Archive for the ‘Chicago Activism Class Tech Articles’ Category

June 4th tech

June 11, 2007

Blogging Revolution on WIRED


April 2nd class tech

June 4, 2007

Here is an interesting blog a British newspaper about free speech – or the lack of it –

The Guardian Unlimited

April 23rd class tech

June 4, 2007

The “Macaca” video.

I found a blog talking about the video posted on u-tube; here it is:

e.politics on Allen’s “Macaca” video

May 14th class tech

June 4, 2007

After watching countless websites about blogging my window-close reflex stopped just milliseconds after positioning the cursor on the “close tab” righ-click menu.
This is the page I was reading at the time: This site discusses a subject very close to blogging: the use of wiki oriented sites. These sites in syntony with the web 2.0 “quick” (wiki means quick in Hawaian) pattern allow a group of people to share and edit content easily online.

Explore the site and navigate around to know more about wikis; here is an excerpt from the site:

Pioneered by Ward Cunningham, and named after the Hawaiian word for ‘quick’, a wiki is a website that makes it easy for anyone to contribute pages, and link them together.

May 4th class tech

June 4, 2007

Still thinking and struggling about what was said in last week class. It was about the military blocking blogging and sites like myspace from the soldier’s field computers connected to the internet.

My past tells me it was a very good idea, although I am not sure if the blocking extends past the events in time. Posting a picture of a soldier in a camp with a background image of the surroundings can give a pretty good idea where the camp is and that can be pretty dangerous for the people still there.

Perhaps they – the armed forces – should filter the content and allow the soldiers to blog, but then deliver it later when it is not deemed a “leak” anymore. I guess the problem then is who decides when to release the “offline” blog or website content.

Here is an article about Colby Buzzell, a former U.S. soldier in Iraq, who won a prize for a book he published later based on his blog entries that were censored at the time; find the article at

May 21th class tech

June 4, 2007

Interesting piece of news about the Internet and Plagiarism in this blog: MetroBlogging Lahore.

We look at a big “information jar” out there to put your hands into. With so many people who are now a source of information — how valid we don’t know. Every tidbit of information is a sweet cookie (a real one, not the kind your browser digests) for everyone to include in their information porfolio. Given the fact that your information porfolio can be very profitable, when it attracts readers to read the ads in your web page or log, how many people will fall into temptation and how many will be caught with their hands in the jar?

It’s hard to tell; we can only hope people will genuinely want to put their ideas out there and not someone else’s. And when they do at least give credit to the source and have some sort of sportsman’s honor code.

Fortunately this article brings forward at least one tool to come to the author’s aide: Copyscape. You can find it at

How many people will be caught with their hands in the jar? We still do not know, but we do know tools are being built to “turn on the lights in the kitchen.”

May 7th class tech

May 8, 2007

Steve Jobs is at it again and this time he is vowing that Apple will eb on the forefront of environmental awareness very soon.

See the article at

This article is interesting not only for reading yet again about Steve getting back to the PC side of things, but to realize how much stuff is actually already in our machines and it is dangerous and toxic.

They also talk about Mercury – which is toxic and present in all those fluorescent tube lamps that everyone is buying now.

Perhaps we should wait for led lights; I need to do a search on the state of the art for that technology.

April 9th class (tech)

April 23, 2007

A private, personal Internet with its own protocol; hidden and accessible solely by a selected crowd of paying customers. Sounds far fetched? Not really: Google seems to have plans to build its own private Internet backbone using “dark” fiber optic cables. These cable were laid fown during the Internet boom in 1990 and later on abandoned during the downfall in 2000. Will this be a bona fide attempt to provide users with a superior Internet experience, only time can tell. In the menatime the plot thickens when Google announces the $100 PC appliance they are going to build. This appliance will work only when “hooked up” to Google and push advertisement to the end-user.

Read the articles at:

April 16th class (tech)

April 23, 2007

Starting from the initial idea that we are using a blog to build our Chicago Activism Catalog I started to be curious about what software could be available out there and I found one in particular that is very interesting.

I used Ruby before and this looks very promising; it provides an example to create a weblog in 15 minutes. Another example guides you through creating a web search page for Yahoo Flickr. I am going to read more into this and figure out its potential.