Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Bookmarks and Annotations 12/18/2008

  • Online social networking
    is now so deeply embedded in the
    lifestyles of tweens and teens that
    it rivals television for their attention,
    according to a new study
    from Grunwald Associates LLC
    conducted in cooperation with
    the National School Boards
    Nine- to 17-year-olds report
    spending almost as much time
    using social networking services
    and Web sites as they spend
    watching television. Among teens,
    that amounts to about 9 hours a
    week on social networking activities,
    compared to about 10 hours
    a week watching TV.
    Students are hardly passive
    couch potatoes online. Beyond
    basic communications, many students
    engage in highly creative
    activities on social networking
    sites — and a sizeable proportion
    of them are adventurous nonconformists
    who set the pace for their

    tags: NSBA, social_network, web2.0

  • New York Public Library joins Flickr Commons
    Posted by Cory Doctorow, December 16, 2008 10:27 PM | permalink
    The New York Public Library has joined the Flickr Commons, uploading an initial contribution of 1300 images from its photographic collections. Next, the NYPL is promising even more material!

    tags: flickr

  • MPEG Streamclip is a powerful high-quality video converter, player, editor for MPEG, QuickTime, transport streams, iPod. And now it is a DivX editor and encoding machine, and even a movie downloader.

    You can use MPEG Streamclip to: open and play most movie formats including MPEG files or transport streams; edit them with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Trim; set In/Out points and convert them into muxed or demuxed files, or export them to QuickTime, AVI, DV and MPEG-4 files with more than professional quality, so you can easily import them in a DVD authoring tool, and use them with many other applications or devices.
    Supported input formats: MPEG, VOB, PS, M2P, MOD,VRO, DAT, MOV, DV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2T, MMV, REC, VID, AUD, AVR, VDR, PVR, TP0, M2V, M1V, MPV, AIFF, M1A, MP2, MPA, AC3, ...

    tags: freeware, software, windows, converter

  • Much like Lolcats, some überteens are up in the Internet, stealing your ... well, whatever they want. If you envision these kids as harmless nerds who hole themselves up in their rooms clicking away their adolescence, check out this list, which details the costly and frightening toll their computer “games” have exacted throughout recent history.

    tags: hackers, hacker, teenage

  • Depending on which feature you use, Google Maps offers a satellite view or a street-level view of tons of locations around the world. You can look up landmarks like the Pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, as well as more personal places, like your ex’s house. But for all of the places that Google Maps allows you to see, there are plenty of places that are off-limits. Whether it’s due to government restrictions, personal-privacy lawsuits or mistakes, Google Maps has slapped a "Prohibited" sign on the following 51 places.

    tags: google, censorship, maps, googleearth, googlemaps

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.