Eliot's Blog

Musings about HTML5 and the Web, Tablet PC, Windows, education, and esoteric arcana.

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About Eliot's Blog

I swear I will keep this honest, crisp, and clean. This blog will sparkle as an example for bloggers not yet born, shimmer, for students not yet studying, and rail against indignities not yet committed. But mostly, this will be the flotsam and jetsam of a programmer writer and technichal editor, a former English professor who now professes state-of-the-art computing technology, a wannabe programmer who can code up to twelve lines without debugging, and one swell cook, father, and bocce ball player. And I'll probably talk about Tablet PC, education, and Windows, too.

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    Web dev case study: 40% perf increase in two days

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    I hate claims like that. Forty percent better site perf in two days? 20 pound weight loss in one week? Double your salary overnight? Sure, it all sounds ridiculous, but sometimes there really is truth in the claim. In this case, there's a lot of...
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    Webplatform gets a new dev ops

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    For over a year, the Webplatform.org project has been growing in stature. The latest metrics I looked at shows that there are now over 21,000 registers users, and the site's amassed close to 5 million page views. Not bad for something that still has yet...
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    Microsoft donates JavaScript materials to Web Platform Docs

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    As part of our ongoing commitment to the Webplatform.org project, Microsoft today announced that we have donated over 400 pages of JavaScript reference materials to help seed that area of the documentation. Here's the mail that I sent to the members of...
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    Findings from O'Reilly's Web 2.0 Expo

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    I attended O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco of March 28-April 1 (approx. 2k attendees). The conference is billed as something that “showcases the latest Web 2.0 business models, development paradigms, products, and design strategies...
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    Last Call Working Drafts in the W3C

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    Paul Cotton, one of the three chairs of the HTML Working Group at the W3C, recently sent out mail reminding the HTML WG that there were a number of specifications written within other working groups that were issued as Last Call Working Drafts (LCWD)...
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    Don't Read This

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    Seriously. If you are hoping to find some information, turn around and go somewhere else. At least for now. I'm facing a pretty good dose of writer's block, and I figure that I need to just sit down and start typing. So, this post is nothing more...
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    3-D CAD with Touchpad and Stylus

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    N. Rain Noe reports from the AU conferecne via Core 77 : A company called Infinite Z was demonstrating their Z-Space display platform, a 24-inch monitor laid nearly flat on a table. You put on a special pair of glasses--no bulky headset, they're like...
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    Tablet, Tablet, What is a Tablet?

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    There's been some really interesting developments in the tablet world over the past years. When Bill Gates unveiled the Tablet PC almost a decade ago, Microsoft had high hopes that there'd be a chicken in every pot, if you will. Over the years we rolled...
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    Calling Student Developers: Touch & Tablet Accessibility Award in Imagine Cup

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    The Touch & Tablet Accessibility Award is designed to challenge teams to create a new education application that uses touch and tablet technology while expanding the possibilities about how a user interacts with the computer. The application should...
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    ArtRage Beta Shows Windows 7 Multitouch Capabilities at PDC

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    I sure wish I could have seen this in person. The fine folks at ArtRage were showing off a beta version of their upcoming release. ArtRage is a graphic artist software package that uses Tablet PC functionality to enable realistic creation of water colors...
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    IE9 and I were in the news yesterday

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    Just a surreal feeling. When I came into the office yesterday, there was mail from a coleague who said I should take a look at the article on CNN , talking about IE9. When I got there, I saw this: And although Microsoft certainly hasn't committed...
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    University of Michigan Press to Go Digital

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    The University of Michigan Press, a scholarly, peer-reviewed publication, announced this week that it was planning to move to digital publication. "We believe this helps the university to use leading communication technologies to greatly improve the dissemination...
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    Think COBOL is Rare? Try Chorti.

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    UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has released the Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger , which is intended to raise awareness about language endangerment and the need to safeguard the world’s linguistic diversity...
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    Can You "Teach" Web Design?

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    This is an interesting approach: Let’s face it. Technology moves fast; academia doesn’t. So how do we teach web design and development—a subject that is constantly changing? How do we prepare our students for the real-world and for real-world expectations...
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    MIT Releases Biz School Case Studies to the Public

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    MIT pioneered the gifting of teaching resources years ago, making much of their undergraduate materials available online for the general public. More recently, MIT's Sloan School of Management has released a great deal of case study material. In effect...
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    Video Games as Teaching Tools? Get a (Second) Life!

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    I randomly came across a very good article about learning and games, " Public Pedagogy through Video Games ," written by James Paul Gee and Elizabeth Hayes. In it, Gee and Hayes argue that today's large, complex, and multifaceted video games use myriad...
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    I'm a PC -- No, I'm a Tablet PC

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    Those whacky, pen-weilding educators over at WIPTE put together a YouTube video in which they proclaim their affinity for my favorite form factor. Me? I'm a Tablet PC and I build Windows! Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNe-zO-shu4
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    Windows 7 Developer Blog

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    Ooh, another blog! But wait, this one's different. The Windows 7 Blog for Developers . Sounds so, well developer-oriented. And about Windows 7. "Uh, Duh," you may very well say. This one's got at least one member of the ISV Evangelism team in...
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    And The Winner Is: "Windows 7"

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    Well, the name is official , and it's been announced that it will be shown at PDC and WinHEC. At least according to Mike Nash, and he should know. From Mike's PressPass page : As corporate vice president for Windows Product Management, Mike Nash...
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    Anyone Going to PDC?

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    With PDC just a few weeks away, I figure I would toss this out there and see if anyone responds. I'll be at PDC the the afternoon of the 27th, and then all day on the 28th, 29th, and 30th. I'll mostly be spending time in the Windows pavillion and proctoring...
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    Engineering Windows 7 (E7) Blog Is Alive and Well and Living in Cyberspace

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    The Engineering Windows 7 blog, or E7 for short, is hosted by the two senior engineering managers for the Windows 7 product, Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky . Jon and Steven, along with members of the engineering team will post, comment, and participate...
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    Duke U Press Goes Online

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    The e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection includes online access to at least 100 news scholarly books published by Duke Universty Press in the humanities and social sciences in a calendar year. With the purchase of the current year's titles in the e-Duke...
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    Facebook Is Going Back to School

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    This article is from PC World : A small start-up company called Inigral is trying to bring back some student-centric functionality to Facebook with one of the first enterprise applications for the social network. The new application is called Schools...
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    Tablet PC in K-12 Education Book Released

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    The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) just released a new volume, Tablet PCs in K-12 Education . Here's the description from their site : Despite the many advantages of computer-aided instruction, standard notebook computers...
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    A $10 Computer Announced in India

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    From Computerworld "BANGALORE -- India is developing a laptop to be sold at $10 that will target higher education applications, a minister of the federal government said today in Delhi. Research on the new low-cost laptop is being carried out...
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