Archive for June, 2010

The beauty of the Internet: Khan Academy

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

I have always been fascinated about the quality of information you can get on the Internet. A great example of that is of course Wikipedia

A few days ago I came across another beautiful example The Khan Academy. It’s basically one guy Salman Kahn who is doing this. He started it because his cousin from New Orleans had problems with math at school. Salman, living in Boston at the time, decided to remote tutor her by posting videos with explanations on YouTube. Soon these videos became very popular all around the globe.  Salman who holds an MIT engineering degree and and MBA from Stanford decided to give up his day job and fully dedicate himself to making videos.  So far he has posted over a 1000 videos on YouTube  explaining concepts from  calculus, chemistry, biology to getting funding from a VC. Watch the video below for more details.

The surprising truth about what motivates us

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

I have always been skeptical about the usefulness of monetary bonuses. Actually there is research that shows that higher bonuses actually lead to lower performance. In the highly entertaining video below you can learn more about it.

GNOME Amazon Referral Fees May 2010

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

gnome-amazon In May 2010 the GNOME Foundation received the following Amazon referral fees

Amazon.com
$135.97
Amazon.ca$0.00
Amazon.de€91.33
Amazon.fr€3.88
Amazon.co.uk£10.71
Amazon.jp¥2925

This totals to approximately $299 (up from $280 in April).

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany

For epiphany use the following smart books.

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s