Archive for January, 2008

iPhone SDK

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Some people have developed an iPhone SDK through some serious hacking.
And in February, Apple is supposed to release their iPhone SDK. I’m excited–I am going to port Double Chess to the iPhone when I get a chance.

Genetic algorithms

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

I decided to improve the weightings in my chess program, and I wanted to learn more about genetic algorithms.
The basic idea in genetic algorithms is that you have some population of solutions (weightings, in this case), you have an evaluation function, and you have an evolution or mutation function that takes the results of the […]

Baby on board

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

The old “Baby on board” signs failed because they were too small and the warning wasn’t worded correctly.  Parent know that the warning wasn’t to let other people know that a small child was riding in the car–it was a warning that a parent was driving.
The signs should have been 2′ per side.
The warning should […]

Diseconomy of scale

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Economists love to talk about the “economy of scale”–basically, the idea that a bigger company can produce things less expensively than a smaller company.
However, they don’t talk about the diseconomy of scale.  Let’s take software as an example, and Microsoft as our big company.  (Disclaimer: I don’t work at Microsoft, nor have I ever worked […]

Query letters

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

I’ve been practicing my query letters. None of these is quite right for me, but if anyone wants to use them, feel free.

Dear Agent. I want to write a book. Please Help.
Dear Agent. You asked for a sample of my writing. The first word of my novel is “Seven” and […]

Music player phrase book

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

This is a cool idea–you can use your music player (iPod, iPhone, Treo, whatever) as a phrase book.  You can buy pre-built CDs for standard languages.  iSpeak is one series, but it only covers a few common languages.
What if you want to learn Irish?
If you search the web, you can find audio samples of many […]