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December 10, 2008  11:43 AM

Happy 40th birthday, computer mouse!



Posted by: GuyPardon
Apple, cool, desktop, fundamentals, gadgets, geek, hardware, history, invention, learning, science, Technology, tool

first mouseToday the computer mouse celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Pictured is version 1.0, held held by inventor

August 20, 2008  6:58 PM

Video: MIT’s OpenCourseWare — Introduction to Algorithms (Lesson 1 and 2)



Posted by: GuyPardon
academics, Class, college, courses, education, free, fundamentals, Google, learning, programming, public domain, software, software development, Technology, tutorial, useful, video

Thanks to a friendly Creative Commons license, these introductory lectures could be uploaded to Google Video by Peteris Krumins from the host on MIT’s...

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May 22, 2008  2:14 PM

What is the history of the ARPANET? A 1972 documentary tells the story of the birth of the Internet



Posted by: GuyPardon
academics, collaboration, communications, community, data, fundamentals, government, history, innovation, Internet, invention, learning, network, Networking, science, Technology

"The Heralds of Resource Shaping" on Google Video tells the story of the origins of the Internet. At thirty minutes, this documentary is a bit longer than the average online video (or attention span) but well worth the time...


May 22, 2008  11:55 AM

What is the missing link of integrated circuitry? The memristor!



Posted by: GuyPardon
conversation, education, fundamentals, hardware, history, innovation, invention, learning, memory, Storage, Technology

The discovery of Thursday's Word of the Day, memristor, has been theorized about since 1971, when the possibility...


May 21, 2008  11:26 AM

What is the origin of Linux?



Posted by: GuyPardon
commentary, Development, fundamentals, history, invention, learning, Linux, open source, operating systems, programming, Technology, video, YouTube

In the embed below, Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, "tells the story of how he went from writing code as a graduate student in Helsinki in the early 1990s to becoming an icon for open...


May 12, 2008  9:46 AM

Video: Richard Stallman talks about the importance of free software, GNU, copyleft and open sourcing



Posted by: GuyPardon
code, collaboration, command line, commentary, community, conversation, copyright, free, freeware, fundamentals, history, invention, open source, operating systems, software development, video, YouTube

In these videos, Robin Good interviews Richard Stallman about free software and the


April 30, 2008  6:03 PM

May 1st is RSS Awareness Day. Have you checked your feeds today?



Posted by: GuyPardon
blog, blogging, communications, cool, creativity, demonstration, event, feeds, free, fundamentals, howto, Internet, learning, new media, podcasting, RSS, screencast, tool, tracking, video, Web 2.0, YouTube

Are you hip to Really Simple Syndication? If you're still behind on the adoption curve, May 1st is RSS Awareness Day. Daniel Socco of


April 23, 2008  9:27 AM

Better Education Through Open Source Robots



Posted by: GuyPardon
academics, artificial intelligence, blogging, collaboration, conference, cool, courses, creativity, design, downloads, education, fun, fundamentals, howto, invention, learning, open source, robotics, tutorial

Heather Johnson is guest blogging at WhatIs.com this week. Heather is a freelance writer, as well as a monthly contributor for OEDb, a site that helps students...


April 16, 2008  9:58 AM

Video: Matt Cutts debunks 5 SEO myths



Posted by: GuyPardon
blogging, business, community, Development, entrepeneurship, fundamentals, Google, howto, Internet, IT marketing, resource, search, search engine, SEM, SEO, video, YouTube

Google's Matt Cutts has long since become the blogosphere's "go to guy" for information on SEO and webmaster guidelines. WhatIs.com's Word of the Day today,...


April 7, 2008  4:14 PM

Handy tool: online Binary to Text converter



Posted by: GuyPardon
communications, cool, data, free, fun, fundamentals, geek, humor, information, natural language, tool, useful, Web applications

There are certainly programmers, mathematicians and assorted savants out there who can write and translate directly to and from binary code. I am not one of...


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