Saturday, May 30, 2009

Google Wave - the Future of Collaboration

The hot topic of Google IO 2009 was the preview to developers of the Google Wave collaboration platform. Google hopes that this open platform will provide a rich web based collaboration tool that
will supplement such tools as email, instant messaging and document collaboration.

The Keynote for Day 2 of Google IO 2009 was dedicated to the developer preview of Google Wave and provided an overview of the capabilities of the platform and some of the work already completed.

Some of the features demonstrated during the Keynote are:

  • Message threading
  • Collaborative editing
  • Integration with third party tools (Twitter, Bug Tracking, Blogger)
  • Image and Video Embedding
  • Google Search Integration
  • Language Translation

Although the product is not yet available to the general public, Google is actively signing up developers to the sandbox of the product to encourage development of the platform. The plan is for the platform, protocol and client code to be open sourced to encourage development by third parties. It will be possible to run your own internal version of Google Wave.

For further information on Google Wave

http://wave.google.com/
http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html
http://code.google.com/apis/wave/

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Kariong Hieroglyphics

The following series of photos of the Kariong Hieroglyphics were taken on the 5th May 2003 and were the result of a couple of months of investigation into these rock carvings.

Countless websites exist to debate the authenticity of these carvings and the official and archaeological view is that they are modern day fakes and were created in the last 80 - 100 years.

Regardless of the authenticity they are still a unique and interesting part of the history of the Central Coast area and are well worth a visit.

The carvings can be accessed via the Kariong Trig point which is reached via a fire trail starting at Woy Woy Road. Once you reach the Trig the carvings are slightly further down the slope.

The carvings are situated in a steep sided crevasse between two large blocks of stone and are entered via a duck-under from the main track. This can be identified via the well worn stone at the entrance (the area gets many visitors these days).Once inside the crevasse you can see the hieroglyphs carved into both rock walls. Whoever carved these glyphs were very busy over a number of years.

At the top of the crevasse under a large rock resting across the crevasse was a hole which reportedly descends underneath the boulders to a chamber. Many have speculated on the origin of the chamber.
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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Old Wharf at Point Clare, NSW

This old wharf is on Fagans Bay, Point Clare.

Photo taken on the 25th June 2001 at 2.38pm.


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Thursday, May 21, 2009

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design)

Are you interested in listening to some of the worlds most inspirational and influential speakers talk about a diverse range of topics. If you are then you need to visit www.ted.com.
TED is devoted to giving millions of knowledge-seekers around the globe direct access to the world's greatest thinkers and teachers.
Enjoy.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wolfram Tones - Sound Generator using Cellular Automation

While investigating the latest search engine craze - Wolfram|Alpha I discovered another of Wolfram Research Labs projects called WolframTones.

According to Wolfram Research Labs:

WolframTones works by taking simple programs from Wolfram's computational universe, and using music theory and Mathematica algorithms to render them as music. Each program in effect defines a virtual world, with its own special story--and WolframTones captures it as a musical composition.
The tunes generated can be saved as MIDI files to be used on mobile phones. Try it out!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sandstone and Glass

The old and the new at Hickson Road, Pyrmont

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