What's the reason to buy Instapaper?
I was browsing the AppStore the other day and I saw that Instapaper was cheaper than its normal priceMaybe if this were the original price I would have gone for Instapaper over ReadItLater ;-). In any case, I was in a temptation to buy it! After all, Instapaper was my original "save for later reading" application on iOS, and I only changed to ReaditLater (now Pocket) because there was no free
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood | done!
This past weekend it happened, I completed the third installment of Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood! I have to say that I played through this game trying to prolong my game play by taking on as many side missions as possible. I really did enjoy playing this game so much that I did not want it to end. My plan of attack was to tackle side missions in-between the main memory
Attribution, in the open web
This past weekend I happened to see a post on twitter from a contact that I haven't seen in quite some time. This person is a photographer and earns a living from the photographs that she takes. It seemed to me that she was a bit annoyed that someone had used one of her photos on their blog, but had failed to give attribution. My gut reaction to this was "how dare they!" When you borrow something
Professional Angst - the MLIS vs. the PhD
I haven't paid much attention to the library world in the past couple of weeks while I get acclimated to my new job, and while I've been playing around with various learning management systems (since we're moving from WebCT Vista to something else). I came across a blog post in the ACRLog the other day but didn't have much of an opportunity to read it until now. Its title "Why all the fuss over
Automator for iOS
No, no, Automator does not exist for iOS yet - but it would be a nice feature! I was thinking about this the other day. My iPod Touch has WiFi, and I use it as an alarm of sorts. Since I keep the WiFi off, I don't have up to date information on weather, news, and RSS when I get up - a dashboard for the morning for example. Of course I can use my iPhone (which is what I do) to get
This has been Finale Week (I guess with the end of the semester come and gone I now have more time for entertainment ;-) ) In any case I decided to make all of my season and series finale comments in one bigger post. Yes, it's filled with spoilers so don't read if you don't want things spoiled ;-)NCIS & NCIS: LAHonestly these two shows are like a soap opera, who cares about a season finale?
LOST Finale - a big bowl of M'eh
Because Comcast doesn't provide us poor souls on the basic (local only) plan with HD, I decided to wait a day and catch the LOST series finale on Hulu. I will do my best to not post any spoilers for those who have not seen it yet.Personally I had some high hopes of getting some answers about the island, but as my RSS reader pointed out LOST provided answers to some questions, and left others unanswered,
Open is not so open anymore
A while back there was a fascinating article titled "Open Isn't so Open Anymore". It lingered in my starred items folder for quite some time, but I finally was able to read it. I think the blog post does deserve a reading (or even a re-reading!)My two cents on the issue: In order to really have open education, we really do need some radicals to step up to the plate and take command of the field.
My Lazy American Students
An interesting article popped up on Inside Higher Ed today about the work ethic of American students (Original Boston.com article here). I would say that this is a gross overgeneralization based on anecdotal evidence. Now anecdotal evidence does serve a purpose, but I think that you are not comparing apples to apples. The United States for instance does not have a unified educational system (and
More Personal Brand Bullsh*t
Happy week-between-xmas-and-new-years everyone! I hope all is well, at work and at home (and for those of you awaiting your fall semester grades - good luck there as well!). OK, so here is is a comment I've been wanting to make on this story on the Brazen Careerist Network: 10 ways to get fired for building your personal brand. Now I've harped on and on about how I believe that this term (Personal
My Newton beats your iPhone!
While I was focusing my free time on my studies these past couple of weeks, CNET found an opportunity to do another death match between two devices, this time the Apple Newton 2100 (the top of the line Newton, and the one that I happen to have), versus the iPhone 3GS (also a device that I have and use daily). The winner, according to CNET is the Newton. While I agree that the Newton is a great device,
What happened to Second Life?
I saw on article on the BBC the other day and I was surprised at people being surprised at Second Life because it seems like such a "d'uh" type of thing to anyone who's ever used Second Life!The problem with Second Life, as I've written (or probably just said) countless times are:Crazy requirements for your computer. Nothing is going to take off if the requirements for use are insane!Graphics stink
On secondary identities
I've been following the #lrnchat discussion (or controversy if you will ;-) ) in various media - well twitter and blogs mostly. If you don't know what #lrnchat is check out the lrnchat blog.Now on multilitteratus I've written about how I don't get using twitter for chat purposes. It just doesn't make sense as a communication too to do that, given that there are many chat software providers - AIM,
The image on the right made the rounds on the internet, via theNextWeb, this week. TheNextWeb asked people whether this is a step in the right direction, or a step in the wrong direction.Personally I think that the direction is right-ish. It's a step in the right direction, i.e. there needs to be a notification screen on the iPhone and iPod Touch, but this isn't quite it. For one thing this screen
Disappearing footprints, part deux
I was having some more thougts on the issue of archiving our digital lives. This line of thought reminds me of Palm's new ad for the Pre that mentions that "your life is made up of so many other lives".In years past, people snapped candid photos of you in group and private occasions. Those photos may have been shared, or they may have been kept private and you would have been none the wiser. Today
Digital footprints being washed away...
I was reading this article on our digital (and online) lives slowly leaking away on Robert Scoble's blog. In essence the blog post is about our digital footprints being washed away. In years past we had letters, postcards and photographs to document our journey through life and all things important to us.For example, I've written a number of times about the letters that I have from good friends,
Over the weekend I was reading this article on Inside Higher Ed (maybe I should be posting over at multiliterratus, but oh well...)In any case, the author of this post talks about how how Wired's "The good enough revolution" pertains to academia. Personally I agree that some of what the author writes are quite valid arguments - but I would like to play devil's advocate for a moment from an IT management
The point of college, and other diabtribes
This past week I saw an article on the BBC and a blog post on the Brazen Careerist network that go well together - like w(h)ine and cheese. Yes, the bad pun was intended.The BBC article centers around a woman in New York who is a jobless graduate and is suing her college because she's failed to get a job after graduation. As the BBC reports:She is seeking to recover $70,000 (£42,000) she spent on
Blackboard buys iPhone App company, product still stinks
Inside Higher Ed had this article recently on BlackBoard (the makers of the 'popular' learning management system by the same name) buying an iPhone application company. Needless to say I was really excited about the news (prior to reading the article) because the BlackBoard application that they already have only supports their newer product and my campus uses BlackBoard Vista (no relation to Windows).
I dream of: a better standby screen
I know that this has probably been talked about and blogged about ad nauseum, however it just struck me once again today that the iPhone/iPT OS really needs to better utilize that unlock screen! At the moment I am seeing something similar to the image on the right hand side of this post.At the very least, there should be an upcoming appointments listing on the screen. Too much information can inundate
Most blog abandoned - so what?
I came across this NY times article through slashdot a few weeks back. I read it and thought to myself "meh". Now I am back at it. I started thinking.OK, there are 1000X blogs, but people only update 100X. I think that it would be unsustainable to update all blogs all the time. There are people out there that are attention hogs that write to be read by many many people. There are others that bought
I too am a Librarian!
No, I don’t have an MLIS, but does it matter? I know that this comment might inflame some people, especially MLS-holding librarians, but my response is ‘m-eh’. (No I am not trying to be a fire starter, I am just a little irked)I have been following the comments on the Liminal Librarian’s blog (which I like by the way and I subscribe to). There are two blog posts, one entitled “if it quacks