Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Techdirt:What Are Kids Using Wireless PDAs For?: "What Are Kids Using Wireless PDAs For?
Contributed by Mike on Tuesday, August 31st, 2004 @ 01:37PM
from the whooops dept.
Ok, there really wasn't all that much to comment on concerning yet another article about kids in schools being given handheld computers and set up on a wireless network. Obviously, it's nice to hear that the program is going well, and that many of the teachers and students find the benefits to be even more than they expected. My point in posting this is just to note that for all the wonderful educational benefits of the system touted in the article, the photo they include pretty clearly shows someone playing solitaire on the device"

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Apple Remote Desktop 2 'well worth the money' - Computerworld: "ARD 2 also offers a screen sharing option. This feature was present in version 1.2, but is worthy of mention again. This is not your standard screen share, where a sysadmin can show his screen to an end user. That existed before. What the ARD 2 screen share option allows is for the administrator to share someone else's screen with other users. For instance, if you are in a classroom and you want to show all the students what a single student is doing, then this is your application! This has great ramifications for training.

The screen share feature only works for Mac OS X clients. To do screen sharing, you need to have some intelligence on the client side to receive the screens. Standard VNC server software does not have that capability.

Remember, this also works with VNC-enabled clients, and is therefore useful on Linux and Windows boxes also."

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Slashdot : "Always Use Protection
Posted by timothy on 03:30 PM -- Tuesday August 24 2004
Raymond Lodato writes 'Where do I begin? Oh yes! If you are a teenager who uses computers, or the parent or guardian of a teenager who does, buy Always Use Protection, by Dan Appleman! Let me take a little time to explain why.' Read on for the rest of Lodato's review.
An excellent and realistic reference for teens and their parents/guardians about the potential hazards of computing.

Dan Appleman knows how to talk to teenagers. He's made the presentation very logical, he keeps the chapters a reasonable length so a teenager won't feel overwhelmed, and he had a crew of teenagers review this book before it was published so that he knew they would understand it. Those adults who aren't technically adept will find it an easy read, too.

Always Use Protection is broken up into three main parts: Protecting Your Machine, Protecting Your Privacy, and Protecting Yourself. There is a fourth part with useful appendixes, also.

Protecting Your Machine goes through all of the gremlins that can bother your computer, how to get rid of them and how to prevent them from coming back. Viruses, Trojan horse programs, and worms are covered clearly. Not too much depth involved, but not too little either. Dan covers the ins and outs of the three main preventive measures: anti-virus programs, firewalls, and system configuration and updates. He makes sure that his discussions relate to the types of programs that teenagers are likely to run: P2P software, online games, Instant Message clients, e-mail programs, and web browsers. He's careful to include other avenues of attack besides the Internet, such as infected floppies and CDs cut by well-meaning friends."

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Web Search Garage: "Principles of Internet Searching
Onions. Salt Grains. Reinvented Wheels. What do they have to do with searching the Internet? The principles of Internet search will give you strategies to do your searching efficiently, no matter what search engine or other search resources you're using.

Web Search Garage will teach you to:

-- Narrow your searches to get a managable number of results, while still finding what you want.
-- Find experts and preexisting research for the topics in which you're interested.
-- Evaluate search resources for credibility.
-- Discover new resources and search engines relevant to the topics in which you're interested.

'I have to do research each week for my nationally syndicated newspaper column. Over the years, I felt I knew many of the tricks to minimize wasting time while looking for great information on the Internet. After reading just one hour of 'Web Search Garage' I have discovered my search methods and techniques are about as productive of using a rock to hammer a nail. Web Search Garage will save me hundreds of hours of time and allow me to discover jewels of information that other people lose among the thousands of pages of Web Search results.'
-- Tim Carter, AsktheBuilder.com

Information on Topical Searching
In addition to the principles of Internet searching, Web Search Garage also takes a close look at Yahoo and Google, as well as other useful but not as heralded search engines. And the final section of the book covers various common search scenarios for which people use the Internet, including:

-- Genealogy
-- Medical and Drug Information
-- Kid-safe Searching
-- Ready-Reference
-- Local to International Levels of Information

'From the queen of web research, this book give you everything you need to know to actually find what you're looking for on the web. This book is so useful, it's scary. It's the only book I actually keep on my desk, next to my PC.'
-- Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services

One Book and Lots of Bonuses
Buy a copy of Web Search Garage and you'll get a free six-month subscription to ResearchBuzz Extra, Tara Calishain's extension to ResearchBuzz with more resources, more news, and a free weekly article about Web searching and related topics."

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