Archive for April, 2006

Flat Taxes

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Tomorrow I plan to make my tax declaration. This reminded me again of the Economist article The flat tax revolution. Estonia (I love Estonia in general, it’s progressive culture in particular) was the first country to introduce flat taxes in Europe in 1994 at 26%. No exceptions. (In fact, the article doesn’t mention that the [...]

Open Source Drug Development?

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Last week I thought of the possibility of open source drug development. I figured since today many tasks are computational in nature (AFAIK detecting chemical compounds potantialy active agains some disease is often a data-mining problem), there could be shared databases and shared computational power. Maybe some simulations of drug development also could be done [...]

Plan B

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Lose the fear. Lose the groupthink. Lose the yes-people. Lose the proper channels. Lose the chain of command. Lose the consultants. Lose the focus groups. Lose the safety nets. Lose consensus. Lose the happy medium. Lose the compromises. Lose Plan B. seen in an ad for the BMW 750 i

Global Warming, The Alternative, Sechselaeuten

Monday, April 24th, 2006

My Monday post in which … … kottke links to a very impressive speech by Al Gore about global warming. (some other people speak first)… … Techcrunch writes about an open feedback system called Rapleaf, which “will allow anyone to leave feedback for anyone they’ve transacted with. Others can use this feedback to help them [...]

Old-School Web-Design

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Gerrit posts a list about “Dinge die man einfach nicht mehr macht”. Old school web-design like flash intros and postcrad-sized web-sites. How often did we have to discuss these things with clients and print designers. It’s good to know we are not alone .

The entry point to search

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

On page 177 of his best-selling book The Search the author John Battelle envisions a scenario of the ubiquos entry for search for the search economy. The vision is a barcde scanner enabled PDA which as an example reads the barcodes in a wine store, queries Google and returns a price comparison list combined with [...]

Is wine healthier than beer?

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

There have been numerous discussions about the live extending benefits of moderate wine consumption – opposed to beer. Several recent studies have shown that the general living conditions of the consumers seem to be responsible for this effect rather than the beverages themselves. Most of these studies have been done by surveys among test-persons. Today [...]

Know when your friends post new photos on flickr

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

This might be obvious to some people, but with flickrs RSS feeds you can always be up-to date on your friends posts. Just go to your flickr friends page. The RSS feed is at the bottom of the page. Subscribe with your favorite offline or on-line newsreader. done.

The State of the Computer Book Market

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

This is really cool: Tim O’Reilly writes on the state of the computer book market. Illutrated with tons of graphs emerging trends like Rails can also be mapped in the book sales space. Cool. Geeky.

The Viewport

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

There is an interesting article (in German) related to the neverending screen resolution discussion in web-design: It turns out that in higher screen resolutions very rarely the full area of the screen is available to the browser, i.e. the viewport is smaller than the resolution. The ratio increases with larger resolution.