Archive for the ‘computers’ Category

MOOC: Mock Education

April 29, 2013

MOOC Mock Education

“The online education utopians ignore the fact that free learning has existed for decades in the form of the public library and despite that availability, every kid within bicycling distance to his local branch didn’t turn into a self taught entrepreneur. Suggesting that online courses are the cure-all for our educational needs is like saying all you have to do to teach kids in the ghetto is give away textbooks on the corner.”

– “Why online education is mostly a fantasy,” Francisco Dao, PandoDaily

(more…)

Google Street View Hyperlapse (Dramamine recommended)

April 16, 2013

“Hyper-lapse photography – a technique combining time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest …. Creating them requires precision and many hours stitching together photos taken from carefully mapped locations. We aimed at making the process simpler by using Google Street View as an aid, but quickly discovered that it could be used as the source material. It worked so well, we decided to design a very usable UI around our engine and release Google Street View Hyperlapse.”

– Teehan+Lax Labs

_______________

Short Link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-gvL

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

What Should I Read Next?

March 24, 2013

What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next? (WSIRN), “the easiest to use book recommendation system online,” was developed and is maintained by Andrew Chapman and Paul Lenz of Thoughtplay Ltd., and employs “a collaborative filtering system, using our own bespoke algorithm called ‘Incidence Bias Weighting’ and partly using association rules.” This labor of love has been up and running since 2005.

While Amazon recommends titles based on past buying behavior, Chapman and Lenz don’t, observing “you don’t always buy items for yourself, do you?” WSIRN links to Amazon so you can, though. “We’re not trying to urge you to buy particular bestsellers or anything like that,” they say, “we simply want to help people share their favorite items with each other.”

________________

Short Link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-gkg

Image (“The Kindle Reader or A Young Girl Seated, after Renoir”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

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.

________________

Short Link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-ghu

Image (“Cherry Blossom Webcam, after After Hiroshige”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

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

________________

Short Link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-gfH

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

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

______________________

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-fIs

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

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

___________________

Short Link:  http://wp.me/p6sb6-fB6

Image by Mike Licht (from a photo by Sage Ross on Flickr). Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

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

_________________

Short Link:  http://wp.me/p6sb6-f80

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

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 ….

________________

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-eQW

Image  (“Fruit of the Web, after Norman Rockwell”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length

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

________________

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-ePO

Image  (“Blonde With iPad, after Harry L. Barton, Jr.”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 141 other followers