Posts Tagged 'Software'

Course Notes for the iPad

Reposted from Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day for June 7, 2010:

CourseNotes for the iPad

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 04:55 AM PDT

I have been on the look out for some more interesting iPad apps – here’s one for students.    The CourseNotes website says:

“CourseNotes lets you take notes during your classes and keep them organized by subject and class meeting.  Review your notes later and search through multiple class meetings and notes all at once.

Miss a class?  Need to print or share your notes with a friend? CourseNotes lets you share your note sessions via email or peer-to-peer networking with other CourseNotes users over Bluetooth or a local network.”

Here’s the explanatory video …

CourseNotes

The CourseNotes app costs $4.99 or £2.99 from the iPad store.

Microprocessor Power Use

COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIUM

SPEAKER: Antonio González, Director, Intel Barcelona Research Center

TOPIC: Software to the Rescue of Power

DATE: Monday, May 10

TIME: 1:00 p.m.

PLACE: Olsson Hall Room 009

Abstract:  Power has become the main limiting factor for the scalability of microprocessors.  This limit is different for different systems (e.g. servers, desktops, laptops, MIDs, etc.), but in all of them it is already constraining the computing capabilities of the microprocessor.

Moore’s law will continue to provide us with the capability to integrate more devices in the same area, but the benefit of this ever increasing power density is jeopardized by the difficulties to dissipate the increased power it requires.  This clearly indicates that innovative solutions to reduce power are needed to harness the benefits of Moore’s law in order to keep delivering an increased performance to the end user.

To address this challenge, in this talk we will explore an approach based on implement microprocessors based on hardware/software co-design.

The main advantages of this approach are dramatic reductions in power and area without compromising performance when compared with traditional approaches.  This approach has other important advantages in the areas of scalability, reliability, legacy code and prototyping of new techniques that will be discussed.

Time for a Time Line

Information below reposted from Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day for March 11, 2010.  The Library assume no liability or responsibility for the accuracy or usefulness of this product, despite its apparent utility.

Preceden – a timeline tool

Posted: 10 Mar 2010 04:42 AM PST

There are a number of timeline tools around, but Preceden’s a new one I’ve just come across.  Features include:

  • § Create a timeline for almost anything
  • § Add multiple layers to keep events organized
  • § Keep your timelines private or share them with others
  • § Preceden is completely web-based and 100% free

Preceden

[More timeline tools in the Instructional Tools section of the Tools Directory]


Off the Charts

Note:  The following post is excerpted from the 9/15/2009 “ResearchBuzz” witten by Tara Calishain.  The Brown Science and Engineering Library provides no endorsements or guarantees regarding the software discussed below.  While the software appears useful and legitimate, you use it at your own risk.

A Couple of Online Chart Applications

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:38 AM PDT

I love flowcharts. I make formal ones and informal ones. I find it helps me think.

The first tool, which I’ve been watching for a while, is called Lovely Charts, and it is.  Available at http://www.lovelycharts.com/, it not only lets you create regular flow charts but also site maps, network diagrams, people charts, BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation) and more.  The site is nicely designed but the building tool is basic; symbols on the left and then a large area of the screen to play with.  A couple of times I had to look at the help but for the most part it was pretty intuitive.  To get a sense of what Lovely Charts can do, check out the Gallery.  There’s also a blog.

Lovely Charts is free but there is a pro version available; you can see the premium options at http://www.lovelycharts.com/index.php?page=faq.  (Among the premium options: collaboration, export to JPG or PNG, and import your own symbols.)  The premium version is 29 Euros a year, which is a little over $42 USD.  Not bad at all!

The other tool I found out about earlier this week via PRNewswire.  It’s called Creately, and it’s available at http://creately.com/.  It’s similar to Lovely Charts but it appears to be more template-oriented; when you first log in Creately will offer you literally dozens of templates to get started; from flowcharts to SWOT diagrams to Venn diagrams to UML diagrams to electronics templates.  Creately starts with a selection of more generic symbols but you can choose to add more symbols to your toolbox; those you can specify as narrowly as “Miscellaneous Cisco Objects.”

Creately has lots and lots of examples of what it can do, divided into categories with some commentary. There’s also a blog.

Creately has a free version but it has some pretty strict limits. You can create three private diagrams but the rest of them are published publicly.  The pro version, which offers additional perks like unlimited private diagrams, collaboration, and backup, is “name your own price” until September 17th.  I’m a little uncomfortable about that.  They give NO guidelines at all for subscription costs except payment must be at least a dollar.  If you’re better at that kind of thing than I am, check it out.  You could get a year’s worth of charting tool for a bargain… 


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