Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Expanding Virtual PC VHDs using VHD Resizer and running Windows Server 2008 R2

This is for folks without access to Hyper-V, but want to learn it in a free Virtual PC 2007 emulator, which can run Windows 2008 R2 and Windows Sever 8, with a few tricks.

http://kb.dutchalps.com/microsoftvirtualpc.htm

Tips: VHD Resizer took an really long long time to start ~15mins, and then finally it progressed quickly.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Windows Explorer Most Recent List or Pinned Jump List Items do not appear in Windows 7


Windows Explorer Most Recent List or Pinned Jump List Items do not appear in Windows 7


Fixing Stuck Explorer Items

Windows Explorer always seems to use the same exact filename to store the pinned/recent items: 1B4DD67F29CB1962.AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS
So you can try this command, which will wipe out all the pinned and recent items for Windows Explorer only:
del %appdata%\microsoft\windows\recent\automaticdestinations\1B4DD67F29CB1962.AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS

BONUS : Enabling last active windows with ALT-TAB order.
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/quick-tip-change-stacked-window-behavior-in-the-windows-7-taskbar/3959?tag=content;siu-container

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Evolutionary equations, apply the biological feedback loop (learning) to derive new mathematical formulas!

Hod Lipson on The Robotic Scientist: Mining Experimental Data

TVO show "Big Ideas" presents Hod Lipson of Cornell University speaking about his amazing working in using evolutionary algorithms.

Through trial and error, robots learn how to walk (@ 9:49).  This was achieve by give the robot basic motor commands, then the robot learns how to walk by try every combination of possible movements until it moves forward reaching its goal.

This same technique was used for evolutionary equations, by giving basic math primitives (+,-,/,*, sin,cos, etc) equations are built to match and model a best fit to an observable outcome. Hod calls this Symbolic Regression, and through millions of trials, a perfect and sometimes previously unknown equation will emerge!

Hod also points out, that trials with the most disagreement (@ 11:38) yields the most information! A new perspective the next time you get into an argument;)

This has huge ramifications for in area of robotics, programmable self-assemblies and AI. See my article on the prediction an AI God, in which Steven Hawking (the smartest man in world) warns against the rise of AI.

Lipson lecture is entitled "The Robotic Scientist: Mining Experimental Data for Scientific Laws, from Cognitive Robots to Computational Biology."


(@ 21:43 section, using math primitives (+,-,/,*) this will evolve and find fitting equations)

http://creativemachines.cornell.edu/eureqa - A program for you to use to try evolutionary approach and was open source (now gone).