nearly 24-hour-a-day onslaught of live music showcases, parties and panels, as well as a whiplash-inducing propensity to run into other journalists, publicists, long-lost friends....' March 19, 2004

And you can listen to it for free!

SXSW Music Player The SXSW Music Player V.05 is a new and exciting way to explore the sights and sounds of SXSW 2005. You can listen to a continuous stream of all the acts, and the player will show you who you are listening to and give you a link to their band page. You can also use the quick search field to find a particular band and listen to just their track. We hope you have as much fun as we have been having with it. "

Every March SXSW Music delivers new opportunities to make your vision real. Musicians and the companies they work with have been using SXSW as a cost-effective way to promote themselves since 1987, and they come back year after year because SXSW works! It's a potent method to connect with press, radio, and other music industry players.

Over 1200 acts showcased last year before more than 8000 registrants from all over the world. Pop, jazz, country, blues, reggae, hip hop, electronica - every imaginable style of music, from nearly every continent - is represented each night at over 50 of Austin's premier stages, many within walking distance of one another. By day, the music industry's most accomplished and creative personalities collaborated, argued, and shared their experiences in dozens of panels, workshops, interviews, and meetings."

Sunday, February 13, 2005

MSNBC - Students ordered to wear tracking tags

MSNBC - Students ordered to wear tracking tags

big brother!

could this happen in France? maybe in a few years?

all the best from

Friday, February 11, 2005

Using a non-standard browser might send you to jail ...

Perhaps you remember of this english Solaris user who was arrested because he made a tsnuami-relief donation using lynx, a text-based browser ? No, you don't ? To put it in a nutshell, his connexion to the web site was considered being a hack-attempt because it was different from the others (that's to say it didn't come from Internet Explorer ...), that's why armed policemen came and arrested him at home ...

Anyway, be aware that he has now been charged ...

Conclusion : Monopoly is very dangerous, and not only for Microsoft's competitors ...

Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - Radio to the MP3 degree: Podcasting

all the best to all of you in this new sequence!

now you'll know what podcasting is all about!

james - Radio to the MP3 degree: Podcasting

Monday, February 07, 2005

Needing computing cycles ?

Sun Microsystems is launching a new grid computing service for companies which sometimes need high computing power but can't (or don't want to ...) afford a supercomputer ... If you have a problem to solve and need a quick answer, you can submit it to this new Sun service : hundreds of computers will simultaneously work on it, and you are likely to quickly receive the result. President of Sun Microsystems Jonathan Schwartz said : "The hallmark of a utility is a transparent price." Indeed, the pricing is clear : 1$ per CPU per hour ... You can watch the video of the announcement at this address ...

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Junk Mail is rising ...

According to recent studies, spam has gone up ... but what is really annoying is that this rising has particularly been noticeable since the CAN-SPAM act, which aimed at reducing junk mail, was passed.

Moreover, spammers seems to improve their techniques : junk mail is now more precisely targeted : in January, for example, scam mails decreased by 40 %, as people are usually not ready to invest money during this month. On the contrary, January is usually seen as the bleakest month in the year, and consequently, porn spam dramatically increased ...

One of our lecturers had already told us : mail is dead ...

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Open source beer !

Some geeks who like beer now will be able to claim "I only drink open source beer".
It is the first one in the world, and a proof that open source isn't only dedicated to software. Of course, all of you should only drink open source beer : first of all it is open source, and all of us know that the Microsoft beer is full of bugs...

But the real question is "what does that beer taste ?"

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Ananova - Man peed way out of avalanche

Did you ever think that beer could save your life ? I cannot beleive it...
- Man peed way out of avalanche

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Alice and - Independent Tech

Guess who just hired the head programmer of the FireFox project.... ???
you can read about it here!
an interesting tech blog!
all the best from

Alice and - Independent Tech

Now your car is able to understand you ...

The company Affective Media has been working on creating a system able to recognize and understand human mood through their voice ! This feature is likely to be useful to adapt the behaviour of a machine to its user, and this system is already studied by Toyota to be implemented in cars.

Indeed, in the future, cars will include voice-activated commands, and consequently, adding this feature to the on-board system may help the car reacting appropriately : Angry or nervous drivers are far more prone to accidents than peaceful ones.

Unfortunately, this new technology will probably worsen a recent problem : drivers rely far too much on on-board technology, being convinced that thanks to electronics, their car is perfectly safe ...

Monday, January 24, 2005

The Motley Fool UK: google vs skype!

hello everyone!
looks like Google is going to compete with Skype!

all the best

The Motley Fool UK: Comment 24/01/2005

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Earning your living ...

Do you want to write for a famous geek site ? Engadget is hiring columnists and even interns ! For more information, see this page ... Just one detail : you have to live in New York area to be selected ...

And to conclude, a "funny" piece of news ... Sorry, misses ... - My Forehead has been RELISTED!

the auction has begun again because the winning bidder disappeared...
the bids are up to 4000 dollars with two more days left....
hope you're all doing well!
james - My Forehead has been RELISTED!
"You have seen it all over the news. You have seen it all over the world. Human Ad Space is HOT right now. I am glad to say that I turned this simple idea into a worldwide phenomenon overnight.

Onto the big question. Who won? Unfortunately, after many attempts to contact the winning bidder, he DID NOT PAY, so the item has been
Only this time, I am using a preapproved bidder list. If you are interested in bidding, you will need to contact me first with your contact information, company information, and your intent to pay. STAY TUNED! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEW AND IMPROVED FOREHEAD AUCTION! " unquote....

Friday, January 14, 2005

George Mason Officials Investigate Hacking Incident (

hello everyone! this explains why universities are such inviting targets for crackers! watch out for identity theft!

have a nice weekend!
james (big brother is watching you)

George Mason Officials Investigate Hacking Incident (

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Bored wearing panties ?

Sorry everyone, I couldn't prevent myself from posting this. This may be the beginning of a new era : After beginning smaller, and smaller, and smaller... They disappear ! Girls won't wear panties anymore ! An even greater revolution that nuclear power thanks to fusion ! But what about fetishists ?

Warning : This is no serious post. ;op

Star Wars freak ? Maybe I would'nt wait for 22 weeks to be the first man to watch Episode 3 : Revenge of the Sith. It may be a little bit too long for me.

That's all for this week, folks !

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

I know there are Mac Fans amongst you ....

Today was the Apple Keynote, a great conference by Steve Jobs in which he announces the brand new products to be released ... For Mac Fans all around the world, this is a real event !

The main piece of news is the oncoming availability of the "Mac Mini" : a small, affordable Macintosh to be sold at pricing starting at 499$. Although very thin and design, this is also a powerful computer, and Steve Jobs rely on this low cost machine, described as "the most affordable Mac ever", to gather new customers who have always been thinking that "Apple is really too expensive" ... It's likely to be a very good idea.

Obviously, Apple is far from giving away its main product : the famous iPod ! A new version, called "iPod Shuffle" will soon be released. Including a flash memory of 512 MB or 1GB (no more hard drive), this new iPod is even smaller than the previous ones ...

A cell-phone, conceived with Motorola, has also quickly been presented : not many details, but its design may have been inspired from iPod ...

And last but not least, a few words about software : "Tiger", the next version of MacOS X, will be released in the middle of the year, whereas Microsoft "Longhorn" will not be ready before at least a year ... Steve Jobs obviously didn't forget to mention this detail ;) He also confirmed the success of iTunes, the Apple online music store : 230 billion songs have already been sold ...

Monday, January 10, 2005

once again with the link to the site, sorry guys =P

here is the link to our site!

here you guys can download our presentation and take part in our google quiz. Winners stand to win fantastic prizes! So do not hesitate anymore, go to our site and start clicking!

Ching Lik

the website for our presentation. thanks sebouth! =)

here you guys can download our presenatation and take part in our google quiz. Winners stand to win fantastic prizes! So do not hesitate anymore, go to our site and start clicking!

Ching Lik

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Supelec netclass

Supelec netclass

Dear SUPELEC Internauts,

In our next class I would like to continue with our project ? creating a user friendly tools for computer and Internet illiterate users. If you have time, could you click on the following link and listen for a few minutes :

Jan Rybar

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

To geek or not to geek ....

For those who may have spent too much time in front of their computer, here is an interesting gagdet which might help them to go back to real life, yes, the one in which you have to walk, go out, work, in a word : to be active ...

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Learn more about the effects of this disaster on children


1/3 of the victims of this tragic event are estimated to be children. Reporters from the various TV stations have already commented that in Indonesia, where more than 40% of the population are children, the streets in Acheh seemed oddly quiet. You can read and watch the videos from UNICEF and help too in the relief efforts.

Ching Lik

Learn more about the effects of this disaster on children


1/3 of the victims of this tragic event are estimated to be children. Reporters from the various TV stations have already commented that in Indonesia, where more than 40% of the population are children, the streets in Acheh seemed oddly quiet. You can read and watch the videos from UNICEF and help too in the relief efforts.

Ching Lik