NPR’s Book News Today — Review of The Innovators (Walter Isaacson)

A review — but also a nod to the women of the programming world of tech…what the headline calls, “The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech”

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson’s new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history...

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From NPR website: Jean Jennings (left) and Frances Bilas set up the ENIAC in 1946. Bilas is arranging the program settings on the Master Programmer. Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania


A new app for your writing

and now….”The Thesis Whisperer…”

The Thesis Whisperer

Juan Castro wrote to me earlier this year to show me his new, free application ‘writefull’ designed for people who are doing their thesis in English when it is not their first language. I’ll admit, as a native English speaker and confident writer I’d never thought to use the Google technique he described, but it makes perfect sense as a way to check sentences are well formed. I was so impressed with the idea and the work I asked him to write a post to tell us all about it.

 Juan is a research associate in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has a strong interest in psychology, and in particular in natural language processing and acquisition. His work focuses on artificial intelligence and on the development of language tools.

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 4.38.54 pmOne of the hardest things of the PhD is to get the thesis written up. I…

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“What happens to literacy when the Internet turns into a giant tv screen?”

I LOVE my librarian colleagues — they share more articles on our themes that we’ve even missed…this one applies to a number of research topic ideas…

What happens to literacy when the internet turns into a giant TV station?

Video is the future of the web. You can no longer launch a new smartphone, inaugurate a Kickstarter campaign, or even announce a business partnership without accompanying it with a slickly produced…