M.Leddy + technology   303

The overhead projector of classrooms past: “As a professor, I would notice the overhead projector stashed on the wall convector, next to lost scarves and notebooks and a little box or two of spare bulbs. A sad, neglected projector in every classroom.”
dowdyworld  teaching  technology 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
A turntable recommendation
If you want to have a record player on at night, or at any other time, I would like to recommend the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable.
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Telegraph operators and weather
“Every morning, telegraph operators checked with their colleagues in the surrounding cities to see what the weather was like. ‘If I learned from Cincinnati that the wires to St. Louis were interrupted by rain,’ one operator was recorded as saying, ‘I was tolerably sure a “northeast” storm was approaching.’”
technology  weather 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
“Does there need to be?”
Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, in an interview about “sliding backward” on technology: “In general, when I hear the phrase ‘There’s an app for that,’ my first question is, ‘Does there need to be?’”
apps  technology 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Bach, not bot
Today’s Google Doodle offers to harmonize two bars of music in Bach’s “signature style.” I tried “Surfer Girl” and “Take the ‘A’ Train” — the results were underwhelming.
Bach  music  technology 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Location services and other ways to find yourself.
december 2018 by M.Leddy
No screens for these kids
The New York Times reports on tech types who keep their children away from screens.
childhood  technology 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
“Scroll. Like. Move on.”
Elaine Fine writes about the illusion of social media. Her perspective: that of a veteran of the classical-music blogosphere.
blogging  technology 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
“Not gonna do it”
Julie Schumacher: “At Minnesota we’re supposed to be using Moodle or Canvas or something with our students, and I announce on Day 1: ‘Not gonna do it. If you guys want to know what the assignment is, come to class. I’m going to write it on the chalkboard right here in front of you.’”
academia  learning  teaching  technology 
september 2018 by M.Leddy
Facebook fakes
An instructive New York Times feature: “Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post?”
september 2018 by M.Leddy
Wirecutter’s choice for best online backup service.
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Mark and Mark
Mark Hurst, who has deleted his Facebook account, catalogues the deceptions in Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony.
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Cloudflare’s DNS
Numbers to know: and, the numbers for Cloudflare’s new DNS service.
Internet  technology 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Highway nostalgia
Remember the olden days, when the information superhighway allowed a kid working on a school project to interface with world-class scientists for advice?
march 2018 by M.Leddy
“This was a breach”
Anyone else notice the lack of agency in Mark Zuckerberg’s sentences?
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Cambridge Analytica, continued
Today, the company’s work with a recent presidential campaign.
politics  technology 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Channel 4 News and Cambridge Analytica
From Channel 4 News , a five-part series about Cambridge Analytica.
politics  technology 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
“Facebook’s Surveillance Machine”
Zeynep Tufekci: “A business model based on vast data surveillance and charging clients to opaquely target users based on this kind of extensive profiling will inevitably be misused.”
politics  technology 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
“Welcome to the Internet”
“EarthLink will connect you at up to 56Kbps.”
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Pencils in the news
The Guardian reports that increasing number of English schoolchildren are unable to hold a pencil properly. The reason: too much technology.
handwriting  pencils  technology  writing 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Paper jams
In the latest The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman learns “Why Paper Jams Persist.”
paper  technology 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Lindy West on leaving Twitter
The writer Lindy West on why she left Twitter : “Being on Twitter felt like being in a nonconsensual BDSM relationship with the apocalypse.”
february 2018 by M.Leddy
“That’s better”
“I don’t think it’s the lamp. I think it’s us.”
family  technology 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
A digital version of your voice.
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Cartoon of the day
“Net Neutrality,” by Ellis Rosen.
cartoons  technology 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
John Gruber on Messenger Kids
“This is like Philip Morris introducing officially licensed candy cigarettes. You’re nuts if you sign your kids up for this.”
childhood  technology 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Oversight in Online Processing.
reading  technology 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
“Technocracy Debunked”
An Everyday Science and Mechanics cover, February 1933.
design  dowdyworld  magazines  technology 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
a l l Gon e
The transformation of music into files ought not to mean the erasure of that music’s history.
Amazon  jazz  music  technology 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Information retrieval
Pneumatic tubes. From From À nous la liberté.
film  technology 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
“You must go offline to view this page”
You really do. Go to it and turn off your network connection.
attention  distraction  Internet  technology 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Password advice
Paul Grassi of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, offers advice for creating good passwords.
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Anil Dash on choices
“We don’t have a media and tech ecosystem that rewards long-term, thoughtful, contemplative, slow, meaningful choices.”
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Modern times
Photographing book pages.
reading  technology 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Zweig on “the technological spirit”
“It thinks in formulae, reckons in figures and it creates machines which, in their turn, create us.”
technology  Zweig 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Read this post and save $119
Here is a quick and easy way to save $119: do not buy Snore Circle , a recent bit of technology meant to stop snoring.
sleep  technology 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Quotation marks and the Internet
It’s not that difficult to create smart marks.
Internet  punctuation  technology 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
“Overall Industry Ranking: C+.”
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Battery life
Tips and myths about smartphone battery life.
technology  telephone 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
“Go buy some pencils”
Siegfried N. Lodwig, a retired professor of chemistry and mathematics, argues for the simplest tool of thought.
pencils  technology 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Toy talk
The educational future that some envision — every child communing with a device — is not one I favor. Nothing beats talking with people.
childhood  language  technology 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Blogger fail
Is your site Apple Watch-responsive?
Apple  Blogger  technology 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Sherry Turkle’s essay, out from behind the paywall.
attention  distraction  teaching  technology 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Teaching and texting
How is it possible to teach a class of twenty students (a seminar, no less) and not realize that many of those students are texting?
attention  distraction  teaching  technology 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
HTTPS here
Google is adding HTTPS support for Blogger blogs. Too many problems.
Blogger  technology 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Sherry Turkle on our phones and our selves
“In conversation, things go best if you pay close attention and learn how to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. This is easier to do without your phone in hand.”
attention  distraction  technology 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
A piece of paper in the cloud.
technology  writing 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
New directions in teaching
What counts as “a more efficient curriculum or lesson”?
education  teaching  technology 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
Khoi Vinh on what’s wrong with iTunes
“More than a textbook case in how not to design usable software though, iTunes has for me come to represent all the things that Apple is doing wrong, even as the company’s profits continue to snowball.”
Apple  technology 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
An aerial view of my desk.
technology  work 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
2015 workspaces
App by app, the machine subsumes everything. All your desk are belong to us!
technology  work 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
Tech scamming
A conversation with a tech-support scammer.
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Ain’t nothing like the real thing
If face-to-face meetings are great for administrators, why do they push for more and more coursework to be offered online?
college  education  technology 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Canned e-mails
File under “O brave new world.”
e-mail  technology 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
AdBlock Plus and corporate money
There’s nothing wrong with creating an adblocking extension that whitelists advertisers of the coder’s choice. But charging companies to get on that whitelist is another matter.
advertising  technology 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
Students and technology
The developmental psychologist Susan Pinker, writing in The New York Times, wondering whether students can have too much technology.
learning  technology 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
Eric Schmidt and Warren Buffett
Who is Eric Schimdt to tell us how we are to live? Warren Buffett knows better.
life  technology 
january 2015 by M.Leddy
Goodbye and good riddance, Glass
“Perhaps Google Glass, like Odysseus, will someday return. But I can’t imagine many people pining away.”
Google  technology 
january 2015 by M.Leddy
Johnnie Walker tweed
“What is the problem to which this technology is a solution?”
clothing  drink  technology 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Site Meter woes
The free service StatCounter is a fine alternative.
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
WhiteSmoke now has a demo, and the results do not inspire confidence.
grammar  technology  usage  writing 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Word processing, c. 1987
“It amuses me to realize that while many an English Department still houses a ‘computer lab’ (a classroom filled with the hum of machines), the prospect of writing in a word processor has come to feel faintly quaint.”
teaching  technology  writing 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Reacting to technology
Douglas Adams’s rules describing reactions to technology.
november 2014 by M.Leddy
Clay Shirky bans devices
“Allowing laptop use in class is like allowing boombox use in class  —  it lets each person choose whether to degrade the experience of those around them.”
teaching  technology 
september 2014 by M.Leddy
“The happy recipient may soon begin to wonder why these cards from various senders all have the same postmark and the same ‘handwriting.’”
handwriting  technology 
august 2014 by M.Leddy
iPads, iPods, Pat Quinn
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, speaking about the creation of a digital-manufacturing lab in Chicago: “When iPads came along and iPods, they helped transform music.”

Um, no.
politics  technology 
march 2014 by M.Leddy
Gulden’s app
Press the spicy brown dot, and a runner comes to your door with a blob of Gulden’s Mustard for your sandwich.
food  iOS  technology 
january 2014 by M.Leddy
Reading surveilled
The act of reading itself is becoming data.
books  reading  technology 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Digital-naïf watch
“I think it remarkable that so many so-called digital natives have fallen for the fake news that BIg Bird is transgendered.”
news  technology 
november 2013 by M.Leddy
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