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Privacy with Electronic Silencer

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005 -- By ET

voicesilencer

From NY Times — Maxwell Smart’s “cone of silence” is finally a reality.

Two people in an office here were having a t

Thinkpad Wireless Frequent Dis-Connection

Thursday, May 26th, 2005 -- By ET

My thinkpad keeps giving me the error message of wireless network lost connection. It happens only in my home, where there are more than 10 AccessPoints listed with the minimum signal strenghth higher than 80%. It comes to the point that it is very annoying and drops my remote connection to a server that I use for writing papers. It can’t be because of the laptop because it is “ThinkPad”, it can’t be the wireless access points, because they are all working well. So I decided to tweak my configurations.

1. I go to Control Panel->Admin Tools->Services and stopped Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC), and changed to to be disabled for next reboot.
2. I go to Control Panel->System->Hardware->Device Manager, and selected the wireless card, load up the Properties, and for the “Power Save mode”, I changed the default value of “maximum” to “no”.

It seems to be solving the problem for now…

Store Wars

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005 -- By ET

Just reviewed Star Wars IV again last weekend, it is amazing that a movie produced in 1977 is still so intriguing. I watched all the 3 early episodes when I was in college, my foreign teacher Mia brought them to the class and introduced this world to me.

I watched the first two episodes later, but somehow I don’t feel them to be as good as the first 3. Maybe each time, I’m putting too high an expectation. :-p

There is a very funny mocking episode called store wars, it tells the story about Cuke Skywalker, Obe Wan Connoli, and princess lettuce. Many of the star wars elements are included. May the farm be with you! Eat organic foods. I noticed that it has a creative commons license.

RIP: George Dantzig

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005 -- By ET

A young college student was working hard in an upper-level math course, for fear that he would be unable to pass. On the night before the final, he studied so long that he overslept the morning of the test.

When he ran into the classroom several minutes late, he found three equations written on the blackboard. The first two went rather easily, but the third one seemed impossible. He worked frantically on it until

Baby Name Wizard

Monday, May 16th, 2005 -- By ET

Some names are popular nowadays than before, and vice versa. My friend named her daughter to be Aurelia. It used to be a very popular name around 1900, and nowadays, hardly anyone will be named like that. It is good for the baby, because you feel some kind of uniqueness when you grow up.

To check the popularity of your name, visit the following website

http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html

namemichael
In the case of my name, it got popular in the 1930s and reached the #1 popular name in the 1970s and in 2003, it is still ranked #2 as the most popular name for a boy. By the drop of line, we can see that people are giving more diversified names to babies.

swanksigns

Monday, May 16th, 2005 -- By ET

I’m going to Montreal the day after tomorrow to renew my visa. I found this strange sign on a website. It is supposed to be a sign I can see in Montreal, can anyone give me a clue about what it is?
swanksigns

most expensive ZIP codes

Saturday, May 14th, 2005 -- By ET

Source:http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/2005/04/22/cx_sc_0426homep.html?boxes=custom

1 94027 ATHERTON, CA $2,496,553
2 93108 SANTA BARBARA, CA $2,176,251
3 92067 RANCHO SANTA FE, CA $2,144,254
4 92662 NEWPORT BEACH, CA $2,046,577
5 11765 MILL NECK, NY $1,948,636
6 94957 ROSS, CA $1,910,263
7 89402 CRYSTAL BAY, NV $1,806,962
8 07620 ALPINE, NJ $1,773,880
9 89413 GLENBROOK, NV $1,765,000
10 07976 NEW VERNON, NJ $1,760,000
11 11568 OLD WESTBURY, NY $1,759,206
12 90402 SANTA MONICA, CA $1,749,834
13 10013 NEW YORK, NY $1,635,000
14 21056 GIBSON ISLAND, MD $1,626,000
15 90210 BEVERLY HILLS, CA $1,582,886
16 06831 GREENWICH, CT $1,573,755
17 33109 MIAMI BEACH, FL $1,505,655
18 94528 DIABLO, CA $1,452,500
19 94920 BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA $1,421,336
20 94022 LOS ALTOS, CA $1,392,522
21 92657 NEWPORT COAST, CA $1,391,710
22 92625 CORONA DEL MAR, CA $1,388,873
23 94946 NICASIO, CA $1,370,000
24 06878 RIVERSIDE, CT $1,348,653
25 90272 PACIFIC PALISADES, CA $1,329,856
26 21153 STEVENSON, MD $1,317,188
27 94028 PORTOLA VALLEY, CA $1,316,417
28 92661 NEWPORT BEACH, CA $1,312,138
29 94024 LOS ALTOS, CA $1,306,432
30 90266 MANHATTAN BEACH, CA $1,304,431
31 95030 LOS GATOS, CA $1,278,645
32 11024 GREAT NECK, NY $1,248,436
33 02535 CHILMARK, MA $1,245,267
34 92651 LAGUNA BEACH, CA $1,229,484
35 90077 LOS ANGELES, CA $1,218,587
36 02493 WESTON, MA $1,188,110
37 94123 SAN FRANCISCO, CA $1,183,307
38 94507 ALAMO, CA $1,180,527
39 90265 MALIBU, CA $1,155,704
40 94010 BURLINGAME, CA $1,152,066
41 90274 PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, CA $1,151,058
42 10012 NEW YORK, NY $1,145,000
43 92368 ORO GRANDE, CA $1,144,906
44 92861 VILLA PARK, CA $1,135,385
45 10069 NEW YORK, NY $1,125,000
46 92660 NEWPORT BEACH, CA $1,122,792
47 02554 NANTUCKET, MA $1,116,058
48 93953 PEBBLE BEACH, CA $1,115,779
49 08738 MANTOLOKING, NJ $1,107,013
50 06840 NEW CANAAN, CT $1,103,291

http://www.city-data.com/zips/94027.html

Estimate of home value of owner-occupied houses in 2000 in zip code 94027:

* Less than $10,000: 0
* $10,000 to $14,999: 0
* $15,000 to $19,999: 0
* $20,000 to $24,999: 0
* $25,000 to $29,999: 0
* $30,000 to $34,999: 0
* $35,000 to $39,999: 0
* $40,000 to $49,999: 0
* $50,000 to $59,999: 0
* $60,000 to $69,999: 0
* $70,000 to $79,999: 0
* $80,000 to $89,999: 0
* $90,000 to $99,999: 0
* $100,000 to $124,999: 0
* $125,000 to $149,999: 0
* $150,000 to $174,999: 0
* $175,000 to $199,999: 0
* $200,000 to $249,999: 0
* $250,000 to $299,999: 6
* $300,000 to $399,999: 23
* $400,000 to $499,999: 6
* $500,000 to $749,999: 68
* $750,000 to $999,999: 140
* $1,000,000 or more: 1957

http://www.city-data.com/

Latex tips

Thursday, May 12th, 2005 -- By ET

I tried to search for a tip to mark the changes in latex, and found the following page, very neat.

Copied from Latex tips.
List compiled by Kevin Leyton-Brown and Kevin Murphy

%% keep figures from going onto a page by themselves
renewcommand{topfraction}{0.85}
renewcommand{textfraction}{0.1}
renewcommand{floatpagefraction}{0.75}

%% make lists small
newcommand{denselist}{itemsep 0pttopsep-6ptpartopsep-6pt}

%% make section headings take up less space (“medium” can be replaced by “small” or “big”)
usepackage[medium,compact]{titlesec}

%% a trick that makes the title take up less space for many style files (but not article)
addtolength{titlebox}{-1.8cm}

%% densify spacing in bibliographies
newcommand{bibfix}{% PUT bibfix in file.bbl after first line
setlength{parsep}{parskip}%
setlength{itemsep}{0cm}%
setlength{topsep}{parskip}%
setlength{parskip}{0cm}%
setlength{partopsep}{0cm}%
setlength{listparindent}{parindent}%
setlength{labelwidth}{10pt}%
setlength{labelsep}{0pt}%
setlength{leftskip}{0pt}%
setlength{leftmargin}{0pt}%
}

%% change margins
setlength{textwidth}{7in}
setlength{textheight}{8.75in}
setlength{oddsidemargin}{-0.25in}
setlength{evensidemargin}{-0.25in}
setlength{headsep}{10pt}

Use changebar.sty to track changes.

Saving space: see

http://www-h.eng.cam.ac.uk/help/tpl/textprocessing/squeeze.html

Page layout info:

http://amath.colorado.edu/documentation/LaTeX/reference/layout.html

For pseudocode, use
algorithm2e.sty (http://www.lirmm.fr/~fiorio/AlgorithmSty/)


In the end, I guess I’ll use http://www.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/support/latexdiff/latexdiff-man.pdf

Time traveller’s conference

Monday, May 2nd, 2005 -- By ET

It’s an asset to be at MIT. After creating my first random paper for computer science generated by a few MIT CS students, I now have a chance to meet travellers from the future.

The Time Traveler Convention
May 7, 2005, 10:00pm EDT (08 May 2005 02:00:00 UTC)
East Campus Courtyard, MIT
42:21:36.025


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