Happy Birthday HAL-9000!

It’s on January 12th, 1992 that, according to Arthur C. Clarke, was born HAL-9000, the computer from “2001, A space Odyssey” (the book from Arthur C. Clarke and the movie from Stanley Kubrick). Actually, the first time it was powered on. So, it is exactly 23-year old today. Happy birthday HAL-9000! HAL-9000 is an Artificial… Read More

Electronic books FAQ

I just found a (rather old) post from Cisco Press which tells you all you need about the electronic books, their formats, their various readers (Mac, iPhone/iPad, Kindle, Nook, Android, PC, etc.) in a few English paragraphs. I recommend you go and read (and bookmark, too) eBook Formats FAQ.

The day of all beards

Beards, they are amazing, full of surprises, flowering with novelty. Do you want some evidence? You can join the competition for the beard holding the largest number of wooden toothpicks: If you feel a pinch, don’t accuse the beard! In order to stay on the competition field, there was this beard contest in Alaska in… Read More

Best PDF reader

With the repeated announcement of (minor) incidents with the security of the original PDF reader from Adobe, I wondered what could be a good replacement. Obviously, it seems important to stay around free or low prices (Adobe Acrobat: Windows/Mac/Linux, Basic: free, Pro: $299), but is it possible to beat the Adobe product to read PDF… Read More

Summer reading: Top 100 English novels

Summer: m.noun /ˈsʌmə(ɹ)/ (plural summers) Long period of time that millions of English-seaking people choose to replace watching silly TV reality shows by reading silly thick paper printed words selected first for their total lack of requirement of brain participation during the operation known as reading. Let’s contribute to the improvement of knowledge and culture… Read More

Cooking in text, pictures and video

Cooking recipes were the excuse for millions of Internet users (Ed: maybe not millions) to write down the advice of their grand-mothers, quite often with a desperating lack of inspiration. But I just found a couple of nice web sites that could be checked as much for their recipes as for the pictures [1] or… Read More

Random cooking may be best

It depends on the cook, but if you have real difficulties with your own cooking style, you may find an excuse. Next time you fail, just say “Oh! I was trying one of jamesoff.net random recipes“. JamesOff is a systems engineer in the South West of England who created a Random Recipe Generator. Merely reload… Read More