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Tuesday: May 11, 2010

Wikipedia may get a facelift in the near future.Wikipedia may get a facelift in the near future.

The new design promises to to make things easier for our users and introduce simpler editings tools - which should make spreading false information about a subject even easier! You can learn more about the changes that are being planned on their FAQ page.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 9:04 AM | Tags (7) | wikipedia | encyclopedia | design | facelift | redesign | interwebs | web |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: October 9, 2009

Daily Grind: Thankful

Name: Vin (aka groovy truvy)
How Vin feels today: Thankful @ 1:50:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: To enjoy a lovely three-day weekend without anything at work breaking down unexpectedly. Proceed to knock on wood several times since having typed that.

Music Stuck in Head: Pleasant Valley Sunday / The Monkees
I never knew know that Carole King had a hand in penning this tune. Thanks, Wikipedia.

Stuff to do today:

  • Note awesomeness of LeechBlock add-on for Firefox
  • Basically you can set up a list of sites to block so you can concentrate on whatever it is you're doing and not surf the web aimlessly
  • Facebook = blocked
  • For you Mac people there's this little gem: Concentrate
  • Of course, these add-ons and programs only apply if you seem to have constant diversionary problems
  • I'm not saying that I have these said problems, but hey - the Internet is a big place and there's lots to read
  • Stop making excuses for social networking addiction

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 2:50 PM | Tags (8) | dailygrind | monkees | wikipedia | work | life | holiday | diversions | facebook |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Monday: September 21, 2009

Fifteen of the biggest Wikipedia blunders for your community-edited pleasure.Fifteen of the biggest Wikipedia blunders for your community-edited pleasure.

...and the real lesson to learn here is that anybody can have a fake death sooner or later on Wikipedia.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 11:18 AM | Tags (7) | blunders | community | death | edits | fake | msnbc | wikipedia |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 53 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 31, 2009

Wikipedia to start color coding untrustworthy text.Wikipedia to start color coding untrustworthy text.

...the program assigns a color code to newly edited text using an algorithm that calculates author reputation from the lifespan of their past contributions. It’s based on a simple concept: The longer information persists on the page, the more accurate it’s likely to be.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 7:30 AM | Tags (6) | wikipedia | wired | colors | coding | trust | text |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: August 25, 2009

Wikipedia decides to put some security checks in place for edits on living people.Wikipedia decides to put some security checks in place for edits on living people.

It's intended to provide some additional 'protection' and to 'prevent vandals' from messing with living-person articles, Walsh said. Until approved by the volunteer editor, any changes to such articles will sit invisible to the public on Wikipedia's servers.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 9:03 AM | Tags (6) | security | safeguards | wikipedia | edits | living | articles |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 20, 2009

Wikipedia pulls the curtain back on their very own iPhone application.Wikipedia pulls the curtain back on their very own iPhone application.

The Wikipedia application for iPhones is an open-source, first version that the foundation hopes to incrementally upgrade with input from software savants worldwide, according to Walsh.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 7:56 AM | Tags (6) | app | apple | application | iphone | opensource | wikipedia |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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