Friday, November 14, 2008

San Diego BarCamp (15-16 November 2008)

San Diego BarCamp will be at Intuit's campus this time. A lot of cool sessions! Just be there if you can:) The event is free however you need to register.

7545 Torrey Santa Fe Rd
San Diego, CA 92129

Map: Intuit's Campus

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Barack is the President (4 November 2008/Tue)

This is a historic victory in America, and I am delighted to be a part of it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rich Internet Apps

So far, there are four major technologies for the RIA.

1. Flash | Flex from Adobe
2. Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)
3. Silverlight from Microsoft
4. JavaFX from Sun

Flash is around for many years and clearly the most powerful one, specifically with the Flex, developer friendly RIA development environment build on top of Eclipse platform.
Ajax is very strong and popular and many sites use the technology. On the other side, Microsoft entered the arena with their Silverlight technology. Supported in Windows and Mac only at this point, however, Linux corresponding Moonlight project allows to run Silverlight apps.

And finally, Sun's JavaFX showed up last year, still in development, but very promising.

Let's see what will happen in the near future...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Yesterday, my wife and I got our new 3G iPhones. So far so good, we are both enjoying our new gadgets :)

Here is the list of the little apps that I have installed so far (all free form iTunes App Store):
* Pocket Express: Personalized information service
* VNC: Provides access to a VNC server (works well)
* Pangea VR: Utility to view interactive VR panoramas.
* LastFM: Free streaming radio to listen your favorite music.
* Shazam: Music identification (works amazingly well!)
* Eventful: Shows local events
* vSnax: Videos for latest news and more
* Shakespeare: Complete works of William.
* Box Office: Read movie reviews, locate theaters and show times
* Bubbles: Just a little fun game
* PearMe: Find matching photos (game)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Introduction to Design Patterns (CodeCamp Presentation)

As promised, here is the presentation that I used in my session today at CodeCamp at UCSD...

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bye Bye Bill (26 June 2008/Thr)

Bill Gates is officially ending his full-time tenure at Microsoft this week. He will be dedicating most of his time to his charitable foundation (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).

Good luck Bill. Thanks for the contributions you have made to the computing industry through out all these years. We will miss you.

Here is the Bill's last day at Microsoft.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SoCal Codecamp (28-29 June 2008)

OK, it's almost that time again for SoCal Codecamp, and it is approaching fast. It will start this weekend at UCSD.

Here is the info:

UCSD Extension Complex (Google map)
9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Sunday, June 22, 2008

iARoC Robot Contest (21-22 June 2008)

International Autonomous Robot Contest (iARoC) started in San Diego (Del Mar Fairgrounds). We started to view teams' presentations yesterday, and today the actual competition will take place...

Good luck everyone...

Saturday, May 03, 2008

BarCamp San Diego 2008

BarCamp is starting today at Microsoft offices at UTC area.



9255 Towne Centre Dr # 400
San Diego, CA

Google Map

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron)

Ubuntu Hardy Heron has just released today (following Feisty Fawn and Gutsy Gibbon releases of 2007), and yes, many servers are extremely overloaded as expected! I am downloading now, but looks like it will take 6 or 7 hours!

Monday, April 21, 2008

MacBook 2008

Last week, I got my third Apple computer. First one that I have was the Mac Mini (got it in 2005, and now it is used by my four-year-old son). This new machine comes with 2GB RAM, 250 GB HDD and Intel Core-Duo 2.4 GHz CPU. I am quite delighted with it's performance. Even running with 6 virtual desktops through Leopard's spaces, and 2 virtual machines (Vista and Ubuntu) at the same time, it performed amazingly well. I was so surprised to see the action. Of course, the cool thing about this, I can run all the greatest operating systems in one machine...

By the way, I set up synergy to use my main keyboard and mouse with my MacBook when I am in the office. I would highly recommend it if you have multiple machines and monitors around you :)

PS: I am using VMware's Fusion and Sun's VirtualBox for virtualization. Fusion really provides near-native performance, and things work smoothly. I tried Parallels desktop virtualization before, although not in my new MacBook but on Vista. Based on that experience, I believe VMware performs better.

Friday, April 04, 2008

UCSD Supercomputer Center & Calit2 Visit (2 April 2008/Wed)

In the second day of the ICSTC, we went to visit UCSD Supercomputer center and Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology).
Yes, we have seen some cool things including scientific visualization...

My first visit to the supercomputer center was in 2001. This time I was able to get some pictures :)

ICSTC (1-3 April 2008) @ NU

We had our conference (International Computer Science and Technology Conference) in National University this week. That was pretty good.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

NetBeans 6.1 Beta Ready!

Do you use java as your mainstream programming language? Do you have your favorite IDE? I bet you do! But hey, don't be shy, go ahead and try NetBeans IDE, you will be pleasantly surprised.

It's one of the best productive IDEs available in the market today. It's open source, and freely available for all. What are you waiting for? :)

OK, here is the link:

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Turkce yazilar

Turkce yazilarim icin ayri bir bolum actim:
Bu bolumu ise yanlizca bilim ve teknoloji ile ilgili konulara ayirmayi dusunuyorum.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Zoho and

Last month (22 Feb 2008/Fri) I signed up for AdventNet's office productivity suite called Zoho.
Being web-based, all applications from the suite are OS independent. I found the whole application quite successful in many ways.

Also, same week, I started testing the (an online OS). These two online products are really worthwhile to pay attention.

Go try them, you won't be disappointed.

PS: I wonder who will attempt to buy them first :) (MS, big G, well I guess not Yahoo, maybe big Blue)?
PPS: Writing about this post reminded me another product that I use and like for a long time: Virtualbox. It is a very good virtualization product for x86 machines. It was developed by a German company (innotek GmbH), and recently bought out by Sun Microsystems. Sun also recently (26 Feb 2K8) completed the acquisition of popular open-source database company and their flagship product called MySQL.

iPhone SDK

I know, It's little late to mention this, but I think it is better late than never :)

Apple recently (6 March 2K8/Thr) released the elusive iPhone SDK! Good news for the developers. Looks like Google's Android and iPhone will infuse the technology world with lots of new opportunities.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Microsoft's giving students free access to its developer tools!

Late today (18 Feb 2008/Mon), MS announced the DreamSpark project that opens up access to many students in the world (currently 11 countries listed). Looks like Bill Gates is trying to intensify MS's RIA competition with Adobe.

Again, related with with the web-wars, we will also see what would happen to the MS's Yahoo bid soon :)

Some of the tools available through DreamSpark:
  • Visual Studio
  • XNA Game Studio
  • Expression Studio
  • Windows Server (standard edition)
  • SQL Server developer edition