Mozilla delivers again with an excellent new release of the Firefox browser. This version has better security, a new incremental update system, redesigned extension manager, and it’s also faster than 1.0! You really can’t go wrong with this one.
So what are you waiting for? Go get it while it’s hot!
OK, so you can’t quite see the entire world yet, but I’m sure the good people at Google are working on it. That being said, Google Maps is by far the best online maps and directions service I have yet seen and is this week’s Website of the Week. I used to be a Mapquest guy, but I haven’t touched that site in months. Some people claim that Mapquest, despite its aging interface, still offers the best directions. That has not been my experience, but I suppose your mileage may vary (ha ha). Anyway, back to the wonders of Google Maps… Read more
I ran cross country during my senior year in high school. Our home course was a brutal three-mile ordeal in a local park with a lot of hills. One thing I can say for our course, though, is that it had a great home stretch. It was basically a gradual left turn around three trees and then about 100 yards slightly downhill to the finish line. Every time I raced there, I loved coming around that turn and having the end in sight. Read more
The Website of the Week for this week is Linguist List. The linguistics community is spread all over the world and Linguist List has grown to be our unofficial gathering place on the Web. You can search for graduate programs, jobs, conferences, jobs, publications, jobs, computer tools, jobs, and many other things… like jobs.
Seriously, the current jobs section of Linguist List definitely gets the most attention. If you’re reasonably curious, go take a look at what’s hot in my field of computational linguistics. Yes, this Ph.D. I’m working on actually will be useful in the real world. Who knew?
Yesterday afternoon was sunny and 70 degrees. This afternoon was 35 degrees with a few snowflakes falling! People here say, “If you don’t like the weather in Columbus, just wait a couple hours. It’ll change.” They weren’t kidding. This winter should be very interesting.
It’s time for another Website of the Week and this time I would like to turn the spotlight on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is basically a very large multilingual encyclopedia that is community-driven and completely free. Almost the entire site is editable by anybody (the basic idea behind wikis). You can even add new articles if you feel like it. It is described as a “massively collaborative project” and the ultimate goal is to be “the largest encyclopedia in history, in terms of both breadth and depth.” Read more
I mentioned a few open source projects a couple weeks ago, but I seem to have drastically underestimated just how much quality free software is available on the Windows platform. My favorite Linux distribution that I haven’t tried yet, Ubuntu, has a wiki page listing dozens of Windows programs that are all completely free. The LOOP (List Of Open-source Programs) is a great place to go before you spend big bucks on commercial software. Check it out today! They even have free games – if that’s your sort of thing.
In case you’re wondering why a Linux group is helping you find free Windows software, they are hoping you will like these programs and then switch to Linux later on once you realize you don’t need Windows any more. Most of this software is also available for Linux. These days, you can even get free video editing software for Linux. Food for thought…
This is the first installment of what I hope will be a long running feature: “Website of the Week“. I’ll try to add a new one every Monday. Right now I have about two months’ worth lined up, so we should be okay for quite a while.
The Voice of Arizona is a new website that promotes “Articles by the people, for the people”. Anyone can sign up for a free membership and post articles as well as rate and comment on other people’s articles. There is already quite a lively core group of users on the site. Read more
Our department at Ohio State just signed up with a local distributor of free trade coffee. I’m no expert on the whole “free trade thing”, but I understand that it benefits small farmers in third-world countries and that’s good enough for me. I met quite a few guys like that during my time in Malawi and I really believe they deserve a fair shot at selling their crop just like everyone else. Read more