Archive for the ‘News’ category

Please, help us find missing Canadian Pilot using Google Earth

December 26, 2007

Thanks to technology, you can be instrumental to bringing peace to a tormented family. We are trying to find an apple seed in a backyard infested with weed. We need your eyes and your goodwill.

Ron Boychuk disappeared on October 23, 2007 on his way home, while he was flying alone in a Cessna 172 plane. Ron departed from Revelstoke, Canada en route to the Vancouver Island community of Qualicum, Canada and never arrived. The Canadian government has given up the search. This is why friends and family have been sending their cry for help to the online community.

The incredible people at DigitalGlobe and InternetSAR responded the call and have donated their invaluable time and resources to make this search possible.

DigitalGlobe arranged for a satellite sweep of some of the highest value areas, and have donated us free of charge the best image quality available in North America.

InternetSAR are providing us with their valuable time, experience, and technology to support the collaborative analysis of those images.

We now need many people to thoroughly observe the images and report any spot that should be looked at more closely. We are trying to find an apple seed in a backyard infested with weed.

We need your eyes; we need volunteers; we need goodwill. Thanks to technology, you can help. You can be instrumental to bringing peace to a tormented family.

If you want to help, please:

  1. go to
  2. follow the link “Ron Boychuk Search”
  3. create your account
  4. review one or more imagery overlays with Google Earth

Any question, please join the Google Earth Community. There, we have enabled a forum related to the Search for Ron Boychuk

Our sincerest thanks



Calgary Open Source Systems Festival: The largest free technology event in Calgary

October 21, 2007

This coming weekend is the Calgary Open Source Systems Festival (COSSFest 2007). For those open source lovers and those curious about open source, this is a must attend event. By the way, I will be giving two talks: one on Machine Learning Development with Perl and another on Open Source Business Analytics.

Here is the official press release:


COSSFEST 07 (Calgary Open Source Systems Festival) will bring together professionals, students and enthusiasts who share a common interest in Open Source software.

This one-day conference and expo will be made up of speakers and hourly workshops.

Booths featuring hardware vendors, software companies, services companies, and (of course) user groups will be on hand. This event is the largest free technology event in Calgary!


COSSFEST 07 will publicize open source systems and educate the community at large on how open source systems can satisfy their software needs. This is a great opportunity for visionaries, developers, technologists, entrepreneurs, programmers, CIOs, CTOs, educators, not-for-profit leaders, hackers and average users to meet, network and learn.




4-Nines Dining Centre, John Ware Building

SAIT Polytechnic

1301 – 16th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Saturday, October 27, 2007

9:30 am to 5:30 pm.


This is a FREE event

(Registration for attendance is required at


For more information, please visit:

Contact: Kin Wong at 403.617.9316 or e-mail:


Everyone interested in Linux, Unix, Open Source and Free Software is welcome


IBM Joins Community

September 14, 2007

10 September 2007 — The community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of software. IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of Besides working with the community on the free productivity suite’s software, IBM will also leverage technology in its products.

read the full press release at

Presenting AranduCorp

September 10, 2007

AranduCorp is a consulting firm focused on helping organizations improve their business processes, marketing, and sales. AranduCorp offers training and consulting services on predictive analytics and will soon offer affordable predictive analytics software solutions for small and medium size businesses.

For more information visit:

AranduCorp’s Website

AranduCorp’s Blog

The GPL v. 3 is Here

June 30, 2007

The new version of the GNU GPL (General Purpose License) was unveiled on Friday June 29, 2007. The complete text is available at the GNU GPL site. How many projects will switch to use the new license? That is a question that only time can answer …

Venezuelan researcher has set a new Wi-Fi distance record

June 19, 2007

A researcher from the Universidad de los Andes (ULA), Prof. Ermanno Pietrosemoli, has set a new record for the longest communication link with Wi-Fi: 382 kilometers (238 miles). Pietrosemoli, president of the Escuela Latinoamerica de Redes (or Networking School of Latin America), achieved the record by establishing a Wi-Fi link between two computers located in El Aguila and Platillon Mountain, Venezuela. Pietrosemoli gets about 3 megabits per second in each direction on his long-range connections.

The full article is available at c|net

Is Canada a Land of Mediocrity?

June 17, 2007

The Globe and Mail reports:

Canada’s failure to innovate is spilling over into the economy, environmental protection, health care, education, and poverty eradication – turning the country into a land of stifling mediocrity, according to a harsh new report card from the Conference Board of Canada.

The full article is available at Canada Land of Mediocrity

Even though I do not agree with the title of the article, I completely agree that we (specially our Government) need to do something to move forward our beautiful country. We have the people and the talent, we just need the support of our government to create an environment in which innovation could flourish.