First set of Seton Hill University students get their iPads

Tomorrow afternoon, about 110 full-time students in SHU’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program will be given their university-provided iPads.  In addition, the Seton Hill University Griffin Technology Advantage program includes MacBooks for all incoming undergraduates, as well.  I’ll be observing WPF student teaching demonstrations Thursday through Saturday, so I’ll get an early look at how the presence of shiny new iPads will affect the classroom culture.

Apple iBook Reader Lacks "Go Back" Button

Since Seton Hill is giving iPads to all full-time students, I have been looking at the comparative features of several eBook readers. Right now, the Kindle app for the iPad looks good, because it offers notes and highlighting, but it lacks an iintegrated pop-up dictionary, which severely hurts is usefulness to student readers. I like the iBook’s dictionary and its ability to highlight in different colors; the update that was…

LCARS GuideLine

Insanely detailed analysis of the computer interface designed for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Bracercom.com The LCARS Frame Here are the common fame structures, notice I did not segment it but kept it continuous for the number of segments in a frame is up to the number of options you want your application to display upfront. The LCARS “Frame” always goes from thick to thin and vice-versa; it is NEVER…

Wireless Oligopoly Is Smother of Invention

Long notorious for crippling their phones and strangling app developers who wanted access to their devices, the carriers have loosened their policies, since AT&T made its fateful deal with Apple, which ripped control of the device out of AT&T’s hands. The result showed to the world how the wireless industry had purposely crippled cell phones to boost their bottom lines, customers be damned. Now, the FCC, which is mulling more…

The End of Men

Lots of speculation and rumination in this article, which I’m blogging because of this paragraph: Earlier this year, for the first time in American history, the balance of the workforce tipped toward women, who now hold a majority of the nation’s jobs. The working class, which has long defined our notions of masculinity, is slowly turning into a matriarchy, with men increasingly absent from the home and women making all…

Hovers (and power users) still have a healthy future – (37signals)

I always felt like computers were meant to be used with at least a hand poised on the home row, because without that arsenal of verbs things just take too long. As a power user, watching someone who isn’t familiar with all the shortcuts can put your patience under observation. To some folks, everything about the desktop is a hindrance, like swimming in molasses. But to the geeky or trained,…

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iPad WiFi issue with T-Mobile

I’ve checked into the hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, in order to read the AP English Literature exams. People on the shuttle and in the dining hall are very friendly. I’ve nothing to do for the rest of the day, and am just chilling in the hotel room. My laptop logged into the hotel’s WiFi network without any trouble, but not my iPad. Apple and T-Mobile seem to be pointing fingers…

Gallery: Digitizing the past and present at the Library of Congress – Boing Boing

The Library of Congress has nearly 150 million items in its collection, including at least 21 million books, 5 million maps, 12.5 million photos and 100,000 posters. The largest library in the world, it pioneers both preservation of the oldest artifacts and digitization of the most recent–so that all of it remains available to future generations. I recently took a tour of two LoC departments that exemplify this mission: the…