Ten Surprising Facts About Steve Jobs

Yes, there is more to know about this man.

He was once homeless, dated Joan Baez, didn’t eat meat….

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are both college drop-outs. Does this make you wonder why anyone is willing to pile up tens of thousands of dollars in college debt to get an undergraduate degree? I know these guys are unique, but it doesn’t take a genius to start a business. And a business doesn’t have to be Apple or MicroSoft to be a good business. 


I’ll leave you all with this quote from his 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address.
Goodbye, Steve. You’ve put a hell of a ding in the universe.


I’ll leave you all with this quote from his 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address.

Goodbye, Steve. You’ve put a hell of a ding in the universe.


Lost in the “Is it an iPad Killer?” hype is the audacious introduction of the Silk browser. Under the guise of increasing speed (on WiFi; there is no 3G Fire where download speed would be a larger issue), Amazon is performing astonishing jujitsu on Google.

The “split browser” notion is that Amazon will use its EC2 back end to pre-cache user web browsing, using its fat back-end pipes to grab all the web content at once so the lightweight Fire-based browser has to only download one simple stream from Amazon’s servers. But what this means is that Amazon will capture and control every Web transaction performed by Fire users. Every page they see, every link they follow, every click they make, every ad they see is going to be intermediated by one of the largest server farms on the planet. People who cringe at the data-mining implications of the Facebook Timeline ought to be just floored by the magnitude of Amazon’s opportunity here. Amazon now has what every storefront lusts for: the knowledge of what other stores your customers are shopping in and what prices they’re being offered there. What’s more, Amazon is getting this not by expensive, proactive scraping the Web, like Google has to do; they’re getting it passively by offering a simple caching service, and letting Fire users do the hard work of crawling the Web. In essence the Fire user base is Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, scraping the Web for free and providing Amazon with the most valuable cache of user behavior in existence.

And all of this on Google’s dime. They use a back-revved version of Android, not Honeycomb; they don’t use Google’s web browser; they can intermediate user click through on Google search results so Google doesn’t see the actual user behavior. Google’s whole play of promoting Android in order to aggregate user behavior patterns to sell to advertisers is completely subverted by Amazon’s intermediation.

Fire isn’t a noun, it’s a verb, and it’s what Amazon has done in the targeted direction of Google. This is the first shot in the new war for replacing the Internet with a privatized merchant data-aggregation network.


Apple employee CHRIS ESPINOSA, remarking on Amazon’s Kindle Fire via his personal blog.

Something to think about.

Also, I can’t believe I understood everything I read just now.

(h/t The New York Times)

Really fascinating.

Gotta own some Amazon stock, even at today’s high prices. 

"The real disruptive threat is to the hundreds of institutions that emulate the elite few at the top. Many of them lack the prestige to hold off for-profit competition and the money that the elites can spend on online curriculum. But their challenge isn’t fundamentally one of money: online tutorials don’t have to be expensive to be effective, as the open-to-all Khan Academy has shown. The much greater challenge for traditional universities and colleges is changing their teaching traditions. Full-time faculty members must not only assent to the inclusion of online learning in the curriculum, they should lead it. Even profit-driven consumer electronics companies tend to respond too slowly to disruptive innovation. Faculty-led institutions need all the time they can get. Notwithstanding the tough economy, now is the time to invest in online learning innovation. “Made-in-Japan” once meant “cheap.” Will the majority of traditional universities and colleges be ready when “online education” means “high-quality learning?”"


This truly breaks my heart

I pledge to read the printed word

Submitted by rhymeswithwitches

Get over it. You’ll love your e-reader once you get the hang of carrying a whole library around in you hand. Libraries and bookstores will evolve. Everything changes.

(Source: hiimspencer)


Google Hangouts now offer screen-sharing, a sketchpad, and integration with Google Docs. That means that as you collaborate with others, you can view each other’s desktops, you can view and edit documents together, you can scribble and share notes.

This happened a few days ago, but is still important. I’m hoping Google will put Google+ in a position where you can use it as an App in an educational Google Apps rollout (a la Blogger, GMail, and Google Docs for example). That way you could have a Google+ network just for the students at your school.

Teachers will revolutionize education by devising ways to use technology to amplify and extend the reach of their skills. Technology will not replace teachers — or, at least not soon.