Friendster founder in 2014

For those that remember friendster in the early 2000s, this is an interview with the founder. Pretty to read it. Friendster was the original social network before myspace and facebook. It had a lot of users and seemed promising when it was first released. If they would have pushed the marketing I think it would have been bigger.

“It was a really weird time. Friendster at the time was still a very small company,” he says. “We viewed ourselves as the David, not the Goliath. There were the Yahoos and the AOLs and we were this tiny, little startup. But the moment Friendster got the publicity, people started to copy it. Of course we were aware of all of them.” Even with all that competition, Abrams recognized early on that Facebook might pose a unique threat. On Friendster, users could set up profiles, connect with friends and family, search for new contacts (and, yes, potential dates) based on the people you were already connected to and interact with people on the social network through messages and groups. It was essentially a more pared down version of Facebook and the latter had the added benefit of quickly gaining popularity among college students.

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NSA building device that can crack all security and encryption

I am reminded by the Robert Redford movie Sneakers where they steal a black box that can crack any code. The article about this NSA mission is below. Honestly I think its an impossible task. By the time they figure out how to crack one thing a new one will be out. However, it would be really interesting to see the programming that goes into something like this.

http://mashable.com/2014/01/02/nsa-quantum-computer/

Facebook admits young teens are losing interest in the site

Now this is an interesting headline on cnnmoney this morning. For those who are not paying attention, more teens are shying away from facebook. Why? Its just not as cool when your parents are on it too (and probably reading your posts haha). Teens like to be using the ‘next big thing’ before everyone else. They do not like to follow the typical trends that everyone else does. If you dont believe me look at their music collection:) So what are they using? Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumlr to name a few. Go ahead, see if your kids are on these sites. You might be surprised to see what you find.

Global Learning Technology Conference in Wilmington, NC, OCTOBER 10-11, 2013

Faculty, administrators, e-learning and instructional design specialists, LMS system administrators – you may be interested!

Global Learning Technology Conference in Wilmington, NC, OCTOBER 10-11, 2013

This conference located at Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel will provide an opportunity for those working or teaching in the Instructional Design and Technology field to learn new tools, strategies, and network with one another.

GLTC will consist of half-day workshops. These hands-on presentations are in lab settings and explore various technologies for teaching and learning. The conference keynote and presentations offer those interested in improving the quality of education the opportunity to gain information and exchange ideas on the applications of learning technologies for education and training.

GLTC 2013 themes

· Innovative Instructional Strategies

· Community Partnerships

· Training & Professional Development

Visit our website for more information http://uncw.edu/ed/gltc/ or email us at e-learning@uncw.edu

Educational badges: Are we rebranding certifications?

I have been reading a lot about educational badges lately, mostly in the MOOC literature (and articles surrounding MOOCs). What I cannot figure out is why these badges are anything new that we haven’t had forever. They are simply just certifications/certificates. Why are these so great? I am not sure. Just to let you know where I am coming from, when I worked at Booz Allen, we could go into their online course database and take a skillsoft computer based training course on 100s (to 1000s) of different topics. At the completion of each course you got a certificate. You could then show you took these at the end of the year when you were going up for promotion and raises – yes the corporate world gives raises unlike education:( Anyway, this was 2003. This sounds almost exactly like the badges that people are getting for taking MOOCs. Additionally, if I want to learn a skill, like Adobe Flash, Microsoft OS, Apple OS, Java, project management, quality control etc, I would probably take a certification course and get the certification. If badges do become more popular then certifications does that mean Adobe will now offer a Flash badge instead of a Flash certification? I guess I just do not see a difference and would rather see education improved, not terminology rebranding the same thing that is already offered. If you are curious how companies will respond to badges, look at how they respond to certificates – there is a small place on my resume where I mention some certificates I have – its at the end unless its a prominent one from a respected university or professional organization. Maybe I am wrong and people will view these differently but until that happens, I would wager this is the value of the badge system.

Firefox Mobile OS

This is something I am quite excited for as its made using HTML5. Firefox OS has an opportunity to really show how awesome FF is. Now, what I would really like to see is firefox to make a PC OS. From Mozilla “Firefox OS is an open source mobile operating system which uses Linux and Mozilla’s Gecko engine to run a user interface and set of applications written entirely in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.” What does this mean? You will be able to build Apps for firefox using HTML5, no more Xcode or Eclipse. Now sure you can build HTML5 apps for apple and google by exporting them via phonegap to xcode/eclipse however this OS is designed for HTML5. Very exciting.

Link to firefox os

Information for developers

Simulator where you can build and test your apps for firefox OS

An article discussing some of the advantages and disadvantages of firefox mobile (although more towards the negative side)

First firefox phones sell out

Article on MOOCs

A decent article on MOOCs in the NY Times. I tend to agree with many of the advantages and disadvantages brought up. However, I would have graded them a little harder than the article did.

Read it here

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