"Paying for college textbooks could become more affordable for cash-strapped California students. State senator Darrell Steinberg plans to introduce two bills in the next legislative session that would eliminate pricey textbooks and bring the open-source revolution to the Golden State.”
"While students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pay thousands of dollars for courses, the university will announce a new program on Monday allowing anyone anywhere to take M.I.T. courses online free of charge — and for the first time earn official certificates for demonstrating mastery of the subjects taught.”
"Last week, I accepted a new position with a rural school district in a town called Forreston, Illinois to be Director of Instructional Technology. It is an amazing opportunity for numerous reasons, but I am in unfamiliar territory.”
Science fiction becomes reality. Worlds collide. The future is now…or within five years, at least.
Energy: People power will come to life
Security: You will never need a password again
Mind reading: no longer science fiction
Mobile: The digital divide will cease to exist
Analytics: Junk mail will become priority mail
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"According to a recent Carbon Disclosure Project report, companies that streamline operations to improve IT performance will not only reduce capital expenditures but they’ll shrink energy consumption and carbon emissions”
Methinks: While the need or desire to reduce carbon emissions may not be a major driver, the significant energy cost savings IS a major reason renting from VLS computing centers is quickly becoming a major part of everyone’s compute infrastructure.
Methinks: Very good observations. Another way to look at it is when you can get anything you want online in hyperconnected - hypercompetitive markets, the local market goes back to being uberlocal with strong hands services by local merchants. make sense.
"On our last day at Gilbane Boston 2011, we learned how to work together better to achieve better results and innovation. Remarkably, much of the conference emphasized people processes rather technology to improve the way projects are streamlined, websites are built and content strategies are aligned."
“Welcome to December, dear readers. The end of the year means it’s once again time to reflect on our past predictions and make room for new ones. Read on for expert views on the future of social business, user experience and the ever-popular information management. ”
Methinks: If you want to know what drives global trade, here it is. The standardized multimodal container revolutionized cargo and has significantly drove down the cost of shipping. Hmm, there is that words again - standards.
“2012 is sneaking up on us. It’s amazing how quickly a year goes, isn’t it? If you are in the content marketing space with your business or brand, you’ve probably had a year overwhelmed with information and engagement. That’s a good thing, right? We want to have more people communicating and networking with us than we can handle.”
Methinks: A good overview of significant changes this last year.