Christmas begins with work?

23 Dec 2007 (Sun)



Instead of the familiar scene of the Baby Jesus laid in a manger, the Vatican’s Nativity scene this year will show the infant Jesus in a home that also includes his father’s workshop. No reason has been given for the change.

Does the it look like this Honthorst painting of St Joseph, as displayed on (with an infant instead of a child looking up at St Joseph)?
St. Joseph by Gerard van Honthorst, c. 1620. Read the rest of this entry »

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6 Essential Things to Know About Google’s OpenSocial

22 Nov 2007 (Thu)

GOOGLE’S NEWLY UNVEILED OpenSocial, “a common set of APIs for social applications across multiple websites”, has been adopted rapidly by social networks such as, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo,, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING.

Here’s a summary of a post with a similar title by Dion Hinchcliffe:

  1. OpenSocial offers the lowest common denominator, not the full richness of each platform. Like Java, write once, test everywhere is the name of the game for OpenSocial. Using the OpenSocial model, developers can create apps to run on dozens of different social networking sites, but can’t leverage the full capabilities of the site it runs on. To create a competitive product with the full richness of the underlying platform, custom coding is needed.
  2. OpenSocial is largely based on open standards. OpenSocial uses the essential browser open standards of XML, HTML, Javascript, and the data formats are all ATOM and RESTful/WOA. It also supports Flash content and functionality and most of the really popular development platforms, including Ruby on Rails. OpenSocial documentation and sample code all uses the Creative Commons licensing and Apache 2.0, and everything will be open sourced at some point.
  3. OpenSocial is a doorway to data portability AND potential security holes. A site that supports OpenSocial applications provides that application with all the people data in that user’s account. Their own info as well as their friends. Users can import/export their social data to/from sites and 3rd party app developers can knit together a person’s social data across other social sites that support OpenSocial. Michael Arrington has reported that the first OpenSocial app has been hacked. Read the rest of this entry »
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Ready for Google Presentations?

24 Sep 2007 (Mon)

JUST FOR THE RECORD: According to ReadWriteWeb, starting last Monday (17 September), Google Presentations is ready for use.

A sample doc in Google Presentations

Therefore, Google Docs users can now:

  • Create and keep presentations in one place on the web that’s accessible anytime, from any Internet connected computer.
  • Manage, update and share presentations with colleagues by sending them a simple email invitation.
  • Edit together online and in real time, or contribute at different times to the same presentation on the web.
  • Present and control slide shows for all viewers over the web, with no special setup required. Chat with viewers in real-time via integrated chat.
  • Import existing presentations to get started quickly.
  • Quickly publish presentations to the general public or individuals of their choice.

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Taking a Break

13 Sep 2007 (Thu)

WHAT WILL A BLOGGER DO when s/he gets an amazing offer to do a joint research project with an overseas professor AND joins a management council in her estate AND works almost full-time around the same time? S/he could choose to spill it all, complete with names, juicy bits, rumors, maybe even email messages, photos, podcasts and vidcasts… OR s/he could simply clam up.

In my case, I’ve chosen the latter because I’m basically a private person, PLUS council work has turned out to be really time-consuming (gasp!) AND really serious work, bound by strict building management laws and regulations.

I’m taking a break for another month or so. Pardon my silence.

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