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Oct 212009

I just have 200MB desired data on a crap old lenovo laptop at home. Just for fun I wanted to know the distance between Dublin and Singapore. I Google‘d for it, used Google Maps and WolframAlpha.

Google brings a list of results, the first one actually contains the desired information. Google Maps also returnes the value of about 11.190 km.

I like the result presentation from WolframAlpha:

  • it shows how it interpreted the query: it turned it into the desired information
  • it shows the result on top: 6960 miles, but also offers conversations into other units.
  • it shows a lot of additional information.
  • it offers me different Dublin’s to choose from.
  • if WolframAlpha isn’t sure about the query it tries to guess and lets you choose.

Every now and again I used WolframAlpha – especially when it comes to present something fancy with JasperServer dashboards or basic questions like what time is in a specific city, I would also get information about the time zone.

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Oct 212009

Hey … I survived the day. Whenever it comes to meetings about security and authentication I am tempted to run… away… fast. Today I somehow managed it to not get knocked down on this topic, jippieh! Again, not too much about work. Besides from that nothing really exciting happened. I am a bit tired so I decided to have a quick dinner at Lau Pa Sat. Then I walked back to the hotel. I wanted to take some pictures of a nice fountain. When I got it managed to have the camera in position it was 9 pm – and all the lights got turned off. Doh!

Foodwise the day was so so. I decided to have breakfast in my room, apparently room service and some rice porridge and fruits are half the price of the common british-american breakfast buffet downstairs. I love rice porridge from the very first time Jimmy cooked it for me. Today I wasn’t too impressed they put in some marinated chicken in it an too much sesame oil for my liking. I prefer it plan… the tang version ;) I just had a quick lunch in one of the canteen and bluntly… it was terrible. The dinner was interesting, I kinda liked it. I basically choosed the food for its funny name: Bibimbab – a korean rice dish with vegetables topped with egg and sea food. The water melon tea was terrible.. brrh.

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