I don’t know if anyone read this but…

I don’t know if anyone read this but here it is something that I’ve been playing with for while: http://tinusaur.wordpress.com it’s a small board with Atmel ATtiny85 that could fit may small project that need controlling.

I know that some of you here still know how to handle a soldering iron! 😉

#atmel, #attiny85, #tinusaur

What we should do with our (small) community site?

I think before we start “just-another-place-to-share-everything-we-do” or “the-ultimate-place-for-doing-cool-stuff” we should try to get the maximum out of what we have right now, which is WP.com for one reason or another. I’m afraid that we will start wasting time, resources and much effort creating one place after another instead of doing things.

Does anyone have clear idea what exactly we would like to do?
Let’s answer this first.

OR

Let’s just let everyone talk here and may be something will come out of it. The Universe is a perfect place, it’s built of random (although the existence of the randomness is a controversial philosophical question) stuff and events. Let’s see what the chance will bring to us.

#community, #everything, #life, #universe

Is this place dead already?

Is this place dead already?

#death

IBM out-cheaps Google with web-based business email

IBM has launched a bare bones web-based email system for businesses, calculated to undercut Google’s own popular offering.

Big Blue’s new LotusLive iNotes service starts at $36 annually per worker, compared to the $50 annually per worker that Google charges for its more comprehensive package.

It costs $3/mo and there is a trial: https://www.lotuslive.com/en/pricing/inotes.

For that slightly higher price, Google is offering 25 times more storage: 25 gigabytes per account compared to IBM’s 1 gigabyte per mailbox. Google also throws in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications, as well as a video channel. None of those features are included in IBM’s package.

The IBM’s solution though will probably support BlackBerry push integration for email, calendar and everything else that LotusNotes offers which is a big advantage for corporate customers.

I will definitely run the trial, will post feedback here.

PS: Translation feature would be nice to have. 😉 My be Interlecta could offer that to IBM. 😛

For that slightly higher price, Google is offering 25 times more storage: 25 gigabytes per account compared to IBM’s 1 gigabyte per mailbox. Google also throws in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications, as well as a video channel. None of those features are included in IBM’s package.

Something about our company Interlecta

Hi guys,

As you already know from my post on Facebook our BlackBerry product was promoted on RIM’s App World as a featured application last Friday. We are now getting thousands of downloads and activations, about 400 per hour. That is good.

20091002-2118_InterlectaAppWorld_2001_crop320x130rnsWe get quite good exposure not only trough App World but also from other mobile portals. Although, we need to develop our business and move the company to the next stage.

It’s been couple of months already since we started looking for new funding sources. Our company Interlecta has been privately held for almost 3 years, self funded as well, but it seems it is time for a change.

Right now we are talking to several potential investors (Corp, AI’s & VC’s) that are current or potential customers of our products, but not all opportunities look that promising or suitable for us.

So, if you think that you know someone or have friend of a friend who may know someone … any ideas are welcome.

And of course, the standard finders fee will be applied to everyone that refers an investor that turns to a deal.

According to quite few specialists that I’m talking to recently next several months will be the best time to invest in start-up’s simply because there are not that many left and those that survived are expected to have a good value.

#blackberry, #interlecta, #machine-translation, #mobile, #startups

About robots and what other people are doing

I have list of websites about robots and robotics that are very interesting. I did this research some years ago when I had more free time to surf the net, but I will probably get back to the subject of robots and robotics soon.

I am personally most interested in micro-robots which are considered those that are in size less that 1 cubic inch. The Ants from MIT (http://groups.csail.mit.edu/lbr/ants/) is very good example.

The Swiss EPFL institute had done great deal of research and work in that area. Not all the pages are currently active, but they have archives of most of their projects. Here are some links:

Here: http://nanolab.me.cmu.edu/projects/waterrunner/ – a project from Carnegie Mellon University – Water Runner Robot.

Of course Linux has its share in the business too: http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/Open-source-robotic-simulation-packages/ – “Open source robot simulation software simplifies the creation of physical …”. IBM are in the business too – http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-robotools/.

For  “iFanatics” there is that silly walking  iPhone robot (http://robots.net/article/2670.html) create by Japanese eningeer Kazu Terasaki.

If you want to start practice here you can find some gear:

… and some tutorials:

Other links that you may fond interesting:

Open source robot simulation software simplifies the creation of physical Linux-based robots, according to an overview article at IBM’s DeveloperWorks site. Simulators such as ODE, Simbad, TeamBots, KControl, Gazebo, and Carmen can help test ideas before putting them into hardware, writes author M.

#robotics, #science

Okay, I’m in the game now. :)

Okay, I’m in the game now. 🙂

If it’s only three of us it’s okay if we all write in English, but since we have friends all over the world and especially in Bulgaria, those are the dearest to us :P, we should probably write in Bulgarian as well. But is that case it would be confusing for others that to not understand that language, it will become even worse for those that do not read either language.

Asking people to learn English is not a preference either.

So what do you think?

I personally don’t mind practicing English or Bulgarian, I’m comfortable with both.