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Nicer hair for computer-generated blondes

Nicer hair for computer-generated blondes

Reproducing hair in computer graphics has always been a challenge, but it has certainly been more difficult for blondes. Now researchers at Cornell University have developed a better method for rendering blond hair. Their new algorithm needs only 2.5 hours of computation instead of 60 hours for the path-tracing method. Read more...

published July 24, 2006 by

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New Morning

New Morning

I was gratified to hear from Sun PR that the problem with Sun events invites has been fixed. Apparently I'll now be invited regardless of whether it corresponds to my beat area, which is a good thing because a) I have no beat area and b) I'm not really a journalist.

published July 10, 2006 by

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Notes from the tech conference underground

Notes from the tech conference underground

The extended spring tech conference season is beginning to wind down. I have done my share of time watching panels, keynotes and pitches, and hanging out in hallways and lobbys looking for fresh material, seeking out the strongest signals that portend what’s in store for the future.

published July 5, 2006 by

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Eventful.com progress report

Eventful.com progress report

Yesterday, I met with Brian Dear to catch up on progress with his event database platform and Web site. Since I wrote about his company EVDB when it launched in March 2005, the eventful.

published May 23, 2006 by

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Get with the policy, events office tells staff

Get with the policy, events office tells staff

The NSW Office of Protocol and Special Events (OPSE) will move to a Web-based system from Australian vendor PolicyPoint for ensuring its staff are up to date with critical event and corporate policies. The organisation coordinates special events such as official visits and public service awards for the NSW Premier's department, and employs some 100-150 staff (including casuals for individual events).

published April 11, 2006 by

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Availablogging

Availablogging

Last week, when once of my customer meetingsfor this trip fell through, I bloggedabout having a free day in Europein an effort to maximize this trip.  Now as I rush back home, I thinkthis "availablogging" was a good idea and something I need todo more often. As a result of the blog entry, meeting offers to utilize my Wednesday camein from Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Some came from customers, some came from partners, and interestingly,some came from IBMers.  I say "interestingly" because Ihad also communicated this one-day availability through "normal channels"to my Lotus colleagues, but I reached as many IBMers through the blog asI did through the normal routine.  The "normal channel"offers came from Spain, France, and Romania.  All in all, there'sa lot going on with Notes in Europe -- some new opportunities, some defense,and some happy customers upgrading along. So, to those I couldn't get to this time -- I'm going to be back in Europein six weeks for the DNUG/IBMLotus Technical Forum, myfourth European trip so far this year.  I know a  number of customerswill be at the event itself, but I'm also going to try to work in an extraday or two for other visits.  And if things can't wait six weeks,there are other top-notch IBMers available in-region to assist.  Ihope I've referred all of the availablogging requests to one of the regionalNotes business or technical leaders -- if something was missed, pleaselet me know. As for the rest of the trip, one more meeting fell through, but at thatpoint it was too late to use the time for anything other than a quick tripinto central Zürich (and, of course, some Notes/e-mail time).  Yesterdayafternoon's customer meeting, booked months ago as part of this customer's"IT Week", was intense and also a bit fun.  In no smallpart this was due to my place on the customer's agenda...the last of almosta dozen vendor presentations throughout their week.  I had to makea relatively quick escape when it was finished, though...the annual watchshow in Basel had all the hotels in northern Switzerland booked up forthe night.  I ended up flying back via Düsseldorf, aboard my favoriteEurope-Chicago flight, Lufthansa'sPrivatAir all-business-class service.This is my third occasion to use this awesome flight, and this week's bonusis an early arrival.  With Europe already on summer time, the eight-hourdifference means that a 9 AM departure lands in Chicago at 10:30 AM localtime.  Next availablogging -- well, I'm trying to stay home for a few weeks, butthen it's off to Lotusphere Comes to You and other events in Manila (20April), Singapore (21 April), and Kuala Lumpur (24-25 April).  It'sbeen about two years since my last regional visit, so the local IBM teamshave me pretty booked up.  I believe there's some effort to try todo user group meetings as part of the LCTY events in Singapore and K-L,so if you are interested in that, please let me know.

published April 3, 2006 by

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Slip Slidin' Away...

Slip Slidin' Away...

Watch your step... the slipping and sliding continues. Now Office 2007 will also wait until the year it is named after to see the light of day in any meaningful way. And a shakeup that looks more like a refelxive shudder than deliberate planning with a real vision is underway.

published March 23, 2006 by

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34% of general US population goes to see new movies

34% of general US population goes to see new movies

According to GfK NOP, Hispanic Americans are two to three times more likely than the general population to turn to television as their primary source for entertainment-related information. 64% said they rely on television to learn about new movies coming to theaters, and 48% said they turn to TV to learn about upcoming concerts and sporting events.

published March 22, 2006 by

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Internet Identity Workshop

Internet Identity Workshop

Kaliya Hamlin, Doc Searls, and I will be hosting the second Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) in Mountain View, CA on May 1-3, 2006. IIW deals with what people are calling user-centric identity and Identity 2.

published March 20, 2006 by

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