Mind Bogglingly Large

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 10:37 By: dae

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

-- from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

A few days ago I was asked, how likely the hash function used in eMule would collide. Well, eMule use 128-bit MD4 which could have 2^128 distinct value. So, how big is 2^128?

Tamiya Paint

Posted on: Sun, 03/04/2007 - 12:10 By: dae

This weekend is three days long and to me it is a good opportunity to tidy up the house. The target is to get rid of anything I no longer need (but somehow is still in the possession of mine). I started by trowing away all used PC parts, mobos, sound card, vga card, old ram. I found a 486 board sitting in the cabinet, with 8MB of rams that I once kept in the hope that it might be useful someday, a bad habit that will eventually render your place into a garbage castle.

Latex DocClose applet

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 14:05 By: dae
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LaTeX is a de facto standard for most academic publications. Just like an html, a LaTeX document is a plain text file which could be edited by any text editor of our choice. Some editors stand out for being tailored specifically for LaTeX. One nice free (as in a free beer, but not quite as in Free Speech) is LEd (LaTeX Editor). However, LEd lacks one tiny feature that I need most.

Chill Out

Posted on: Sat, 02/24/2007 - 00:40 By: dae

Admittedy, I am not a trendy man. I cannot follow what is out there in those eccentric character style. Some new thing, slang, fashion, trend starts there and spread into mainstream somehow later. Late enough so that the eccentric group comes up with something cooler, or kinkier, or just plain flat out of the box.

Another embedded subset problem

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 14:02 By: dae
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In my latex installation, \bigcup produces pdf using F73 fonts!!!, it is Type 3 and I don't know how to make it become embedded subset.

-- UPDATED --

The way to fix this problem is to use the option [cmex10] for the amsmath package. It is stated in the new version (1.7) of the IEEE transaction template by Michael Shell.

In short, just use

\usepackage[cmex10]{amsmath}

Another Interesting Stat from Google Webmaster Tools

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2007 - 17:53 By: dae

From my last entry, I mentioned that I misspelled "my space" into "my spaec" and that made my blog appear in the Google search of "my spaec". At that time, my blog appeared at around the fifth position. However, I have rectified the misspell and wrote about it the last entry which obviously still contains the words "my spaec" (and so is this entry). When I checked with GWT again today, it turns out that my blog moves to the third place (try it).

An Inconvenient Truth

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2007 - 18:21 By: dae

I had watched Super Size Me, the 2004 Oscar-nominated documentary film and March of the Penguins, the 2005 Oscar documentary. Both are good. However, today, I watched An Inconvenient Truth. Even though it does not awarded yet (right now it is nominated for 2006 Oscar), I like it more than the previous two.

The film features Al Gore giving a presentation about Global Warming. The presentation is very professional, (well, for Mac-fanatic, he uses Keynote) however, the best part lies in the content. The film presents very interesting fact about global warming, saying that it is happen, it is serious, and many key contributors of the problem still refuse to rectify the problem.

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