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Skype

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Skype.comHave you ever heard of Kazaa or the entrepreneurs who built it, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis?  It was the most popular internet software download in 2003.  Kazaa was a peer-to-peer file sharing service that was primarily used to share pirated music files online and it peaked in popularity sometime after Napster was shut down and when Walmart and then iTunes became the top music retailers in the USA.   Well if you ever heard of  Skype then you’re familiar with the next big project the Zennström & Friis took on.

Skype is a free download that enables you to make free voice and video calls through the internet.  It uses a combination of VoIP technology and peer-to-peer file sharing technology to deliver a virtually free video conferencing service to the world.  You just need a webcam and/or microphone and a computer with internet access.

First released in 2003, Skype was bought by eBay in 2005 for $2.6 billion then in 2011 it was bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion.  The future of any communication technology is always uncertain, but no matter what, the ability to see and speak with people around the globe for free is turning out to be very popular.  With 30+ million users every day accumulating over 300 billion minutes of online conversations in 2011 alone.  It is an amazing growth story that’s starting to make a profound change to the way we communicate.

So check out skype.com today, you might even want to consider downloading it yourself.

Skype Explained Visually

Texas Border Watch

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Bored?  Looking for something to do?  How about taking some time to patrol the Texas border?  The Texas Border Sherif’s Coalition would love to have your help as a “Virtual Texas Deputy”.  Using a $2 million dollar grant from the Governor of Texas they contracted a private company called Blue Servo to create a website where ordinary people can log on and watch the border using strategically placed webcams.  Once you set-up an account and log in you can choose the camera(s) you’d like to watch and begin your “patrol”.  Each camera comes with instructions on what to look for and how to report anything suspicious  annonymously.  Here are some examples of what they’ve seen.

Give it a try!  Live the dream of being a Virtual Texas Deputy:
TexasBorderWatch.com


The Virtual Choir

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Composed and Conducted by
ERIC WHITACRE
“Lux Aurumque”

 

This original composition went live on YouTube on March 21st, 2010.   You can read about previous projects and the development of this virtual choir at Eric Whitacre’s Offical Blog.

SUPERPOWER – Exploring the Internet

Monday, March 15th, 2010

How much do you know about the Internet?  Can you remember how you did things without it?  You might take it for granted, but it’s still a relatively new invention.  The BBCrecently completed a series on the development of the Internet called “SUPERPOWER” and it’s worth checking out. 

Things to check out:  Observe the growth of the Internet worldwide, What happens when a remote Nigerian village gets Internet access, how the internet works,  how the Internet might be changing our brains, and lots more.   It’s well worth a few minutes of your day to explore SUPERPOWER by the BBC.

NASA.gov/city

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

We live in an era of unparalleled innovation.  New technologies are popping up every day and how often do we contemplate the origins of it all?  Well NASA would like you to take a moment to do just that.

NASA.gov/cityis a highly interactive website that gives you a chance to see exactly how the developments made in the space program effect your daily lives.  For even more information about the technological “spinoffs” that have come from the space program check out the NASA Spinoffs website.  And if you like what you find don’t forget to share it with someone else!

BankRate.com

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

im15BankRate.com is a publically traded company (Nasdaq: RATE) that went online in 1996.  The site is sort of like “consumer reports” for banking.  BankRate.com monitors almost 5,000 financial institutions and provides users with a quick comparison of them all.  They track mortgage rates, CD rates, credit cardsfinancing college, all kinds of loans and insurance.  It’s a great resource for anyone who needs to research their financial options and it can provide information to anyone no matter how money savy they are.

Some features to check out:  Comparing CD Rates, Comparing Mortgage Rates, Comparing Credit Cards, Comparing Auto Loans, and various Financial Calculators.