TuxGuitar rock!

Long time ago, when I was still a user of windows (yeah… the original sin …) I was really happy with a music program powertab.
Now a lot of things has changed, first of all I don’t use windows anymore (my last win sys was win 2000 NT …) but I use Linux (ehm.. GNU/Linux), in Ubuntu flavor with GNOME as my main Desktop Enviroment.

Guess what… Powertab editor is a windows only program.

Today one of my friend sent me a two ptb (Powertab original format) files and I was already wondering how to retrieve the program and if it will work emulated with wine..

Then I thought it was impossible nobody has written a cool tab editor for linux. And Indeed I was right!

tuxguitar smoke on the water

tuxguitar smoke on the water

TuxGuitar is able to import the .ptb files, it has a midi player and it’s pretty amazing!

So, if you enjoy music and need a professional tab editor with a lot of features, give it a shoot!

Keep on rockin…

P.S.: Rock midi file are horrible to listen :)

RessearchGate, the scientific facebook?

The social networks is new direction of the web. Different kind of social networks create different kind of possible relationship. For example the network that I have on facebook has a small overlap with the network that I have in linkedin.

An email suggestion pointed me to a new kind of social network called researchgate.

Research gate logo

Research gate logo

for my usage this will hold the network that I have in linkedin, but as for all the social network, it has to grow to become a meaningful resource.

On the technical side I saw that it’s possible to import your library but right now the format accepted is only XML. I hope they are going to implement also the support for a BibTeX import, so I can test the semantic engine and take a look to the papers it’s proposing.

Una Rondine non fa primavera ma aiuta

Il fotovoltaico a concentrazione è uno dei possibili modi per produrre energia economica in maniera efficiente competitiva.

A Ferrara hanno inventato il Rondine che permette di concentrare di ben 32 volte l’energia solare. La prossima versione dovrebbe riuscire ad arrivare a 200 soli.

Tutta la storia su Network Games

Quoto la parte finale, che condivido pienamente:

Confronto: una sola centrale nucleare (bufala) alla Scajola ci costa almeno quattro volte, sono soldi che vanno a Edf e Areva francesi e non generano niente. Salvo elettricità cara e scorie insostenibili.

Un miliardo sul futuro contro 4 e passa miliardi (40 minimo per 10 centrali nucleari primitive) per una tecnologia inefficiente e pericolosa.

Latorre ed i suggerimenti

Latorre passa dei suggerimenti a Bocchino invece di fare fronte comune con Donadi contro il soppruso operato dalla maggioranza. (Ovviamente il suggerimento è anche fuori luogo come spiegano su voglioscendere)

La discussione ruota intorno all’elezione di Villari come presidente della Comissione di Vigilanza con i voti della maggioranza, invece del candidato proposto dall’opposizone (Orlando).

Si consiglia di vedere questo video a stomaco vuoto, in quanto potreste essere vittima di conati di vomito. Latorre vattene, dimettiti, nasconditi.

The wave 2

This is a tiny blog that use several languages and has a kind of stable number of readers that I would like to thank.

So everytime there is a massive increase of the number of visits it’s always cool to try to find the reason.

This time this is what happened:

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From 30ish average readers on daily base to a peak of 496!

I was wondering why that happened when I figure it out:

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Yes, YANNB was the first hit on this google search .

It matters to be first on google, also if it is only for one really particular problem. And I’ve received one of the most rewarding comment till now. :)

It seems everytime I share a solution there is a lot of interest on that bit and it’s useful for some of the people out there like this one , in how to layout the partition on your harddrive (link in italian… if there is interest I can translate and post it again.)

However this post has been read not in one burst but during a long period (and ok, it’s also quite old so this can be biased).

This time was the second time there was a burst.

The first time happened when pollycoke linked me and all that traffic had clicked the link.

Ricerca scientifica di Base

La Ricerca scientifica di base è il punto iniziale per qualsivoglia ricerca applicata (che come la rinomina Marco può essere benissimo chiamata innovazione tecnologica).

Se viene chiusa la ricerca di base la ricerca applicata verrebbe a mancare nel giro di pochissimo tempo. Questo è stato ribadito in più di una occasione in più di un posto.

L’idea di utilizzare e convogliare tutte le risorse nella ricerca applicata è miope e povera di visione. L’unica ricerca che può far saltare di paradigma è quella di base. Perchè serve la ricerca l’ho scritto qui

Il post di Marco merita una lettura. Sottoscrivo in pieno.

To boldly go where no man (scientist) has been before

Capt. Kirk – Diario di Bordo Nave spaziale Enterprise revisited

Book Meme

Seguendo il meme lanciato da Luca su Parzialmente Scremato:

“To describe the map in figure 2.7A mathematically, we write the horizontal and vertical coordinates, X and Y, describing points on the cortical surface as a functions of the eccentricity ϵ and azymuth a of the corresponding points in the visual field, X(ϵ,a), Y(ϵ,b).”

“Theoretical Neuroscience – Peter Dayan and L.F. Abbot”

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