[MIT enews] When I Testified Before Congress

A thought-provoking article about the state of science and engineering education in the U.S. http://mit.edu/engineering/enews/feature.html  

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[misc] Getting Kids into Computers

Links I turned up from recent discussions of this topic: Scobleizer: http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2005/05/25.html#a10197 Erick Mack: http://www.ericmackonline.com/ica/blogs/emonline.nsf/dx/how-to-get-your-kids-interested-in-computers Jeff Sandquist, Bitman’s Palace: http://www.jeffsandquist.com/WelcomeToBitmansPlace.aspx Kid’s Programming Language: http://www.ms-inc.net/kpl.aspx I keep thinking of how I’d like to get more involved in getting kids into programming.  I even tried seeing if I could volunteer-teach an after-school thing at my local high…

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[BBC] Commentary: CEO Blogs

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4576737.stm Hmm this makes me wonder.  If it’s true that those pointy-haired individuals at the top of the ladder have nothing useful to contribute to a blog, then at what point do you stop being “eligible?”  How high must you rise before you transform from a fount of knowledge to a fount of marketing?  

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2 [PC Magazine] SanDisk Marries Flash with USB

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,,1749522,00.asp Are there actually electrical components in the other half of the SD card, or is it just a sheath for the USB / handle for inserting & removing the SD card?  Maybe I’m just out of touch but I’m impressed if they fit everything for the flash / USB inside half an SD card.  …

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2 [ExtremeTech, JupiterResearch] A couple of PMC reviews

ExtremeTech did a not-so-favorable review of PMC: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1624206,00.asp   And an analyst from Jupiter Research analyzed the ExtremeTech article in some depth on his blog: http://weblogs.jupiterresearch.com/analysts/gartenberg/archives/003381.html  

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3 [Yahoo] Amazon to Take Pre-Orders for Portable Media Center

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=582&e=1&u=/nm/20040709/wr_nm/tech_microsoft_portablemediacenter_dc The pre-order site is www.amazon.com/portablemediacenters.  They have devices from Creative and Samsung shown there. I had one of the Creative devices to play with for a while.  The UI is very well done and has a lot of cool factor, and the device is pretty sturdy and good quality audio/video. I loved having all of my ~230…

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2 [Newsweek] China Changes Microsoft

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5197528/site/newsweek/   China is definitely a challenge.  I can’t fault people for not wanting to pay a huge chunk of their income for a copy of Windows, nor do I think the company can afford to sell software at a steeply discounted price (else worldwide people will start buying copies from China).  The “softer“ approach described…

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