What I’m looking at on the internet

Facebook is now offering anti-virus software from McAfee, Norton and Microsoft to its users via the Facebook AV Marketplace. Photo credit: PC Mag

My how time flys by! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for an entire semester now.

Seeing how this will be my last ‘official’ blog, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting things I’ve found on the web the past few days to give you an idea of what my browsing habits are like.

Here we go!

This really awesome concept video from 1994 shows a tablet computer that can read newspapers just like an iPad, but no one had any idea what an iPad was back then.

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A flying car is on track to be commercially available in 2012

A shot of the Terrafugia Transition, the world's first commercial flying car. It recently completed its first successful test flight, and could be available in 2012. Photo credit: Extreme Tech

Now here’s a piece of weird news I wasn’t expecting to hear today: A flying car completed its first test flight, and could be available for commercial production by the end of 2012.

The name of this flying beast is the The Terrafugia Transition.

Wow. I’m not even sure if I can pronounce that correctly.

The plane/car completed a successful test flight at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York, and the flight lasted eight minutes and reached an altitude of 1,400 feet.

The vehicle is going to make an appearance at the New York Auto Show later this month, and it’s expected to have a retail value of $279,000, according to the Washington Post.

And if you have an extra $10,000 just lying around, Terrafugia is already taking payments!

Aside from the strange name, and being given the strange categorization as a roadable aircraft, the hybrid car/plane looks really funky too.

Here’s a video that shows the vehicle in action! Pretty awesome!

What are your thoughts about a flying car? Is it a good idea, or just a silly concept?

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Apple’s iMessage is a hot mess, for now at least

iMessage is a feature of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, but it's doing a lackluster job keeping messages synced across devices at the moment. Photo credit: Slash Gear

Apple’s iOS 5 feature called iMessage is a bit broken and buggy at the moment, as I’m sure many users have noticed.

I purchased an iPhone 4S earlier this year, and I remember how stoked I was for the new feature. iMessage offers free messages I could have synced across my Mac and my new iPhone – that’s just a sweet deal.

It still is an awesome deal, but since I got my phone, I have yet to be able to sync all of my iMessages from my phone to my Mac.

I also remember that a lot of iPhone users were really looking forward to the new feature because they would be able to cut down on their use of SMS messages (messages sent over a wireless carrier).

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Discussing career fairs with a Purdue Aviation Technology student

The 2012 Aviation Technology Career Fair at Purdue took place last Thursday in Niswonger Hall. Photo credit: Purdue College of Technology website

As a follow-up to the preview blog that I wrote about the 2012 Aviation Technology (AT) career fair, which took place last Wednesday, I talked with Mark Udolph, who is a graduating senior in Aviation Technology, about the career fair.

Q: Were you happy with the turnout with regard to the companies that participated in the Aviation Tech career fair?

A: I was, but it turned out that Cummins Inc. never showed up. I wanted to talk to them, but I didn’t get a chance to do that, so that was a drag.

I talked to about 12 of the 20 companies that were there, so I was happy with the turnout overall.

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The Hunger Games needs a more restrictive rating in the UK, say experts and parents

The Hunger Games film contains too much violence for its current rating in the UK, according to some experts and parents. Photo credit: Starpulse.com

Experts and Parents in the UK want the restrictive rating for the Hunger Games movie to be raised to a no-one under-15-admitted policy.

The UK has a different rating system than the U.S. has. Instead of ratings, as we call them in the U.S., they have certificates.

The current certificate for the Hunger Games is 12 A – meaning that no one under the age of 12 will be admitted to the film, unless they are accompanied to the film by an adult who is at least 18.

Experts want the film to be raised to a certificate of 15 because of the violent content of the movie.

The film was originally given a certificate of 15, but after the producers agreed to make a 7 second cut of brutality and bloodshed, it was lowered to a 12 A.

According to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper, one expert warned that:

“children who see the controversial film are at risk of having its disturbing scenes ‘hard-wired’ into their brains.”

I haven’t seen the film yet, but I hope to sometime soon. I have heard from many people, including my girlfriend, that the books are very violent.

I’m curious to see how much of that they transferred into the film.

What do you think about the movie rating systems? Are they too harsh? How helpful are they?

I’d love to know what you think! Please leave me a comment or vote in the poll!

Preview: Purdue’s College of Tech to host Aviation Technology career fair Mar. 29

Photo credit: Purdue Aviation Technology website

Purdue’s College of Technology will host its annual Aviation Technology (AT) career fair this Thursday, March 29.

It looks to be a busy career fair, so be sure to plan ahead for it if you’re going to attend!

Some quick information about the career fair:

Some of the companies that will be in attendance at this year’s career fair are:

These are only a few of the companies that will be in attendance. A full list of the companies that will be in attendance can be found on the department of AT website.

There will also be representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Officer programs, and the U.S. Navy Officer programs in attendance.

The department of Aviation Technology is urging students to register through Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities Express website.

From the department of AT website:

First-year students through graduating seniors should register NOW to receive important information relating to internship and permanent job opportunities.

Here is a link to a PDF of the registration form, which can also be found on the department of AT website.

After you’ve filled it out, you’ll want to send it via fax, e-mail, or postal service to:

Email atsec@purdue.edu
Fax (765) 494-2305
Postal Address Aviation Technology
1401 Aviation Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2015

For any additional information, contact Suzanne Coolbaugh-Walker at (765) 494-9967, or scwalker@purdue.edu

It looks like it will be a beautiful day weather wise, but you might want to check the radar and forecast for Lafayette before you head out to the airport in your formal attire!

Good luck to everyone at the career fair!

KONY 2012 is the most viral video ever

KONY 2012 is the most viral video ever, getting 100 million views in six days, according to research by Visible Measures. Photo credit: The Washington Times

The controversial video KONY 2012, which is a 30 minute documentary which seeks the arrest of the Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, has become the most viral video of all time.

The video was viewed over 100 million times in just six days between both YouTube and Vimeo, and it has only been online for about a month.

The video ran rampant through Facebook and Twitter last week because of people in the 18 to 29 year-old demographic, according to research by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

I have not watched the whole documentary yet, but I remember going to class last week and it seemed like everyone was either talking about KONY 2012 or watching it on their computers, tablets or phones everywhere I went.

The sudden spotlight on the director of the film, Jason Russell, caused him to have a bit of a mental breakdown last week. There has also been a lot of criticism of the group behind the film, Invisible Children.

It seems like all of the news that came out of the film’s release is a reminder of the power of the internet and social media.

Here’s a video from Mashable that explains more about the social media phenomena that lead to KONY 2012 going viral: