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Stanford Courses – Free, and for Everyone | More

I apologize, Dear Reader, for the lack of a post yesterday. (I’ll make today’s a little longer to make up for it.)

First item: Recently, an alert reader (you know who you are) brought to my attention the fact that Stanford University’s Engineering department had made available – to everyone – some online classes. And three of them are free.
These courses can be taken on two ‘levels’, which I think of as “very casual” and “has homework”.

• Stanford Engineering Everywhere

For the first time in its history, Stanford is offering some of its most popular engineering classes free of charge to students and educators around the world. Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online. A computer and an Internet connection are all you need. View lecture videos, access reading lists and other course handouts, take quizzes and tests, and communicate with other SEE students, all at your convenience.

SEE programming includes one of Stanford’s most popular sequences: the three-course Introduction to Computer Science taken by the majority of Stanford’s undergraduates and seven more advanced courses in artificial intelligence and electrical engineering.

Stanford Engineering Everywhere offers:

  • Anytime and anywhere access to complete lecture videos via streaming or downloaded media.
  • Full course materials including syllabi, handouts, homework, and exams.
  • Online social networking with fellow SEE students.
  • Support for PCs, Macs and mobile computing devices.

Find out more here.

Next up; New tech could – one day – let you see through walls..

MIT Develops New Radar Technology: Military Could See Through Walls

“Looking through walls is no longer something we read about in comic books or watch in Superman movies. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory has presented new radar technology (link to video) that would allow humans to see through a solid wall.Read more..

And, what the hey..

For consumers, finding competent PC support is a challenge

What happens if something goes wrong with a Windows PC? Good luck finding honest and competent help. Right now, somewhere in the world, an incompetent support professional is performing “repairs” that make things worse and suggesting useless “upgrades” that line their pockets and slow down PCs.” Read more..

[shameless plug: or, they could just call me.]

Netflix’s big collapse: Do you believe in streaming, international expansion?

In the long run, Netflix’s focus on streaming and international expansion makes sense. Today, those decisions are causing a world of hurt.Read more..

For some reason, I am finding it hard to believe it’s Wednesday already..

Today’s quote:Depressed? Of course we’re all depressed. We’ve been so quickly, violently, and irreconcilably plucked from nature, from physical labor, from kinship and village mentality, from every natural and primordial anti-depressant. The further society “progresses,” the grander the scale of imbalance. Just as fluoride is put in water to prevent dental caries, we’ll soon find government mandating Prozac in our water to prevent mental caries.” ~ M. Robin D’Antan (I think it should be “cavities”..?)

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October 26, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, Internet | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Wow Paul.

    Thank you for posting this article.
    Enabling me in ways you can’t imagine. (or maybe you can)….
    New things this are a great resource for all…. thank you again for posting the Stanford information.


    Comment by kstinman | October 26, 2011 | Reply

    • kstinman,
      This was brought to my attention by a reader, so any thanks goes to them.

      I am just pleased that amazing opportunities like this exist. Glad to “pass it on”.

      Always good to see you here, and I hope all is “groovy” with you and yours.


      Comment by techpaul | October 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. Paul,
    As always, thanks for a great post… Being an Engineer, it may be redundant, but knowledge is always worth pursuing… and with such a great opportunity.


    Comment by Rob | October 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Rob,
      The person who referred me to this mentioned that 160,000 people were taking advantage of the classes/material.

      I am with you. You shouldn’t ever stop learning.
      (And I can attest: I don’t care your age (number) — you are not too old to take a class!)

      PS – I have a ton of respect for engineers. (And I don’t just mean the Seabee’s..)


      Comment by techpaul | October 26, 2011 | Reply

  3. Stanford Courses on line… so interesting! While I am interested and have a book in my library on Artificial Intelligence… I don’t think I am savvy enough to indulge in the course.
    I read the info. on the course… advanced to the U-Tube vid… so impressed to find a 6 panel debate hosted by my favourite host (program PBS) Charlie Rose. An excellent informative debate every citizen should watch…(based on the educational system in your counrty.) Thanks for the posting Paul.


    Comment by Gaia | October 27, 2011 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      AI (and “robotics”) are very popular courses, I understand. (Probably, the fact that such things “are our future” doesn’t hurt that fact.. but I also understand it is kind of fun. [as far as college coursework goes.])


      Comment by techpaul | October 27, 2011 | Reply

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