Have you ever noticed that there are some times that I make a blog post and there are no images contained in the posting to spruce it up or to illustrate the point? It’s not that I’m lazy; there are some days that I swear that I have the worst internet service provider. Yesterday was a day when I was bemoaning the fact that modern laptops don’t have built in modems. Even on the worst days, dialup at 300bps was like blinding speeds compared to bad days now.
Yesterday was just brutal. I spent over an hour on the phone with technical “support” only to walk away frustrated all to pieces. The determination on her end was that it was just network congestion. Grrrrrr.
How bad was it? Well, a common way to test your network speeds is to use Speedtest.net. I tried to give it a test over the net and here’s what I got!
It’s so slow that I couldn’t even load the test!
Thankfully, the iPad version was a little more tolerant of slow speeds.
Try it on your current connection and please feel sorry for me! Later in February when I host an OTF Webinar, I’ll be doing it on the road. There’s no way this type of connection would be suitable.
At least I can watch the Pro Bowl game without the internet distracting me!
Fortunately, things are better in the early morning hours and that does let me do some reading and online work.
You have just entered one of Squidoo’s largest history pavilions. As you stroll through its corridors, you shall find many rooms to quench your thirst for knowledge of the past. This is a 3 storey building and an elevator will take you from floor to floor. In the back of the building, you will find our outdoor amphitheater where you can watch and listen to important historic events.
The First Kiss in Cinema, 1896 | Brain Pickings
How Thomas Edison made the kiss Hollywood’s favorite audience-courting device.
20 things that happened on the internet in 2011 [image] – Holy Kaw!
Designer and art director Peter Jaworowski teamed up with SYZYGY London to illustrate and mash-up 20 of the most notable things that happened on the old webs of inter in 2011.
Lion Full-Screen, New Tab Page Sneak Into Early Firefox 12 Build
One of the next versions of Firefox, Firefox 12, may feature a series of new interface elements and functionalities that should both appeal to OS X Lion users and introduce new navigation options for those who dont’ want to save their-most accessed websites in a bookmarks bar anymore. As first noted by ExtremeTech, an early version of a proposed new tab page design snuck into a nightly version of Firefox; per Mozilla’s multiple channel releases, users of Firefox can test different versions of the browser, which range from Nightly to Aurora, Beta, Stable, and those uploaded directly to Mozilla’s FTP servers.
How Apple Can Solve Its China Problem | Cult of Mac
Apple is on the brink of becoming the poster child for worker abuse. Journalists and rights organizations are starting to draw attention to the enormous contrast between Apple’s quarterly billions in profits, and the desperate plight of abused workers in China.
Your next laptop could have Microsoft’s Kinect built into it | ZDNet
Microsoft is finally delivering on its promise to bring Kinect to the PC with official support, but most people would probably assume it would be most useful with a desktop. Nonetheless, it appears that the motion-control technology could also show up on portable systems,
Free lightweight Anti Virus Software – Microsoft Security Essentials | ESX Virtualization
The Microsoft Security Essentials is free for use on genuine Windows systems.
The Microsoft Security Essentials is free anti malware software which can be found on this page here. As said it’s free if runs on genuine system. As I was pleasantly surprised that the soft is quite lightweight, getting few dozens of Mb in the taskbar….
Infographic: Hollywood’s long war on technology – Boing Boing
Infographic: Hollywood’s long war on technology
Firefox Support Ending for Windows 2000, Windows XP Pre-SP2
If you’re one of the few Firefox users still on Windows 2000 or still using Windows XP without Service Pack 2 or later, Firefox is going to have to say goodbye. Yesterday, Mozilla’s Asa Dotzler announced that Firefox team is moving to a newer version of the Visual Studio toolchain. Once Mozilla moves to Visual Studio 2010, they won’t be able to build for Windows 2000, XP RTM or SP1.
Five Steps to Starting a Class Blog in 2012 | Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom
Five Steps to Starting a Class Blog in 2012
Textbook of the Future: The challenges | ZDNet
This month, Apple dropped a bombshell on the academic community by introducing iBooks Textbooks and iBooks Author. In combination, the two create a compelling framework for re-engineering the textbook in electronic form for K-12 students, permitting for rich color educational content and possibly an entirely new textbook ecosystem that could be made accessible to tens of millions of schoolchildren.
8 Things Teachers Do To Cause Boredom — Smart Classroom Management
When students get bored their minds drift.
And while some settle on daydreaming, tile-counting, and general inattentiveness, other students are drawn to more…ahem…destructive pursuits.
Why Every Entrepreneur Should Self-Publish a Book | TechCrunch
Why Every Entrepreneur Should Self-Publish a Book
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