Monday, February 27, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
World's Smallest Website
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Stunning Graphic Videos
Check out these creative commons licensed stunning graphic videos at teczno.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Oh Boy, Sky Scout
I was reading Popular Science and came across a description of Celestron's SkyScout. Wow, what a gizmo! I searched the PopSci website, but couldn't find the reference. Here is the description:
The SkyScout is a revolutionary handheld device that uses advanced GPS
technology with point and click convenience to instantly identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. Simply point the SkyScout at any star in the sky and click the "target" button. The SkyScout will instantly tell you what object you are looking at. To locate a star or planet, select the object's name from the menu and follow the directional arrows through the viewfinder. SkyScout tells you when you are on target. It's that easy!
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
The eBay Model for Money
Prosper's users lend money to and borrow money from other people on the site at what the company says are better interest rates than those available through traditional financial institutions and without some of the risk that comes from typical person-to-person loans. "We looked at eBay and said, 'Why can't we do this for money?' " said Chris Larsen, Prosper's chief executive. Mr. Larsen, who founded and led E-Loan, an online lender that was bought last year for $300 million by Popular Inc., says Prosper could save borrowers and lenders money because it was a leaner operation than traditional financial institutions. He noted that consumers make, at most, about 4 percent on their savings accounts, which banks then lend to credit card customers at 14 percent or more. "That's just a huge spread," Mr. Larsen said. "We think if you allow people to participate directly, it's a more efficient marketplace. People can make a better return on their deposits, which then become the source of credit to others."
Monday, February 13, 2006
Two New ITConversations
Exercise the Mind - Virtually
A body of research suggests that playing video games provides benefits similar to bilingualism in exercising the mind. Just as people fluent in two languages learn to suppress one language while speaking the other, so too are gamers adept at shutting out distractions to swiftly switch attention between different tasks.
A new study of 100 university undergraduates in Toronto has found that video gamers consistently outperform their non-playing peers in a series of tricky mental tests. If they also happened to be bilingual, they were unbeatable.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
The Laszlo Platform . . .
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
State of the Blogosphere
A Couple of IT Conversations . . .
Leander Kahney on the cult of the iPod
Clifford Nass on human ears and computer voices
World Economic Forum session on powering a creative economy