A fascinating lecture about copyright – A Song’s Tale: Mashups, Borrowing, and the Law

10 September 2011 Posted by in category: Internet culture

Professor James Boyle tracks back the origins of a song ("George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People") to show how each song and musical style relies on previous work. Boyle uses this exmaple to explore and hypnotize how copyright law effects, or might effect, the development of culture.

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The web gets smarter with Schema.org – how will you be affected?

06 June 2011 Posted by in category: future and current trends

Schema.org is a new initiative by the three major search engines (Google, Bing and Yahoo!) to make websites more readable for machines. It was announced a few days ago, accompanied by the Schema.org website, aimed at web developers.

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A Great Talk About Network neutrality

11 April 2011 Posted by in category: Innovation

This is a very interesting talk by Barbara van Schewick, about net neutrality. One of the interesting things is her answer in the Q&A part, where she says that Android is a better platform for innovation than iPhone. She tells about app developers who say that they prefer first to develop for Android, which is more open (you don't have to get Google's permission to install an app). Then, if they succeed, they consider also making one for iPhone. I think that's a fascinating observation.

She also talks about several points of view about net neutrality, and the importance of preserving the characteristics of the internet that led to innovation. She emphasize that it doesn't mean preserving the same architecture, but identifying the things that enable anyone to innovate.

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A Guide to Finding Up to the Minute Details on the Latest News

11 March 2011 Posted by in category: information overload

While the rise of social networking sites has given unprecedented access to the latest information and news, finding that information can be a daunting task. This guide will teach you which sites to use, provide some tips for successful searches, and use the current unrest in the Middle East as an example.

Maria RainierThis is a guest post by Maria Rainier. Maria is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she writes about education, online degrees, and what it takes to succeed as a student getting an online masters degree from home. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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Christchurch earthquake: images, updates and information resources

23 February 2011 Posted by in category: information overload

I've collected some places across the web where you can get upadates about the Christchurch earthquake.

Flickr Images

maching the quary christchurch earthquake.

A screen grab from Flickr search results about the Christchurch earthquake
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Insert The Current Date to Word – Statically, Not as an Updating field

26 January 2011 Posted by in category: self efficiency

a date field in Word 2007

The keyboard shortcut for inserting the current date into a Word Document is ALT+SHIFT+D. The problem is that the inserted date is a live filed, so it is being updated every time you open the document.

To insert the current date without it ever being updated (that is, to insert the current date as simple text) – press CTRL+SHIFT+F9 when the cursor is inside the added field.

So, to add the current date as simple text:
press ALT+SHIFT+D > press the left arrow (to stand inside the field) > press CTRL+SHIFT+F9.

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