Data stored in your browser

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Back in the late 90's, I had this really crazy ideia of having data stored in the browsers of our web site viewers. We run against a lot of technical problems, so we had to cancel the whole deal. But today I found someone with the same levels of insanity (thank god i'm not alone) and definitely, a best programmer: combining AMASS with the TrimQuery SQL engine, he is able to store full SQL tables in your browser cache. Could this be the driver for new AJAX applications?

We share your pain

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From Melo, an amazing parody on a new Microsoft program aimed to lower the number of bugs in their applications. Watch the video, served from Akamai.

George W. Bush sings U2

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In an amazing audio copy & paste exercise, rx creates new versions of well known musics, all "singed" by George W. Bush. His website is here and my favorite music is "Sunday Bloody Sunday" from U2. What's yours?

Nuno Markl

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I was exploring this post from lifehacker titled "Subscribe to free, videos in iTunes", and, while on that, decided to go to the podcast directory from iTunes. For my surprise (and pride), "Ha vida em Markl" was in the top of the list, which is amazing for a portuguese podcast, even if it is from Nuno Markl. Thumbs up Nuno.

DVD 2 H.264

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Some of my friends had forked some months ago, and their descendants seems to really like DVDs. The problems is, besides loving to watch them, the kids really love to bite the discs, so, all the Noody and Nemo DVDs are getting quite disgusting. To fight this, my friends decided to think on a how to rip DVDs and store it in H.264 format.

Simple? Well, it looks like, the thing is, in total, we are talking of more than 1.000 DVDs, which can take a loooong time. So, they started to think on a distributed system that could offload the work to a network of computers attached to the Internet, each one contributing with spare cpu cycles, to do the job, which is pretty cool.

Meanwhile, I've found this application (Mac OS X and Be OS only) that can rip a DVD (even if encrypted) and store it in mp4 or h.264. It's called HandBrake, and his telling me that "Bowling for Columbine" will take 6h30m (!) to be completed. Come on boys, we definitly need that distributed network!