Wednesday, 25 February 2009
I can't help thinking that maybe it would have been better if OmniWeb had just been retired completely, like Panic did with Audion.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Monday, 16 February 2009
What more is there to say?
Since the start of abstinence-only programs, the federal government has spent over $1.5 billion on them, but the United States still has one of the highest teen-pregnancy rates of any developed country.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Young people are taking better advantage of social tools, extending their capabilities in ways that violate old models not because they know more useful things than we do but because they know fewer useless things than we do.
Unlearning is the key.
My students, many of whom are fifteen years younger than I am, don't have to unlearn those things, because they never had to learn them in the first place.
Friday, 13 February 2009
Take Hazel as an example. I don't use it to anything like its full potential, but I do have it set to clean up my desktop. I dump something on the desktop because I want to use it right now; after it's been there for a couple of weeks—time enough for me to file it away manually if I want—Hazel deposits it in a folder of similar files (jpgs, pdfs, and so on). Sure, organising files by type may not be the best solution. I'm sure I could spend some time with Hazel's preferences and have it tidy up more effectively. But the files are stored logically, and I now have a tidy desktop.
In the end, the more proficient operating systems and applications become at sorting out our mess, the happier I'll be.