19 September 2014

The Internet Map

Selena Quinteros in the 0800 class posted this item and I thought it was worth sharing with you all as well.

I think that the Internet Map is an interesting site because it allows you to see information about different websites using an interesting design. The colors allow you to see what country a certain website originates from.

In there "about" section they have the following information:

"Every site is a circle on the map, and its size is determined by website traffic, the larger the amount of traffic, the bigger the circle. Users’ switching between websites forms links, and the stronger the link, the closer the websites tend to arrange themselves to each other."

I suggest you play with it by searching your favorite websites. However, keep in mind that it only contains 350 thousand websites from 196 countries up until 2011 so it does not contain all of the websites you visit.

16 September 2014

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Module 02 reports

As I said in class this morning, I will always send you an acknowledgement that I have your turned-in reports. Accordingly, I have done just that and can see that there are four of you from whom I have no module 2 report. If you have not received a note from me acknowledging your report submission, I do not have your report.

I'd really like to have everyone's report before I grade them all together, so the sooner I can have them, the better I'll feel.

15 September 2014

Google Glass bootcamp

At our next Google Glass meeting, we will hold a "bootcamp" for learning how to develop code for the Google Glass device. Anyone, at any level of experience, is welcome to attend!

Two of our more experienced folks, Guillermo Perasso and Yonghao Yu will lead the bootcamp. They have suggested the following as preparatory work to help you get the most out of the bootcamp by having the environment ready on your laptop (and bring your laptop). See below.

This is the last message also copied to the announce newsgroup. To stay in touch with the Google Glass group happenings, please add yourself to the Google Glass listserv: sils-google-glass@googlegroups.com.

-Brad Hemminger


for this coming Friday's Bootcamp for Google Glass Developers, it would be helpful if those who plan to attend could bring their computers with the following tools already installed and set up.

Java JDK

If you use a MS Windows laptop computer, you have to download and install the Java Development Kit package. We have tested the code using version 1.6 or superior (1.7 or 1.8)

link: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html

if you use a Mac, JDK should be already installed, (check the version using java -version from the terminal window)

Eclipse IDE

There are two options here,

Option 1: download the standard Eclipse IDE package and then download the plugin for the Android SDK

download Eclipse IDE: https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/

as you know, there are different versions of Eclipse, I tested Android and Google Glass on Eclipse JUNO and Eclipse KEPLER, the latest version is called Eclipse LUNA, I did not try this one yet, but it should work fine.

Download Android ADT for the plugin here: https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#download

follow the instructions (http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing/installing-adt.html) to deploy the SDK into the Eclipse version you downloaded in the previous step.

Option 2: download directly a bundled version of Eclipse IDE + the Android ADT already deployed,


For the Android SDK deployment, for Google Glass we use Android 4.4.2 (API 19)

(we can install these tools during the session this coming Friday)

11 September 2014

2014 annual Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture

How online identity has been handled over time will be the subject of the 2014 annual Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture hosted by the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The lecture, which is titled, "Interface and Identity,” will feature Dr. Judith Donath, a Faculty Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The lecture will be held September 22, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library. A copy of her new book The social machine : designs for living online is on reserve in the SILS Library.

A reception will follow the formal presentation. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Making sense of other people – and managing the impression we make upon them -- forms the foundation of community. Online, design shapes how we do this, e.g., whether we see another’s face or name, and whether that name is permanent and verified or changes on a whim. To understand what sort of society we want in the future and how to design for it, we need to understand what has worked, or not, in the past. This talk will trace the history of how identity has been handled online -- from the early days of named, work-based accounts, to the techno-utopian imaginings of the 1990s and up to today’s embedded networks and real name debates – assessing how various implementations affect privacy, security and sociability. This talk will examine how we can build future interfaces that encourage cooperation while also providing greater autonomy and control.

Dr. Judith Donath synthesizes knowledge from urban design, evolutionary biology and cognitive science to design innovative interfaces for on-line communities and virtual identities. A Harvard Berkman Faculty Fellow and formerly director of the MIT Media Lab's Sociable Media Group, she is known internationally for her writing on identity, interface design, and social communication. She is the creator of many pioneering online social applications; her work and that of the Sociable Media Group have been shown in museums and galleries worldwide. She is the author of The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online (MIT Press, 2014). Her current research focuses on how we signal identity in both mediated and face-to-face interactions, and she is working on a book about how the economics of honesty shape our world.

She received her doctoral and master's degrees in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and her bachelor's degree in History from Yale University.

09 September 2014

Interested in Google Glass?

We had our first Google Glass meeting of the semester last Friday, and had several new students interested in working on projects.  We heard reports from students who worked on projects over the summer, and some who are planning on doing masters paper/projects using glass.  Very exciting!!

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Sept 12th, 1:30-2:30pm in Manning 214:  Google Glass demos. Experienced users will demonstrate some simple apps, as well as some of their own work.   Come try out, or play with Google Glass.

Friday Sept 19th, 1:30-2:30pm in Manning 214:   Bootcamp for Google Glass Developers.   Our experienced developers will help anyone interesting in learning how to write code to work with Google Glass get started.   If you're interested in developing with Google Glass, this will save you many hours of learning time!

Check our Google Glass document for the latest:

We hope you can join us in the future!


08 September 2014

Where to find your grades

I have finished grading your module 01 reports and everyone did well. I have put individualized gradesheets in protected directories, from where you may retrieve them at you leisure. You can find a link to your individual gradesheet at the grades page which you may access by using our INLS201 readings credentials.

When you click on your name, you will be prompted for new credentials. For all but three of you all (and I have sent individual notes to the three who are affected), you are prompted for your personal ONYEN credentials.

I made some comments on each gradesheet. If you have any questions about what I had to say, we can discuss it during my office hours.