January 6, 2011

New Generation of Mice Can Tweet

A team of Japanese scientists from the Osaka University's Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences decided to play around with genetic engineering and produced a mouse that tweets. Not Twitter tweet, bird tweets. They expected to produce a rodent that would have short legs and tail, but ended up with a batch of singers. While they plan to use them to study the origin of human speech, perhaps in a few eons we will be networking with creatures who eventually may speak English.

Via Google News

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January 5, 2011

Galaxy 15 Satellite Calms Down

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Funny how we take such things as satellites for granted and never consider them unless they misbehave. Intelstat's Galaxy 15 satellite has finally been brought under control. Running amok since April of this year, its CPU was fried by solar flares. At that time, it moved its controls to other satellites except for WAAS, a GPS landing system.

Last week, its battery was completely drained and its baseband equipment reset, taking commands from Intelsat engineers. They relocated it and placed it in safe mode and plan to test it, presumably to see if it can repaired or recovered.

Via Intelsat

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December 30, 2010

Play With Your Food - Fab@Home

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Shades of Richard Dreyfus in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and his mashed potatoes. We don't even begin to understand it, but we found that Cornell University Computational Synthesis Lab's Fab@Home Model 1 to be utterly fascinating. They see the printing of food, yeah, food, to be doable in the future. One loads up the ingredients, (for now chocolate, cheese and other liquid ingredients,) picks a recipe, tweaks it a bit, and a syringe literally prints the stuff. The team sees this technology as an eventual social networking tool. We see it as getting to play with your food and about 180ยบ away from a Star Trek replicator.

Via Cornell

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December 23, 2010

About.me Profiles Egotists

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Want to put your name out there? About.me has only been around since September, but it seems that almost half a million users are on board. The site basically lets you put up a personal profile page, including a bio, links to your social networking sites and a high res image of you in all your glory. The service also lets you know how much traffic you are getting via charts and count.

Via About Me

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December 20, 2010

Billions Living Online Google

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I have been on the Net since the early nineties, but I never realized how much until last week when I shut down my now fee-charging checking account that I rarely use in lieu of Paypal. The woman at the bank was very rude, making me wish I could go back online and shut it down with someone who is outsourced in the Philippines.

I watch Netflix Instant late at night rather than view old reruns or infomercials, find out what happened to the character actors that were in that movie on Wikipedia and trace the history of real events after viewing documentaries or historical films. I don't do Farmville or WOW, but I play games online or chat when my brain is fried.

I can't remember the last time I used snail mail and now pay all my bills online. The last couple of years I have shopped online, since prices are often lower, shipping is often free and I don't have to deal with mall rats (although identity theft still scares me.) And my home page has become my source of instant news.

Okay, I am addicted, but I decided to see how many of us are. So I Googled Google and came up with 2,510,000,000 results. Google Bing and you get 91,300,000 results and Yahoo comes up with 1,670,000,000. Bing for Bing and it will get you 6,210,000 results and if you Yahoo Yahoo you get 355,000,000 results. Hmmm, when was the last time you left your house?

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November 3, 2010

Cellphone Service Kajeet Aimed at Kids

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Kajeet is a pay-as-you-go cellphone service designed for kids. Any of their phones have the parental controls that allows setting who they can talk to, what time of day they can use it and what features they can use. There is a GPS locator and special navigator designed for the younger set. While the service only supports calling and texting, plans are quite reasonable and start at $5.00 per month.

Via Kajeet

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October 25, 2010

Internet Advertising Abounds on TV

We were watching SNL last weekend and noticed how the shape of advertising on TV has altered. Now we know who the target audience is during that time slot so it is really no surprise that we saw spots for 'Bing search', 'AT&T Texting/Search Plan' and 'MS Live' during that time. Southwest Airlines ran an entire 30" devoted to their website. We also noticed a growing trend posting Facebook/Twitter, etc. icons at the end of a commercial in addition to their website.

The International Telecommunication Union estimates that about two billion people will be online by the end of 2010 and 227 million sites now exist but we still wonder when it was exactly that advertising realized that so many of us live on the Net.

Via ITU

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October 18, 2010

The Instantaneous Sharing of Events

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We figure that the Chilean rescue will be one of those times that you remember where you were when it occurred. Estimates say that about a billion of us watched online or cable news and we have to admit that we were riveted to our feed on Ustream where we were fortunate enough to have someone from Peru translate the event.

We all watched as the Phoenix (appropriately named) capsule made its first trip and practically held our breath as it rose to the surface the first time. Here is an excerpt from Ustream's chat when the first miner reached the surface:

11:09 kunleski: ...and here comes the underminer!
11:09 hxviera: longest 20 minutes ever... remarkable stuff!
11:10 sg1972: wow
11:10 TVtalk: Look at that little boy's face.
11:10 Kurkoo: wow its close
11:10 kaputz: waht they are doing?
11:10 twinkydisco: la ola please!
ust think, it's been 69 days and here's the capsule
11:11 RobertGreenland: wooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!
11:11 Kurkoo: wow, amazing
11:11 kaputz: wooooooooooooooooooooooow, GREAT

11:16 Necyn-1: THey saying that across different cities in chile the horns been sounding as well as church bells.
11:16 anxious_2002: really 33 because they sent one down
11:16 RobertGreenland: Greenland watching
11:16 kunleski: nigeria is watchin here too
11:16 ukebec: Wonderful - now get them all out safely! We're all people and all living on the same hunk of rock. This is a triumph for us all.
11:17 kathphd2011: Yes ! A triumph for all humanity!
11:17 misguidedroses84: wonderful to have everyone from everywhere come together and watch this. incredible.

This is truly networking at its finest. Most amazing was that the entire operation went without a hitch mostly because of the expertise of many countries who volunteered to help. We hope that the rescue taught everyone that disasters that cannot be averted can be aided by something as seemingly insignificant as a pair of Oakley sunglasses.

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October 11, 2010

Banksy Creates Simpsons Couch Scene

You really have to appreciate this opening segment for the Simpsons directed by graffiti artist Banksy. We were alternately amused, amazed, filled with wonder and grossed out. So on the whole, we would say that this has been a good day of networking. What do you think?

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October 7, 2010

HPU Deprives Students of Social Networks for a Week

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As the old saying goes, what goes around, comes around. A survey from comScore claimed that more users in the US spend more time on Facebook than researching on Google. Harrisburg Pennsylvania University conducted an experiment banning some students from using social network sites for a week to se how it affected them. At the very least, those students learned they missed the technology. The other extreme? Some accused the school of "a terrible thing and an infringement upon people's rights."

While the project itself actually created an awful lot of Interweb hype, even more ironic is the fact that Harrisburg conducts a Social Media Summit every year. Book your reservation for 2011 early.

Via NY Daily News

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