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October 11, 2001

Ambient Intelligence Ambiant intelligence is the idea that people will be surrounded by intelligent and intuitive interfaces embedded in everyday objects around us and an environment recognising and responding to the presence of individuals in an invisible way. It builds on three major concepts: ubiquitous computing, ubiquitous communication and intelligent user interfaces. This article introduces the concept and launches a special issue of ECRIM News on the topic. By Jari Ahola, ECRIM News, October, 2001.[Refer]

University of Alberta Recognizes 90th Anniversary of Marshall McLuhan's Birth As a longtime devotee of Marshall McLuhan I am pleased to report on the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension's recognition of the 90th anniversary of his birth with the launch of a web page, a graduate scholarship and an article describing McLuhan's association with the city of Edmonton. By Marco Adria, University of Alberta, October 12, 2001.[Refer]

Ashcroft to Academics: DMCA is Not Your Problem U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft comes out against academics protesting the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) saying that "their conduct fails outside its purview." Ashcroft filed a motion to dismiss the academics' lawsuit against the DCMA, saying it was "not ripe." A Russian programmer, still facing charges under the DCMA, might disagree. By Scarlet Pruitt , InfoWorld, October 11, 2001`.[Refer]

For High-Speed Access to the Web, a Dish-to-Dish Route Article describing the use of fixed wireless internet service. This is a good service if you live in a remote area or are unable to get DSL connectivity. You may experience interruptions in service during bad weather. You may also face additional charges for downloads over a certain amount (this story doesn't say, but that's my experience). By Eve Tahmincioglu, New Your Times, October 11, 2001.[Refer]

E-Learning U.S. News launches a new E-Learning directory based on surveys of 2000 traditional and online learning providers. American providers only, so far as I could tell. Someone should tell them that there's a whole world out there. Digging around through the list also reveals a list of 585 corporate e-learning providers. By , U.S. News, October, 2001.[Refer]

Software Simulation Shootout Brandon Hall uses the latest in scientific survey methodology - audience vote - to create a list of top online learning simulation software in its 2001 Software Simulation Shootout. By , Brandon Hall, October, 2001.[Refer]


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