Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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Krista McCracken

Ethnic Browsers

A new version of Mozilla was recently released, the Blackbird browser is aimed at African Americans. It features a design, content and add-ons which are supposed to appeal to African Americans. The idea of a customized browser is nothing new, however as far as I know Blackbird is the first ethnic specific browser to be…
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Web Activism

Like many people I get a lot of my news updates via some form of online media. I recently read Michael Y. Dartnell book, Insurgency Online: Web Activism and Global Conflict[1], which highlighted the impact of the Internet on political views, activism and larger political movements. Prior to reading Dartnell’s book I had considered some…
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Virtual Dark Tourism

As some of my classmates have already mentioned in their blogs, a few weeks ago we spent part of a public history class discussing the idea of dark tourism and the way in which history is often the basis for it. Yesterday, an aspect of dark tourism that I had not previously even considered was…
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Dropbox sharing.

I came across a neat application the other day that is designed to make file sharing easier. The Dropbox application allows ‘easy’ sharing between computers and users, even if the computers are running different operating systems. Essentially the program designates a folder on your computer as a dropbox, and copies the contents of that folder…
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Another one bites the dust….or is in the process of it.

I recently stumbled on a random facebook cause called Don’t Let Newspapers Die. Apparently we aren’t the only ones worried about technology replacing print. I was mainly surprised that there was over nine thousand members for something like this. The page has a little list as to why newspapers should be saved, its nice to…
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Saved from the black hole.

Tomorrow is British Columbia’s 150th anniversary. As part of the commemoration of this anniversary the Globe and Mail featured an article outlining the history that BC’s founding. The article also made mention of a particular digital resource, who’s history is somewhat amazing on its own. The site of mention is The Colonial Despatches, which is…
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There might be hope for my artistic side yet.

I openly admit that I’m kind of lacking in traditional artistic skills. I think my sister got that gene. She routinely makes homemade birthday cards and scrapbook albums as presents that blow my store bought cards out of the water. That’s one of the reasons I was kind of excited by the idea of digital…
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History in the Making.

Following the recent election of Barack Obama, The Smithsonian in conjunction with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has taken steps to persevere items from Obama’s campaign. The museum has suggested that it intends to recreate one of the field offices from the campaign in a future exhibit. I think that this…
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Remembrance in the Media.

The Globe and Mail in the days leading up to Remembrance Day has included a feature called Dear Sweetheart: Letters Home from a Solider. The letters are from Canadian David K. Hazzard to his wife Audrey, he wrote over a 100 letters in total to her. The letters are very personal, emotional and serve to…
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Consumed by History.

Being a university student who is interested in the digital representations of history has its downfalls. One of the largest being that because there is such a wide range of digital information available online, hours can be spent looking up different historical topics and tools online. Since I have spent so much time looking at…
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