Blogs On One Page (2009)

For 2009, you should look at pages 7 onward.


Internet Traffic Growth

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

I knew traffic on the Internet was growing fairly quickly, but I had no idea it was to this extent.

I just came across this quote at this link from BusinessWeek:

The problem is, there's little evidence of any capacity shortage. Despite a surge in online video watching, the growth of Internet traffic does not appear to be accelerating. An ongoing Internet traffic study at the University of Minnesota and parallel research by Cisco Systems (CSCO) show that traffic is growing at 35% to 50% a year, about the same rate as in the past several years.

Wow. 35-50% per year?!? Elsewhere in the article they state that they expect traffic to increase 50-fold by 2015. Wow. Think about the kinds of investments that would be needed to support this type of increase in demand.


School Of Everything

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

The School of Everything is a web service for people who have something to teach and for those who might want their services.

As Cory Doctorow said at BoingBoing:

The economic proposition is simple: you know something I want you to show me, and School of Everything will make it easy for us to meet and transact commerce to make this happen. It doesn't depend on no one else being willing to do this for free, nor does it control what you do with the information once you learn it. Indeed, this is a service that benefits from the wider spreading of information: the more information there is about knitting, the more knitters there are, the more knitters there will be clamouring to learn knitting from an expert retained for this purpose. A knitting teacher doesn't want you to hoard what you learn: she wants you to tell everyone about it.

I think this is a fantastic idea.


Huge Computer To Be Built

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

UIUC is going to build a huge computer by 2011.

From Massive $208 million petascale computer gets green light:

Blue Waters is expected to deliver sustained performance of more than one petaflop on many real-world scientific and engineering applications. A petaflop equals about 1 quadrillion calculations per second. They will be coupled to more than a petabyte of memory and more than 10 petabytes of disk storage.

Also:

According to the NSF the system may be used to study complex processes like the interaction of the Sun's coronal mass ejections with the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere; the formation and evolution of galaxies in the early universe; understanding the chains of reactions that occur with living cells; and the design of novel materials.

That's some serious computing.


Google At Age 10

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

This article compares Google at age 10 with Microsoft at the same age.

The stats that are most directly applicable to this class are worldwide searches per hour on Google in July 2008 versus Microsoft: For Google 65 million; for Microsoft 3.1 million.


Sphere Of Influence

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

The graphic featured in this article at SearchEngineLand shows how search fits into a broad range of different ways to reach customers.

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I found it to be a useful framework for thinking about the importance of search in the whole marketing sphere.


People Do Not Want To Search

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

A Yahoo executive has stated “people…don't want to search.”

This article at internetnets.com gives some insights into how Yahoo thinks about the future of their business.


Gigabit Wifi

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

Your wireless network may be suffering from bandwidth envy after it hears about this.

Maybe you haven't even bought an 802.11n WiFi router yet. Even if you have, it will feel really inadequate to you after you think about the possibilities. The article IEEE readies launch of gigabit Wi-Fi project discusses the launch of a new group that will figure out how it will be possible to move from today's 802.11n networks that are capable of 100Mbps transmission to a new standard that is capable of 1Gbps transmission.

I'm getting tingly already.


Blog Meta Analysis

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

This entry at SiloBreaker shows how meta-analysis of blogging can help you interpret the news.

I find it to be rather fascinating from a technical standpoint that all of this analysis can be done automagically — and not require some PhD schlub hours to do by hand.


Is Education Killing Creativity

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

This interview with Sir Ken Robinson is a really a fantastically thought-provoking piece on creativity and education.

Some points that he makes:

  • The conditions for your creativity to come out have to be right. But we are all creative or, at least, can all be creative. It's just a matter of finding the right task and the right conditions.
  • It's important to educate for creativity and to educate creatively. These are two different things but are both important.
  • Science is important, as is math. But equally important are the arts, music, and dance.
  • Pieces of education: Curriculum, assessment, teaching. “Teaching is the only thing that makes a difference.” This was always the case for me.

Have you found what you're good at? Have you found your talent? Has education helped you find it?

My daughters are two very different people. My oldest daughter is a really good student, and her values and method of operation fit well within the process of going to school and performing well in classrooms. My youngest daughter is a dancer and doesn't fit into the same mold. She's a really really good dancer, but this has nothing to do with her education — it doesn't help her and it doesn't interfere. It's simply outside of the world of education for her. Why is that?

As for me, I truly enjoy programming. I also enjoy the design process of just about anything — Web pages, woodworking, garden design, page layout, etc. Any chance that I can, I take the opportunity to work on putting together a Web site (such as the one we use for this class). Why? Because I enjoy it, and I have at least a bit of ability in the area. It allows me to combine my enjoyment of programming and design. Some people express their talent (and themselves) via dance or singing; I express myself by programming. Strange? Maybe, but it's how I am wired. I was uncomfortable with this for many, many years; however, once I got comfortable with it, I was a much happier and more productive person.

A book that helped me understand myself much better is Godel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter. In this book he draws analogies among math, art, and music. He helped me understand why I was drawn to all of them. I can't recommend this more highly. It's simply a tour-de-force, and one of the best examples of outstanding non-fiction writing.

I hope you spend a half-hour of your day to watch these videos, and then reflect on them a bit.


Where The Hell Is Matt

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

If you have 20 minutes or so, take in these videos.

Watch the 2005 video first, then the 2008, then read the article, then watch the top video on the page. Oh, and notice that he's right about searching for Matt on Google.

This is a very fun page.


How To Never Forget Anything

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

This is a fantastic article about habits you can get it (and software you can use) to help you remember things.

The “habits” part of the article is more important than the “software” part, but they're book good. A couple of things:


Talk Like A Pirate

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

Ahoy, me hearty!

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!


Is Sarah Palin More Popular Than Porn

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

An informative and interesting article on the changing search habits of Americans from InfoWorld.

The source of the information in this article is affiliated with Hitwise, a company that specializes in understanding user patterns in search.


Guido On Python

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

Python is my favorite programming language.

I've previously taught a class in it. I contributed to an open source textbook about it. I use it for as many of my programming tasks as I can. I have followed it since the very early 1990s as it has developed. It's all good.

Techworld Australia just published a very interesting interview with Guido van Rossum, the author of the Python language.


Yahoo Is Testing A New Home Page

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

As reported by the Yahoo corporate blog, Yahoo is testing a new home page design.

With this redesign, they're testing ways in which to integrate the Yahoo home page with services from around the Web, and to help you stay informed with what's going on around the Web and with your friends. It's an interesting article, shedding some light on how Yahoo sees itself.


Choosing A Password

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

This article, by the vice president of Yahoo mail, provides some useful hints on choosing a password.

I'm guessing this has to do with a certain Yahoo mail break-in. This article tells how the hacker broke into the account.

He probably knows a bit about this topic.


Politics And Search

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

At Search Engine Land there is a nice article about politics and paid search keywords.

It references some interesting data and a couple of published reports on the topic.


Businessweek On Blogging

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

BusinessWeek has a short piece about blogging.

It posits that there are three types of bloggers: early adopters, professionals, and amateurs:

“First, there are the professional bloggers; increasingly, they blog for money, even if they didn't start out that way. There are also the amateur bloggers, who blog for the love of it. Then there are the early adopters; they began blogging because they were fascinated by the platform.”

The author says that, no matter what type of blogger you are, you can learn from the other types.


Information About Presentations

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

I got a quick question from Bryan today in class about my presentation. I thought I'd give a bit more detailed answer here.

  • I use iStockPhoto as the source of photos for my presentation.
  • The presentation style I use is based on Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson. In addition to this book, he also maintains a related Web site. This can be a very engaging method of structuring a presentation when used in the hands of an effective presenter. I now use this presentation style for my research presentations as well as my classroom presentations.
  • I recently read Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. He maintains a very active blog on professional presentation design. He has great insights into effective presentations that I wish I could more effectively incorporate into my everyday presentations.
  • Just last week I finished reading Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam. He also maintains a very interesting blog related to the content of his book. I have tried to practice this problem solving technique a few times since I read this book — I think it has the possibility of being very effective.
  • I use Apple's Keynote software for my presentations. I find it handles multimedia more easily than PowerPoint does, but this is probably a personal preference.
  • I use the Kensington Wireless Presentation Mouse. I use it in all presentations I give anywhere, no matter whether it's my computer or someone else's, or whether it's a Windows machine or a Mac. It's simple, it works, and it's reliable.
  • I use this green laser pointer because I have a hard time seeing the small red pointers that are normally available.

If any of you ever hear of any book or blog or other resource that you would be of interest to someone like me who is always looking for more information about this topic, please let me know.


Love Letter About Google

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:08)

Okay, this isn't exactly a love letter, but David Pogue, technology writer for the NY Times, has written an article that basically describes his fondness for the Google search engine.

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