After nearly a week of wasting my time with Virgin Mobile Canada, I am giving it my best last try using hard-learned customer support skills:
….Follow up to the phone call on Thursday and lack of returned call.
I am unable to activate my new HTC Wildfire S phone on a pre-paid plan. I enter . . . → Read More: Hello (again) Virgin Mobile. Good bye Virgin Mobile?
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For my other project, I needed to process some Arabic text that was in HTML file derived from MSWord document.
Everything was going reasonably well, except my regular expressions were not picking section name/numbers sequences in all of the cases, which was causing a problem with the 6-language alignment algorithm.
Normally, . . . → Read More: Arabic numerals’ non-WYSIWYG
I really do not get Wired Magazine’s subscription policy. They are supposed to target smart geeks, yet make really stupid moves.
I used to be a subscriber. But I got annoyed by a large number of ads, deliberate and unnecessary foul language and subscription inserts advertising $8 new subscriptions. So, I did not renew early.
. . . → Read More: Weird Wired Magazine (or maybe just stupid)
No, I am not complaining about food. I love food. And I love it different and – sometimes even – adventurous. Which is where Sour Grapes come in.
We have been walking around the neighborhood and have discovered Middle Eastern shop with some unusual but recognizable foods and some not-quite-recognizable ones. Our strategy with the . . . → Read More: Cooking sour grapes
Watching the 21 Accents video (via Neatorama) made me think that different languages/accents seemed to require different mouth positions. Is it possible that some phonemes are only achievable with the mouth wide-stretched in a smile? Then loading a language with such phonemes would be one way to ensure people appear friendly to strangers whatever the . . . → Read More: Languages that make you smile
While reading weka Data Mining book, I have come across this impressive example of using machine learning to confirm person’s authorship (p. 358).
In 19th century, there lived a famous rabbinic scholar Ben Ish Chai, who among other writings had two collections of letters. Ben Ish Chai claimed that only one collection was his and . . . → Read More: On uselessness of pretending to be somebody else
What could be common between Computational Linguistics and Aerobics? Quite a lot, as it turns out to be.
Dance descriptions, while not really in English do have a regular structure and can be thought of as a sub-language with full set of syntactic, semantic and pragmatic levels.
There are basic words of the language (move . . . → Read More: Parsing jumping jacks
I just found my own oldest webpage (handcoded) and my oldest public source code (Java) at once. Archive.org – that has hosted this long-dead memory since 1999 – is just so great.
Looking back at it, I realise that I was right in the thick of Internet development:
When I just started working with Java, . . . → Read More: Memories, memories
I want to get my parents a digital picture frame. But at the moment I cannot. That’s because I don’t want my somewhat less-technical parents to have to fiddle with memory cards, choosing and transferring photographs or running Vista.
My ideal digital picture frame for them would be one sitting in a living room or . . . → Read More: Chumby: Digital picture frame for parents and much more
I have seen plenty of visual illusions – both static and moving – but I have never seen a rotating human figure as an optical illusion. Took a while to even convince myself it was not a joke.
I did work it out in the end (after a hint). The secret – at least for . . . → Read More: Amazing animated visual illusion – rotating female figure