new laptop

I have my new laptop, and the program’s I’m installing are in order, Firefox, M$ Office, Visio, putty, CutePDF, iTunes, Skype. So far.

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Tech Confidential Blog: Adaptive Path and Sierra Ventures forge partnership

Tech Confidential Blog: Adaptive Path and Sierra Ventures forge partnership: “Adaptive Path, the cutting-edge Internet consulting and design firm that has helped define Web 2.0, said today it has agreed to provide Sierra Ventures’ portfolio companies with consulting services in exchange for equity. The two firms have not consummated any deals yet but anticipate that Adaptive Path will work with three to four of Sierra’s portfolio companies per year.

For Adaptive Path, it provides them with the upside that they lack working on an hourly basis. After watching former clients such as the Flickr founders go on to riches via a sale to Yahoo!, Adaptive Path is willing to take the risk that equity provides in exchange for the potential reward. It also builds upon the entrepreneurial experience they gained building blog analytic tool Measure Map and then selling it to Google earlier this month.”

mysql fixes

I had a query something like this returning many duplicate rows:

SELECT entries.permalink, video.id, … FROM entries, entries2video, video WHERE entries.feedid = ‘1’ AND entries.id = entries2video.entryid AND video.id = entries2video.videoid ORDER BY id DESC LIMIT

It turns out the fix was pretty easy: instead of “order by id”, make it “order by entries.id” (which makes more sense). I am not sure why, but this fixed the problem of returning duplicate rows.

MySpace and Deleting Online Predators Act (with Henry Jenkins)

Henry Jenkins and Danah Boyd published a full email interview about MySpace and such. They encourage sharing, so here is my remix of that:

What is MySpace?

Danah: “When youth login, their first task is typically to check messages in order to see who has written them. While email is still used to communicate with adults and authorities, MySpace is the primary asynchronous communication tool for teens.

After checking personal messages, youth check friend additions, bulletin board posts, event announcements and new blog posts by friends. They visit their friends’ pages to see new photos or check out each other’s comments.

The vast majority of social network site use amongst youth does not involve surfing to strangers’ profiles, but engaging more locally with known friends and acquaintances.

[…] these sites give youth a space to hang out amongst friends and peers, share cultural artifacts (like links to funny websites, comments about TV shows) and work out an image of how they see themselves.”

What is the controversy over MySpace?

Henry: “Much of the controversy has come not as a result of anything new that MySpace and the other social software sites contribute to teen culture but simply from the fact that adults can no longer hide their eyes to aspects of youth culture in America that have been there all along.”

Q: What do ‘social networking software programs’ provide participants? What’s their down side?

danah: “By giving youth access to a public of their peers, MySpace provides a fertile ground for identity development and cultural integration. As youth transition from childhood, they seek out public environments to make sense of culture, social status and how they fit into the world. Interacting with strangers helps them understand who they are and communities of interest allow them to explore ideas and values. Although youth are able to socialize privately with one another in the homes of friends, most are not allowed to spend time hanging out in public, unaccompanied by parents or adults.”

Q: What educational use might/does MySpace or other social network software have?

Henry: “Teachers are discovering that students take their assignments more seriously and write better if they are producing work which will reach a larger public rather than simply sit on the teacher’s desk.”

Q: The proposed bill appears to offer protection to minors from online predators, by limiting their mutual access. Is predation a real danger with MySpace?

Danah: “Statistically speaking, kids are more at risk at a church picnic or a boy scout outing than they are when they go on MySpace. Less than .01% of all youth abductions nationwide are stranger abductions and as far as we know, no stranger abduction has occurred because of social network services.
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The fear of predators has regularly been touted as a reason to restrict youth from both physical and digital publics. Yet, as Barry Glassner notes in The Culture of Fear, predators help distract us from more statistically significant molesters. Youth are at far greater risk of abuse in their homes and in the homes of their friends than they ever are in digital or physical publics.”

Q: You have said elsewhere (and several years ago) that virtual gaming experiences of today are analogous to the unfettered play in the backyards of the 1950s — very core & essential experiences. Have social networking like MySpace or games or other new media technology become core experiences now?

Henry: “As I suggested above, most parents understand their children’s experiences in the context of their memories of their own early years. For the baby boom generation, those defining experiences involved playing in backyards and vacant lots within suburban neighborhoods, socializing with their friends at the local teen hangout, and participating within a social realm which was constrained by the people who went to your local school.

All of that is changing. Contemporary children and youth enjoy far less physical mobility, have less time outside of adult control, and have fewer physical places to hang out with their friends.

Much of this activity is being brought online. What teens are doing online is no better and no worse than what previous generations of teens did when their parents weren’t looking.

The difference is that as these activities are being digitized, they are also being brought into public view.

Video games bring the fantasy lives of young boys into the family room and parents are shocked by what they are seeing. Social networks give adults a way to access their teens’ social and romantic lives and they are startled by their desire to break free from restraints or act older than their age. Parents are experiencing this as a loss of control but in fact, adults have greater control over these aspects of their children’s lives than ever before.”

Google outbids Microsoft for Dell bundling deal, sez WSJ – Engadget

And after Yahoo and eBay made a deal to work together (Paypal and Skype will be all over Yahoo, and Yahoo ads all over eBay), Google today announces a deal with HP, outbiddig Microsoft for a LOT of money: Google will be the default homepage on all Dell computers for the next three years, and they’ll come with Google Desktop installed too. Take that M$.

Still, an expensive buy (supposedly a billion dollars?) to get something that Microsoft pretty much still owns by default: the browser and the desktop.

Is there an easy way/tool/software to connect to a mysql database and visualize the tables in it nicely so I can print them out and work through them? I’ve been downloading and trying software, but nothing works so far.

Any suggestions in the comments very welcome! Thanks.