TicoByte for March, 2011

Hello members,

Your next meeting of the club is this coming Saturday, March 19th, at 9am in the Pan American School in Belen. Please come early and partake of the free coffee and donuts beginning at 8:30am. We are always happy to have you a little early so that we can chat.

On with the Byte:

Item 1. Internet Explorer 9 is on its way to your computer . . . or maybe not.

I got a guided tour of Microsoft's new IE9 browser here at SXSW, & saw several features that I believe raise the bar for web browsers.

Story here: http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pcworld.com%2Farticle%2F222011%2Fie9_gets_the_browser_out_of_the_way.ht http://www.pcworld.com :// www . pcworld . com / article /222011/ ie 9_ gets _ the _ browser _ out _ of _ the _ way . html

But here’s the bad news:

The training wheels have come off of the latest version of Internet Explorer, as Microsoft unleashes version 9 of the world's most heavily used browser this evening at an event at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival ( SXSW ) in Austin, Texas. Internet Explorer 9 ( download after 9 p . m . PT ) debuts to the public not only as the fastest, most standards-compliant version of IE yet, but also as one that can stand up and compete on features and looks with Mozilla Firefox , Google Chrome, Apple Safari , and the Opera browser. Along with IE's new features, though, Microsoft has a clear message for Windows XP users: hurry up and upgrade to Windows 7 already.

Story here: http :// download . cnet . com /8301-2007_4-20043103-12. html ? part = rss & subj = news & tag =2547-1_3-0-20

Item 2. Using Google’s application to chart words

The 20th century was, in many ways, the nuclear century. In the span of 100 years, we modeled and split the atom, created nuclear weapons and converted big chunks of the power grid to run on electricity generated by atomic reactors. Along the way, old hopes and fears about human power were given new forms and clothing. As with other technologies like steam engines ("get up a head of steam"), the technical language of the nuclear industry began to pervade common language (a child's "meltdown"). With the world's eyes focused on Japan's reactors and wondering what the trouble there will mean for the future of nuclear power, I thought I'd use Google ' s NGram viewer , which looks at the frequency that words appear in a massive corpus of books, to look at our relationship with the atom over time. This gallery shows you what I found.

Story: http :// www . theatlantic . com / technology / archive /2011/03/ the - nuclear - century - in - google - ngrams /72461/

Item 3. Learn something about “net neutrality” here.

"Do you care about or even understand the issue of net neutrality? I bet that for most people the answer is first net what? And then no. But here's another question - if your broadband provider started throttling back the speed at which you could use some services - say a Skype video call, or a BBC iPlayer stream - would you care then?

Story: http :// www . linuxtoday . com / news _ story . php 3? ltsn =2011-03-14-020-35- NW - LL - NT

Item 4. Isn’t technology grand? You need one of these.

In a new milestone testing the limits of convergence, Samsung has just released a WiFi-connected robotic vacuum cleaner with an integrated " TangoView" home monitoring system onto the unsuspecting families and pets of Korea.

Story: http :// www . engadget . com /2011/03/15/ samsung - tangoview - vacuum - surveillance - camera - will - bring - you - to /

Item 5. New concepts in education

Many schools have started to take online education seriously. By 2006, 66% of post - secondary learning institutions included in federal financial aid programs were already reporting that they offered some form of Internet learning, and a 2009 report from the U.S. Department of education found that those students who studied in online learning environments performed modestly better than peers who were receiving face-to-face instruction.

Story: http :// news . yahoo . com / s / mashable /20110315/ tc _ mashable / get _ paid _ to _ teach _ anything _ with _ new _ online _ education _ platform

Item 6. We all knew this would happen; now it’s official.

The Poynter Institute, a landmark of American journalism research, has determined that as of the end of 2010, more people get their news from the Internet than from newspapers -- and more ad dollars went to online outlets than to newspapers, too.

Story: http :// news . yahoo . com / s / mashable /20110315/ tc _ mashable / for _ the _ first _ time _ more _ people _ get _ news _ online _ than _ from _ newspapers

Item 7. Don’t do the scanners

At the end of last year, we pointed to some discussions that suggested the TSA was being totally misleading in claiming that the new naked airport scanners had been shown to be totally safe when it came to radiation.

http :// www . techdirt . com / articles /20110314/01280213485/ maintenance - report - shows - radiation - levels - some - tsa - scanners -10- times - higher - than - promised . shtml

Item 8. And then are my grandkids.

Nearly 80% of children between the ages of 0 and 5 use the Internet on at least a weekly basis in the United States, according to a report released Monday from education non-profit organizations Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Sesame Workshop.

Story: http :// mashable . com /2011/03/14/ children - internet - stats /? utm _ source = feedburner & utm _ medium = feed & utm _ campaign = Feed %3 A + Mashable +%28 Mashable %29

See you all at the meeting on Saturday.

Chuck


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