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November 22, 2001

Moby Dick, on the Design of a Swiss Army Knife of Computing Article on the development of Moby Dick, a portable wireless network device for ubiquitous personal access to the internet. This article, in PDF format (I hate reading PDF online), summarizes the design issues, describes the testbed production, and surveys some related projects. Read the 'lessons learned' at the end of this short paper: energy efficiency is crucil, apply system-wide integration, focus on quality of service, and remember that communication is more important than computation. By Paul J.M. Havinga and Gerard J.M. Smit, SSGRR 2000, August, 2000.[Refer]

CAUCE Bulletin The third electronic version of the CAUCE (Canadian Association for University Continuing Education) is online. Skip past the fluff at the beginning and have a read though a good descriptive list of initiatives in continuing learning in Canada's universities (usually with contact email and URLs for further investigation). By Unknown, CAUCE, Fall, 2001.[Refer]

A Brush With Wildlife This is so cool and (in my mind) a brilliant use of web technology to illustrate some simple principles of art and design. Follow the art principle animations first to get the overall lesson. Then click into the next section, the composition studio and create your own artwork. The navigation is a wee bit tricky at this point: as you compose your painting in the right hand frame, click through the instructions in the left hand frame until it tells you to save and submit your work for criticism. I'm too impatient to wait for them to criticize my work, so here it is, titled Nature's Balance:

I went through the entire process in about fifteen minutes. Perfect. By Carl Runguis, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Undated.[Refer]

Innovative Bandwidth Arrangements for the Australian Education and Training Sector This study looks at the feasibility of providing high bandwidth internet connectivity to Australian schools using fibre optics. Cost is a major factor, as there does not appear to be a suitable commercial model to provide this service. The study looked at initiatives in Canada, Sweden and the United States (summarized in Appendix 4). A second study tailored to the Australian context, is proposed. By Unknown, Commonwealth Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, November 21, 2001.[Refer]


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