As Of 11 07 2008

Visuals

Theme: Drive

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Description
1. incoming messages wil drive through the Poetry buildings.
2. The message will be broken down and/or replaced with synonyms
3. The message will "Visit" buildings and turn itself to a poetry.

Theme: spin

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Description
1. incoming messages wil be surrounded by poetry sphere.
2. The message will be broken down and/or replaced with synonyms
3. unselected poetries will dissapear.
4. Resulting poetry will be displayed

Meeting with LTA on 11th July 11, 2008

BlogWall at Kent Ridge MRT Station: Presentation by Janaka Prasad on 11/07/2008

Is it legal to log SMS messages? MXR need to clarify this.
Low priority, check with MDA

Log mobile numbers of the users who sends SMS with banned words and gets away with that. The administrator can check and the log and find out who has sent those words and
banned them. This function may clash with automated backup. This may not be a good solution.

(Task -1) Banned phone numbers get stored for short period of time. During that time they are prevented from sending SMS. The time is read from a configuration file.

LTA is OK with purchasing the software dictionary that would enable the system to remain unconnected to the Internet.

How do we stop users from sending banned words in to the system in creative ways? The system only displays the message for a short time say, 1 min. So the damage can be minimized.

The computer used in the system has to last long period of time. It has to be reliable and robust for a long duration of operations. MXR is to find out what is the suitable computer for this task.

What would happen when SMS become outdated? The modules have to be reprogrammed.

How do we provide instructions to use the BlogWall. Under the display screen?

The post paid card does have a monthly bill associated with it apart from initial cost. Add that to the budget.

Can LCD panel be used instead of projectors?

(Task - 2) The system should have a scrolling text advertisement at the bottom. It may contain small iconic images as well. This would be able to generate revenue from the BlogWall. This mean a new backend tool need to be created to handle this. Like in CNN.

What would happen when large number of SMS sends to the system from the display view point? Older messages should fade away instead of removing them completely.

(Task - 3) What is the minimum time a message display on the screen? 1 min? read from configuration file.

What is the operating system? Move to vista.

MXR to find the annual operating cost of the system. Electricity, maintenance, computer both for LCD panel and projectors.

LTA to send screen size and distance to the screen, Autocad file.

LTA will purchase the hardware and MXR will install BlogWall and deliver it back to LTA. Train Dr. Newton to install the system from scratch.

ON/ OFF – Kiosk mode, assume the system never stops.

Small didactics plaque with MXR, developers, students.

MXR should provide photos of the lab, people working on various stages of BlogWall, brainstorming about BlogWall, detail description of the BlogWall system. This would be used for the book. This would be one in documentation stage.

People working in the MRT station should be knowledgeable about BlogWall. They should be able to explain the purpose of the system.

Prepare purchase and operating budget.

Things to do

  • Banned phone numbers get stored for short period of time. During that time they are prevented from sending SMS. The time is read from a configuration file.
  • The system should have a scrolling text advertisement at the bottom. It may contain small iconic images as well. This would be able to generate revenue from the BlogWall. This mean a new backend tool need to be created to handle this. Like in CNN.
  • What is the minimum time a message display on the screen? 1 min? read from configuration file.
  • Development should move to Vista
  • MXR to find the annual operating cost of the system. Electricity, maintenance, computer both for LCD panel and projectors. Prepare purchase and operating budget.
  • Application should work on Kiosk mode, assume the system never stops.
  • Train people to install the system from scratch
  • Prepare documentations

Dictionary information

Compliled by : Varun

1. Mobysaurus Thesaurus 1.0.55

Mobysaurus Thesaurus is a free, comprehensive (over 30,000 headwords and 2,500,000 synonyms), feature-rich, easy-to-use, off-line English thesaurus that helps you write and speak better by leading you to the right word for every purpose or occasion.

Pros: Free, database is stored in text format which can be easily adapted into a sql database for own use.
Cons: Doesn’t work well with adjectives. Example, no results for adjectives/action words like ‘running’.

2. WordWeb 5.5

This thesaurus/dictionary can be used to look up words from almost any program. In addition to displaying sense definitions and synonyms, WordWeb can find sets of related words. The database has more than 150,000 root words and 120,000 synonym sets, many proper nouns, pronunciations, and usage tags. WordWeb works off line, but when online you can also quickly view web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia.

Pros: Extensive database.
Cons: US$999 for the sql database. Client-side database in proprietary binary format.

3. TheFreeDictionary.com

TheFreeDictionary.com is an online dictionary and encyclopedia which gathers information from a variety of sources. This site cross references the contents of Wikipedia, Columbia Encyclopedia, Hutchinson Encyclopedia (subscription), The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, the Acronym Finder database, several financial dictionaries, legal dictionary, and other content.

Pros: Free database that can be accessed via an API
Cons: Requires a internet connection. Also, website might go down or may not be accessible at certain periods of time.

4. Babylon 7

Babylon offers you the most intuitive tool for all your translation needs. With Babylon you can quickly translate e-mails, Web pages, documents, or instant messages. You simply click on the word or text that you want to translate and a small window instantly appears with the desired results from Babylon's extensive database of language dictionaries or glossaries. Babylon offers its users a wide range of titles from the world's premier publishing houses including Oxford, Britannica, Merriam-Webster, Larousse, Vox, Langenscheidt, Pons, and Taishukan.

Pros: Has a large collection of words and also has words from other languages.
Cons: Database is proprietary.

5.Oxford Dictionary of English 2.2

Electronic versions of two world-renowned dictionaries. Both use the ifinger interface for access.
Pros: Extremely user-friendly. Exhaustive list of words and definitions.
Cons: Only client-side application available and database is proprietary. Dictionary database cannot be used for other applications. Commercial.

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