” There are lies, damned lies and statistics.”
– Mark Twain
Factoid: The Obama administration, which promised to be the most transparent in history, cited national security in denying freedom of information requests a record 8,496 times last year—a 57 percent increase over 2012, and more than double Obama’s first year.
Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out two ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.
Spritz is a Boston-based start-up working to make on-the-go reading easier and faster. Instead of a page of text, single words are streamed to the reader in what they call spritzing. Words are positioned on the Spritz display so that our eyes never have to move. Words flash at a rate faster than most people read. Spritz has found comprehension isn’t negatively affected at up to 400 words per minute compared to the average of 220 words per minutes for traditional reading. The technology will be licensed to content providers, tablet and smartphone manufacturers and others. So far, nearly 20,000 developers and companies have signed up to develop Spritz products. Be sure to try out the demonstration directly above the home page tagline: “Reading Reimagined”. I’m interested to hear what you think. I find this concept very intriguing. However, I wonder whether there’s a way to go back and reread a sentence or paragraph.
BugMeNot is a site launched in 2003 with the sole purpose of finding and sharing usernames and passwords for sites requiring free registration. sites. BugMeNot allows users of their service to add new accounts for sites with free registration. It also encourages users to use disposable email address services to create such accounts. However, it does not allow them to add accounts for pay Web sites. I have found the site to be a bit hit and miss. Each login shows the number of votes and a success rate. BugMeNot also hosts a bookmarklet that can be used with any browser to automatically find a usable account from their service.
Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”