TGIF – ~:o

by Marie-Claire Jenkins July 3rd, 2009 

Welcome to another edition of TGIF. I hope that you have had a happy and satisfying week and that you're looking forward to the weekend with much anticipation. It is a wonderful thing to look forward to trips, excursions, having friends round, spending time with those we feel best around and generally enjoying life. If you are dreading the weekend because you have unpleasant chores (like moving house), a very boring reunion, or having to revise for exams or something…I hope that this post cheers you up :)

Without further ado…

Stuff I really liked this week…

Dell's Wasabi inkless portable printer – sounds all wrong but no, it's real!

Human Consciousness Project – lots of good ideas and super interesting research on the forever elusive concept of consciousness.

Visual cv – this is a very cool way to present your cv, a time line, colours, it's all visual…maybe lacks a little extra content but this is cool.

A magnet-powered hamster wheel – wow, let your hamster roll in style. Very funky indeed.

44 Creative and Smart Advertisements – a nice list of visuals showing all of the coolest and amazing ads out there, a must see.

Facts:

A joint industry-government committee develops ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange), the first universal standard for computers. (1963)

With ARPA funding, Larry Roberts and Thomas Marill create the first wide-area network connection. (1965)

Intels release of the 4004, the first computer on a chip, ushers in the epoch of the microprocessor. (1971)

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs announce the Apple II computer. (1977)

Vint Cerf at DARPA continues the vision of the Internet, forming an International Cooperation Board chaired by Peter Kirstein of University College London, and an Internet Configuration Control Board, chaired by Dave Clark of MIT. (1978)

Quotes:

Today, most software exists, not to solve a problem, but to interface with other software. (IO Angell)

The difference between theory and practice is that in theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. (Richard Moore)

Yes, we have a dress code. You have to dress. (Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems)

In 2031, lawyers will be commonly a part of most development teams. (Grady Booch)

I see little commercial potential for the Internet for at least ten years. (Bill Gates, 1994)

Tune of the day:

Around the world – Daft Punk (remember this?)

Cool video footage of the week:

This is probably the coolest animated history of the Internet available right now. A must for any Internet user.

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