Archive for August, 2008

Who was to have been George Orwell’s Big Brother – Breznev or Mao?

Tweet My first encounter with the web occurred in 1978. (Yes, I know there was no web at the time. And I can’t point to a BBS or other near-involvement; indeed, I’d never touched a keyboard, couldn’t even type. My OneWebDay story, actually 3 of them, is about the ways interactive technologies – the broader […]

Web’s oldest bloggers: Olive Riley and Ruth Hamilton

Tweet Riley was born in 1899 and would have turned 109 on October 20. She took up blogging at the suggestion of Mike Rubbo, who filmed a documentary on her life four years ago. “First of all, I had to explain to her what a blog was and that took some doing,” Rubbo said. “Then […]

My OneWebDay story

Tweet My name is Susan Crawford, and I’m here to contribute a OneWebDay story. My sense is that all the hyperbole about the Internet – transformative! world-changing! – doesn’t actually capture its impact, because we’re living through the change. It has been a very interesting time to be alive, in my view, and I’m particularly […]

Broadband Internet reduces Molecular Biology Research time from 5 months to less than a week

Tweet The Internet has changed the way I work in many ways. So, as I began to collect my thoughts, I realised I have more than one example to present my case. In the laboratory In a typical molecular biology lab where I work, routine experiments involve cloning, sequencing; homology search with other reported sequences, […]

Before the Internet, Instant Messenger, Blogs and Search Engines

Tweet “So more important than when the Internet came into existence is when someone started using it enough to use it effectively.” — Al Macintyre I first used the internet in the 90s, but it wasn’t until after 2001 that I began using it in a way that was meaningful. Before the internet, I did […]

from a farmhouse in the Italian countryside to Buckingham Palace

Tweet I moved to Italy in 1994 and I just about made a living teaching and training teachers. Quite hard in a rural community. I’d heard about the internet and dreamed of being on it and what it could do for me. A book contract in 2000 meant I had to get online fast – […]

Paper forms to PDFs to Online forms

Tweet The biggest difference that I see is the ability to store and to access information.My applications for grad school come to mind. I still remember having to type my forms and use white out! The part I hated was repeating the same information – address, telephone number, name, social security number – over and […]

Using Internet for latest news- A decade ago

Tweet The year was 1998-99. I was studying in Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya (JNV) Udupi district, Karnataka. It was a residential school. Everyday morning the school would assemble before the classes would start and one of the rituals performed during the same was to read the news headlines. Everyday a designated person had to collect news […]

Eight Hundred and Twenty Pounds Sterling to transmit 640 MB

Tweet I remember vividly having this idea that I could use quaternions for fast 3D maths calculations when working on FOFT back in the 80’s. The only way I could get any information on the subject was to contact the local university and talk to one of the math professors. He didn’t have much, but […]