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25 March 2005

I just read in “Wired”:http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.03/start.html?pg=7 about NASA World Wind – a free application which (if you have a powerful enough PC) lets you hover over the globe and zoom in on any part you like to see a satellite overview of it. It only runs on Windows, alas.

21 March 2005

“A home for all your digital media”:http://ourmedia.org/ – for free and forever. A very exciting prospect! See my posting on the LSE group weblog for more details.

19 March 2005

Toshiba (which makes nuclear power plants as well as laptops – who knew?) has offered to give an Alaskan village a ‘mini-nuke’. It seems they’ll take it – after all it will reduce their cost per kilowatt/hr from 28 to 10 cents (they only pay the running costs). At the moment they get all their power from diesel which has to be barged in during the ice-free months…

(see also “my earlier posting”:http://blog.org/archives/cat_positive_uses_of_technology.html#001340 on nuclear power).

13 March 2005

“Eszter Hargittai”:http://www.esztersblog.com/ just suggested I look at Stever Robbins’ column – Tips for Mastering E-mail Overload – which was written in a Harvard Business School alumni publication. It is a very useful compilation of hints and tips. So useful in fact that for a minute I was sure it was cribbed from my own book “Dealing with E-mail”:http://www.well.com/user/derb/dealingwithemail/ or my weblog or something. But on going through it again it seems to be a case of great minds thinking alike. In any case it is well worth taking a look at if you are deluged by email.

5 March 2005

I hadn’t realised this inegalitarian idea rightly mocked when it was touted by Forbes in his US presidential bid has been gaining so much leverage. The Economist points out Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Slovakia and Romania have introduced them.