Playing with Google Wave…

By now you’ve probably heard of Google Wave. It’s a new “collaboration tool” from Google designed to replace email some day… or something like that. Right now, to me, it just feels like a cross between threaded instant messaging, a multi-user forum, email, twitter, a chat room… I’ve used instant messaging (IM) for years and years now, since 1996 when ICQ was your internet pager and AOL was just opening AIM up to people outside of the AOL network. Then came Yahoo IM. Now I use IM inside of Gmail with Google-Talk and AIM buddies only. My phone uses BeeJive to connect to AIM, Yahoo and Google-Talk. I use Twitter to chat with people too, many of them I don’t know very well, and I think an advantage of Twitter is...

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Small Businesses

There’s been a trend developing over the last few years to offer software applications that you can use from just a web browser. I’m typing in one right now, WordPress. GMail is another. They have gotten very sophisticated in recent years. Quite a few benefits are provided too. The software is constantly upgraded without your need to do anything, your data is backed up (hopefully! this might be good to verify in the terms of service now and then), you can access your program and data from any computer and there’s no need to save the information on the computer you’re on to see it. How does this relate to a business? There are many business-related software programs that now charge a monthly fee and provide their software. From an...

Video

This video made me smile. It’s good to see people in the Deaf community talking about their CI experience. Warning: I just learned 3 or 4 HINT test sentences from it… but now that I have a CI I can hear them anyway. Gallaudet Professors Josh and Sam Swiller received their cochlear implants…

5 Months with a Cochlear Implant, Music and Lectures

First things first.  Music with my cochlear implant is way way beyond my expectations. But I had pretty low expectations. Seriously, music sounds great now (5 months from activation).  The CI adds a whole new layer of sounds that I couldn’t hear before.  It helps bring out the lyrics.  It adds the higher frequency percussion, cymbals, drums besides bass, harmonicas, all kinds of things.  Yes, more cow-bell! I’ve been learning to “play” the drums in The Beatles: Rock Band.  My second attempt at a “rhythm game”, the first was DDR which I had trouble with because beats weren’t always apparent to me.  I also tried the Wii Music game but the only instrument I could hear well was the tuba!  Rock Band, at least with...

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