links for 2010-05-16

  • Ushahidi-based crowdsource reporting systems for the Gulf oil spill

    "Reports can be made and viewed at Mobile phone users can text or call in reports to (504) 27 27 OIL. Reports can also be sent to and through Twitter with the hashtag #BPspillmap. Eyewitness reports for the map require a description, and location information such as address, city and state, zip-code or coordinates. Citizen reporters can remain anonymous or disclose their contact information. Photos and video can be uploaded via the web."

  • "When I went to Hopedale, a fishing community in St. Bernard Parish, as I spoke with fishermen and shrimpers, I repeatedly heard comments such as “What am I going to do? I have no education, I have no way to support my family,” or “I’ve been fishing for 70 years, this is all I know, and all I can do now is sit and wait.” It is critical that there is a platform that engages people and provides a place where they can share their experiences and stories.

    "We are using the visual reports generated on the Oil Spill Crisis Map to document and create public transparency to the way that the Gulf Coast is being affected by the oil spill. This map also facilitates accountability of the response as this must be watched and documented in any man-made disaster. As the oil continues to spill and we find that there is limited access to the official clean-up efforts, we also use this map as a way for the public to give visible testimony to how they are being affected and what they are seeing."

  • "Google (NSDQ: GOOG) clarified today that it wasn’t the phone that people didn’t like, it was the way they were trying to sell them direct to consumers from In a blog post today, Google’s Andy Rubin, wrote: “While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not…it’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.” Google will try and sell the Nexus One through various stores, and once it does, they’ll stop selling handsets via the web store, and will instead use it as an online store window to showcase a variety of Android phones available globally."
  • I dunno — sounds kinds of clunky and inefficient, but I'd have to see a video to really understand.

    "what I have found to be even more accurate is touch typing with one hand (usually my right hand) and then pecking out one letter at a time with the other. It takes a bit of getting used to but in most cases it ends up being a pretty efficient way to type."

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