TGIF – .\/

by Marie-Claire Jenkins May 15th, 2009 

Welcome to another edition of TGIF. I hope that the week was smooth and enjoyable. Many of you are enjoying spring and all it's joys! Planning for the weekend is something is fun because it gives you something to look forward to all week and I hope you have planned well. If you haven't, be spontaneous and go and do something completely new and unexpected. Keeps you young :)

(Don't forget TWIG over at SFS for more fun)

Without further ado…

Stuff I really liked this week…

Day-for-Night solar-powered geek dress – Made up of over 444 white circuit boards, it charges itself in daylight, with RGB LEDs on each tile set to change color when you wear it in low lit conditions.

HTTPanties – Cool underwear for the geeky girls!

Geek dress code – a useful little table for non-geeks (so you won't stick out at those conferences)

Top 10 geek vacations – and yes I have been to Bangalore

The Watchmen cup cakes – mmmmm…

Facts:

First programmable computer was the Z1 developed by Konrad Zuse (1936-38)

First commercially available computer was the UNIVAC (1951)

Douglas Engelbart invented the mouse in 1963

USENET (the decentralized news group network) was created by Steve Bellovin, a graduate student at University of North Carolina, and programmers Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis. (1976 – earliest social network?)

Programming language used to create the web was C (took 3 months)

Quotes:

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. (G. Galilie)

We flew down weekly to meet with IBM, but they thought the way to measure software was the amount of code we wrote, when really the better the software, the fewer lines of code. (W. Gates)

Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a new wing to a building as being maintenance. (J. Horning)

Any clod can have the facts; having opinions is an art. (C. McCabe)

Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity. (E. C. Zeeman)

Tune of the week:

Pure shores – All Saints

Cool video footage of the week:

"You are GREAT! You have amazing cheekbones" – make you smile :p

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