Twist your Brain with Kuboku

Last June, I offered a prize at the FPMs (Faculté Polytechnique de Mons) to Aurélie, the best student getting her Civil Engineering Master in IT and Management. Obviously, I googled around to find out more about Aurélie. It proved fruitful since I found a very interesting brain teaser: Kuboku. This is Sudoku in 3D.
Kuboku : Sudoku in 3D

Kuboku : Sudoku in 3D

My wife is really a Godess when it comes to solving such puzzles, she does them so fast that I cannot even understand how she manages to do it. I am eager to see how she will play this 3D version. I am not going to dig into more details on how she beats me flat a the Dr Kawashima's games on the Nintendo DS as I've long understood that she sports a much better CPU than I do for mental calculations. She still calls upon me to open locked jars though. Back to Aurélie, it appears that she runs another site named Make Your Contest. This may be interesting to use in the future. So, I am going to improve my brain a bit with Kuboku :-)!

The UML in perspective

Ivar Jacobson has written a post on the UML: I do share the key insight that 20% of the UML is useful for discussing software matters with others. The more of it you use, the less people can follow your point, even down to the fact that only you can understand what you say. Diminishing returns? You bet.

TechInsights S01E04 : DrupalCamp Belgium Preparations in Louvain-la-Neuve with Expert-IT

Albert Jannsens (left) and Philippe Back (right)

Albert Janssens (left) and Philippe Back (right)

This morning, I went to see my friends at Expert-IT since they told me that they were preparing some "interesting stuff" for the upcoming DrupalCamp in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. I has a chat with Albert Janssens, the Expert-IT's director. We discussed Drupal, ProcessMaker, and Sparx System's Enterprise Architect possible integrations, as well as the new service lineup that Expert-IT will unleash to the market later this year. Drupal is a nice open source CMS and I like it (albeit my heart is TikiWiki-ized). The DrupalCampBe is this saturday. I will be carpeting my floor nearby and will try to show up there for a sneak peek! Juts get some more meat in this episode of Tech Insights.  

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Tech Insights S01E01 : David Lovera’s Visual Factory

David in front of the MS logo

David in front of the MS logo

Here is our first podcast episode! I am interviewing David Lovera from Imalogic, a great developer using DirectX and ATI nVidia! cards to do real-time 3D. He is currently working on VisualFactory v2.0 and has made a complete rewrite of the engine to take advantage of modern cards. We did this before going to the Microsoft Innovation Center, hosting an event on Mobile Tech. imalogic  

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First segment of #momobxl at >mic

Mobile Monday session in Brussels #momobxl I am now attending the session. So far so good: great food, drinks, and people. David Lovera demoed his mobile 3D app on his iPhone to a small group. Interestingly the drink allowed me to connect back to people I met over time from lots of spaces: advertisers, ad managers, developers, mobile phone companies guys.   All of this is making me think of serendipity at work 🙂 The session is now active but the prez is quite droning. Ah, a new speaker that may be more exciting. Stay tuned.

MobileMonday Belgium on June 2009

Mobile Monday Belgium

Mobile Monday Belgium

Tomorrow evening, I am going to attend the mobile monday event in Mons in the brand new Microsoft Innovation Center. I am eager to see the center since I had a trip to the center in Barnevel ind the Netherlands a while ago and it was nice. The content will likely be interesting:
Thomas Jacobson, Philippe Back, Pernilla Ramslov

Thomas Jacobson, Philippe Back, Pernilla Ramslov

indent Cell ID + Mobile Value chain David Hodder (United Kingdom) - Artilium Microsoft Innovation Center- Mobile Vision David Hernie - Microsoft Location over Twitter Eric Charles - Nearyoo Mobile location based games Kristof Van den Branden - LaMosca.be M-worker Emmanuel Ottevaere - Bizzdev I am quite eager to see how Microsoft will approach the iPhone, which is one of the dominant mobile platforms. I do have a BlackBerry but the iPhone is really a true computer in your pocket. See you there!