Google have just released a stable version of their browser Chrome. Speed has increased and you can now drag and drop the site snap shots in the tab zone too – much in the way of the Opera browser ‘speed dial’ function.
Chrome also sports the Omnibox – which is both search box and a web address bar. The drop down menu of the function has been improved, with the addition of small icons to help you identify your favourites.
Just lazing in the garden with the radio, basking in the intense heat of the summer sun. If only?
Instead during August, whilst it’s a bit quieter and we’re getting some housekeeping done, we’re going for an in-house alternative – fresh orange juice at our desks and listening to City Sounds.fm – a gentle blend of trance, drum and base, dance and electronica oscillating in the background.
This simple web site feeds music tracks from cities around the world to your browser – very contemporary and rhythmic we thought. Ideal when you need that break from long periods of web coding…over 10,000 tracks at the last posting.
Created by Henrik Berggren and David Kjelkerud using the SoundCloud.com platform.
With thanks to Emily Chang for bringing this to our attention in her original post.
Have a good summer break from the Thirdsector Team.
Placing documents in the public domain is giving them away – often seen as an illogical position for a commercial entity to take?
Or should it be better put that placing information online in order to spread that knowledge as widely as possible, is best achieved by offering users of that information clear signposting that copyright and license of the material has been waived.
This is an Open Access argument. If you create information, articles or images that you wish to be freely available to others why not ‘mark’ them accordingly for others to use the material with confidence.
The Creative Commons movement have also posted a set of tools online that can help you generate html to help signify the accessibility of information sources that you have published as original material.
These Creative Commons tools are clearly intended as markers for original content that has not been licensed. Delimiting material already prescribed by copyright is a cautious matter for the original content owners.
There is some debate online as to whether the Creative Commons approach is really able to be aligned with the concepts of free software or images, or comparable with Open Source. Surely the point is that the creator of the work has a framework of possibilities available to him or her – deciding which right she or he wishes to devolve themselves of, or not.
We create content for access by the public and in our small way think any framework that helps information users or distributors to be clear about how material can be used is a good thing per se. What do you think?
Dell have recently published an online service to help you, as a Dell user, to calculate your energy costs online. You can choose to customise your energy profile by type of Dell system, location, currency, kilowatt hour cost and type of usage.
If you are a Dell user this a great way to measure any savings that can be available to you from a system upgrade or replacement.
Whatever manufacturer you use it is still a good way to see the estimated impact for changes in energy consumption and cost that you can make by amending your use profile, or looking at alternative specifications for your infrastructure.
They make interesting reading – particularly when looking for analysis on where the greatest growth lies and how people access information with ICT.
Africa is a world leader. The data from the ITU on the IDI reveals that ICT access to information growth, across a broad spectrum of carriers and hardware, was 100.4% in North Africa from 2002 to 2007.
The equivalent growth rate in Western Europe was only 23.4% in the same period.
Much of the growth in Africa is in non-traditional internet access areas. Mobile phone market penetration is six times higher in Africa than in Europe.
If we were starting a web/information social business in Africa having all data and output available in mobile friendly versions, just like this Third Sector blog, would be an absolute given.
We love translation – building our web sites with machine translation facilities and using Google online translation services to publish printed material in other languages to support our clients and community organisations.
Google have recently lanched the Translator Toolkit. You can play your part in improving machine translation at Google, helping to correct automatic translations in a simple editor.
You can compare and contrast translated pages, search past translations for new words or publish the translations themselves directly to Wikipedia or Knol.
Wolfram Alpha is a search engine with a difference. The beginning of a journey towards the creation of a search tool that will provide definitive answers to factual queries. Producing clear, accurate data for researchers at all levels and competencies.
As of now, Wolfram|Alpha contains 10+ trillion of pieces of data, 50,000+ types of algorithms and models, and linguistic capabilities for 1000+ domains.