ACM Digital Library - Full text collection of every article published by the Association for Computing Machinery, including over 50 years of archives. ACM publishes, distributes,
and archives original research and firsthand perspectives from the world's leading thinkers in computing and information technologies. ACM offers
over two dozen publications that help computing professionals negotiate the strategic challenges and operating problems of the day.
CAPTCHA - A type of challenge-response test used in computing to ensure that the
response is not generated by a computer. The process usually involves one computer (a server) asking a user to complete a simple test which the computer
is able to generate and grade. Because other computers are unable to solve the CAPTCHA, any user entering a correct solution is presumed
to be human. Thus, it is sometimes described as a reverse Turing test, because it is administered by a machine and targeted to a human,
in contrast to the standard Turing test that is typically administered by a human and targeted to a machine. A common type of CAPTCHA requires
that the user type letters or digits from a distorted image that appears on the screen.
Center for Humane Technology (Humane Design) - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google have produced amazing products that have benefited the world enormously. But these companies are also caught in a zero-sum race for our finite attention. These are not neutral products. They are part of a system designed to addict us. The rules of the game must be changed. Humane Design is dedicated to reversing the digital attention crisis, and realigning technology with humanity's best interests..
Charles Babbage Institute - An historical archives and research center of the University
of Minnesota. CBI is dedicated to promoting study of the history of information technology and information processing and their impact
Computer History Museum - Maintains the world's largest collection of materials related
to the history of computers, including hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, and media. With collecting efforts spanning four decades, the Museum seeks
to preserve a comprehensive view of computing history, one that includes the machines, the software, the business and competitive environments, personal
recollections, and the social implications of humankind's most important invention, the computer. Located at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View
Computer Information Center - Reference site for IT/IS users and buyers, with links
to hardware and software companies, industry organisations and user groups, technology information sources, online support and up-to-date news.
Computer System Resources - Provides a directory of computer hardware and software resources
as well as useful links for computer related consulting and industry market information.
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - With more than four decades of success, the International Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) reaches across global markets, connects the industry and enables CE innovations to grow and thrive. The International
CES is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Advocates for entrepreneurs, technologists and innovators who mold the future of the consumer technology industry.
more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products.
All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering
standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.
Dan Bricklin's Web Site - Personal web site of the co-creator of VisiCalc. Computer
history, writings, material, resources.
DevX - Provider of technical information, tools, and services for IT professionals developing corporate applications.
Ed Thelan - Facts and stories about antique computers.
EPEAT - Global registry for greener electronics. EPEAT is used by hundreds of companies, universities
and government agencies in dozens of countries. Its rigorous requirements and searchable product database let buyers bypass marketing hype and confusing
Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) - An independent body studying the interaction
between information technology and society. Its goal is to identify technical developments with significant social impact, commission and undertake
research into public policy alternatives, and promote public understanding and dialogue between technologists and policy-makers in the UK and Europe.
Fourmilab Switzerland - This site is developed and maintained by John Walker, founder
of Autodesk, Inc. and co-author of AutoCAD. A variety of documents, images, software for various machines, and interactive Web
resources are available here.
Gabriella Coleman - Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Art History and Communication
Studies Department at McGill University. Trained as an anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on hackers and digital activism.
Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing (ISTC-PC) - Developing the fundamental technologies needed to power the next generation of pervasive computing systems. These future apps will be capable of supporting complex tasks, such as cooking a soufflé or building a complicated piece of furniture. In the process, they will deliver far richer user experiences than the technologies of today can offer.
MaidSafe - A decentralized platform on which application developers can build decentralized applications. The network is made up by individual users who contribute storage, computing power and bandwidth to form a world-wide autonomous system.
Moore's Law - Gordon Moore made his famous observation in 1965,
just four years after the first planar integrated circuit was discovered. The press called it Moore's Law and the name has stuck. In his
original paper, Moore observed an exponential growth in the number of transistors per integrated circuit and predicted that this trend would continue.
Through Intel's relentless technology advances, Moore's Law, the doubling of transistors every couple of years, has been maintained, and
still holds true today.
OASIS - OASIS produces worldwide standards for security, Web services, XML conformance,
business transactions, electronic publishing, topic maps and interoperability within and between marketplaces.
One Laptop per Child (OLPC) - The project's origins go back more than four decades to the early days of computing,
when most machines were still the size of small dinosaurs, and almost no one dreamed they would ever be suitable for children. But pioneering thinkers
like Seymour Papert disagreed sharply, and over time led the long march from radical theory to reality proving the immense power of the
personal computer as a learning tool for children.
O'Reilly: Safari Books Online - Premier electronic reference library
for programmers and IT pros. With Safari you can search across more than 4000 leading books simultaneously - to pinpoint just the information
Public Knowledge - A public-interest advocacy organization dedicated to fortifying and
defending a vibrant "information commons" - the shared information resources and cultural assets that we own as a people.
Raspberry Pi - A credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It's a capable little
PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition
video. Raspberry Pi Foundation wants to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
Search Engine Land - News and information site covering search engine marketing, searching issues and
the search engine industry.
Textfiles - A wonderful thing happened in the 1980s: Life started to go online. And as the world continues
this trend, everyone finding themselves drawn online should know what happened before, to see where it all really started to come together and to
know what went on, before it's forgotten. What this site offers is a glimpse into the history of writers and artists bound by the 128 characters
that the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) allowed them. The focus is on mid-1980's textfiles and the world as
it was then, but even these files are sometime retooled 1960s and 1970s works, and offshoots of this culture exist to this day. A history
section is for people who lived through the "Golden Age" of BBSes to write about their experience. They can write about it from
the point of view of someone looking back, or they can try to recreate the feelings they had when they went through it in childhood (or early adulthood).
Adventure - Walkthroughs and Hints for Text Adventures
Viruses - Computer Viruses, Trojan Horses, and Worms
Top 500 Supercomputer Sites - Statistics, articles, and news on high-performance computers. List
of installation sites with the 500 most powerful computer systems.
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) - Wikipedia article: 'An uninterruptible power supply is an electrical apparatus that provides emergency power to a load when the input power source, typically mains power, fails.'
University of Cambridge: Computer Laboratory Technical Reports - The Computer
Laboratory has published a Technical Report series (ISSN 1476-2986) since 1974. Technical reports are intended primarily for the
long-term archival of results and descriptions that are not suitable for publication elsewhere, due to their length or nature. Technical reports
are also the most common way to make a Computer Laboratory PhD thesis widely available. Most newer technical reports, in particular all
published since 2002, are available online in PDF.
Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) - The mission at Stanford Univeristy's VHIL is
to understand the dynamics and implications of interactions among people in immersive virtual reality simulations (VR), and other forms
of human digital representations in media, communication systems, and games.
Virtual Realities, Ltd. - A leading supplier of 3D peripheral products, input/output devices,
bundled software, and integrated systems to the corporate, industrial, entertainment, and military markets.
Virtual Reality - A guide that provides a wealth of information about virtual reality designed for the
newcomer and experienced technologist alike.
Virtual Reality (Wikipedia) - A backgrounder: "Virtual reality (VR) is
a term that applies to computer-simulated environments that can simulate physical presence in places in the real world, as well as in imaginary
worlds. . Most current virtual reality environments are primarily visual experiences, displayed either on a computer screen or through special
stereoscopic displays, but some simulations include additional sensory information, such as sound through speakers or headphones. Some advanced, haptic systems
now include tactile information, generally known as force feedback, in medical and gaming applications. Furthermore, virtual reality covers remote
communication environments which provide virtual presence of users with the concepts of telepresence and telexistence or a virtual
artifact (VA) either through the use of standard input devices such as a keyboard and mouse, or through multimodal devices such
as a wired glove, the Polhemus, and omnidirectional treadmills."
Whatis - Computer terms, computer definitions, information technology dictionary, information
Windows Sysinternals - The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark
Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Whether you're an IT pro
or a developer, you'll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications.
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