A Dilger Day?

SnowDay

What’s the buzz about SCSU’s “Weather Wizard” Patrick Dilger?

Thousands wait patiently, refreshing their email, hoping to hear from Patrick

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Netflix: Edit, Undo and Make a Qwik Exit

From nymag.com

Rumor has it, someone at Netflix finally has somewhat of clue and they are nixing Quickster Qwikster. And according to the Daily Intel, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings new mantra is “I messed up.” (Collective: duh!)

It was one thing to change (read: jack up) the pricing structure, which I found made perfect cents sense. Then in a drunken rant of an email Hastings told customers the price change could have been handled better and by the way, the convenience of having one site to stream movies online and rent DVDs from was splitting up, because a few people still didn’t completely hate Netflix, yet.

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I’m becoming an Email Ninja. What are you doing?

A wise colleague recently enlightened me about the “inbox zero” concept and how it was helping to organize his work day. After a little pointing, clicking and searching on Google, I found myself desirous to become an email ninja!

In just a few days it has revolutionized far more than my inbox. It has helped me organize my work-life, clear a lot of stuff off of my plate, follow up on other items and even make time to tackle some long overdue projects.

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Breaking News: UK Student Crowned Excel Champion

Excel 2007

But wait, this just in… More breaking news… A Microsoft Excel championship even exists!

Back to the first breaking news bit. Rebecca Rickwood, 15, was crowned champion of Microsoft’s Excel 2007, apparently she was one of the 228,000 people participating in nearly 60 countries.

I for one am still shocked such a competition exists, never mind the fact that someone won it. I am left to wonder, how well does Ms. Rickwood know her Excel 2010. That title belongs to Chen Xing of China. Read more of this post

U of Chicago: Got Books?

Students inside the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago / http://mansueto.lib.uchicago.edu/

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago amazes me. I think the technology behind their book storage system is cool, so I’m sharing a video that explains how it all works.

From the U of Chicago’s YouTube page:

The new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago houses cutting-edge facilities for preservation and digitization of physical books, as well as a high-density underground storage system with the capacity to hold 3.5 million volume equivalents. With its soaring elliptical dome and prime location on campus, the Mansueto Library’s Grand Reading Room, which opens May 16, 2011, provides an inviting space for rigorous scholarship in an array of fields.

 

Netflix: Watching Flix on the Net; You’re Still the One I Love

You say potato, I say pricing equity when it comes to the recent DVD rental plan changes announced by Netflix.

Netflix

Photo from: Netflix.com

The online DVD rental mega store announced it was separating out its instant streaming plan and unlimited DVD mail-rental plans. Previous to the shake up heard round the web, Netflix offered an unlimited instant movie streaming-only plan, as well as unlimited streaming with all DVD rental plans. Now, if DVD renters want unlimited video streaming, they’ll have to add on the streaming plan (currently $7.99/month) to their DVD rental plan (now also starting at $7.99/month).

Netflix admits the price change is a result in underestimation of the DVD market:

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I don’t Know, but Google Does!

Google logoEverything you need to know, Google already knows – so you don’t have to. Or so it seems, according to a recent study led by Betsy Sparrow, a psychologist at Columbia University, says the MercuryNews. Apparently our brains are changing, based on our use of Google and search engines. We retain less information that we know we can easily look up in a search engine.

Dubbed “The Google Effect” it appears that while we can still remember things we’re not searching for on Google, in general we’re forgetting the things that we have access to with a few clicks.

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The Chinese Bonsai Internet

Bonsai tree from basicbonsai.comA flurry of reports have come out about the decrease in websites in China last year. Some 1.4 million websites were shuttered due to government regulations (read: censorship). Apparently, websites in China decreased last year by some 40%, while globally the number of websites continue to increase.

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