Tag Archive: social media

2020 Vision: Why you wont recognize the Net in 10 years – Network World.


YouTube – The Machine is Us/ing Us Final Version.

“We have to rethink Everything”

Custom CSS, Keep it or Lose it? « SexyBookmarks.

This plugin for WordPress is very cool, it has all the links the major social bookmarking and sites so that a user doesnt have to have a bookmarklet in their menu bar, all kinds of animated goodness.


Richard Stallman is a heavyweight in the opensource/privacy movement and he advocates keeping files private and local versus the cloud as he fears that once users are locked into cloud services and storage they will be charged highway robbery prices to use, and even more if they want to extract their data.


This article discusses the different types of cloud computing among the different providers, namely Microsofts “software as a service” model, or Amazons “Utility Computing”, or Google’s “user end applications” model.


This is merely an interest group that is gathering support to keep cloud computing open. Having open formats mean that data can easily be transferred to other services if need be or if a company goes out of business the customers can move their data without having to pay someone to convert the data to a new format.


This article  talks about how some companies that have moved to cloud  services are saving  money and time  by letting services like Amazons S3 handle their data and services. Despite occasional downtimes it has been worthwhile for these companies to remotely manage their data and services and let Amazon or whoever manage the hardware.


This article describes Googles Cloud initiative which encourages young engineers to begin thinking about global information crunching and massive scale computing instead of small networks like a college computer network. The University of Washington has a course called Google 101 which teaches students to think in the grand scale to see a bigger picture and to start work on services that utilize the power of distributed processing and information stored on servers all over the globe.

A cheat sheet is a printable guide of a particular programming language, software or framework. A web designer spends most of his design time to move around different softwares environment and it becomes really hard to memorize the shortcuts and hot keys for each environment. Hence, cheat sheets provide great help for them. In this article, we present 34 essential cheat sheets for the most popular web based technologies.

via 34 cheat sheets for web designers and developers | Web and designers | Complete resource platform for web designers and developers.

HP Labs has joined the race to build an infrastructure for the emerging Internet of Things. The giant computing and IT services company has announced a project that aims to be a “Central Nervous System for the Earth” CeNSE. Its a research and development program to build a planetwide sensing network, using billions of “tiny, cheap, tough and exquisitely sensitive detectors.”

via A Central Nervous System for Earth: HPs Ambitious Sensor Network.

The most radical shift to media in recent years is that we now have a central real-time hub that serves to enhance every other content platform on the web. Sure, we could always use RSS for blogs, and sign up to follow a person’s activity on a video or photo sharing site, but used correctly, Twitternow provides a one-stop, real-time service for all of a person’s content. It allows us something that in the past only huge corporations could have: our own broadcasting network. If you’re on Twitter, and to a certain extent Facebook, you are in the broadcasting business.

via How Twitter is Changing the Face of Media.

WordPress Visual Cheat Sheet is the new document, of the Visual Cheat Sheet family, that contains a practical reference guide to WordPress 2.8. This cheat sheet 5 pages contains the full reference guide to WP Template Tags with detailed descriptions and sample code

via WordPress Visual Cheat Sheet – woorkup.com .


Google Experimental Search


I might recommend anyone who is a serious Google Search Addict try out these experiments which add to the functionality of your searches.

a drag to share Jquery how to



Personal Learning Environment or PLE is a term that describes how people teach themselves today with access to the web.  There are so many tools at our disposal that help keep track of useful websites containing, PDFs, videos, powerpoint presentations, and plain text. http://www.microbiologybytes.com/tutorials/ple/index.html

Personally I like a program called “ANKI” it is cross platform and is at most basic flashcard program, but it packs a special feature. It uses an algorithm that puts cards in order of how well you remember them, sorting the least remembered to the front. It allows me to add audio, video, and diagrams to cards; then to add tags to each card to separate them out. I have been using it mostly for learning vocabulary in French, Japanese, Spanish, and obscure English words.

Then there is also iTunesU which is a subsection of the iTunes Music Store that aggregates podcasts and vidcasts from international universities from all fields of study, allowing anyone to take any class for free. With iTunesU its easy to download a few lectures to your iphone or ipod touch and learn about literature, programming, science, or whatever else you might find.

Another great tool that I have cabbaged onto is Evernote. I have it as an application on my computer, my iphone, and it has a web interface that I can access anywhere, any note I make in any place is instantly synced with the cloud so I never have to worry about losing my data. A cool feature is that you can take a picture or scan of a handwritten note and it will automatically run the image through OCR (Character recognition) software and index the text so that its easy to search for.

Also I found a great source for scientific data, Wolfram Alpha, its makers call it a “Computational Knowledge Engine” It is a frontend for science and math, and many other kinds of imposing datasets that would be a hassle to wade through on Google. Even better is that they just released an API so that we can plug in its power to our online applications to find populations of countries, average temperature in a national park, data from NASA probes.

Its great that you dont have to go all over the web to find quality information anymore. Its easy to file it away for immediate or later learning. You can move at your own pace and even conglomerate all your information into one place if you take just a few minutes to set up an interface where its simple to sit for a few minutes or a few hours and teach yourself a new skill or add to your knowledge of history. PLEs arent a new concept its just in the past few years the tools to supplement ourselves have become that much more powerful and user friendly. Now one persons library can be quickly molded for another person, which is great for training purposes, or to get two people on the same page of debate.


This is an interesting development that will allow users to have total control over their data and how they move it from service to service based on preferences.


While a great history lesson about how and when social web began, but I think it doesnt go far enough in detailing the possibilities and the aftershocks. Granted the video is from 2006, but one can imagine that some things were obviously coming down the pipe. We only have to look at the digitization of libraries around the world. All that static information is being made available to anyone who cares to view it. Never before in history has such a wealth of culture and knowledge been available to so many. In history the greatest loss to the progress of mankind was the destruction of the library at Alexandria, now millions of books will never meet that fate, and even more interesting is what is already happening to these books. New readers, people finding old favorites, developers finding new methods of interacting with the texts. For the first time in thousands of years the lines between media formats are blurring. Now when one reads a book there will be links built right into the text to songs, pictures, names, videos. I see the lines blurring so much that it wont matter how you comment on something, the technology will turn everything into video, audio, and text automatically. The original meaning and intention of a statement will last so much longer. It will help citizens hold their politicians accountable for their statements and promises. Lets face it the world needs more accountability. Of course there will also be a need to update the laws to protect the sanctity of data. Democracy cannot survive without a tight hold of the truth and the independence of data from politics and intrigue. No one person is so important that they should be able to dictate what is true and false. Hopefully this generation will be able to adapt to the consequences of this revolution and create a bright future.


This article hails from the early days of web 2.0 when every blogger and journalist was using it like they used “jiggy with it”. It explains the big terms associated with web 2.0 for the laymen. I think this should be republished in some newspapers and magazines so that more people will begin to understand what the techies are blathering about. It is in the interest of all of us that everyone possible should be accessing and sharing their thoughts and ideas. I think it would help many people to know that they are not alone in their beliefs and interests. It also allows people to challenge themselves mentally, sometimes shedding light on a misconception bringing that person to a better understanding of themselves and their beliefs. Personally I can look back at the person I was in 2004-5 and see what has changed about me. How much better I see the world, how I shed some naiveté as I learned more about how the world worked, what to expect from people. I have had wonderful conversations with people from all walks of life discussing politics, philosophy, music. Definitely my music collection has grown in the past few years as the ability to recommend videos and music is as easy as clicking a button and sharing a link on facebook, email, or some random forum. Another thing I really enjoy about web 2.o applications and services is the humor that abounds. Creative people using old media or creating new stuff that alludes to something else to poke fun, or make a point, even better is that its so easy to follow the bread crumbs to the original and then discover some gem of history.


This article starts in the 70s with Usenet and quickly goes into the late 90s. Its interesting to see how people have glommed onto these networks to share their ideas and creations as well as pour derision on what is shared. The conversations in these forums range from comical to abusive, creative to destructive, supportive to derisive. Social media in my opinion allows people to show more of their true selves without worrying about social morays in their immediate social group, this can be a freeing experience as so many of us seem to wear masks in our public life, hiding what we consider others to look down upon. Social media or web 2.0 brings people together and allows individuals and groups to create new cultures, share ideas and knowledge in such an incredibly easy way. What is even better is that it keeps getting better, easier to do so. Even the US government is getting in on web 2.0, Obamas digital information czar is doing an admirable job in dragging all the government data to the forefront so that taxpayers can actually view and find a use for the data that our taxes help pay to generate. What I am thankful for is that the information and services are being kept free, monetized simply by innocuous ads. One could argue that the socialized web is a huge evolutionary step for humanity, socially and developmentally. Its not amazingly easy to make new friends or mentors around the world, to have someone to confide in, to argue with, to learn from. Traditionally it has been mans fault that we fear what we do not know, now we dont have to fear the unknown because we have access and the ability to learn about other cultures, to talk with those people in their own language because the computers can automatically translate for us. Breaking down the barriers that separate people brings us all closer together, making it harder to turn a blind eye to another persons plight. And that much easier to help those in need.