Lego sells lovely toys with a great educational potential.
No peace-loving father would have a problem giving them as a gift
(especially, if he can also occasionally take part in the action).
Unfortunately, children seem to have their own (genetically preprogrammed?)
ideas of what is interesting to build.
I still love Lego, but I'm a bit worried about human nature.
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Missing the Point
A number of Greek web sites offer for download a very strange Excel form.
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Daring Youth: Then and Now
My friend and colleague Stephanos Androutsellis-Theotokis
pointed me to two amazing YouTube videos
He commented that
it's crazy what these people can do,
and with how much flow and speed.
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A Child's Crontab
When the time to go to sleep is approaching,
all children seem to be configured with the same crontab.
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Internet Explorer's Cleaner Look
Today the Microsoft update on my Windows machine asked me to upgrade
the Internet Explorer to version 7.0.
My bank refuses to work with any browser other than IE,
so, although I'm using SeaMonkey
as my everyday browser, I'm also forced to keep a current copy of IE.
The installation's banner reinforced some of the fears I have
regarding Microsoft's technical prowess.
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I first admired this ingenious method of locking a car in
Mr. Bean series.
A few days ago I saw it in real life.
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Security is a Problem of the Weakest Link
While attending the ICSE 2006 conference I stayed at the Tong Mao hotel.
My room featured an impressive-looking safe:
thick steel, two bolts, and a digital lock.
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Management Support Technologies
My academic title contains the words management support technologies.
I therefore considered the new and efficient document
management and dispatch system I saw in use at my health insurance provider
a rare gem, worthy of inclusion in this blog.
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The inclined panel is indeed a computer screen,
and, of course, it is not working.
Another, more reliable, technology has prevailed.
Continue reading "Information Kiosk"
Preparing for the Exams
The (retake) exam period has started.
At the metro the passenger sitting opposite me is obviously a student
frantically sorting the cards containing a 6%-reduced photocopy of her forensic
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Cats and Cigarette Lighters
On April 14th, the US Transportation Security Administration
started enforcing a new ban on cigarette lighters.
A month later,
I saw the corresponding announcement posted on a check-in desk
at the Samos international airport.
At the same airport I also saw a free-roaming cat getting its food delivered
directly on the tarmac.
I entered my flight feeling a lot safer.
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Writing, GUIs, and 4000 Years of Progress
The images speak for themselves.
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An Interesting Remote Control
The garage remote control at the place where I work is really
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Security researcher beguiled by email spoof
One would expect someone who is reading and contributing to comp.risks
since 1990 to know better, especially if he is also lecturing courses on
IT security, and has written a couple of papers in the area. Maybe it
was also a well deserved punishment for laughing at emails titled
"Valuable business proposition" and "Renew your e-bay account" (who is
so dumb so as to fall for these schemes?)
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