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Flickr thumbnails on del.icio.us



Flickr thumbnails now show up on del.icio.us

Originally uploaded by Martin Gordon.

I just stumbled across a thumbnail on the del.icio.us popular list and discovered that bookmarking a photo page on Flickr shows the thumbnail in del.icio.us. I tried it myself with one of my own pictures and it worked just as well. Now all we need is for del.icio.us to read the caption/tags off of Flickr and apply them as del.icio.us tags.

Yay for two of Yahoo!'s acquisitions playing nice with each other!

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Nintendo Revolution Renamed Wii

The official Nintendo Revolution website has announced that official name of the Revolution will be Wii. While I think Revolution was a cool enough name (and the abbreviation RS nicely watched the DS), and aside from all the PS/XBox fanboys making wii-wii jokes, it is an alright name. Nintendo has gone out on a limb with the focus (originality over graphics) and the controller and the name is just a reflection of this.

One thing is for sure: the Google Juice will be strong with this one. Since 'Wii' is not a real word, even just a little press will jump Nintendo's 'Wii' straight to the top of search results. Compare this to 'Revolution' which would have to compete with the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, et al for Google pole position.

Update: Chris Kohler at Wired posted a more in-depth defense of the 'Wii' name. He basically argues that Wii doesn't sound anything like a video game, and that's what Nintendo is trying to do with the system – make it like no other video game system ever.

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"Real World" Joins Facebook

TechCrunch is reporting that one Microsoft employee has been able to join Facebook as part of the Microsoft network.

A quick search of Facebook turns up only one Class of '09 undergrad with the name "Niall Kennedy". It's hard to get an accurate number of the number of people on the Microsoft network, but there doesn't seem to be Google, Yahoo, or AOL networks on there yet (according to Inside Facebook, there are only 10 companies on Facebook so far).

Is this a good thing? On the surface, it looks like it will get more users on the network. But with already existing rumors that employers are already leveraging recent grads' logins to look at the profiles of potential new hires for "risky" behavior (partying, drinking, drug use, etc.), you have to wonder if this will hurt the utility of the college networks by forcing students to censor themselves or leave the network completely.

As a college student, I don't see much utility in letting someone on a work network see my profile. They could learn much more from me by reading my blog, and what they read hear is much more useful to both of us in terms of professional networking (as opposed to the social networking Facebook is optimized for).

Putting myself in the shoes of a work Facebook user, I don't see as much utility in learning about a coworkers favorite books, TV shows, etc than I do in learning about what type of projects they're working on, their title, where they fit in the formal structure of the company, etc. Of course, I haven't spent much time out in the work force, so I may be completely off base.

Anyway, I don't see this addition of professional networks of bringing much value to the network itself. What I do see it doing, however, is allowing bloggers at the companies allowed on Facebook to generate buzz about the network and drive up the perceived value of the business.

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A Sentence

I saw this on Kent Newsome's blog. I'll take any excuse to get distracted from studying…

Here are the instructions:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Turn to page 161.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post it with these instructions.
  5. Don't search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

Here's mine:
Finally, a fluctuating price may impose excessive risk on one or the other party.

From Krugman/Obstfeld, International Economics: Theory & Policy. Exciting, huh?

What's yours say?

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Education 2.0

The University of California, Berkeley has posted recordings of some classes on iTunes. This is a great step towards Education 2.0 (.edu + Web 2.0). Students don't have to be in the same physical room as the professor to hear the lecture anymore. Heck, the student doesn't have to be go to the same school.

Critics may complain that podcasting lectures will completely destroy class attendance. I disagree. There is definitely something about being able to see lecture slides and be able to ask questions on-the-fly and have discussions with the professor and other students. But imagine being able to learn twice as much by being able to fill in downtime with recorded lectures (see the jar of rocks metaphor).

This is only the beginning. What I see a few years down the line are many-to-many podcasts much like the way blogs work now. The professor puts out (or it happens automatically via classroom technologies) the day's lecture. Slides are timecoded so as automatically follow the audio. Students post audio comments, listenable by everyone else. Each student has their own feed for each class they're enrolled in. If I like a particular student's comments, I can subscribe to his/her feed and have their questions/comments brought to my attention. I can hear what he has to say in other classes. I can respond to them even if I'm not in that other class. I can respond on my own time.

There's no need for everyone to get together in the same room at the same time to have class. Class can happen on your time.

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High Dynamic Range Imaging

Here are pictures of Tokyo and New York City utlizing High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging techniques, where multiple exposures of the same scene are taken so that you get much greater range of colors in your images. After combining images, you get all the details in the shadows while not having the rest of the scene blown out.

The images are very cool looking, haunting almost.

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MMOs in the Classroom

It seems that someone does "get it." A professor at Ball State University will be teaching her English 104 class entirely online in Second Life.

I installed Second Life a few weeks ago but only spent a few minutes in it. There doesn't really seem to be a purpose to Second Life (much like First Life, one might argue), so I was turned off. With all the hype it's been getting recently, I may have to take a more in-depth look at it.

Either way, it's great to see new teaching methods being tried. I can't wait to see how this little experiment turns out.

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Yahoo's New Home Page Won't Do Them Any Good

TechCrunch reports that Yahoo is testing a new home page. It won't do them any good. It's still too cluttered. Even MSN Search (and Ask.com, too) got that one right. Not only that, but the old site compartmentalized content a lot better than this new one.

Seth Godin said it best at his talk at Google. The techies send non-techies to Google because they'll know what to do and won't come back to bother you.

If Yahoo is going after Google, they should stick with an uncluttered site for everyone and let My Yahoo! users make their personalized pages as cluttered as they want. If they're not going after Google anymore, well, then they should probably let the world know.

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Extensive Ruby on Rails Roundup

The folks at I Blogged This have an extensive roundup of all the Ruby on Rails resources available on the Net. Hopefully I'll find something I haven't seen yet!

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Spell Check in 28 Languages

Orangoo is a nifty little AJAX-enabled online spell checker I found last night. It appeared on Digg today so I figured it is worth a mention. As usual, give me an API so I can integrate it into other web apps.

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