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Using RSS like it’s 2008

Looking at my recent blogging hiatus, you wouldn’t be able to tell, but I’m somewhat of an RSS enthusiast and have been reading and listening to content sent to me using RSS without pause during that time. RSS, short for Real Simple Syndication, is a subscriber protocol where clients, called aggregator applications, can periodically ask […]

I found a Kuiper Belt Object!

A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail, with subject: YOU made an IceHunters KBO discovery. It started like this: Dear IceHunter, You found a Kuiper Belt Object! (or several) (…) You are getting this email because the IceHunters database lists publishable name for you, and I want to give you a chance to make […]

Java 3d in a NetBeans Platform Application

If you want an excellent introduction into Java 3D, look no further than here. I was following the tutorial I found there to get started with what looked to me as the perfect way of spending a Friday evening, when, somewhere at the end, it told me that: (…) it does not mix very well […]

Installing Arch on an Asus U36JC Notebook

Last weekend, I bought an Asus Pro36s notebook, also known as a U36JC. It features a quad core 64 bit Intel Core i5-2410M CPU at 2.3 Ghz, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, a 500 GB hard drive and an Nvidia GeForce GT 520M video adaptor. It weighs less than 1.5 kilos (that’s including batteries) and is […]

Boinc milestone

Another Boinc milestone for me: 250.000 points. According to Boincstats, about half of that I got for calculations for the Docking@Home project. In the last week, this is even 93%: From their website: Docking@Home is a project which uses Internet-connected computers to perform scientific calculations that aid in the creation of new and improved medicines. […]