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“The .NET framework provides a powerful class Regex for
creating and using Regular Expressions. While regular expressions are a
powerful way to parse, edit, and replace text, the complex syntax makes
them hard to understand and prone to errors, even for the experienced
user. When developing code that uses regular expressions, I have found
it very helpful to create and debug my expressions in a separate tool
to avoid time consuming compile/debug cycles. Expresso enables me to do
the following:

  • Build complex regular expressions by selecting components from a palette

  • Test expressions against real or sample input data

  • Display all matches in a tree structure showing captured groups, and all captures within a group

  • Build replacement strings and test the match and replace functionality

  • Highlight matched text in the input data

  • Automatically test for syntax errors

  • Generate Visual Basic or C# code that can be incorporated directly into programs

  • Read or save regular expressions and input data”

It’s available as binary and source download.

Source: http://www.codeproject.com/dotnet/expresso.asp

Microsoft Announces Robotics Studio

Finnaly I can say it, Tandy Trower and his team have announced the Microsoft Robotic Studio [1]. Last time I have seen it in early spring, some parts of the tool have been already very impressing. Finally, I am looking forward for the final release.

Brside this the Robot magazine gives a first impression of the Robotics Studio [2] and some first screenshots of the upcomming Simulator [3]. Furthermore the Carnegie Mellon University starts a new programm [4] supported by the Robotics Group from Redmond. Meanwhile, there is also a Channe 9 video of almost one hour [5] available.

[1] http://msdn.microsoft.com/robotics/
[2] http://www.botmag.com/issue3/microsoft_technical_preview_1.shtml
[3] http://www.botmag.com/issue3/microsoft_technical_preview_2.shtml
[4] http://www.cir.ri.cmu.edu/
[5] http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=206574

How to make things smaller

No, you won’t need a hammer to do the things I write about in this article. You will need a camera and a special lens.


this actually IS the Roman Colosseum

“To create this effect, Barbieri uses a tilt-frame camera to shift the plane of focus so that it is out of alignment with the film. Normally, this allows wide-angle aerial views to be captured in proper perspective. But used incorrectly, an optical illusion occurs.”

Source: http://www.discover.com/issues/jul-06/rd/toys/

Kings Quest 3 remake downloadable for free


It’s the year 1986 and Kings Quest got it’s 3rd episode. An adventure in 16 colors. But now it’s 2006. And Infamous Adventures did a remake:

“Infamous Adventures is proud to present a Remake of Roberta William’s classic 1986 hit, King’s Quest III. Remade in VGA color to match later Sierra releases, and using the AGS engine by Chris Jones, IA promises to make an enjoyable 1:1 remake of King’s Quest III. In the tradition of recent remakes, King’s Quest I and II+ by Tierra/AGDI, Infamous Adventures hopes to create a new classic of the Beloved Series.”

  • All 16 color backgrounds remade into stunning VGA graphics
  • Enhanced Close up cut-scenes and dialogue pictures help immerse you into what is known as the first plot driven chapter of the King’s Quest series.
  • Original music by professional music composer(s)
  • Re-experience the adventure with a stunning new interface (no more typing) And if you never played well, you’ll probably enjoy it anyway.

You can download Kings Quest 3 here for free. You can even get the soundtrack there.

Source: http://www.infamous-adventures.com/index.php?page=kq3

High Dynamic Range display available…

BrightSide is the name of the company that announced their High Dynamic Range display recently.

“BrightSide introduces the DR37-P, a pectacular breakthrough in display technology that uses an array of LED backlights to deliver 10 times the brightness and 100 times the contrast of existing televisions and computer monitors. BrightSide’s Extreme Dynamic Range displays deliver more vibrant images and allow you to see your data in
vivid detail.”

  • Extreme Dynamic Range
  • Over 3000 cd/m2 Brightness
  • Contrast Ratio > 200,000:1
  • High Definition 1920×1080
  • 37” Screen
  • 16 bits per color
  • IMLED – Individually Modulated Array of LED backlights

There are some movies available where you can get an impression what HDR really means. It’s a bit heavy…”less than 72 kg” says the spec. But it looks cooool:


Source 1: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2005/10/04/brightside_hdr_edr/1.html

Source 2: http://www.brightsidetech.com/products/dr37p.php