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ePortfolio integration This evening we are uploading the next major improvement to Yacapaca. The ePortfolio is now integrated into Yacapaca for both teachers and students. Teacher module As teacher, you will see a 'gateway button' in the Yacapaca banner. This will take you into the ePortfolio module. You will find most of it self-explanatory, but please do refer to the ePortfolio Instructions if you get stuck. There are ass From Chalkface: Blog on June 21, 2006 at 8:31 p.m..


MathsWorks for Teachers series Curriculum Leadership Journal 4: 19 Research shows that senior secondary school students in Australia are turning away from higher-level courses in maths. The MathsWorks for Teachers series provides teachers and curriculum coordinators with a range of ideas to engage and inspire students. The six texts in the series provide a coherent and contemporary framework for conceptualising and implementing aspects of middle and senior mathematics curriculums using real-world examples. From EdNA Online on June 21, 2006 at 8:31 p.m..


How to Install, Boot and Run Linux on a USB Flash Pen Drive! Covering how to Install, Boot and Run Live Linux on a USB Flash Pen Drive. By installing Live Linux on a Memory Stick, you can now bring your operating system, favorites, e-mail, applications, personal settings and files with you to run on any computer that can boot from a USB Flash device. It's like having a mini personal computer in your pocket! From digg on June 21, 2006 at 7:31 p.m..


Complete Opera 9 Review This review of Opera 9 covers nearly every feature included in Opera including BitTorrent and IRC. Opera is put up against Firefox and uTorrent with very interesting results. Includes screenshots of Opera in action. From digg on June 21, 2006 at 7:31 p.m..


The Clearest Skies on Earth "Telescopes are perched at the tops of mountains because the air up there is thinner, drier and clearer than the view from sea level. But the best views of all are near the south pole in Antarctica, in a region called Dome C. With its high altitude, low temperatures, and crystal clear skies, Dome C boasts nearly perfect viewing conditions." From digg on June 21, 2006 at 7:31 p.m..


PS3 too powerful? It seems that there are no PS3 beta units simply because there is no way to fit all of the powerful, expensive components inside a plastic box and that it will be downgraded considerably in order to ensure that it won’t burst into flames or become sentient when you plug it in... From digg on June 21, 2006 at 7:31 p.m..


Dvorak: the Golden Age of the Internet, enjoy it while you can "How many people realize that we're living in a golden age, the Golden Age of the Internet? It won't last; golden ages never do. Some of it will remain, but there's evidence that much of it is headed for the trash heap of history." Great article to pass on to non-techie friends about why stuff like net neutrality matter. From digg on June 21, 2006 at 7:31 p.m..


Key Ballmer Adviser Leaves Microsoft They're dropping like flies! Martin Taylor, a key adviser to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, has left the software maker. From digg on June 21, 2006 at 7:31 p.m..


Why Blaming Global Warming for Increasing Hurricane Damage is Inaccurate "But maybe there's another reason losses keep rising—namely, that property keeps becoming worth more. With each passing year, hurricanes that strike the U.S. are striking a nation of ever-more-affluent people who build ever-more properties in coastal areas. No wonder the destruction keeps getting worse. Every year there's more to destroy!" From digg on June 21, 2006 at 7:31 p.m..


UK Net students 'think copying OK' Students of the "Google generation" often do not understand what plagiarism is, says an expert on the issue. Many of the new generation of students raised on the internet see nothing wrong with copying other people's work, says Professor Sally Brown. Prof Brown, of Leeds Metropolitan University, will tell an international conference that the net has made copying and pasting too easy. BBC News, 18 June 2006 From EdNA Online on June 21, 2006 at 7:30 p.m..


Skype On Your TV! "Oregan Networks has upgraded their Oregan Media Browser with Skype calling. This means as soon as an equipment manufacturer that uses the new version of Oregan’s software puts out a product, you’ll be able to send Skype messages and make calls through your TV..." From digg on June 21, 2006 at 5:31 p.m..


U.K. Court: PS2 Not a Computer A U.K. court of appeals has ruled against Sony after a 5 year legal battle to have the PS2 classified as a computer. While computers have always been exempt from EU import charges, video game consoles have not. Had the court actually ruled that the PS2 is a computer, Sony could have been granted a $63 million rebate on import duties. From digg on June 21, 2006 at 5:31 p.m..


Mac Laptop iTunes Keyboard Backlight Visualizer Hooks the keyboard backlight setting to iTunes as a visualizer. SO your keyboard backlight pulsates to the music. You can also set the backlight up to be a CPU load monitor as in an earlier digg. From digg on June 21, 2006 at 5:31 p.m..


MySpace to Add Restrictions to Protect Younger Teenagers "Starting next week, MySpace, the popular online hangout, will make it harder for strangers to send messages to younger teenagers. The site has been under pressure because members are frequently subjected to lewd or inappropriate messages and occasionally lured into dangerous real-world encounters." From digg on June 21, 2006 at 5:31 p.m..


Slave Hack: Addictive New Hacking Game This game just launched this month. Start now and get a leg up on the competition. The goal is to hack all of the other players, while trying to avoid being hacked yourself. From digg on June 21, 2006 at 5:31 p.m..


Opera Browser for the DS gets a release date and price in Japan The DS will now have internet browsing on July 24th. I wonder how easy this will be to import? From digg on June 21, 2006 at 5:31 p.m..


New 3D Way to Desktop This video shows you a new way to display and organize your desktop. It's 3D, physics-ruled environment looks more like your actual desktop, which may force users to clean and organize it more often. From digg on June 21, 2006 at 5:31 p.m..


How-To: Wiring VoIP to your phone jacks Engadget has a nice guide on hooking up our VOIP adapter on your old phone jacks. "No soldering irons or caustic acid required." All you need is a screwdriver, pliers, wire cutters, extra phone wires, splice connectors (optional), and a VoIP Adapter" From digg on June 21, 2006 at 5:31 p.m..


Kevin Rose listed as one of Business 2.0's "50 Who Matter Now" Rose came in at # 23 with "The New New Media" From digg on June 21, 2006 at 5:31 p.m..


SC: 21/06 Password stealing Worm attacks Google's 'Orkut' Social Networking service A new Internet worm capable of stealing bank details and other personal data from users is circulating via Orkut, Google Inc.'s social networking service; Orkut is an on-line community that connects people through a network of trusted friends ... From MCS Safe Computing Bulletins on June 21, 2006 at 5:30 p.m..


SC: 21/06 Security flaw in WinAmp player may compromise PC There's a 'highly critical' vulnerability in the media player program 'WinAmp', which can be exploited by malicious people to cause a Denial of Service and which can then potentially compromise a user's system when handling MIDI files; this can be exploited to cause a buffer overflow via a malicious ".mid" file with a specially crafted header ... From MCS Safe Computing Bulletins on June 21, 2006 at 5:30 p.m..


CONFIRMED: Video showing Wii Virtual Console Remote has attachments Watch it and you will see what the man with the video camera calls "...the secret". Watch it closely and you will see the gamer pushing a button on the top center of the remote; and it looks like this button releases whatever is attached to the remote. So, what could attach to the VC controller? From on June 21, 2006 at 3:24 p.m..


iBox - Flexible Overlays (Images, Divs, AJAX) iBox is a compact and easy to use overlay script. Smaller than other scripts, it supports images, inner divs, and even external pages. From on June 21, 2006 at 3:24 p.m..


Microsoft aims to end 'phone tag' For a long time now, Microsoft has been touting the end of phone tag. For several years, Microsoft has shown demos in which people can choose who contacts them, and when--and through the miracle of software, we are seamlessly connected to those with whom we want to communicate. From on June 21, 2006 at 3:24 p.m..


RIAA sues Youtube users It seems our friends over at the RIAA just cannot get enough. From on June 21, 2006 at 3:24 p.m..


Scientists Find Self-Fertilizing Orchid For one type of orchid in China, procreating is a lonely affair. Rather than depending on insects or even the wind for pollination, scientists have discovered that the orchid Holcoglossum amesianum actually fertilizes itself, according to a report in this week's Nature. From on June 21, 2006 at 3:24 p.m..


AT&T rewrites rules: Your data isn't yours AT&T has issued an updated privacy policy that takes effect Friday. The new policy says that AT&T -- not customers -- owns customers' confidential info and can use it "to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others, or respond to legal process." From on June 21, 2006 at 3:24 p.m..


U.S. Launches Massive War Games in the Pacific Just in time for North Korea's missile test, the US has begun its biggest war game demonstration in decades. The Pacific Ocean is probably not a good place for a leisurely sail right now. From digg on June 21, 2006 at 1:31 p.m..


Can Mesh WiFi Solve The Net Neutrality Issue? "He's betting on mesh WiFi as the answer. In fact, some of the telco supporters (the same folks who used to bash muni-WiFi) now point to such mesh WiFi efforts as proof that there is real competition already in the broadband market." From digg on June 21, 2006 at 1:31 p.m..


ZFS: Ten reasons to reformat your hard drives Benefits of the new ZFS 128-bit filesystem for Solaris and eventually Linux and OSX. Links to detailed configuration information and download. "So easy your mom could administer it." From on June 21, 2006 at 12:52 p.m..


37 pct of EU citizens have no computer skills About 37 percent of people living in the European Union have no computer skills, with Scandinavians being the most computer-literate and Greeks the least, a survey showed on Tuesday. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:52 p.m..


Google Great Search but Not Good Stock ""People with a lot of money in Google aren't sure, other than that it's a household word, why they own it," he said. But that's not a good reason to own a stock, he says. After all, many other tech leaders who were thought to have an insurmountable market lead eventually fell by the wayside." From on June 21, 2006 at 12:52 p.m..


'Hogwarts' Dragon Unveiled Dracorex hogwartsia lived about 66 million years ago in South Dakota, just a million years short of the extinction of all dinosaurs. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:52 p.m..


UFO Hacker talks about what he found An exclusive interview with the british hacker that accessed the NASA network in search of UFO proof talks to Wired about what he found. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:52 p.m..


Apple releases Shake 4.1 - Price drop and Universal Binary Apple today delivered Shake 4.1, the first Universal version of its industry leading compositing software and cut its price from $2,999 to $499 to fit almost any production’s budget. "At just $499, Shake is now priced as low as a plug-in for Final Cut Studio" "Shake has become an essential tool at ILM for visual effects compositing. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:52 p.m..


Peter Moore explains the lack of new Arcade content for the 360 Wondering why there has been next to no new games introduced to Xbox Live Arcade since the Xbox 360 launch? Peter Moore says that gaming companies simply didn't believe it would be a success. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:52 p.m..


AOL Refuses to Cancel Service for Deceased Woman When this woman's mother died in a car wreck, and tried to cancel her AOL service, AOL refused and said that her mother would need to call and cancel the service herself. Outrageous! From on June 21, 2006 at 12:52 p.m..


"Cars" movie, built on Linux, most "visually complex" ever Pixar used a "computationally expensive and sophisticated approach" to create the reflections and lighting in "Cars," said MovieEditor.com studio technology consultant Robin Rowe. Rendering each frame took about 20 hours to complete before the artist could see the results of their work. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:52 p.m..


Learning Ruby in 15 minutes? This actually works. Using some friendly copy even Google would adore, this web application integrates a live Ruby compiler and holds your hand through ever step of the way. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:52 p.m..


Intel Life After "Conroe" What's the absolute bleeding edge in Intel CPU design for the next five years? "Penryn," "Nehalem" and "Gesher" From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


U.S. Hybrids Get More Miles Per Congress "Since the start of 2006, the U.S. government has given tax credits to hybrid car buyers, pushing some hybrids into bargain territory." From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Sweden Pressured to take Pirate Bay Action Documents published today indeed confirm the Swedish government succumbed to MPAA and US government pressure. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


How To: Redirect a web page, the smart way... The internet today is full of webmasters that are always updating, editing, changing and even deleting web pages. If people are finding your old pages when querying in these search engines, and they attempt to go to that page that has been deleted or moved, they will get a "404 File Not Found" Error! Now no webmaster wants that! From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


MPAA stalking Pirate Bay guys Not content with trying to take down the site, the MPAA have now resorted to stalking anakata of TPB From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Dell laptop explodes at Japanese conference (Pictures) AN INQUIRER READER attending a conference in Japan was sat just feet away from a laptop computer that suddenly exploded into flames, in what could have been a deadly accident. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


How Do Homosexual Animals Evolve? The Gay Animal Kingdom: The effeminate sheep & other problems with Darwinian sexual selection. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


New technology may eliminate IV bags An inventor has designed a lightweight device that feeds medication or fluids into the patient through a catheter on the upper arm while performing blood analysis from a second site on the forearm. The device, called N-One, stays in place while during normal arm movements - even in the shower. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


All the programming algorithms you might ever need This is a pure gold link for CS pros, techs and hobbyists. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Microsoft Terminate iPod: Not Likely "Fears that a Microsoft digital music player and service could imperil the iPod’s market dominance are overblown, according to Shaw Wu, an analyst for American Technology Research in a report on Monday." From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Apple's iTunes Movie Muddle "Apple has hoped to get the store up and running within weeks, Hollywood sources say. But the deal isn't yet done—and there's a chance it won't be any time soon. That's because Apple and studios remain at loggerheads on a range of issues, from how much movie downloads should cost, to the degree of piracy protections they should carry." From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


AJAX Remote Desktop A quick proof-of-concept Java application that lets you view the desktop of a remote computer using a just a web browser! From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Cisco Introduces Stackable WLAN Controller Cisco Systems on June 20 extended its wireless reach into new mobility services and for the first time integrated its WLAN technology into a stackable form factor.The Catalyst 3750G "has a wireless LAN controller baked into the switch," said Alan Cohen, senior director of mobility solutions at Cisco, based in San Jose, Calif. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


MySpace in Foreign Languages Due This Summer The company has designated 11 countries to target, naming specifically only France, German, China and India. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Alternate Net Neutrality Proposals Submitted Just 2 Days Before the Debate Civil liberties advocacy group the Center for Democracy and Technology and New Yorkers for Fair Use, comprised of businesspeople and technology advocates, both released net neutrality proposals Tuesday, two days before the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is set to debate the issue. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


250,000 year-old handaxes in Britain Giant flint handaxes that have been unearthed at a site at Cuxton in Kent, demonstrating that the Britons of 250,000 years ago were a good deal more sophisticated than they are sometimes given credit for. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


NASA Documentary - Robot Colonies On Mars (video) Interesting excerpt from a NASA funded documentary about NASA's plans to build robot colonies on Mars. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Visually (and aurally) stunning OS X app: Voice Candy This one has some of the best eye candy for an OS X app I've ever seen in my life, and it's a really fun app to boot. Reminds me of those Yakback's that I had to have as a kid, except this one supports tons of neat voice transformations, like Darth Vader effects, chipmunk voices, and more. From on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Can education make a contribution to peace in the Middle East? A model for conflict resolution has been developed in an elementary school in a Jewish-Palestinian village. This pedagogy of peace has implications worldwide for overcoming hatred, alienation and violence. From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


What's the next revolution in education going to be? Today's education systems put tasks and activities at the centre of knowledge... the bold new alternative, as profound as the shift to the Copernican system, is knowledge building which puts ideas at the centre. From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Multiple Intelligences and Educational Leadership Margaret Wente's column in the Globe and Mail on Feb. 17, 2004 recognized OISE/UT as the "gold standard for Faculties of Education," but attributed a "progressive orthodoxy" to our teacher education program that ignores all the debate that goes on here. Wente quoted one of our teacher education students as saying, "You're not allowed to say that, unfortunately, not every kid is as bright as the next one," and went on to describe the theory of multiple intellgiences as being the progressive orthodoxy that holds "every kid is smart in his or her own way..." This month Ken Leithwood, A From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Multiple Intelligences and Teacher Education Margaret Wente's column in the Globe and Mail on Feb. 17, 2004 recognized OISE/UT as the "gold standard for Faculties of Education," but attributed a "progressive orthodoxy" to our teacher education program that ignores all the debate that goes on here. Wente quoted one of our teacher education students as saying, "You're not allowed to say that, unfortunately, not every kid is as bright as the next one," and went on to describe the theory of multiple intellgiences as being the progressive orthodoxy that holds "every kid is smart in his or her own way..." This month Carol Rolheiser, From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Multiple Intelligences and Educational Research Margaret Wente's column in the Globe and Mail on Feb. 17, 2004 recognized OISE/UT as the "gold standard for Faculties of Education," but attributed a "progressive orthodoxy" to our teacher education program that ignores all the debate that goes on here. Wente quoted one of our teacher education students as saying, "You're not allowed to say that, unfortunately, not every kid is as bright as the next one," and went on to describe the theory of multiple intellgiences as being the progressive orthodoxy that holds "every kid is smart in his or her own way..." This month Carl Bereiter, c From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


Why is it time to partner with China for educational improvement? Why is it time to partner with China for educational improvement? The Chinese education system is rooted in a rich civilization with many lessons for us in the west. As China resurges to the world stage, we have the opportunity to learn from each other to improve our education systems both in the east and in the west. Professor Ruth Hayhoe is a specialist on China's universities and Chinese-Western relations in education. Her newest book is Portraits of Influential Chinese Educators to be published by the Comparative Education Research Centre, University of Hong Kong, forthcoming in 20 From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:51 p.m..


What is all the buzz about "slow schooling"? Richard Messina, Grade 4 teacher at the Institute for Child Study. The slow food movement has emerged as a reaction to the fast food industry... the case is made that schooling can also be slowed down, that children aren't "empty vessels" to be filled up in hurry with facts on a curriculum checklist. From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


What are some signs of emotional intelligence in early childhood? Chris Moore, PhD, Canada Research Chair, responds. As early as two months of age infants begin to show signs of EI -- they prefer to look at human faces than at other kinds of objects and they prefer to listen to human voices than to other kinds of sounds... From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


Why do so many smart people do so many seemingly stupid things? Keith Stanovich, PhD, Canada Research Chair, responds. From a cognitive science perspectives there's no mismatch between "smart" people doing "stupid" things -- it's really a matter of understanding the thought processes involved in human behaviour and looking carefully at the differences between "intelligence" and "rationality"... From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


What is the future of Canadian multiculturalism? Rinaldo Walcott, PhD, Canada Research Chair, responds. There's actually two kinds of multiculturalism in Canada -- the official version which has received a lot of criticism lately and the everyday, popular version which is changing the face of our cities. It's the everyday, popular version which promises Canada a hopeful future... From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


What interventions do we need to make on behalf of young people who are being targeted by homophobic hatred? Tara Goldstein, PhD, equity researcher and curriculum professor responds. First we need good policy and then we need to implement it. Toronto has a good policy; in fact, it's one of the only school districts in North America to target homophobia -- but implementation has been hampered by cutbacks... From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


Is there a leadership crisis in our school system and what can we do about it? Ken Leithwood, PhD and policy researcher, responds. Yes, there's a recruitment crisis for school leadership positions. Our schools need a continuing supply of well-trained, competent people but we're not compensating them sufficiently ... many are retiring and many are just not applying to take on the role. From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


What impact does trauma have on the ability to learn? Lana Stermac, PhD, trauma psychologist responds. Children are extremely vulnerable to post-traumatic stress syndrome, which impacts all aspects of daily life, including the ability to concentrate. But research is showing that entry into the school system can have a positive, healing effect. From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


What do teenagers and toddlers have in common? Marc Lewis, PhD, cognitive scientist, responds. The short answer is: their brains! Teenagers, like toddlers, experience incredibly strong urges for autonomy and for intimacy -- and this creates internal conflict that they may be neurologically helpless to control! From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


Do children who have been abused grow up to become abusers? Katreena Scott, PhD, family violence expert, responds. Sadly, one-third to two-thirds do, but not because there's a "bad family pattern in the blood," as people used to believe, but because the trauma of abuse disturbs development in subtle ways. From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


What's behind childhood obesity? Andy Anderson, PhD, advocate of a holistic approach to health in schools and communities, responds. Schools, communities, and governments need to look for ways to make physical activity more accessible. High quality instruction for schools programs and financial resources to support community programs are some of the conditions that might help address the issue of childhood obesity. Requires Quicktime. From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


How does drama do more than "put on a play"? Kathleen Gallagher, PhD, arts researcher and drama specialist responds. Drama education is a very creative and unique way of getting at issues of conflict. It can open up opportunities for learning about empathy and understanding of self and others. From OISE/UT's Ask the Experts on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


Fish oil 'calms children better than Ritalin' A daily dose of fish oil is better at treating hyperactivity than Ritalin - the 'chemical cosh' linked to the deaths of children, stunning research has revealed. From on June 21, 2006 at 7:10 a.m..


New Uses for Old Hard Drives "While you might not waste money on a new external hard drive for storing your favorite episodes of "Lost," your old PC hard drives are a cheap, reliable fit." From on June 21, 2006 at 7:10 a.m..


Handheld for travelers (Sony PSP) Lonely Planet and Sony have teamed up to create Planet PSP. Sony's versatile PlayStation Portable handheld is fast becoming a must-have accessory for travelers. People will be able to surf the net, check email, use interactive maps, view city guides, call friends and family, and translate foreign languages. From on June 21, 2006 at 7:10 a.m..


Windows antipiracy stirs backlash Counterfeiters aren't Microsoft's only opponents in its effort to combat piracy: Some of its customers are against it, too. As Microsoft pushes ahead with a controversial tool, some users debate the need for validation and search for ways around it. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:47 a.m..


The Deepest Hole Over forty years ago, researchers in the Soviet Union began an ambitious drilling project whose goal was to penetrate the Earth's upper crust and sample the warm, mysterious area where the crust and mantle intermingle... From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


Nuclear Weapon Effects Calculator Check this out incase kim jong il nukes us, its shows the effects of different nuke yields. You choose the american city and it shows you a map then you choose the yield. Believe 4 megatons makes a mess. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


Retro Digging: The Lost Coleco Handhelds Handheld gaming didn't begin with the GameBoy - Coleco was WAY ahead of the curve, releasing portable versions of Zaxxon and other classics way back in the 80s. Modojo takes a detailed look back (with pics) at Coleco's VERY oldschool handheld videogames. A cool read. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


Lego Laying Off 1200 / Ending US Production How sad of a day! Lego will be ending it's US production and laying off a good chunk of it's workforce. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


How to make a Yoda Origami Easy step by step instructions on how to make an intricate Yoda origami. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


How not to Steal a Sidekick concludes. After a three week saga, that involved a taxi, a stolen sidekick, a girl from corona, a man from Manhattan, and thousands of internet fans, the stolen sidekick saga concludes. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


Telemarketing on Skype? Our worst fears being realised? This is my own blog entry but I feel it is important enough digg because it could be such a massive deal. Looks like telemarketing has finally invaded Skype and may already being seriously hampering its connectivity and quality. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


Used video game stores, what have they ever done for us? This is raising a good point. When the stores give so little in trade, and sell for so much, why should we care about their business? From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


New Research Supports Cryopreservation In medicine, cryopreservation involves preserving organs and tissues for transplantation or other uses. Only certain kinds of cells and tissues, can be frozen and successfully rewarmed. A major problem hindering wider use of cyropreservation is formation of ice crystals, which damage cell structures. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


Day of Action Against RIAA On June 23rd DefectiveByDesign.org will provide the contact numbers for the RIAA and similar organizations around the world. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


The Pirates Hold a Party A fledgling new political movement calling itself The Pirate Party of the United States has emerged from the dust of last month's police raid on The Pirate Bay in Sweden. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


Microsoft Planning To Add Physics To DirectX Microsoft appears to be working to add physics support inside of its DirectX application interface, according to a job posting by the software giant. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


Wall St. Journal Smokes the MPAA in Interview, Says they Stifle Innovation! "I have not been asking for media free of charge. I have been asking for it free of usage and interoperability restrictions that go beyond copyright. I support a market in which creators are compensated for their works, but not one in which a creative industry can monopolize cultural reference and the technology around its works." From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


How to Airbrush your photos in Photoshop! wonder how models' skin look so perfect in photos? Here is a tutorial on how to airbrush your photos in adobe photoshop!! From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


Inventor Patents Crazy Emergency Landing System for Airplanes Inventor Polchai Phanumphai's idea is for the aircraft to spin its way down for an emergency landing. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


The Operating Room Dashboard The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York has recently deployed LiveData's OR-Dashboard across its 21 new operating rooms. The new ORs incorporate state-of-the-art medical and information technology that visually integrates information from disparate sources, delivering a complete, real-time view of all relevant patient info. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


Design Concept: Nokia Open Cellphone Inspired by a Japanese fan, this design concept for a Nokia cellphone uses an as-yet-nonexistent flexible LCD color touchscreen that opens when you push the button in the middle. From on June 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m..


World Cup Statistics: Violence Against Women An interactive flash site showing how countries score on violence against women. From Recent Items on June 21, 2006 at 5:30 a.m..


AVCC - Media Releases The Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AVCC) has welcomed the release of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Science and Innovation report Pathways to Technological Innovation tabled in Parliament. AVCC President Professor Gerard Sutton said that the report was timely given the current Productivity Commission research study into the benefits of public investment in science and innovation in Australia. AVCC News, 20 June 2006 From EdNA Online on June 21, 2006 at 4:30 a.m..


SC: 21/06 Zone Alarm flaw affects McAfee anti virus products and Eudora mail users Zone Labs has fixed a bug in a recent upgrade to its security software that is causing trouble for some Eudora and McAfee users; the problems relate to ZoneAlarm 6.5 products released last week ... From MCS Safe Computing Bulletins on June 21, 2006 at 3:31 a.m..


JISC e-Learning Focus This site aims to provide a route into the e-Learning Programme for the wider community. The e-Learning Programme has four main areas of focus, reflected in four strands – e-Learning and Pedagogy, Frameworks and Tools, Distributed e-Learning and Innovations. Sections of this site are concerned with each of these strands. The site also provides commentary, news and articles which aim to support the work of the projects. From EdNA Online on June 21, 2006 at 3:30 a.m..


Australian Apprenticeships Training Information Service - Information Session - Darwin This session will provide an overview of the Australian Apprenticeship Training Information Services, the Australian Apprenticeships Job Pathways web site, and recently registered Training Package qualifications. Stakeholders from Australian Apprenticeships Centres and Registered Training Organisations are invited to attend. From EdNA Online on June 21, 2006 at 3:30 a.m..


Australian Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, Multilateral Missions and Representative Offices This web page, from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, provides a listing of Australian embassies, missions and other representative offices. From EdNA Online on June 21, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..


Adult Learning Awareness Survey Adult Learning Australia (ALA) are requesting involvement in their adult learning awareness survey. The survey results will supply ALA with information to help shape future adult learning projects. The survey is open until 30 September 2006. From EdNA Online on June 21, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..


School Autonomy: A Key Reform for Improving Indigenous Education In this Issue Analysis paper Julie Novak argues that the government school model is failing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in remote and fringe communities. Government schools have entrenched poor teaching practices and imposed unsuccessful post-modern curricula on Indigenous students. Developing a system of autonomous schools, freed from the restrictive rules and regulations that apply to the government school system, would allow highly-skilled and committed principals and teachers to embark on genuine change. School autonomy has the potential to transform failed government sc From EdNA Online on June 21, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..


Prions – Morphing Agents of Disease Prions are the proteins that cause deadly brain diseases. But how do they cause disease and what is their normal role in the body? The discovery of prion proteins as infectious agents began in the 1980s with an outbreak of mad cow disease in the United Kingdom. From EdNA Online on June 21, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..


An Audit Checklist for the Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories This draft report is the first guide for determining whether a digital repository can be certified as a trusted location for digital collections. Developed by a task force of experts assembled by RLG and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). RLG and NARA spearheaded this initiative as part of our continuing commitment to the needs of developing reliable repository certification procedures. As part of this goal, we will also play a key role in the auditing and certification of digital archives project undertaken by the Center for Research Libraries. This hands-on test of the audi From EdNA Online on June 21, 2006 at 12:30 a.m..


The New New Math of String Theory "Unlike in Einstein's time when the relevant mathematics was already in existence, the mathematics we need now hasn't been fully developed yet,& Aganagic says. "This time around, math and physics are being discovered in parallel." From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


Evidence for Ultra-Energetic Particles in Jet from Black Hole An international team of astronomers led by researchers at Yale has obtained key infrared observations that reveal the nature of quasar particle jets that originate just outside super-massive black holes at the center of galaxies and radiate across the spectrum from radio to X-ray wavelengths. From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


Will OS X Leopard sport a new kernel? Siracusa says it's a possibility. John Siracusa argues why the Tiger x86 kernel is an evolutionary dead-end, and why Leopard may see an all new kernel when it is released later this year. Could it be L4? From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


AMD AM2 Overclocks 500MHz on a 340MHz Bus As you can see above in our screenshots, we took the 4200+ processor’s stock frequency of 2.2GHz and overclocked it to a very fast 2.7GHz. Now this was not simply worthy of a single boot into the OS, but rather a solid system. From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


Functional Programming For The Rest of Us "So what is FP? How did it come about? Is it edible? If it's as useful as its advocates claim, why isn't it being used more often in the industry? Why is it that only people with PhDs tend to use it? Most importantly, why is it so damn hard to learn?" From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


Global Google map update! 5 minutes ago Google added many places in high resolution. Watch this out on Wikimapia! From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


Wii Dev Kits Under $2000 Dollars! 3rd Party Anyone? Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed that Wii development kits would now cost as low as $1,732, opening the doors to even more 3rd party developers and lower game costs! For that price I might just buy one! From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


Bill Gates: The Carnegie of Our Time? "The 19th-century steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, who late in life reshaped his legacy from predatory businessman to renowned philanthropist, famously said, "He who dies rich dies thus disgraced." Like Carnegie, Microsoft mogul Bill Gates wants to be remembered not just for how ruthlessly he made his fortune, but for how he gave it away." From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


"Secret" UV messages on your credit cards and driver's license If you have a UV light handy, you'll discover a world of secret messages printed on licenses, credit cards, and other official documents as an anti-counterfeiting measure. This web page has some nice photos of the UV ink on a Visa Card, a Master Card, and a CA driver's license. From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


German Scientists Find Dyslexia Gene German researchers say they've found a genetic component for the learning disability dyslexia, possibly opening new methods of treatment. From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


10 things you should know about deploying a UPS Uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes) help prevent damage from power loss and common electrical fluctuations. But there's more to effective protection than just plugging in a UPS and connecting computer equipment. These pointers will help ensure that your UPS safeguards your systems. From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


Microsoft Fosters Robotics: And if They Crash, Do They Reboot Themselves? "Microsoft is getting into the business of software for robots -- coming out with a system that robotics developers can use to create the programs that make robots work. Dubbed the Microsoft Robotics Studio, the system aims to create common technological underpinnings for what is now a relatively fragmented industry." From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


California primed for a big quake near L.A. "When will California experience its next big quake along the San Andreas Fault? It's hard to say, but conditions are ripe for a big one near Los Angeles and San Diego." From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


4.5 Billion Year Old Mars Meteorite Sheds New Light on Red Planet's History "When scientists examined a meteorite from Mars under a microscope, they discovered tiny mineral spheres that, some argued, were produced by living organisms. Now, researchers working in the high Arctic have found similar mineral features, produced not by microbes, but by a volcano." From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


How To Flash Your DS Lite - VIDEO A nice video tutorial showing you how to flash your DS lite to play backups and homebrew From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


Encryption project has teen feeling pretty secure His project, the "Embedded Secure Network Bridge" has already attracted some attention; not bad for a sixteen year old. From on June 20, 2006 at 11:40 p.m..


Carrick Leadership Grants Approved The Carrick Institute has approved seventeen grants under the Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program 2006. Thirty-two Australian higher education institutions are involved in projects approved for funding. Projects will focus on leadership in relation to: Indigenous staff and Indigenous women; course co-ordinators; e-learning facilitators; disciplines such as Law, Mathematics and Statistics, Science and Speech Pathology; curriculum development and assessment. The Carrick Institute has identified leadership development for teaching and learning as a priority. Two other prior From EdNA Online on June 20, 2006 at 11:31 p.m..


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