Monday, 26 April 2010

Taking care of eyes...How?

20 years ago computer monitors were harmful for our eyes because of the radiation. But it's a history! Today we have Displays with no radiation LCD (Liquid crystal display)...
But! They have other problem...not technical. The only problem of LCD is that during all time we look only at one point. 1,2,3, sometimes 5 hours we sit in front of the display, and look at one point. The crystal in our eye does not change it's form. The crystal is some kind of muscle, and like any muscle, it needs to change its form. Every 30-60 minutes it's recommended to take a break, to relax, to relax our eyes, to look somewhere far, to do some exercises with eyes. For the beginning you can see this manual.

But some people are so addicted to computers (like me) that they often (if not always) forget about the break...

The first mail system which tried to fix this problem was GMail. They have an option that disables your mail system for 5 minutes. So time after time you can disable your mail.
There are also a few offline applications for the whole computer. They disable your screen for a few minutes every 30 (and more) minutes. The one I have just found is Eyes Relax
You can customize the options of duration, period of break, add some music to the break time. And lot's of fun!
So take care of your eyes :-)

Special Thanks to Aysel Mammadli

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Facebook + Microsoft Office 2010

Today, on F8 Facebook Developers' Coonferenc, Mark Zuckerberg has announced new service with Microsoft Office 2010. Users will have chance to create and share Office documents with friends. Service has been built with the Microsoft Office 2010.
This project may become an answer to GoogleWave and GoogleDocs. At this time the project is in beta version, and only invited users have chance to try it.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Technology vs Volcano

The Volcano of Iceland shows us that no matter how much human beings advance in technology, there is nothing they could do to stop natural disasters.

* At this time some airlines has resumed the flights

Friday, 16 April 2010

Is Future Studies a divination?

When my friends hear that I'm taking Future Studies course, first thing they ask is "is it a divination?"
No, Futurology is not a divination. Future studies is a study of the future we would like to have. is a future we see in our dreams. Futurology forecast and calculate that kind of future. Calculate.
* What we want in the future?
* How should we reach it?
* Did we have something similar in the past?
* What we did with it?
* What will happen after we get it?
* How to avoid the problems

Oh. Yesterday I got my diploma in Future studies :-)

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Social Innovation Camp Caucasus

The Social Innovation Camp(SICamp) is over. We, 13 participants from Azerbaijan, came back. Hope that projects organized at that camp will continue working.
But what the SICamp is?
SICamp is one kind of Barcamp (unconference) format. Why Barcamp is unconference? it doesn't has some strict rules that the conference has. On Barcamp people often shares information. no profit. just share what you know. and make new communications.
The SICamp has a few differences. one of them is, Barcamp has no result. only sharing the information. The goal of SICamp is to have ready functioning projects at the end of the event. and after 2 international SICamps we can surely say that it is POSSIBLE to do a project in 2-3 days.
The winners of SICampC became "Save the Trees" and "Give me Info"

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

13 April, 1250 – The Seventh Crusade is defeated in Egypt, Louis IX of France is captured.

At the time of the Seventh Crusade France was the strongest state in Europe. King of France, Louis, lead the Europeans to the Seventh Crusade. But couldn't benefit, because, other knights who also joined to Louis, didn't want anything but money.
13 April, 1250 – The Seventh Crusade is defeated in Egypt, Louis IX of France was captured. He had to pay 400.000 gold dinars(only half) for the freedom. But he never done the second part of the deal.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

The only organization with a station in Antarctica

Many countries have stations in Antarctica. The only organization which keeps a station in Antarctica is Greenpeace. The "World Park" station is the only station which belongs not to a country but to an organization.

Monday, 5 April 2010

How thistle became a symbol of Scotland.

After landing on the shores of Scotland, the Danes were subjected to fire, looting and
killing the local population. Once, during a fog, they decided
to attack the Scottish army. But one of the Danes came to Thistle barefoot
and howled with pain. The Scots, hearing a scream, woke up and drove
Danes back, who have since then dared not to attack. Subsequently, the thistle became the symbol of Scotland.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Washing of Lions in the Tower

In 1860 the London aristocracy sent invitations to "the annual ceremony of washing the white lions", which will be held in the Tower at 11 o'clock in the morning. It's quite a lot of people festively dressed, but completely forgotten about one particular item. They forgot that it was April 1...Fool's day