Perspectives: Internet


An email-based sporadic publication of
technology-related items for kinesiologists
compiled by
Ken Daley


"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its 
own reason for existing".
						-Albert Einstein

THE INTERNET REVIEW: Software for Coaches The Coach's Computer Resource By Candy K. Rice ( "Designed to assist the sport professional in the creation of contracts, team rosters, mail merge documents, and databases. Learn to perform basic tasks such as saving, opening, & editing documents, printing, using Microsoft's SpellCheck and Print Preview functions, using cut & paste, and more. Also includes instructions for basic Internet and email tasks such as using search engines, attaching files to email messages, and bookmarking websites, as well as toolbar diagrams and a list of useful Internet sites for today's sport professional." If you are new to computers and need a low cost ($10 + $2 S&H), no nonsense, step by step, paper resource to get you up and going in a hurry, this 44 page book can do it for you. Written for PC users using: -Microsoft Windows 95/98 -Microsoft Word 97 -Microsoft Access 97 -Netscape Communicator 4.0/4.6 However, you dedicated Mac fans can still use most of the book (except the data base / mail merge sections). Most of these basic key strokes are similar in Microsoft products for the PC and MAC. The Internet section is essentially cross platform information. I appreciate her lock step and clear instructions for each of the tasks the book takes on. If you are a novice computer user or need to educate a novice user, for the price of a movie and popcorn how can you go wrong?
INTERNET TOOLS AND SITES: Strength Training Ken's Note: If you like cutting edge Macromedia Flash presentations this is a site to check out. They do a nice job of using the medium, except for getting carried away with the length of the intoduction. STRENGTHCOACH.COM Meet your performance potential at complete interactive training experience inside a virtual weight room.
INTERNET TOOLS AND SITES: Anthropometry/Health Calculators Measure 4 Measure is a collection of calculators, estimators and translators that will allow you do do a host of things, such as: -Activity Calorie Calculator -Body Fat Estimator -Body Surface Area Calculator -Breast Cancer Risk Calculator -Calorie Calculator -Calorie Control Council's Enhanced Calorie Calculator -Calories Burned Calculator -Due Date Calculator -Growth Percentile Calculator -How Well Are You Eating Calculator -The Iron of It All -- Find Your Daily Iron Requirement -Ovulation Calculator -The Post-Baby Weight-Loss Calculator -Preconception Weight Loss or Gain Calculator -Pregnancy Calendar -Pregnancy Weight Gain Estimator -Runner's Calorie Calculator -Target Heart Rate Calculator Check them out at:
INTERNET TOOLS AND SITES: Website Tuneup KEN'S NOTE: This is a nice set of free tools for all you readers who maintain web pages. ** IMMEDIATELY INCREASE YOUR SITE'S EXPOSURE ** FREE Web Site Analysis FREE Meta Tag Generator FREE Search Engine Checker FREE Search Engine Submissions Why do we provide these Free services? It's our way of introducing ourselves to you and to let you see our other web site promotion products as well. We are one of the largest web site submission firms on the net today. For over 4 years we have helped thousands of internet businesses with their search engine placement. Most have become more profitable and productive as a result. Click Here Call Toll Free USA 877-855-2003 Outside USA 916-771-4756
INTERNET TOOLS AND SITES: Sports Images KEN'S NOTE: This search tool will do pictures, sounds, movies and streams. If you are hunting for just the right addition to your next PowerPoint presentation this may be a good tool for the job. You want to mention for searching for images? It is BRILLIANT. - Will Hopkins I AGREE. -Ken Daley
INTERNET TOOLS AND SITES: Sports Injuries I wish to advise you of a website that should be of interest to you. SportSmart is the name of the new national sports injury prevention programme produced by Prism (previously ACC's injury prevention division), on behalf of ACC. It was managed by Geled Potts, the Sports Programme Manager at Prism. The SportSmart programme consists of a 10-point plan to help minimise the risk of injury in sport, and is specificially aimed at coaches and participants in sports. The website address is, and the site contains the 10-point plan which can be downloaded free of charge. We would appreciate it if you could please advise your members/network about this particular resource. And if you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you Diane Brooks Injury Prevention Consultant Wellington NZ +64 4-918-7479 (phone) +64 4-918-3979 (fax)
INTERNET TOOLS AND SITES: Jobs in Education Every profession begins with a teacher! Free resume posting for: Teachers and other education professionals Free job postings for: Teachers and other education professionals E-PLOY.COM is the newest online job recruitment site for the education market You set up and personalize your account and the search engine will search for job openings... Or It will search for potential employees... You can be the first to have your resume or job posting in the newest, Most personalized educational job recruitment site... Pass on the word to other education professionals and human resource departments!! E-PLOY.COM
HIGHER EDUCATION FROM: Edupage, 5 January 2000 THE LEADING ISSUES OF '99? WIRED SCHOOLS AND ACCREDITATION The New York Times education column went to some of the sources it quoted in 1999 and asked them, "What were the most important or interesting developments in the world of education and technology in 1999?" Consortium for School Networking Executive Director Keith R. Krueger said the biggest event of the year was 50 percent of U.S. classrooms getting access to the Internet. This raises questions about the best uses of technology in education, how to make sure teachers are able to use the technology, and how to pay for it all. University of Texas in Austin 21st Century Project director Gary Chapman pointed to the emergence of such organizations as the Alliance for Childhood, which balances the debate on schools' computer use by asking questions about the necessity and content of computer use. Concord University School of Law dean Jack R. Goetz pointed to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools' decision to accredit the online Jones International University; Goetz' law school is also solely online. Meanwhile, American Association of University Professors Committee on Accreditation Chairman James E. Perley pointed to his association's request that the accreditation lauded by Goetz be reconsidered. Lehigh University President Gregory C. Farrington mentioned the increased offering of online higher education from traditional institutions and the threat that it poses to for-profit education outfits. (New York Times Online 29 Dec 1999)
HIGHER EDUCATION FROM: Edupage, 10 January 2000 WIRED CLASSROOMS JOT DOWN THE NOTES Georgia Tech University professor Gregory Abowd and a team of researchers are working on Classroom 2000, a project that aims to eliminate the need for students to take notes during a lecture, freeing them to participate in class discussions. The project uses such existing technology as whiteboards, the Web, and audio and visual files. Instead of writing on a blackboard, the professor writes on a whiteboard, which projects the information on a screen for the class to see and also records the information to a computer. All the information provided during the class is stored on a computer and used to create a series of Web pages indexed to the syllabus for students to access over the Web. Two Classroom 2000-ready rooms have been set up at Georgia Tech, while Brown University, Kennesaw State, McGill University, and Georgia State also now have similar classrooms. Although it cost Georgia Tech about $200,000 for its classroom, Kennesaw spent about $15,000 since it already had some of the technology. (Washington Times, 10 Jan 2000)
HIGHER EDUCATION FROM: Edupage, 25 February 2000 FUTURE OF HIGH-SPEED NETWORKS The National Science Foundation's funding for the vBNS and Abilene networks runs out at the end of March, and observers are wondering whether the efforts by government and academia to build a next-generation Internet will succeed. Last year the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development's Internet2 group started Abilene, with the intention of giving Internet2 members a means of testing applications in an environment more similar to the regular Internet, says Internet2's Greg Wood. The two networks have agreed to let organizations that link to both networks transmit data across the merged architecture and to give Abilene members access to vBNs resources. Institutions that participate in Abilene and vBNS have noticed performance gains as a result of the networks, but acknowledge that the networks are underutilized and lack advanced applications. The networks have been used for applications including telemedicine, HDTV transmission, and remote control of telescopes and electron microscopes. Multicast technology also appears to be benefiting from vBNS and Abilene. Internet2 members are now working to develop middleware that links different databases and allows them to exchange information. (Network World, 14 Feb 2000)
HIGHER EDUCATION FROM: Edupage, 25 February 2000 NEW PROFITS FOR PROFESSORS A combined $576 million from patent royalties was earned in 1998 by 132 universities, according to an Association of University Technology Managers survey. Columbia University has plans to move beyond the typical nonprofit "dot-edu" models that offer courses and professors' research interests to aggressively market the expertise of its faculty on a new for-profit site. For a cost, researchers will have access to features such as a simulation of the construction and architecture of a French cathedral and interactive 3D models of organic chemicals. Columbia is establishing its for-profit "knowledge site" so that other sites do not begin marketing and profiting from the expertise of its own faculty. Profits from knowledge on the new Web sites will be split between the school, professor, and the professor's department, much like profits from patents are split already. Many observers worry that the school will support profitable professors more than other professors. Columbia would never do something to compromise the integrity of the school, says Ann Kirschner, head of the knowledge site project. (Newsweek, 28 Feb 2000)
HIGHER EDUCATION FROM: Edupage, 25 February 2000 CHANGING LANDSCAPE There are 3,700 institutions and 15 million students in the United States today facing the challenge of integrating the past with the present, questioning how to mold the traditional model of higher education into a form that will not become obsolete in a world awash in an information explosion driven by electronic technology. There now exist four different types of educational institutions instead of the single, virtually unaltered model followed for the past 250 years of formal education in America. The first type comprises the traditional notion of a college. The second includes "corporate universities," on-site training programs developed by individual companies to improve the skills and knowledge of employees. The third category contains mega-universities that recognize no national boundaries, combine the high-tech with the historical, and bridge the gap between the educational experience and the job market. The fourth types are virtual educators that operate nearly entirely online and offer the opportunity for practically anybody to become a teacher or a student. The Internet is restructuring society, shifting our educational market away from one in which producers define the nature of the educational product and the nature of its delivery, toward one in which the consumer is in charge and is no longer simply being fed information but is instead responding to and interacting with that information. Educators cannot be afraid of this new Internet era and instead must embrace it with creativity and understand that education is not an entity separate from the rest of life, but one that depends upon the successful combination of digital innovation and intellectual resources. (EDUCAUSE Review, Feb 2000)
TECHNOLOGY / COMMUNICATION FROM: NewsScan Daily, 7 February 2000 ("Above The Fold") A NEW BEGINNING: THE AGE OF GIGAHERTZ CHIPS In the second half of this year both IBM and Intel plan to begin producing complete microprocessors with processing cycles of a billion times a second (a gigahertz). At first, they will probably be used in Web servers, and then in voice recognition and video systems. Randall D. Isaac of IBM says, "The message here is a simple one. The gigahertz era has arrived, and it looks like we have room to move up to the 3 or 4 gigahertz range very rapidly. Everyone talked about these limits, the end of Moore's Law, everything was going to slow down. But everything seems to be speeding up. The pace is just breathtaking." And Albert Yu of Intel explains that the gigahertz chip is just the very beginning of a completely new era: "Silicon, from a technical point of view, basically has no limitations down to the atomic level, and we're still far away from the atomic level." (New York Times 7 Feb 2000)
TECHNOLOGY / COMMUNICATION FROM: NewsScan Daily, 17 March 2000 ("Above The Fold") KEN'S NOTE: While Nanotechnology holds great promise for technology there is great concern that any self replicating entity must be viewed with great caution. We have to look no further than viruses in computers and genetic engineering to see self replicating entities that are filled with potential dangers. IBM ADVANCE IN NANOTECHNOLOGY IBM researchers say they have discovered chemical reactions that cause arrays of tiny particles (so tiny that they are 1/20,000th the width of a human hair) to assemble themselves in precise formations. It's an achievement that could lead to the development of terabyte disk drives with more than a hundred times the capacity of typical hard drives today. Calling the discovery a significant breakthrough in the effort to build microscopic circuitry, New York Times technology expert John Markoff notes: "Self-replication, the holy grail of nanotechnology, is widely viewed as the key to an entirely new industrial era that may one day replace modern microelectronic systems." IBM executives are cautioning that it will take some years before this scientific advance can be translated into commercial products. (New York Times 17 Mar 2000)
TECHNOLOGY / COMMUNICATION FROM: Edupage, 24 March 2000 NET SPEED AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET Scientists at Lucent's Bell Labs have set a new record for transmitting data over fiber-optic cable by moving 3.28 terabits per second of data over 300 kilometers of Lucent's TrueWave optical fiber. At this rate, Lucent's fiber in one second could transmit three times the volume of daily Internet traffic for the whole world. Within years, fiber-optic cable could move tens of thousands of terabits per second of data. This tremendous bandwidth growth will be fueled by the speed of lasers used to encode data and the number of wavelengths a single fiber can carry at once, says AT&T Labs President David Nagel. Researchers are now developing terabit lasers, and the number of pulses a single laser produces is doubling every 18 months. In addition, the number of wavelengths a single fiber can carry at one time is doubling every year. Eighty-wavelength systems are already available, and scientists are working on 1,000-wavelength systems. The Bell Labs' record accounts for less than half a percent of the potential capacity of current optical networks, according to Kerry Vahala, professor of applied physics at the California Institute of Technology. (Wired News, 21 March 2000)
TECHNOLOGY / COMMUNICATION FROM: Reuters U.S. scientists closer to making new type of supercomputer March 15, 2000, 1:55 p.m. PT LONDON--U.S. scientists moved a step closer to developing a super-computer after looking at a branch of physics that researches the physics of particles invisible to the human eye. "In the language of quantum information science, we have realized a four-quantum-bit logic gate. This system is relevant for the future development of quantum information technology," the scientists said in the journal Nature. Conventional computers are based on binary "switches," or bits, which can either be switched on or off. Computers carry out calculations utilizing these switches. Quantum theory holds that entities such as atoms do not decide whether they exist in an on or off state until they are measured or interact with something. When they are not interacting, the atoms exist in both states at once--a quantum superposition--said Christopher Monroe, a researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Computers based on quantum physics would therefore be able to have switches or "qbits" that exist in both on and off states simultaneously. A string of these quantum bits would consequently offer every possible on-off combination and could carry out every calculation a computer needed simultaneously, hugely increasing the computer's power and memory. But maintaining several superpositions--an entanglement--is difficult. So far it had only been maintained in systems of two or three qbits, until US researchers at NIST entangled four quantum particles, Rainer Blatt of the University of Innsbruck said in the Nature article. Although many more particles would have to be "entangled" for a quantum computer to become a reality, the researchers were confident the technique could be used to create larger entanglements. "Our technique is scalable to a lot more atoms. If we get to that level, we'll not only bring the strangest feature of quantum mechanics closer to the macroscopic world (the world visible to the naked eye), but we may also have a quantum computer," Monroe said in a statement. The new U.S. technique allows many-particle entanglement with "comparatively little effort" and will be invaluable to further quantum state engineering, Blatt said.

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