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An Excerpt from Mechanisms: Grammatology of the Hard Drive

Just as a shark must swim to breathe, a hard drive must be in motion to receive or return data. This air bearing technology, as it is called (pioneered at IBM in the 1950s), explains why dust and other contaminants must be kept out of the drive casing at all costs. If the heads touch the surface of the drive while it is in motion the result is what is…

Gaming in Education

I’ll be going to an academic setting in order to become a game programmer. What’s interesting is that just as there are film degrees (one of which I currently own) that combine the fields of literature and art with a variety of other disciplines, including physics among others, there are degrees in game creation. Places that do not seek to be known as giving out “degrees in playing games” as…

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Panda Cam Live from the San Diego Zoo

Missed your daily dose of Panda Cam? Don’t have the time to watch our pandas sleep? Boss expects you to do work? | Well, we have the solution right here. Our newest feature, the Daily Panda, lets you recap the daily escapades of Hua Mei, Bai Yun and Gao Gao thanks to our Panda Cam time lapse video. So go ahead, get some work done? we’ll keep track of the…

Use E-Mail Notes as References[?]

Here’s a suggestion that has worked for me: After leaving an employer, send your former boss and some co-workers very polite and thankful e-mails. Mention how much you enjoyed being there, knowing them, how much you learned and so forth. | Most of the time, you will get a reply. Bingo! There’s your letter of reference, header and all, indicating where it came from. | Print it and place it…

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Bubble bursts for electronic books

At the height of the Internet boom, e-books were hailed as the shining new tomorrow for publishers and paper books were heading for the scrap heap. | But the bubble has burst and electronic books are still the poor relation to the printed word with consumers preferring to turn the pages themselves when they curl up by the fire with a good book. –Paul Majendie –Bubble bursts for electronic books (SignOnSanDiego)

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Web guru fights info pollution

“The entire ideology of information technology for the last 50 years has been that more information is better, that mass producing information is better,” he says. | But the net is now so much an machine with all the answers instantly, it has mutated into a “procrastination apparatus”, which spews information without much prioritisation Dr Nielsen argues. –Jo Twist –Web guru fights info pollution (BBC) A good interview with Jakob Nielsen.…

How Prayers Poll: Debunking myths about the religious right.

Many people, especially secular liberals, misunderstand the nature of religion in politics—which is, to be fair, ever shifting. To them, if it’s not about Jerry Falwell or Joe Lieberman, it’s kind of a blur. So, just in time for another religion-packed election, here is a guide to sorting through some common myths about God and American politics. –Steven Waldman –How Prayers Poll: Debunking myths about the religious right. (Slate) This article…