December 2005

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Die Mitschrift ist jetzt wieder auf aktuellem Stand, nur den Stoff aus dem Repetitorium habe ich nicht abtippen können, weil meine Mitschrift zu konfus ist, als dass sich daraus sichere Aussagen ableiten ließen. Vielleich könnte mir ja jemand seine Mitschrift zukommen lassen? Danke!

Der Stoff von letzter Woche wird irgendwann zwischen Weihnachten un Neujahr online sein.

Autumn Impressions VIII

Inzwischen schöne Ferien/Vorlesungsfreie Zeit!

This is an OCR scan of Alan M. Turings fascinating article in which he first introduced what is now commonlöy refered to as "Turing Test". While his assumptions of what would have been true be the year 2000 were obviously false (there is no know computer programm which passes the test), the rest still makes an interesting read with many good arguments. (Here is another digitized version of the text.)

Web 2.0?

Somehow I find that I switch more and more applications from the desktop to the internet. Here are some services I use regularly:

  • flickr: Though I still use F-Spot for managing my offline collection of photos, I found that whenever I wanted to find a particular photo I did first serach for it on flickr, noted the date it was taken and then recieved the file through f-spot by that date. Flickr’s tagging and sets system is just way more convenient than f-spot’s.
  • For some time I wanted to create an application (possibly a Firefox extension) that whould let my organise my ever growing list of bookmarks in a sane way with extensive use of tags. But in the end I was pointed to, where now (nearly) all my bookmarks reside.
  • Bloglines: I have used quite a lot of RSS aggregators over time. I started out with ordinary desktop applications (like Straw) then switched to a Firefox extension (Sage), but inexplicably the most useable RSS reader I found was an online one.
  • Remember the Milk: I am rarely using any ToDo lists, but when I needed to keep track of all the things still to be done for I first tried to use Evolution‘s tasks, but again, an online list turned out the be easier to use. Additinally, it also has a lot of features Evolution still lacks, like recuring tasks (ideal for Übungen at university)
  •, Wikipedia,, etc.: When have I last used a traditional dictionary? When did I last start research on a topic with a book (or offline encylopedia)?
  • ConnectViaBooks: I just started using this online place for everybody who likes reading, so I cannot recommend it yet. But it looks promising (though they should hire a developer from the other sites mentioned here).
  • Now that their Linux player (in version 1.2 beta) is at last working for me, it often replaces ordinary radio (both the old fashioned one via electromagnetic waves and internet streams) and CDs/MP3s/OGGs when I want to listen to some music.

The only problem I have with this trend is the inherit reduction of privacy. At least the companies involved get to see all the data, but often it is also made public. While for some services (like ConnectViaBooks) this is the intended effect, with some others (e.g. you have to be careful how much information about yourself you are making public.

Here is how you find me at some of these services: flickr,, ConnectViaBooks (recently read),