Author: Umar

Noteworthy Articles on Philosophy of Mind

Noteworthy Articles on Philosophy of Mind

Here I am putting together a list of articles / resources on ‘Philosophy of Mind’ which I found worth reading: Title Minding Matter Subtitle The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground. Author Adam Frank (Professor of Astronomy at the University of Rochester in New…

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MOOC Review: The Biology of Consciousness by Christof Koch

MOOC Review: The Biology of Consciousness by Christof Koch

Consciousness is one of the top puzzles of modern science and philosophy. Everything we study in science is objective and has physical properties, but consciousness seems to be an exception. It is subjective, it feels like something to be conscious. Each conscious agent has private, privileged access to his own inner experience which is not available…

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Connecting Hyper-V Virtual Machine to Wireless network and Internet on Windows 10

Connecting Hyper-V Virtual Machine to Wireless network and Internet on Windows 10

Connecting Hyper-V virtual machines to the wireless network adapter can be a painful experience. I was wondering why it is so hard and poorly documented. As explained here, probably the reason is that the product is primarily targeted for servers where we always have wired networks. To connect the VM to the wireless network, we…

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Mind Mate: Taking Notes with rich text support

Mind Mate: Taking Notes with rich text support

(for background on Mind Mate, click here) Today, I released a new version (0.4) of Mind Mate on GitHub. The chief improvement is the rich text editing capabilities for notes as demonstrated below. When the focus is inside Note Editor, the ribbon switches to following Contextual tab. If the cursor is inside a table, ‘Table…

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BusinessObjects Universe Design Tool: Each calculated column must have an explicit name

BusinessObjects Universe Design Tool: Each calculated column must have an explicit name

In SAP BusinessObjects Universe Design Tool, you might get the following error – “Each calculated column must have an explicit name”. Even though the query runs fine in the underlying database, but Universe Design Tool doesn’t accept it. The reason is it expects ‘AS’ keyword between the calculated column and its alias. So that query…

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CodeSchool courses on JavaScript Frameworks

CodeSchool courses on JavaScript Frameworks

CodeSchool is a great site for introductory programming courses. With all guides and practice exercises available right within the browser, it is a hassle-free way to start learning. The design of the site is also very pleasing which enhances the overall experience. Recently, CodeSchool offered a free weekend pass to all their content. I took the…

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Run MySql without installation

Run MySql without installation

I have been looking for a portable version MySql database which I can just copy on my machine and start using with installation. It took a little bit of effort to make it work. Here are the steps I performed for running MySql without going through installation process (noinstall): Download Zip Archive (Community Edition) from http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/…

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Mind Mate: Mind Mapping on Windows 7 and 8

Mind Mate: Mind Mapping on Windows 7 and 8

(for background on Mind Mate, click here) I have been developing Mind Mate on Windows 10 machine, so wasn’t sure how it is going to behave on earlier versions of OS. Today, I tested it on Windows 7 and 8 using VMs made available by Microsoft. Mind Mate worked perfectly on Windows 8 but encountered…

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Developed Mind Mapping software ‘Mind Mate’

Developed Mind Mapping software ‘Mind Mate’

Mind Map is a graphical way of representing concepts and ideas. It starts with the main idea at the center with branches going into details. Personally, I use it for all my notes taking, to-do lists, managing project information etc. Probably it goes beyond what normal usage of the term Mind Map implies but I…

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Review: Nietzsche and the Postmodern Condition by Rick Roderick

Review: Nietzsche and the Postmodern Condition by Rick Roderick

Rick Roderick in his overbearing sarcastic style thrashes popular culture and modernity with the aid of Nietzsche’s writings. He describes Nietzsche as a ‘Master of Suspicion’, a phrase taken from Paul Ricœur. Nietzsche’s definition of truth, the coin worn out by constant use losing its real value and leaving just the metal behind, is epitomical…

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