Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California in the heart of Silicone Valley, USA displays and preserves the history of computers for future generations as well as the present one. I have been using this site for referencing material on the "Today in Computer History" post for a couple of months now and decided it was necessary to write a post on the site and all it has to offer. The museum has exhibits where you can learn about the people who made computing history and their stories. At the link below in the “Links” section you can explore and discover all that the museum has to offer. There is a timeline that explores the history of computers from 1939 to 1994 (see link below) showing significant technological innovations in hardware, software, artificial intelligence and various commercial applications. There is also a listing of the events hosted at the museum as well as the various exhibits.

The Computer History Museum is also on YouTube (see link below) and has quite a number of videos about the history of computers and the people who made it happen. There is a video on the home page giving an overview of what the site has to offer. Additionally, you can see the recordings of innovations in computer history and the people who worked diligently to make this history preserved via video for generations to come. This along with the Computer History Museum Web site will really expand your knowledge of this topic if you are an enthusiast like me.

As of the writing of this blog post the Computer History Museum on YouTube has 74 videos and a play list of 44 videos on Internet/Network, Semiconductor, Personal Computing and Historical Computer Files.

Hope you enjoy your visit to these two sites and when you are in California, if possible, visit the museum and let us know your impression of it.

As always, post your comments, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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Links
Computer History Museum

http://www.computerhistory.org/

Computer History Museum on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/ComputerHistory

Timeline of Computer History
http://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/


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Today in Computer History

On this day
…in 2009 – Microsoft unveils Project 2010 (the beta version) at their Microsoft Project 2009 conference building on the foundation set by the Microsoft Project 2007. The beta Project 2010 will become available later this year to the public but you can pre-register at http://www.microsoft.com/project/2010 starting today. In response to this, it was said that this is the most significant release of Microsoft Project in over a decade by one of its senior vice presidents.

…in 2004 – Firefox 1.0 PR debuts. Mozilla.org unveiled its much anticipated alternative for Internet Explorer. Firefox 1.0 PR is the pre-released version or beta version for this browser. The features on this first version included Live Bookmarks, allowed for RSS feeds, a built-in Google toolbar, view more than one Web page at time, customization options and of course a built-in pop-up blocker.

…in 1997 – Microsoft Corporation unveiled its improved Web TV in its ongoing effort to increase its share of this market


Sources:
Microsoft Unveils Microsoft Project 2010

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Microsoft-Unveils-Microsoft-prnews-454601955.html?x=0&.v=1

Firefox 1.0PR: a first look
http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/0,1000000193,39166826,00.htm

Computer History Museum

http://www.computerhistory.org/tdih/

Computer Hope
http://www.computerhope.com/win95.htm

In His Service,
AvaByGrace



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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ning Apps

A few months ago I wrote on the social networking platform, Ning. For those of you who took this information and created your own social networking site through Ning the below information would be of interest to you and to those considering this platform, the information may help you decide.

Ning has made available multiple applications to enhance your site and encourage greater interaction for members. The addition of these new apps brings the total to over ninety which will expand and enhance you and your members’ experience. Because these apps were created specifically to work with Ning, their integration into your network would be smooth and uneventful. As the creator of the network you would control the apps through the Manage tab as with other Ning apps.

Some of these recently available apps are:
SocialGiving by Pinc – raise awareness and money for your cause
Sellit – create income by importing an existing store or creating a new one
Huddle workspaces – let members collaborate on files and discussions
Ustream.tv – add interactive video streaming and chat services
WordPress – to display your WordPress.com blog post on your Ning network
PollDaddy - you can display custom polls for your social network
Twitter Tracker - Track mentions of your favorite terms across Twitter
Tungle.me – if you are tired of emails and phone tag, this app makes it fast and easy to make meetings happen

There is an additional eight relatively new Ning apps you can check out to see if the addition to your network would be advantageous for all. Check the links section below and this link (once you have signed into your network) http://rightdivision.ning.com/opensocial/ningapps/list for more information.

I will keep you posted when new Ning apps are ready for implementation.

As always, post your comments, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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Links:
Introduction to Ning Apps

http://tinyurl.com/mxu82p

Adding a Ning App
http://help.ning.com/cgi-bin/ning.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3724




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Friday, September 4, 2009

OpenOffice.org Legacy Series (2.x)

In an email I received today, OpenOffice.org has announced the release of a minor update to its legacy series (2.x). This new update, 2.4.3, was announced today. OpenOffice.org recommends legacy users upgrade to the 3.x series where the current version is 3.1.1.

As a legacy user, you can check out the full details of the bug fixes of this new release at http://development.openoffice.org/releases/2.4.3.html

Expect a new version on OpenOffice.org, specifically 3.2, containing quite a bit of new functionality to be release in November 2009. Will keep you posted.

As always, email me with your comments and topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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