March 8, 2010
About a couple of days ago I came across Microsoft’s SmallBasic (on Scott Hanselman’s blog). It looked like a great way to introduce my 10-year-old to the world of programming. She’s been bugging me for a while to teach her how to code and I’ve always struggled how I would do that using the languages I normally use (i.e. C#, Ruby, JS, etc.) Those languages aren’t really good for a 10-year-old.
SmallBasic’s simplicity and the speed with which a kid can get something up and running is impressive. I sat down with her today to play with it for the first time and the results were nothing short of awesome She had never written a line of code in her life and in less than 2 hours she (with my help, but she did all the typing) built a command line calculator. We then spent another hour in which she designed (purely in code) a calculator UI.
She’s really excited to keep going and is already thinking of a slew of features she wants to add to her calculator. Once we’re done with that, I think we’ll move on to building a simple game
I was so proud of how quickly she picked this stuff up!
If programming is your passion and you have a kid between 10 and 16 years of age that want to learn to program… I would definitely recommend that you take SmallBasic for a test drive. You can also “graduate” your program to Visual Studio (only support VB upgrade) so that you can help them take their coding to the next level
July 11, 2008
A very big hazzah and congratulations to the AideRSS team. They have launched PostRank.com today. What is PostRank.com you might ask. Well, in their own words:
“PostRank is a scoring system developed by AideRSS to rank online content, such as RSS feed items, blog posts, articles, or news stories. This scoring system is based on social engagement, which refers to how interesting or relevant people have found an item or category to be.”
For all the details, go check out PostRank’s site. Oh, and make sure to play the video… you just might recognize the voice
Oh, and if you’re not using the AideRSS Firefox plug in for Google Reader… give it a try, you’ll love it!
Check out the original blog post.
June 22, 2008
Thanks to ScotchNeat.ca I am now following a little robot on Mars (better known as Phoenix). And I just found out that we found WATER ICE on Mars. How cool is that?!?!?!
You can follow Phoenix on twitter too: http://twitter.com/MarsPhoenix
June 17, 2008
I was catching up on my RSS feed and came across this post by Fred Wilson (love his blog). It got me thinking. Why don’t, say… Canon and Flickr get together and put out a camera that will allow me to post my picture to my flickr account with the push or a button? I’d buy that.
Oh and what if through the use of a fancy touch screen display, the camera would allow me to tag my pictures as soon as I take them? I’d buy that too.
Because we just don’t have enough stuff that Interweb enabled
May 16, 2008
Melle, just had her latest article published. You can find it here.
And yours truly, got quoted in the article
April 30, 2008
Ever have the feeling like you’ve had a conversation online with someone recently but can’t quite remember where or when or better yet, on what platform? I find myself chatting with people through email, gTalk, MSN, Facebook, Facebook Chat, LinkedIn messaging, twitter, and maybe a couple more that I’m forgetting about.
I miss the days of just using email and having a record of what was said. I really wish I could just have one client that will allow me to chat using whatever medium but just one interface. I think I saw something like that somewhere, sometime… Now… if I can only find it again.
April 25, 2008
This is a great concept. I’d probably waste hours playing this game.
April 18, 2008
I’ve spent a good 2 hours today trying to catch up on my RSS feeds, for a very brief moment, my reader was at zero new posts A certain genre of article has been catching my attention lately and making me think of my own situation. The topic at hand is one’s social graph. I hate that term, for me it’s more of a social Cluster (since often times, it feels like a cluster bomb went off and all my social data is scattered throughout).
I’m going to join the ranks of people that are asking and hoping for a better way to aggregate all this data. I would like to have a client that gives me only the updates I want to see from all of my networks. And a central web app that allows me to organize all of that information in a way that makes sense to ME.
Yes, there are plenty of those apps popping up all over the place, but they’re all lacking something. What is that something you might ask? Well, if I knew that, I’d probably write the app myself. Picture the following:
I would like to go to one place and get all of my updates. Find out what my friends are up to, if there’s anything going on in the community, read the latest news that I care about and catch up on my RSS feeds. While doing all of that, I’d like to be able to update my status on all the social networks that I subscribe to. On top of it all, I like to blog, but I often find that to write the kind of articles that I want to write ends up being tedious. Not because writing is hard, but because a lot of the ideas I get are a result of having read anywhere between 3 and 10 different blog posts and making odd connections in my head. I’d love it if this aggregation application of mine would allow me to “drag and drop” the articles that I find interesting at the time I read them into some sort of bin. I can use them later to compose my article and reference them properly.
I guess I’m just going on here without being too coherent. I’ll attempt more pointed posts later. Now I’m off to get my daughter from Gymnastics