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JustBlogIt with a simple right-click.

OK Now this is more like it. JustBlogIt with a simple right-click.

Add this to the “Reasons to move to Firefox” List.

I found this mentioned on the Sitepoint site and it is just wonderful.
JustBlogIt with a simple right-click.
». Using the Just Blog It extension for Firefox, I can blog about anything instantly, hmm time to find that article on loading Firefox onto a USB flashdrive.

Later Addition
The Load Firefox onto a USB Key is at John Hallers Portable Firefox Site as well as Portable Thunderbird and some other stuff. Highly reccomended

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Trust No One

Principles For Self-Evaluating Online Information

How do you know whether something you read on the web is true? You can’t know, at least, not for sure.
This makes it important to read carefully and to evaluate what you read.

This is from Robin Good’s blog
http://www.masternewmedia.org/cgi-bin/mt-tb.r420.cgi/3094

2005 Mega Sound Link List

from http://staff.cofa.unsw.edu.au/~simonhunt/2005SoundList.html

2005 Mega Sound Link List

*What’s it for?* : I’m chief sound lecturer at the College Of Fine Arts in Sydney, teaching in the Digital Media degree. This is a list of links for students to follow up both ideas and techniques. There may be some stuff you find interesting or useful.

*Disclaimers* : We’re a Mac-based Protools institution (sound here covers installation, sculpture, audio-visual soundtracks as much as it does electronic music). We have Protools, Reaktor, VST-RTAS adapter, Max/MSP and a ton of freeware apps / VSTs / Pluggos / audio units.

*But* PC people please have a look below, a lot of the list is about ideas and not platforms, plus there’s some good experimental PC software links.

This list has a *freeware* focus. I’ve added in some links that people suggested last year.

Also, you’ll note the absence of links to individual plugs/developers – these are always in the instructions on the computers.

A certain proportion of these links always come from interesting discussions on kVr, so a thanks to all of you up front, and i hope you find something here!

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Technology

2005 Reith lectures: Lecture 4 Nanotechnology and Nanoscience

*Lecture 4: Nanotechnology and Nanoscience * – http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2005/lecture4.shtml

Since time immemorial people have been entranced by structures of great size. From the Colossus of Rhodes and the Great Pyramid, themselves no mean technical achievements, to the mighty Cunard ‘Queens’ built here in Glasgow, and whichever is transiently the tallest building in the world, beholders have gaped at the gigantic. One simple attraction has been that of comparative scale, so many times the size of a man or a horse or of Nelson’s column, as popular illustrations used to show. It was easy for the bystander immediately to apprehend the vast size of these objects.

In some of these instances, big was beautiful: the sole purpose of size was to inspire awe. But, increasingly, in other cases there was an important practical purpose, the superior functionality of a large steamship or aircraft, for instance, which would out-perform its smaller rivals. Starting with that greatest of engineers, I.K.Brunel, increase in size, whether of ships or railway locomotives, became an important technical aspiration.

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2005 Reith lectures: Lecture 5 Risk and Responsibility

*Lecture 5: Risk and Responsibility * http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2005/lecture5.shtml

Almost exactly 93 years ago tonight, on 15 April 1912, over two thousand terrified and bewildered people found themselves with little warning drifting or drowning in the ice-cold North Atlantic. Only 712 of them survived that night. They were, of course, the passengers, officers, and crew of the White Star steamship Titanic, and they were in a sense victims of ‘failures’ of technology.

The Titanic disaster was in the main a result of over-reach, of a gap between the achievements of some technologies and the shortcomings of others; and of managerial failures on the part of those who used the available technology. Although Titanic had a radio communications system – and it was an important factor in directing rescue vessels to her – it was a system still in its infancy. Although the technology of shipbuilding already embraced double skins and water-tight bulkheads, these fell far short of the completeness that we now expect. Those navigating this huge vessel were in some important respects no further advanced than the Vikings who had sailed these same seas ten centuries before: they could locate themselves only by means of stellar observation and dead reckoning, and they had only their eyes to see what lay ahead – and this was less than a hundred years ago.

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2005 Reith lectures: Chapter 3 Innovation and Management

Lecture 3: Innovation and Management http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2005/lecture3.shtml

When Ralph Waldo Emerson reputedly and memorably said that the world would beat a path to the door of a person who made a better mousetrap, he was perhaps being unduly optimistic, but at least he realised that the mousetrap had to be made and that it would not be sufficient merely to have an idea, or even a patent, for a better mouse trap. Ideas have to be proven to be useful, and the world told about them, before any paths are beaten. Profound changes have taken place in the development of ideas and their translation in to the market place and in my third Reith lecture I argue that this innovation revolution demands a new approach to research and product development.

To illustrate this story I go back to the beginning of my research career. I was drawn to Britain from the sunshine of Australia in 1959 because Britain led the world in making the best domestic electronics, especially the high fidelity sound systems that had fascinated me since I was a boy. I had formed a little company in Melbourne – today we would call it a start-up – that made hi fi systems for rich farmers, and all the equipment that we used was British, including the electronic components, so my ambition was to come to England and work on their further development.

But by the time I had finished my PhD in 1965 the excitement in electronics had moved to transistors and the newly emerging integrated circuits, and my PhD research had taken me strongly in this direction. Some of the important concepts for integrated circuits had emerged in Britain, in particular at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in Malvern, but the most exciting research was being pursued in the laboratories of the large American technology companies. There was a great demand for PhD graduates in electronics and related fields and the ‘brain drain’ from the UK to the USA was at full flow.

There was no doubt in anybody’s mind at that time that the ideal model for technology development was the large, well funded, industrial research laboratory staffed with talented PhD graduates from the world’s leading universities. Fundamental research could go on in universities but it was only in the large industrial or government funded research laboratories that the really important practical advances were made. If I wanted to work on the creation of new technologies – on the evolution of the better mousetrap – then I would have to go to such a laboratory. This was not only the case in computers and communication but in the transport, chemical and pharmaceutical industries also.