Stanford Artificial Intelligence Class (YouTube Playlists)

July 14th, 2012

Update: Udacity now has the course videos in their curriculum. So just go and view them here.

Last year Stanford University, Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun had this great initiative to give an Artificial Intelligence course online. I didn’t follow the course back then but recently thought I’d check it out. There is a website http://www.ai-class.com with links to most of the videos (videos with answers to the questions are not there). As I wanted to watch the videos on my tablet the website was quite cumbersome. So I decided to make playlists of all the course videos. There were already some people having playlists of some units on YouTube but I couldn’t find anybody that had them all. I also found most of the answer and the exam videos on YouTube which are not shown at the AI class website

Below you can see the playlist of the first unit of the course:

The rest of the playlists of all the other units you can find on my YouTube Channel

Here’s a video where Peter Norvig explains at the TED conference the success of giving the course online.

Sebastian Thrun got so inspired by this that he gave up his job at Google and Stanford to start his own startup Udacity which basically will supply many more courses for free (they’ll make a bit of money if you want to have certification). Here’s an interesting interview with him in This Week in Startups where he explains it in more detail. Go to minute 4:00 to skip all the commercial announcements in this video. Udacity is really an amazing idea and has the potential to really disrupt education and make high quality university education available for everybody.

CloudFlare: Speeds up and protects your website for free

June 20th, 2011

It’s not often that I get excited about a startup, but CloudFlare is one of them. CloudFlare can speed up websites by 50% and also protects it against Denial of Service, Web spam, Code injection etc.. The only thing you need to do is change the name servers of your website to the ones provided by Cloudflare. Signing up and changing the name servers is taking less than 5 minutes. The free account is probably good enough for most of sites. If you want more advanced features you can get that for $20 a month with additional sites costing you $5 per month.

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Chilean Driver Exam (Dokter Bibber, Ezeltje prik and more)

June 16th, 2011

Today I tried to get my Chilean driver license. Exam was very funny

I had two play two games to see how my physical skills are. A kind of version of Dokter Bibber. (For the non Dutch here is a 20s video http://goo.gl/uqIho )  and a version of Ezeltje prik (An old Dutch game played at child parties where while blind folded you have to put a pin in a picture of a donkey)

Luckily as a kid I was brilliant at these games so I passed this part of test.  So then I had to go medical exam. Do you have any health problems? No? OK you passed the exam.

Then there was the theoretical part with some real gems

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Boycot GoDaddy.com: CEO Killing Elephants for Fun

March 31st, 2011

This really ticked me off today

I used to have a domain with GoDaddy because if you sign up with Google Apps for your domain there was an option to buy a domain at GoDaddy (I hope Google will remove this option soon now that it is known that the CEO killl elephants for fun)

Today I found the following email in my inbox from my current registrar Namecheap

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Want to get $40,000 for your Startup Company

February 15th, 2011

The government of my new home country Chile has a great program called Startup Chile. With this program a foreign entrepreneur that wants to setup a startup business can get $40,000 from the Chilean government. And the good thing is that you don’t have to give up a part of your company. It’s a $40,000 grant. With these grants Chile wants to stimulate entrepreneurship and aims to become the technology hub of South America.

The only real string attached is that you have to come a live in Chile for 6 months (the government arranges all the paperwork). However that is not really a punishment either. Chile is modern country, with nice weather, friendly people and fantastic scenery.

Applying for the $40,000 grant starts tomorrow. You can find the details about applying and the exact conditions here

Santa’s gift to GNOME foundation $1360

January 29th, 2011

gnome-amazon Because of Christmas shopping I expected the affiliate fees to beat the $1000 a month mark. Santa left a total of $1360 to the GNOME foundation in Amazon affiliate fees

Detailed overview of the December affiliate fees:

Amazon.com
$693.00
Amazon.ca $0.00
Amazon.de €298.42
Amazon.fr €65.80
Amazon.co.uk £89.94
Amazon.jp ¥3346

Graph below shows the history of the affiliate fees of the past year.

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany/Google Chrome/Chromium

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks. For Google Chrome/Chromium you can also use the URLs listed below to add a specific GNOME Amazon Search Engine

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s

Getting close to $1000: GNONE Amazon Affiliate Fees November 2010

December 27th, 2010

gnome-amazon A bit later than usual (my son got born :-) and we moved to live in Chile in the past 5 weeks). Also good news for the affiliate fees as it topped again in November and we’re getting close to $1000 a month. In November the total was $977 helped by a significant increase by Banshee affiliate fees that reached $628.

Detailed overview of the November affiliate fees:

Amazon.com
$570.66
Amazon.ca $0.00
Amazon.de €167.84
Amazon.fr €27.21
Amazon.co.uk £61.43
Amazon.jp ¥4645

Graph below shows the history of the affiliate fees of the past year. Banshee now has a separate curve


Amazon in the meantime opened two other international stores in Italy and China. So there are more revenue opportunities out there.

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany/Google Chrome/Chromium

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks. For Google Chrome/Chromium you can also use the URLs listed below to add a specific GNOME Amazon Search Engine

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s

Still breaking records!! GNOME Amazon Affiliate fees October 2010

November 7th, 2010

gnome-amazon Affiliate fees are still growing. October brought in record $823 :-). A very nice increase from the previous record of $635.

Banshee MP3 sales really kicked in (I guess because of recent distribution releases). Banshee MP3 download affiliate fees doubled from $218 to $448.

Detailed overview of the September affiliate fees:

Amazon.com
$403.46
Amazon.ca $0.00
Amazon.de €173.43
Amazon.fr €25.71
Amazon.co.uk £64.71
Amazon.jp ¥3162

And here is graph showing how we have been doing this year with affiliate fees. The  curve has a nice direction :-)

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany/Google Chrome/Chromium

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks. For Google Chrome/Chromium you can also use the URLs listed below to add a specific GNOME Amazon Search Engine

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s

Remarkable Flight Entertainment Systems

October 25th, 2010

Actually haven’t come across a remarkable flight entertainment system yet . The ones I’ve used on all the flights I have been on are always slow and have non intuitive user interface. A nice example is the KLM flight entertainment I had last week on a flight from Amsterdam to San Francisco. This deserves to be in the UI hall of shame

  1. Why oh why do I have to select between 3 versions of The Bounty Hunter why can’t I just select the movie and later on change audio or subtitles.
  2. Why is there Library I and Library II?
  3. Why do only some movies have the option to see a trailer?
  4. Why does the the system react so slow when you push a button.
  5. Why is the remote placed on the inside of the armrest? When I have the screen turned off it turns on again because I accidentally touch a button with my leg
  6. Why does KLM show a 30 second ad about their wonderful inflight system every time I turn on the system or watch a new movie? I just want to see the movie.

Leave a comment if you have come across remarkable flight entertainment systems.

Another Record Month! GNOME Amazon Affiliate fees September 2010

October 3rd, 2010

gnome-amazon September has beaten our previous record month :-). In total approximately $635 has been received from in affiliate fees from Amazon compared to the previous record of $500 a nice 27% increase.

The affiliate fees that banshee generates are also part of this. These increased from $174 to $218 this month.

Detailed overview of the September affiliate fees:

Amazon.com
$291.65
Amazon.ca $0.00
Amazon.de €142.21
Amazon.fr €17.77
Amazon.co.uk £43.23
Amazon.jp ¥4553

All stores increased their revenues this month :-)

And here is graph showing how we have been doing this year with affiliate fees.

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany/Google Chrome/Chromium

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks. For Google Chrome/Chromium you can also use the URLs listed below to add a specific GNOME Amazon Search Engine

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s