May 10, 2006


Steve Safran[Edit][Delete]: How the Business Has Changed in The Last Few Days Alone, Lost Remote [Edit][Delete] May 10, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] "This is one of the easiest years to make predictions in some time: 2006 will be the year of video," I said in eLearn Magazine in January. This week proves that. In addition to the smaller items mentioned in this article (such as, TiVo offering commercials on demand), we saw internet video being made available for television sets, Warner brothers selling movies in BitTorrent, MSN launching original video content, and CBS launching a free ad-supported broadband channel. Add this to the rise of sites like Rocketboom and the runaway success of video hosting services such as Google Video and YouTube and many more, and you have in total the unleashing of video on the web. Does it feel different yet? [Tags: XML, Google] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Darren Rowse[Edit][Delete]: Should you buy a DSLR or Point and Shoot Digital Camera?, Digital Photography School [Edit][Delete] May 10, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] I have pretty well already decided that my next camera will be a DSLR, but this article was a good read in any case, and will be even more useful if you are genuinely undecided, or if you didn't know there were different types of digital cameras. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Robin Peek[Edit][Delete]: The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006, Information Today [Edit][Delete] May 10, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] Although it is still a proposal, the American "Federal Research Public Access Act" is creating some discussion, including this article that enthuses, "One of the greatest events in the history of Open Access may have just happened." This is certainly an overstatement, though the act - which would require open access to academic papers funded by large U.S. granting agencies - would certainly have an impact. The act may still be in for a rough ride, though, as evidenced by this unfavorable review in the New York Times. "If the articles are on a government Web site, your readership may be halved," says one publisher, offering an argument that strains the credulity of even the kindest reader. [Tags: Books and eBooks, United States, Academics and Academia] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tom Hoffman[Edit][Delete]: Filtr Chekr Ready for Beta Testing, Tuttle SVC [Edit][Delete] May 10, 2006
[link: 8 Hits] Tom Hoffman is performing a useful service by setting up a 'grey list' of sites (including this one) that ought not be filtered by school filtering systems, but which are nonetheless filtered. You can check the filtering policies at your own institution by running the Python script he is beta testing. Will Richardson comments, "Teacher and student Internet access at home in this district is nearly 100 percent. Does it really make sense to block literally hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of potentially worthwhile, safe, educational sites with the flip of a switch when those same sites are being accessed from home?" [Tags: Web Logs, Schools] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Yochai Benkler[Edit][Delete]: The Wealth of Networks, Yale University Press [Edit][Delete] May 10, 2006
[link: Hits] This came out while I was gone and attracted a wide readership. It's a long read, but worth the while. This, for example, echoes my own thoughts: "The networked information economy improves the practical capacities of individuals along three dimensions: (1) it improves their capacity to do more for and by themselves; (2) it enhances their capacity to do more in loose commonality with others, without being constrained to organize their relationship through a price system or in traditional hierarchical models of social and economic organization; and (3) it improves the capacity of individuals to do more in formal organizations that operate outside the market sphere." [Tags: Networks] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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Where they are able to form networks of meaningful and rewarding relationships with their peers, with people who share the same interests or hobbies, the same political or religious affiliations - or different interests or affiliations, as the case may be.

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