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A very interesting implementation (unfortunately in flash ;-)) that uses gecoding for the postal code address lookup and street view API for home front reading. Lets you decorate with Christmas ornaments your house exterior, a very common habit in the United States and Northern Europe. This is my attempt, not so successful I have to admit.

eIQimageOK most of you are aware that I am in the proposal writing industry (yiap, innovation and project writing defines a multibillion industry) and I ahve to admit there is no tool as inspiring as google RSS reader. My feeds span all the ne and emerging technology fields, so I digest more that 2000 feeds per day on many interdisciplinary areas. The inspiration mechanism works as follows in a rather GTD compliant way I might add, each good and possible product-creation idea I find, I share and star with the appropriate tagging for easily retrieval. Some times I send it immediately to friends and colleagues more relevant to the subject or that I know they are on something similar at that time. Ideas also are parsed from my rss and taxonomized in a managed news drupal installation, facilitating all nice features feeds API provides. Therefore when a new call is launched the only thing I have to do is feed my neurons with quality input and let synapses fire their best to come up with something innovative at the edge of scientific research both applied and principal. Cool documented and repeatable process that always has results. In addition, always ask why and always book some time for brainstorming with colleagues since this is when real thing are getting done in the idea formation perspective.

My motivation to write all these things down was an idea we came up for an energy governance home device that attaches on your household’s electrical board inspired from here, provided and implemented from eiqenergy.

Some ie6 bug prevent from properly clearing the options of a select html element. This is an issue the actual length that myselect.options.length statement returns. The smart way to do this is with a while loop.

            function removeSelects(elementId){
                var myselect = document.getElementById(elementId);
                for(var i=0; i<myselect.options.length; i++){
                    myselect.options[i] = null;
                while (myselect.options.length > 0) {
                    myselect.options[0] = null;


Multitasking was warhiped in the

Multitaskers are suckers for irrelevancy. Everything distracts them.

The irony is that even this partivcualr blog post is a product of multitasking in the irrelevancy playground.

Sometimes a universal conjunction happens and you appear to be in the middle. Yesterday my S3Fox FF pluggin was denying me the privilege to create a bucket located in Amazon‘s Europe datacenter. Seemed to be a mallformed encoding issue on the url post of my secter key from the client. I figured what the hell, different server locations different locals or somenhting and blamed Amazon. Apparently, though this was ridiculous,  took me much to figure out. Story goes as follows, after 30 minutes of coping with the problem I did a firefox restart due to memory being up to 1GB. Right after ff restart, I saw an S3Fox update that completely solved the problem. Astonishing how this coincidence worked out things. I wonder when will be the time where software will be build automatically and bugs will also treated by robots “in client presence”. Now that I reconsider it though, there will be no more bugs on software, but only features so proving truth to the old IT saying about bugs and features.

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