Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lecker, Lego...

Vor ein paar Tagen habe ich von einem Fund im Supermarkt in Nashville berichtet... inzwischen habe ich mich auch getraut, die Packung aufzumachen und mal zu probieren.

Zunächst fällt auf, dass die Lego-Gummiklötzchen fein säuberlich in Plastiktüten abgepackt sind. Number of servings und serving size lassen grüßen.

Und so sehen sie aus. Der Geschmack ist arg künstlich und sehr sehr süß. Nicht mein Fall, aber originell.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It's Alive

The little guy in the image moves about until (almost) hitting an obstacle, upon which event it drives back a bit, turns away and moves on.

"Come on, anyone can assemble and program an NXT robot to do that."

That's right, but please note the display in the background: it shows a Squeak window, and that's actually the environment in which the program described above was written, and from which it was deployed to the robot.

What's more, the robot runs a little Smalltalk VM, and the application is just part of a Smalltalk image executed by the VM on the robot. No remote control is involved, the robot understands Smalltalk!

We call it NXTalk, and it's being developed by Martin Beck as part of his MSc research.

There will be a release early next year. Stay tuned.

XO Laptops Available in Europe!

Just in time before Christmas, the OLPC foundation starts another "Give One, Get One" programme—only this time, it's also in Europe! Starting November 17, XO laptops will be available via Amazon. European givers-and-getters (I just can't call them customers) will be redirected to the UK Amazon site, and participation in the programme will cost €312.– plus shipping.

Spread the good news!

Monday, November 10, 2008

S3 in Print

Earlier this year, I was part of the program committee and organising team of the First Workshop on Self-Sustaining Systems (S3). The workshop was a great success, and there may be successors...

Today, finally, the workshop proceedings have arrived in print. A gorgeous little volume of just under 160 pages, all the cool papers—COLA! Lively! Huemul! SPy! And then some!—are there now, lying on my desk. Nice!

For the record, it's LNCS 5146.