Learn UNIX in 10 minutes..

Posted on March 5, 2007. Filed under: Education, UNIX |

Learning unix is not so simple. but this can be done in 10 minutes.This is something a professor had given out to students (CAD user training) in years past.
The purpose was to have on one page the basics commands for getting started using the UNIX shell (so that they didn’t call me asking what to do the first time someone gave them a tape).

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An Absolute Goldmine of Web Design Education

Posted on January 20, 2007. Filed under: Advice, Design, Education, Projects |

I appreciate it when I find a place that does something way better than how I was doing it. I used to have a usability research directory that I kept up. It was mostly for my own use, to keep track of case studies and articles that would back up the work I do. I became too busy to keep it up.

However, there is an incredible resource that some of you may not be aware of, that I wish to share. It is the Web Design References by the University of Minnesota Duluth. Topics covered:

Every page is packed with articles and publications culled from authoritative sites.

My favorite haunts are Accessibility and Usability. When you visit each section, you’ll find they’ve broken them down into a wide variety of sub-categories.

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Weekend Project: Learn Linux

Posted on October 9, 2006. Filed under: Education |

The Linux Online web site presents a detailed, online tutorial for folks looking to switch from a commercial OS to the open source Linux.

“We have developed this course for one basic reason: To bring the newcomer to Linux to the point where you can, using Linux, do everything that you do with MS Windows and much more. Due to the fact that Microsoft, enjoying an illegal monopoly, has its operating system installed on 90% of the world’s computers, this course is mainly aimed at people who want to migrate to Linux from Microsoft products.”

We’re fans of Ubuntu ’round these parts, and this tutorial uses Debian GNU/Linux, but for ‘nixy n00bs looking to stop padding Gates/Jobs’ pockets, this looks like a good place to start.

+ Getting Started with Linux[Linux Online]

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Teach yourself speed-reading with Spreeder

Posted on August 24, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Education |

Very similar to Zap Reader, the Spreeder webapp trains you to increase your reading speed by displaying single words in succession at a high rate.

“Several factors affect our reading speed, like subvocalization (the little voice inside our heads that reads along with us and slows us down), backtracing (rereading parts over and over again), etc. The purpose behind apps like these is to train our minds to get rid of all the other crap. So, by having a steady input of text, we erase our dependency on backtracing. By increasing the reading speed, subvocalization can’t keep up and eventually goes away… we don’t need to subvocalize to process information, as much as we may think we do”

The experience is jarring (as if reading online wasn’t hard enough on the eyes), but it does seem to decrease reading delays. Looks like spreeder’s also working on a login so you can track your speedreading progress.

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Learn the perfect golf swing

Posted on August 20, 2006. Filed under: Education, Sport |

Brand new instructional video web site VideoJug has a detailed video tutorial teaching the “perfect golf swing.”

I’ve been wanting to direct our readers to VideoJug for a couple of days now (I like their focus on how-to videos), but I had trouble finding a video that really stood out. That said, with the weekend almost upon us, what better time to get your golf game in check than a Friday afternoon? Check out the video after the jump.

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