Posts Tagged ‘Technology’
Saw this and thought it worth a read:
“Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that is written entirely by volunteers and allows anyone to edit its entries, is losing contributors, its founder complained Thursday.
Speaking with The Associated Press on the sidelines of the website’s annual conference, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said the nonprofit company that runs the site is scrambling to simplify editing procedures in an attempt to retain volunteers.
“We are not replenishing our ranks,” said Wales. “It is not a crisis, but I consider it to be important.”
Administrators of the Internet’s fifth most visited website are working to simplify the way users can contribute and edit material. “A lot of it is convoluted,” Wales said. “A lot of editorial guidelines … are impenetrable to new users.”
Wikipedia has more than 3 million entries but has been marred by subjective entries and pranks. Even so, Wikipedia cites studies that compare the website’s accuracy favorably to more conventional encyclopedias, while other studies give it lower marks.
Despite Wikipedia’s wide-reaching popularity, Wales said the typical profile of a contributor is “a 26-year-old geeky male” who moves on to other ventures, gets married and leaves the website. Other contributors leave because, 10 years after the website was launched, there are fewer new entries to add, he said. “
The comments at Slashdot are probably nearer the truth.
I have neglected technological innovations for far too long, Linux Journal explains how to put that operating system on a fingernail or SD card.
All of this wonderful hardware comes at a price:
“When the allegations were put to Foxconn by the Observer, manager Louis Woo confirmed that workers sometimes worked more than the statutory overtime limit to meet demand from western consumers, but claimed that all the extra hours were voluntary. Workers claim that, if they turn down excessive demands for overtime, they will be forced to rely on their basic wage: workers in Chengdu are paid only 1,350 yuan (£125) a month for a basic 48-hour week, equivalent to about 65p an hour.“
The Wine development version has reached 1.3.19, go for it, install Linux, then Wine and forget M$ crap.
Oh, there is a new version of Ubuntu, 11.04 and here’s what you might do after installing it.
Don’t try this at home, How to install Burg boot loader in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. Might be worth a try instead of the awful Grub2.
Big companies and their power, Tethering apps ‘blocked’ in Android Market.
Some reviewers really like it, Xubuntu 11.04: Solid, Sleek, and Speedy.
This tutorial explains how to get out of Microsoft’s grasp, How to install Photoshop in Ubuntu and LinuxMint.
Not a bad idea, Firefox Sync.
Malware to watch out for, protect your phone too!
The idea of a USB sized computer is superb, it could seriously undercut expensive, useless hardware, but will meet resistance I am sure:
“David Braben, an UK game developer has created a tiny computer which is about the same size as an USB stick, should cost about $25 and it will ship with Ubuntu by default.
The USB computer is going to be used in teaching computer programming to children and will be distributed by a new charitable foundation called “Raspberry Pi Foundation” within the next 12 months. “
I am fond of Mint and so are others, Linux Mint 11 (Katya) Preview and Testing Version Released!
For those with a slightly less than technogical view of the world, the social implications of all of this, How Social Media Creates a Rough Draft of History.
Feeling musical? Use Linux.
Finally, always have Parted Magic 6.1 ready.
Those who really know me would be surprised to hear that I am not at the Oscars in Hollywood.
But I am on Twitter, instead !
Some about Edward VIII.
I am away for a few days, so I thought I would leave readers with something on Watson.
Watson is a computer system capable of answering general knowledge questions and was entered in the American quiz show, Jeopardy!
The background to Watson and what it could mean in the future is explained here.
This is a good video, where David Ferrucci provides a good overview into the topic:
Update 1: This paper is informative, Building Watson: An Overview of the DeepQA Project – AI Magazine [a PDF].
Update 2: I forgot to add that Watson is running on Linux.
Ten reasons to choose Linux, for kids, or even adults.
Want security? Ditch Windows.
Firefox 4 on Linux ?
What is Open Core?
More, Canonical’s copyright assignment, slightly puzzling but I tend to agree with this author, they are up to something.
A Firefox add-on that strips out Flash video.
Five reasons Android will beat the iPhone.
Tablet under £200?
Openoffice is updating itself, which proves that Libre Office’s competition is good.
Firefox 3.6.11 is out.
Slow blogging again, away from PCs for a few days.
A good guide to Firefox.
Now BT’s involved.
Some lovely Linux Admin Tools.
The Blackberry Playbook looks nice, but not sure it will win the battle with the Ipad. This is a good comparison between them.
Ultimately I think it will come down to applications, once the market for these devices has settled with the advent of Android versions.
Cheap Android tablets on the way?
For Windows users this is a very good site, is it still annoying you?
Are 48 cores too much?
Don’t forget, you are probably using Unix, sort of, in one way shape or form, even if you don’t realise.
The issue of copyright.
Scanning things and Linux.
Taintdroid, not available yet tho.
More wine, 1.1.34 is here.
End of the BIOS?
Anyone for Firefox 4, a bit bleeding edge for me,
A Firefox wish list, not bad, I agree,
Drop box from Android.
Like hacking? This is the site for you.
OpenOffice is forked! Libre Office has come to life.
An area of weakness in Linux, nannying.
Can OLPC be resuscitated?