Sites of the Week: September 29, 2012

“If you can’t explain it to a 6-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

Albert Einstein

Windows 8 users were asked what their favorite version of Windows is after having used Windows 8. Of the 50,000 users surveyed, 53% stated they preferred Windows 7 and only 25% of those surveyed felt that Windows 8 was the best Windows operating system they’d used.

Windows 8 Forums 

Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Extreme Pumpkins

Halloween is coming up soon. And just in time, I bring you this site: where you can view photos and watch videos of unusual jack-o’-lanterns that may help spark your own imagination. The site also has pumpkin carving patterns, carving tips and preservation tips.

Google Maps Seaview</

Google Maps teamed with The Catlin Seaview Survey to display “street view” underwater panoramic images of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Maui’s Molokini Crater, Australia’s Heron Island Reef, Oahu’s Hanauma Bay and Queensland, Australia. (NOTE: Be sure to click on the blue hyperlinks in this paragraph to view these samples.)



Coursera has partnered with 33 universities around the world including Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Duke, and Princeton, the University of London and the University of Edinburgh, to offer more than 100 online courses in 18 categories to everyone for free. There’s no catch. More than 1.5 million people from countries around the world have already enrolled in the free classes. The site enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students while offering everyone access to a world-class education. Courses offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material by viewing lectures at a time of your choosing and learning at your own pace. You are able to test your knowledge and reinforce concepts through exercises. Students can even pose questions and debate one another in online discussion groups.


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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