The picture below represents a gift from my frinds. And I think it reflects a mood of our weekend: natural, sweet and happy. We’ve been walking in a winter forest, meeting with our good friends and playing with their kids. Despite the cold weather and new challenges with utilities in our village the weekend was full of joy.
P.S. I’ve bought a new LTE/3G modem from MTS, plan to try it out tomorrow.
Today World Community Grid celebrated its 8th anniversary. It brings people together from across the globe to create the largest non-profit computing grid benefiting humanity. The grid does this by pooling surplus computer processing power. Any computer owner can support one or may scientific projects by donating an unused computer cycles. Small free software (“agent”) captures your computer’s spare power when it is on, but idle. Your computer will request data on a specific project from World Community Grid’s server. It will then perform computations on this data, send the results back to the server, and ask the server for a new piece of work. Each computation that your computer performs provides scientists with critical information that accelerates the pace of research!
World Community Grid is making technology available only to public and not-for-profit organizations to use in humanitarian research that might otherwise not be completed due to the high cost of the computer infrastructure required in the absence of a public grid. As part of our commitment to advancing human welfare, all results will be in the public domain and made public to the global research community. IBM sponsors it.
I participate in the program since April 10, 2006. So far my computers donated 34 days of full processing power to the grid (it’s 20 minutes per day, average). The following scientific project benefited from me actually doing nothing having a lunch break or talking on a phone conf-call (well, and paying for an electric power, but it’s another story) :
So I’ve bought a new one in Istanbul while I was on a business-trip there.
Orient – Occident by Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall is really worth trying. This CD to present the music of the medieval East and West showing how different cultures would influence each other. Jordi Savall (influential composer and viol player) and his Hesperion XXI are joined in this recording by seven musicians from Greece and Middle Eastern countries playing instruments that include the transverse flute, or tulak, the rubab, tablas, zir baghali and oud. The CD is very well recorded.
My presentation on Slideshare has reached 1000 views. 2 years after I uploaded it. I received the following note from Slideshare recently: “Congrats! Your documents on SlideShare have had 1000 views.” In fact, it’s just an elegant way for them to up-sell a premium subscription. But, still, it is so nice to get such a reminder.
It can be considered funny, but so far I really have just one slide-desk there and I never promoted it. It was shared on my LinkedIn profile, but I don’t consider it a promotion.
By the way, for public presentations and sharing I also to use a SlideRocket – lightweight and nice online tool. Prezi is next in my list of challenges. Other good option would be to use a pure HTML5, just like impress.js.
I haven't been blogging for a while. Partly because I was ill, Partly because I focused on organization of Cloud event for IBM business partners in Moscow.
If you are interested, you can join. Day 1 is focused on business aspects, day 2 - for techies mainly. We will also use a Twitter channel #IBMRUCLOUD for discussions and a group on Facebook to continue interaction later.