Thursday, July 20, 2006

Website Graphs and Such

These are some things that I've found interesting in the last 24 hours.

The "website as graph" application was something I saw a month or to ago, but couldn't find it again. Luckily, I stumbled across it this morning. This is the graph of this blog. To learn what the different colors are, go to their website where you'll have to build a graph in order to see the color-coded key. It is kind of fascinating to watch the graph grow on the screen. It happens kinda slowly and I'm not sure if that is from necessity or by design.

Who are the twentysomethings?
"I'm 24 years old, have a good job, friends. But like many of my generation, I consistently trade actual human contact for the more reliable emotional high of smiles on MySpace, winks on and pokes on Facebook." Read more...

Broadband: Narrowly Applied.
Let's have a party to celebrate slipping to 20th place in the world in broadband penetration to households. The U.S. is now at 44% household penetration as of the most recent data. South Korea leads all countries with 83% broadband penetration, followed by Hong Kong with 81%, Iceland at 74%, Israel at 69.%, and Taiwan at 65% penetration.

Livin' in the Web World
Here's a guy who tries to use nothing but Web 2.0 apps for two weeks (2.0 weeks!). It's not written in the most engaging style, but he does have some interesting observations sprinkled throughout. One quote: "
For years, software makers, notably Microsoft, have struggled with the bloatware dilemma. A small fraction of their users want specialized, elaborate new functions; moreover, the software makers themselves need to keep adding features to justify upgrades. But the more niche features they add, the more complex, buggy, and expensive their programs become, and the more off-putting they can seem to most users. The likes of Voo2do, iOutliner, Google Calendar, and the new Google Spreadsheets have solved this problem by ignoring it." Here's the whole thing...

Chinese Language and Culture Classes
LSC Online
finally got a little press (very little) about our Chinese class offerings. What is most interesting is that the Twin Cities operation (see WCCC story) gives us a much more favorable story about LSC than the Duluth newspaper story, who as always, feels obligated to make any story about LSC into a story about UMD and LSC. My point is that they each received the same press release from the college.

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