Archive for the ‘computers’ Category

Cherry Blossom Webcam

March 21, 2013

Cherry Blossom Webcam

Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. It’s that time again — or is it? March temperatures have been colder than expected, so the National Park Service has pushed its peak bloom forecast from next week to April 3rd through 6th. Keep track of bloom progress with the National Park Service Cherry Blossom Webcam.

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Internet Surveillance

March 19, 2013

Internet Surveillance
“The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we’re being tracked all the time. Google tracks us, both on its pages and on other pages it has access to. Facebook does the same; it even tracks non-Facebook users. Apple tracks us on our iPhones and iPads. One reporter used a tool called Collusion to track who was tracking him; 105 companies tracked his Internet use during one 36-hour period.”

– “The Internet is a surveillance state,” Bruce Schneier, CNN Opinion

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Orangutans & iPads

January 25, 2013


Orangutans at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are using iPads. That explains lots of blog comment threads ….

Seriously, this is a giant evolutionary step for our caged simian cousins. App-groping apes will become just as productive as iPad-toting humans, spending hours with Facebook and Angry Birds.

More:

“What Happens When You Give an Orangutan an iPad?,” Leah Binkovitz, Around the Mall blog

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Aaron Swartz 1986 – 2013

January 13, 2013

Aaron Swartz 1986 -- 2013

“Aaron Swartz, Famous Hacker And Reddit Builder, Dies At 26,” Jen Chung, Gothamist

“Death of internet activist Aaron Swartz prompts flood of Twitter tributes,” Paul Harris, The Guardian

“Reddit co-founder, Internet activist, Aaron Swartz, dies at age 26,” Verena Dobnik, AP via Christian Science Monitor

“Aaron Swartz, Coder and Activist, Dead at 26,” Kevin Poulsen, Wired

“Aaron Swartz, Tech Prodigy and Internet Activist, Is Dead at 26,” Sam Gustin, TIME

“Aaron Swartz, freedom fighter”, Andrew Leonard, Salon

“Aaron Swartz dies at 26; Internet folk hero founded Reddit,” Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times

“A tribute to Aaron Swartz, the young hero of freedom for information, driven to his death on Friday by the US Department for Justice,” Neurobonkers

“The Truth about Aaron Swartz’s ‘Crime,’” Alex Stamos, Unhandled Exception

“Prosecutor as bully,” Lawrence Lessig, Lessig Blog v2

“Aaron Swartz Faced A More Severe Prison Term Than Killers, Slave Dealers And Bank Robbers,” Ian Millhiser, Think Progress

“How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz — And Us,” Tim Wu, The New Yorker

“Feds dismiss charges against Swartz, citing suicide,”  Alex Halpern,  AP via Salon

“Academe Is Complicit,” Timothy Burke, Inside Higher Ed

“MIT president asks for ‘a thorough analysis’ of Aaron Swartz case,” Seth Mnookin, The Panic Virus

“Reacting to Aaron Swartz’s Suicide,”  Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed 

“Postscript: Aaron Swartz (1986-2013),” Caleb Crain, The New Yorker

“Adieu, Aaron,” Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed

“The Death of Aaron Swartz,” Peter Singer and Agata Sagan, New York Review of Books blog

“Aaron Swartz May Have Violated JSTOR’s Terms of Service. Should That Be a Crime?” Justin Peters, Slate

Aaron Swartz website bio

Aaron Swartz @ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Syria Shuts Off the Internet

November 29, 2012

Syria Shuts Off the Internet

“Syria: Internet and mobile communication ‘cut off,’” BBC News

“Syria Has Disappeared From the Internet,” Arik Hesseldahl, AllThingsD

“Internet down nationwide in Syria,” AP via USA Today

UPDATE:

“How Syria Shut Down the Internet,” Ben Weitzenkorn, TechNewsDaily via Discovery News

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Remember When iPads Were Hip?

November 2, 2012

Remember When iPads Were Hip?

Hey Granny, Zurich’s Micasa Lab makes a rocking chair with a built-in generator, speakers, and a dock for your iPad. Hot Diggity!

iRock: The Worlds first power generating iPad Rocking Chair.

On second thought, bet you youngsters down in SoHo and the Village wish you had one right now ….

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Playing Games

October 30, 2012

Playing Games

You bought that tablet computer for work or school, right? A study shows that you really use it for games and entertainment. Together, those account for almost 80 percent of tablet device usage. Even your smartphone is more task-oriented.

“Tablets are ‘media machines’ with games the most popular app category,” Stuart Dredge, The Guardian

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The Internet is Made Out of Cats

September 5, 2012

The Internet is Made Out of Cats

“A cat wearing a short tie plays music on a cat-shaped keyboard (“Pancake Meowsic Video,” 185,459 views). A woman performs sun salutations with a cat on her back (“Cat Loves Yoga,” 1,539 views). A man slaps two cats on an ironing board to the beat of “Atmosphere” (“Cat Slap Joy Division,” 357,605 views; watch this one). (Now, I mean.) Kittens try to keep up with an accelerating treadmill (“Treadmill Kittens,” 3.4 million views). A fat cat walks on an underwater treadmill (“Fat Cat Walking on Underwater Treadmill,” 133,434 views). Two cats cuff at a treadmill in perplexed inquisition (“Cats Try to Understand Treadmill,” 1.9 million views). Search YouTube for “cat treadmill” and see how many results there are. Or, actually, don’t.”

– “In Search of the Living, Purring, Singing Heart of the Online Cat-Industrial Complex,” Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Wired

Cat videos are central to our cultural ethos. They were invented in 1894 by the father of the American entertainment industry, Thomas Edison:

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iHowl, by Alan Ginsberg & Fernsy

August 5, 2012

iHowl, by Alan Ginsberg & Fernsy

“I saw the best minds of my generation in chat rooms with the worst minds of my generation destroyed by bad Yelp reviews and a troll on Angies list after failed ebay auction bids dragging themselves through google adwords looking for SEO optimization while stirring to Kelly Clarkson on Itunes.

Message t shirt donning hipsters burning for the extra cash to afford optimized DSL connections and emoticon responses that stave off acronym exhaustion. Sat up chewing nicotine gum in the LCD monitors earthy glow floating over contemplating John Travolta’s latest disgruntled masseuse. Sober on Setraline who bared their brains to Yahoo after passing the CAPTCHA under a clever seeming screenname and saw Mohammedan menaces make the TSA frisk them at LAX.”

More:

“iHowl- With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg,” Fernsy, The Definitive Blog

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Computers: Back to the Future

July 22, 2012

Computers: Back to the Future

ENIAC, the first general-purpose computer, was built in 1946 and contained 19,000 glass vacuum tubes. Everything old is new again: Tube computers are back.

It seems that the materials of solid-state devices offer resistance to electrons, which slows down computing speeds. Electrons travel though a vacuum, though, with ease and great speed. New vacuum devices will be smaller, cooler, and more advanced, and the next generation of tube computers will weigh considerably less than ENIAC’s 27 tons.

More:

“I’ve seen the future of electronics and it’s … vacuum tubes!” Amara D. Angelica,  Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence

Hat tip: Orion Jones, Big Think

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