Minitel (1979-2012): its past and our future | Files: History, Public, SFU | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2012 is the year that Europe shuts down its proto-Internets. First, the BBC announced that teletex was getting the axe and today France is shutting down the Minitel x.25 network. These technologies, both started in the late 1970s, were ahead of their times and, in many ways, may still be.

ngram.sh: a script for extracting Google Ngram data | Files: Geek Out, Public, SFU | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The Google Ngram Viewer is a database browser used to chart the relative frequency of words or phrases. The data source is the Google Books database and the graphic engine is Google Charts. It’s cool. It’s pretty. It doesn’t easily give up the raw data. This script helps.

"Is a ‘Katrina-Like’ Space Storm Brewing?" | Files: SFU | Tags:

Slashdot | Is a ‘Katrina-Like’ Space Storm Brewin g? Posted by CmdrTaco on Monday January 12, @10:19AM from the or-maybe-thats-just-a-nice-cup-of-tea dept. pilsner.urquell writes “A newly released NASA report warns that the world has forgotten the power of the sun, creating a technological […]

Twingly Screensaver: visualizing activity | Files: Geek Out, SFU | Tags:

Twingly Screensaver (Beta) is visualizing the global blog activity in real time. Forget RSS readers where you see only what you’re interested in. With Twingly screensaver you get a 24/7 stream of all (viewer discretion advised) blog activity, straight to your screen. To use the screensaver you need a PC […]

linkfluence.com | Files: SFU | Tags:

linkfluence is a rese arch institute specializing in the conversations of the social web. It is a fully-owned subsidiary of French-based rtgi, a cutting-edge social spaces and new media analytics and monitoring vendor. linkfluence studies and solutions offer to map, monitor and analyze the social web, its media (blogs, mass […]

Map of the blogsphere (PresidentialWatch08) | Files: SFU | Tags: ,

The PresidentialWatch08 map is composed of the 533 most visible and influential websites and blogs – out of a complete dataset of over 4000 sites – using Linkfluence™’s proprietary crawl technology. The map includes both social media and mainstream media outlets. The sites are divided into four different categories, or […]