If a goal of distance working is to be environmentally friendly. Meaning less car travel. And working from home is not suited for everyone maybe there is an intermediate solution. The idea is among the buildings close to home companies can rent space for distance workers. The facility would support and cooperate around IT, maintenance and other resources. This way productivity can be maintained with much less travel.
You have probably experienced bad home LED-lights. Those with a blueish cold eye straining color. Therefor I wonder if you can add optimized LED back light that would produce a text on screen experience that is pleasant to look at. The back light does not need to produce light that shows the correct colors. Here the important thing is not put strain on the eyes when reading so maybe it can be a shade of a single color or a warm light. The idea is then to toggle to this mode if you are planning to read a longer period of time on your tablet or feel a strain on your the eyes.
I would like to put forward an idea to further the access to education. There exists a fantastic offline compilation named RACHEL from www.worldpossible.org. It is a large collection of good educational content. It includes Wikipedia for Schools, Khan Academy, Science videos, Healthcare and Medicine videos, CK-12 Textbooks, World Literature Ebooks and much more. If its possible, the idea is to deliver cheap mobiles preloaded with the 32 GB RACHEL compilation. For developing nations I think it could make a difference. It may be naive but I would be so happy if some version of this could be distributed with the cheap Firefox OS phone in a way that complies with the license.
Thinking about this further. For those who only have one smartphone it could be wise to have dual sd-card slots. With this you could then copy RACHEL easily from one card to another.
Inspired by the computer of my childhood, the Amiga. I thought why are there no editors that have really nice graphics. If there were maybe more young people would take up programming as a hobby.
This example uses multicolor fonts but I am sure one can do a lot more to make the text editor inspiring.
What if it is possible to take advantage of Internet peer grading to enhance schools in rural areas with small resources. With the use of mobile technology like a smartphone or tablet equipped with a camera and a limited Internet connection. The student could photograph his paper and pen solutions of the extra exercises and upload them to a private site for grading. The idea is that the student could use this option in before taking a test.
Example using a simple smartphone and a document scanner application.
Why not use the computer to help you understand the text. The idea is that you can practice words and meanings for the books you want to read in advance. It would give you a much better experience. I would like the Project Gutenberg. The free ebook project to collect data on their books so the reader could practice words he doesn’t know but are in the book. The practice would be done on any of our computing devices. The PC, tablet or phone. I don’t know how this would work but I think you need to group the words together. For example you have basic, intermediate, advance, new and old english words. I think however you can produce a list of the most frequent difficult words of each book. This could work for paper books also if the books has already been scanned. You just search for the book and go to the word test.
I can’t remember all the things I searched for. Terminal commands and their uses. So I thought why not document what I was doing and the solutions I found working. I am currently testing TiddlyWiki as an offline and simple wiki that runs in the browser. This way I can repeat the things I forgot much faster than having to go on a search quest again.
Inspired by simple.wikipedia.org I think there should be additional documentation for the Linux terminal commands. Two versions where one should contain basic words and simple wordings. If it could help more people understand complex programs I think it will be worth it. To get more documentation in the hands of the users I suggest using wikipedia as a storage. Maybe there is a possibility to crowd source comments to improve the simplified manual.
ls is the command in Linux to list files in folders. If you enter ‘ls’ in the terminal you list the files in the current folder.
The command has many options. Where some are.
-l list more detailed information.
-R also show content of sub folders.
Here you write ‘ls -l’ in the terminal to use the -l option.
Example in the terminal.
per ~ $ ls
Bilder Hämtningar Mallar Publikt Temp
Dokument ideaproj Musik Skrivbord Video
fsdf idea.sb Program squeak VirtualBox VMs
per ~ $
I think Linux can take advantage of podcasts for a better user experience. For example when installing the distribution you could have the option to play a relevant and fun podcast. Compressed with Opus. It would not take to much space on the .iso. Also as a way to engage new users. Getting them to read the Official User Guide it would be nice if there is a complementary podcast where a group of people discuss each of the chapters. I think this would keep them interested reading the whole thing through.
The idea is to take an Open Source Textbook on mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology and make an Linux style inspired podcast series. Here two or more people discuss the theory on each of the topics, problem solving techniques, its applications and more.
Even if this is a podcast you can have visual content. Just add links to images/videos referenced in the podcast to your web page. It should make it less expensive then to do a pure video podcast.
I think following a podcast for your textbook where they ask interesting questions, where you can learn from good explanations or maybe just get motivation from a fun session could go a long way.
My idea is simple. For media that depends on lossy compression it should be possible to ”patch” the media file with a smaller file of same resolution but a lower quality. The backup file is smaller due to more lossy compression. For this to work on image files the format probably need to loose some dependency on the previous block. One error should not affect the rest of the image. On the blocks you then perform some checks. The idea is then that if you encounter a error in the original big image file then you can patch it with the block of pixels in the smaller backup file. The block in the backup file would be of lower quality but look similar. You probable would not notice that the image has been fixed.
For a .jpg photo of 3.3MB I saw that I would only need a 350k version. To keep it simple one could store both versions in the same file as an option. For those who don’t make backups I think this would make it easier to recover otherwise lost photos.
After watching the below video on machine learning. Which showed some sort of generation. I imagine that this could be replicated for 3D objects as well. Say you let the matrix-setup train on a biological part. With many variations of this part the setup will have learned what it should look like. Then as we saw in the video. The setup can also generate different shapes of the same object. I don’t know the implication for evolution. I guess however the genetic makeup would also include support data (the learned matrix). To help generate biological elements like the trained part. This thought experiment I think shows how evolution can produce so much variation. Without the energy cost due to error.
Below is a link to the Neural Network video and a would be training set for an arbitrary biological part.
Would be training set for an arbitrary biological part.