Time Mag Article: Multitasking Easy Yet Less Efficient

March 31, 2006 at 2:51 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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This week's cover story in TIME discusses the teenage world of multitasking.  It discusses in depth the world off…hang on, just got an email…sorry-anyhow, multitasking, the pros and cons and how to take a break from it all.

It is worth it to sit down and READ THE WHOLE THING without interruption.  How does this apply to you?

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iPod: Set Maximum Volume Limit

March 30, 2006 at 2:17 pm | Posted in Apple, tech | Leave a comment
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white ear budIn a response to concerns that excessively loud volume via headphones can lead to permanent ear damage, Apple has released a Nano/5th gen iPod software upgrade that allows users to set their max volume.  So, no matter how high you crank the volume it won't go above a whisper if that's what you want.  Worth noting that the max volume can be set and locked via PIN number thereby preventing the user from changing this setting without the PIN.

Live without the mouse

March 28, 2006 at 1:45 pm | Posted in tech, Windows | Leave a comment
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Follow this link- http://computerhope.com/shortcut.htm – for a giant list of Windows shortcut keys.  Scan the list for the most frequent tasks you perform with a mouse and seek the keyboard alternative.  You can save a lot of time if you give the mouse a rest.

 Mac users: this link is just for you: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75459

How to build an airplane in about 7 minutes

March 28, 2006 at 4:42 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

OK, the film is sped up for your enjoyment but worth a look-NOT IN CLASS:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3046542226114078023

In other A380 news, 873 passengers were able to evacuate this monster in under 90 seconds thereby passing an important safety test.  Thirty-one were injured along the way.

Please, make your own ringtones

March 28, 2006 at 4:37 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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If you insist on having a ring that is truly personal then make one that is truly personal. The steps to ringtone creation are here: http://www.funformobile.com/pages/help/helpHow.php

More summer activities

March 24, 2006 at 3:44 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

CyberCamps at UC Berkeley: http://www.cybercamps.com/locBerkeley.asp

ID Tech Camps at UC Berkeley: http://www.internaldrive.com/courses.htm

Bay Area Media Schools

March 24, 2006 at 3:19 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Expression College for Art and Design- http://www.expression.edu/ -Emeryville, CA

Academy of Art University- http://www.academyart.edu/ -San Francisco

Digital Media Academy-Stanford University
http://www.digitalmediaacademy.org/locations/computer-camp-stanford.html

Video: Cold War Time Capsule found hidden in the Brooklyn Bridge

March 22, 2006 at 2:58 pm | Posted in history | Leave a comment

WCBS TV has great video of a Cold War era fallout shelter discovered intact in the Brooklyn Bridge.  The room included over 350,000 high calorie crackers (the PowerBar of the day) as well as water barrels and medical supplies to be used in the treatment over atomic bomb victims.

Amazing that this treasure trove was passed by thousands of commuters on a daily basis.

60 gb iPod may disappear in favor of touchscreen replacement

March 22, 2006 at 2:47 pm | Posted in Apple | 1 Comment
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From CNN Money: “… the company is readying a wide-screen video iPod with Bluetooth headphones that could be ready as early as the June quarter.” 

Wonder the price drop will be like on those “old” 60gb models?

AJAX?

March 22, 2006 at 3:13 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Ajax is poised to be the next big thing in web development.  What can it do for you?

Samples-
http://www.funwithjustin.com/ajax-toybox-demo/index.html
http://ajaxian.com/

How does it compare to other options? http://www.ajaxinfo.com/default~viewart~8.htm

What does Wikipedia have to say? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax_%28programming%29#Tutorials

Ajax Getting Started from Mozilla: http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/AJAX:Getting_Started

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