Monthly Archives: June 2009

Does knowing stuff help?

How important are Universities to the software industry productivity. One would hope fairly high. For various reasons, I have been considering this question and some collaborators pointed me at the Academic Ranking of World Universities which is referenced at Wikipedia as well and I first referred to in this blog last November. This is produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in China. I know that a discussion on ranking methodology may not be very helpful when considering economic growth issues, but there are some quite interesting and surprising results.   … » Read more …

Neverwinter Nights

Last weekend, I played some Neverwinternights (V1) and finished my first run through Witch’s Wake as a Cleric of Tempus and my second run through SoU, in which I played as fighter/thief travelling with Misha Waymeet. I wish I hadn’t played Witch’s Wake which I have reviewed on this bliki, but I am on to Shadohaunt (sic) with my adventurer from Udrentide.  … » Read more …

Off on holiday

Off on holiday early tomorrow morning, sailing in the Ionian Sea. I have my phone and ipodtouch with me so I am not totally out of touch. I shall be reading my tweets, at least those of you who I subscribe to on the SMS; Vodafone have a great service in Greece, maybe even better than where I live. I am taking my cameras with me so lots of pictures, maybe even some video.  … » Read more …

Europe’s largest supercomputer

The Forshung Julich phase two super computer, now Europe’s largest, had its formal opening session last week and Mark Hamiltion, Sun VP who leads our HPC team went to visit them, and recorded it on his blog, in a couple of articles dated as at the end of May, because it runs on Sun. He wrote three articles, several of them with lots of pictures.  … » Read more …