Technology

Aldebaran and Softbank reveal the Pepper robot

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Research, Technology | 0 comments

Finally the cat is out of the bag. It was clear that once a Japanese IT company buys Aldebaran, that they would develop a new robot, potentially for the Japanese market. After Aibo’s death, there was a big hole in the Japanese market. So here you have it: Pepper

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Firmware update for Drobo FS repairs Time Machine support

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Technology | 0 comments

The release of  Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) made it difficult, if not impossible, to use a Drobo FS as a backup destination for Time Machine. The forums were full of frustrated users that had bought the Drobo FS in the believe that the marketing was actually true. Drobo released a firmware update (2.1) but this did not work for me and many others users. I already suspected that Drobo had given up supporting the Drobo FS, but today I noticed that a new firmware (2.1.1) appeared. I updated both the firmware and the desktop client and this fixed the problem. After six months of having to use an external hard drive for my backups, I was finally able to use the Drobo FS again for what I intended it to be.

But I am still disappointment by the lack of updates for Firefly and Fuppes. Both apps do sound very nice, but they are so outdated that they do not play nice with the latest release of iTunes or other media streaming clients. Again, the Drobo marketing does not live up to reality.

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Contacting Google

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Technology | 0 comments

I noticed that it is impossible to contact Google. Occasionally something goes wrong with the many services we use and there is no phone number or email address from which you can expect a response. The best help are other users. This is pretty sad.

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Human Robot Business Model

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Culture, Technology | 0 comments

How will the business model of humans change once robots do their job? The Technium proposes proposes  The 7 Stages of Robot Replacement

Human-Robot Business Model

Changing business model

 

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How to create multiple folders with AppleScript

Posted by on Oct 13, 2010 in Documentation, Technology | 0 comments

For a project I needed create 5000 folders. Needless to say that I certainly did not want to do this manually. After searching on Google I combined two AppleScripts. This new script creates multiple folders in the front window.

try
tell application “Finder” to set the this_folder ¬
to (folder of the front window) as alias
on error — no open folder windows
set the this_folder to path to desktop folder as alias
end try
repeat with i from 1 to 100
tell application “Finder”
make new folder at this_folder with properties {name:”xyz” & i}
end tell
end repeat

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The Importance of Open Access Publishing

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Documentation, Technology | 0 comments

I was interviewed about Open Access Publishing for the Open Access week. Here is the video:

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