The Laptop Club

An excerpt from a story about The Laptop Club, a group of kids who crafted their own laptops from construction paper. Name: Mandy Age: 8 How often do you use a computer? Five times a week. What do you like to do when you’re using a computer? Play games and write stories and poems. What will computers look like in the future? Well you see, if we had whole days…

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device

While the second-most-common rating that Amazon customers have given this product is five stars, some 40% have given the Kindle one star.  The vast majority have not purchased the product, but are simply warning other would-be customers about bad experiences with previous e-book purchases, including e-books purchased from Amazon. I still want one…

The Future of Reading

Via Newsweek: It is a more reliable storage device than a hard disk drive, and it sports a killer user interface. (No instruction manual or “For Dummies” guide needed.) And, it is instant-on and requires no batteries. Many people think it is so perfect an invention that it can’t be improved upon, and react with indignation at any implication to the contrary. “The book,” says Jeff Bezos, 43, the CEO…

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Lost Pig — Winner, IF Competition 2007

Lost Pig wins Interactive Fiction Competition 2007. Pig lost! Boss say that it Grunk fault. Say Grunk forget about closing gate. Maybe boss right. Grunk not remember forgetting, but maybe Grunk just forget. Boss say Grunk go find pig, bring it back. Him say, if Grunk not bring back pig, not bring back Grunk either. Grunk like working at pig farm, so now Grunk need find pig. Second place: An…

Scholarship in the Digital Age

Inside Higher Ed has an interview with Christine L. Borgman The scholarly communication system has evolved over a period of centuries — it doesn’t shift quickly. Scholarly journals still look a lot like they did in the 17th century, for example. The tenure system is a much stronger driver of scholarly infrastructure than is technology. Scholars are rewarded for publishing journal articles and books, in the right places. They are…