Archive for August, 2007

Some Wikipedia Vandalism Difficult to Detect

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Garrett sent me a link to this incredibly informative article from The Onion about some challenges to detecting vandalism in Wikipedia’s Dada article. (For those of you unfamiliar with The Onion, I should note that it’s a humorous newspaper.)

The Design of PCs

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

About a year after airing, I listened to some segments on Weekend America marking the 25th anniversary of the personal computer. (Hooray for podcasts!) One of the pieces focused on the design of computers, which made me wonder even more why computers are still basically boxes. Apple has tried doing some innovative things to make […]

Librarians and Bud Vases

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Shimon shared an article with me about the bud vase in the VW Beetle and how that has become a fun feature that sets that car apart from other cars and makes customers smile. Perhaps you remember hearing some buzz about the bud vase when VW was bringing the model back to the market. I […]

Book Reading Habits Decline

Friday, August 24th, 2007

An Associated Press-Ipsos telephone poll of about 1,000 people indicates reading habits are continuing to decline. Only 1/4 of people surveyed admitted reading a book last year. People who are white, Democratic or liberal, living in the Midwest or West, educated, and don’t regularly attend religious services are more likely to read than others. Religious […]

Cool Citizen Journalism Stuff at Blog Group Thursday

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

There’s cool citizen journalism stuff happening at blog group on Thursday. “Tish Grier of Assignment Zero and Lisa Williams of Placeblogger will co-host a meeting of blog group on Thursday, August 23, at 7PM [at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA].” Free, open to the public, really cool.

Wikipedia Scanner

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Since Garrett sent me the Chronicle of Higher Education piece on Wikipedia Scanner and one of my coworkers shared the BBC article about the same, I can’t resist mentioning the tool that scrapes data from the history sections of the articles and translates them into information most people can understand about from where the editors […]

What’s next in online maps?

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

It looks like the future of online maps is much of what we’d expect, according to The Boston Globe. It’s good to know another company is working on a site with street level pictures like what A9 used to offer. The article begins with the journalist riding around Cambridge in a car with cameras pointed […]

From the Sinclair ZX80 to OLPC

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

The Economist has a piece on One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) that begins with the build-your-own laptop kits of the Sinclair ZX80 and ZX81 and winds up discussing OLPC production plans.

Wikimania is hot!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Word on the street is that Wikimania is hot. (Or is that haut?) The Wikimedia Foundation conference in Taipei goes until Sunday, August 5.