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Free online CompSci 101 course from Stanford starts in February 2012

I had a lot of geek friends sign up for last Fall's free courses from Stanford University, so when I saw this Computer Science 101 course being offered in February I thought it would be great to do with my 14-year-old son. Stanford is doing several classes like this. You can find a complete list at the bottom of the page linked below. Computer Science 101 CS101 teaches the essential ideas of Computer Science for a zero-prior-experience audience. Computers can appear very complicated, but in reality, computers work within just a few, simple patterns. CS101 demystifies and brings those patterns to life, which is useful for anyone using computers today. In CS101, students play and experiment with short bits of "computer code" to bring to life to the power and limitations of computers. Everything works within the browser, so there is no extra software to download or install. CS101 also provides a general background on computers today: what is a computer, what is hardware, wha

Picfull: How to turn your photo into a drawing with Pencil Filters

Little tools like this can help you be a little more creative and have some fun with your photos. There are a host of filters that you can apply to the photos to give them a host of looks from modern to antique. Picfull: How to turn your photo into a drawing with Pencil Filters : Use Case: Some portrait photos look great just like it is being drawn in pencil. How do you do that? Here is a web application that enable you to put pencil filters and adjust the settings to create a great photo as if you have drawn it Read the entire article

All About Douglas - Choosing what you want to see and hear

I have a lot of interests, as most of you already know. Therefore, I have a lot of different blogs, events,  and groups in my portfolio of online engagements. I also try to make myself available wherever people want to converse. This means that each of my interests usually has multiple presences on the Internet. Here is a list of almost all of the ways you can talk with me and learn about what is happening in my life and work. You don't need to, nor should you, try to subscribe to all of them. That would only lead to you seeing multiple copies of the same information. Rather, pick and choose whatever ways you would like to consume my "content." If you are a heavy Facbeook user, you might want to join my pages there. Is Google+ catching your fancy? I have a home over there, too. Maybe email is your thing? No problem, almost all of my content can be emailed directly to your Inbox. My goal is to make my content available in whatever way makes the most sense to you. It also m

New on my iPhone - December 22, 2011

Here are the latest apps I am trying out on my iPhone. Google Currents - Google's Info Browsing app Corona Tools - Gardening tips, tool information and video from Corona Tools Growing Style - Gardening information Banjo - See when your Facebook (and other friends) are nearby LogMeIn - Remotely control your PC/Mac from your iPhone Namerick - Helps you remember all those people you meet Arrived - Send notifications when you arrive at a location LinkOut - Helps you connect up with your Linkedin connections Prey - Helps you recover and/or wipe a stolen iPhone Flipboard - News browsing app Authenticator - Provides security codes for Google 2-step secure login MailChimp - app to manage your account at this email campaign service Voxer - Press-to-talk walkie-talkie audio messaging TalkBox - Press-to-talk walkie-talkie audio messaging GifBoom - Create animated Gifs for posting online Shadow Cities - Fantasy game you play in your own neighborhood

I Like This - LogMeIn provides free remote Mac access from iOS devices (Darrell Etherington/GigaOM)

I use LogMeIn Free a LOT, so this is a great new addition to my productivity tools. I am not sure I would use it to control a PC much, but it would be great to see what people were doing and direct them through a task. LogMeIn provides free remote Mac access from iOS devices (Darrell Etherington/GigaOM) LogMeIn has a nice holiday gift for iOS device owners this season: a new free app called simply LogMeIn (iTunes link) that provides remote viewing access and control of Macs and PCs on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It’s basically what the paid version LogMeIn Ignition provides, without ads or limitations. Read the entire article

Elsewhere: Track-and-Recover App Prey Can Now Find Your Lost or Stolen iOS Device [Ios Downloads]

I have been running the FREE Prey app on my Mac for a while "just in case", so when I saw their companion app for the iPhone I wanted to give it a try. No one ever wants to lose their iPhone (or have it stolen) but it can happen. Putting an app like Prey on your phone can give you a small piece of mind that you could recover it, should you ever lose it. Considering it is FREE, you really can't beat it. Track-and-Recover App Prey Can Now Find Your Lost or Stolen iOS Device [Ios Downloads] : iOS: If you've lost your iPhone or had it stolen, free app Prey will find your phone, set off an alarm, and even take a picture of the thief. Prey is our favorite app for tracking and recovering lost (or stolen) laptops and Android devices , but now they've finally released an app for iOS, so you can track those too. It works a bit differently than the Android version, due to the limited permissions of the iPhone, but its implementation is quite clever. For example, since it can

Elsewhere: Create animated gifs on your iPhone for free with GifBoom

Animated GIF files -- those cute little loops that you often see on Google+ and blogs -- are fun to create and GifBoom makes it even easier. This iPhone app takes a series of 20 quick photos which it can then assemble into a short animation. You can add a variety of effects to give them a bit more style, too. Create animated gifs on your iPhone for free with GifBoom : The web is full of funny pictures. One could waste entire days on sites that serve up nothing but amusing images. If you’ve ever encountered a picture that is animated, there’s a good chance that [...] Read the entire article