Some ideas I am including in my syllabus for today about how to manage technology:
Digital Copies and Classroom participation. The reality is we live in a mixed technology environment of digital formats for materials and concrete classrooms of boards, overheads, and each other. I am figuring out how to balance the two. These policies are a work in progress.
1) Expect you to be ready to discus and share the materials. You will have to figure out what this means for you.
2) You may bring a laptop. I reserve the right to ask you to put it away for certain activities. I reserve the right to call you out for letting it distract you in class.
3) I expect you to be good citizens of the information world. Pay for protected copyright. Respect other content’s creators by citing them, ALWAYS. Any image, presentations, link or whatever should be somehow noted or cited depending on the context of the usage. SO, on a power point lisde, pu a little note at the bottom. On a blog post, hyperlink. On a paper use normal citations, and so on.
Wish I had more time now to review this:
Long Tail Stops Wagging.
Matt Stoller over at Open Left argues that this means that technoutopian libertarian dreams are dead and there is a necessary role for government.
Maybe. I have never read enough of the Long Tail arguments to have a Strong opinion, but I do want to point out that there maybe radical inequality in revenues between a Google or Facebook and other web services that aim to make a profit. In fact, a long tail is premised on that. But, the question was whether a business can survive in the long tail, as opposed to have equal revenues. If you have the head and not tail then you have an oligopoly which was never the merit of the long tail.
Finally, aggregators seem complicated. They get a little revenue from a massive volume of transactions, but if those transactions are distributed to a number of smaller players (ebay, Amazon marketplace, emusic, and so on), then you may have a viable market where one did not exist before- again, it is about viability, not equality.
Text of email from my pa-in-law:
Surprising warning from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute:
Some reaction, as reported in the press:
The fine folks at CERN- the European physics research center where the WWW was born- seem to have a sense of humor. They are calling their new super-duper network the grid. Seems right out of cyberpunk imagination. At least its not called the matrix.
Coming soon: superfast internet – Times Online
That network, in effect a parallel internet, is now built, using fibre optic cables that run from Cern to 11 centres in the United States, Canada, the Far East, Europe and around the world.
This strikes me as a fine example of all the associated and indirect benefits form basic research funding. Something that private corporate research would never invest in. According to one FAQ from a British university, the total cost is something like $6 billion. Total.
Compare that to the $374 million/day for the Iraq war. That is about a billion every three days. In less than a month in Iraq, we will have spent more than the Europeans are on their new basic research tool. What madness and folly is this?
I found this article under the NYT’s most emailed (or blogged) articles. I don’t follow the twists and turns of the software business very carefully, and it is easy to beat up on Microsoft. like shooting a barnside.
The basics seems to be that Microsoft tried to weasel around the hardware/software incompatibility of its new Vista OS by labeling machines Vista capable instead of VIsta ready. The capable label was supposed to mean Vista might work. Sort of. Eventually. Maybe. Caveat emptor and all.
A class action suit in Seattle is proceeding.
95% of my students, faced with a product that does not work as advertised, would now that a world of headache is coming down the pike. But, the sagacity of the young is transmogrified into the idiocy of the powerful by money and organizational culture.
They Criticized Vista. And They Should Know. – New York Times
In February 2006, after Microsoft abandoned its plan to reserve the Vista Capable label for only the more powerful PCs, its own staff tried to avert the coming deluge of customer complaints about underpowered machines. “It would be a lot less costly to do the right thing for the customer now,” said Robin Leonard, a Microsoft sales manager, in an e-mail message sent to her superiors, “than to spend dollars on the back end trying to fix the problem.”
Exactly. Big DUH.
Given how much I like to take fragments of text and use them as the basis of notes and then put them into things I write, I have been eying these scanner pens for awhile wondering if they would make life easier for me.
I initially saw them in an airline Skymall cataloge. That stuff always seems cheesey and yet is utterly compelling eye candy when I travel.
here is one review.
No one loves these devices. And since the flatness of the documents seems critical for OCR, I wonder if any version is worthwhile for me now. The Planon DCR scans a whole page and seems a superior design than the highlighter types. Maybe a flatbed scanner would be better. I could just scan pages I need. Does scanner software easily convert to text (as opposed to images)?