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How to learn English: Russian students experience

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Conference Panelists Get Entertained And Educated

The room was crowded with attendees’ laptops. It’s a common occurrence for the CS students who gathered for “IT. Modern applications” conference last Tuesday at NSTU.

8 panelists were talking on various topics including Software as a Service (SaaS), using IT in manufacture, in education and on such specific topics like debugging, optical character recognition and Oracle streams solutions. Speakers answered a lot of questions improving and expanding their language skills. The audience on the other side had a chance to learn more.

For instance Anton Petukhov in his talk “Software + Service (SaaS)” has noted that Google is negotiating with NSTU for giving a special Google Apps Education Edition.

Google Apps Education Edition is a broad IT solution that schools can use to bring communication and collaboration tools to the entire academic community for free.

Software as a service (SaaS) is a software application delivery model where a software vendor develops a web-native software application and hosts and operates the application for use by its customers over the Internet. This is very perspective model, and Anton made good presentation about it.

Dmitry Prytkov was very kind to share his experience he gained at “Top-kniga”. He was talking on using Oracle streams solution for integrating and manipulating multiple heterogeneous data sources.

Debugging is the most important software developing phase. Writing apps is easy. Bug fixing is hard. That’s why everyone was listening Sergey Ignatov and watching his slides (considered the best ones) when Sergey was speaking on “Introduction to Debugging”.

If you tired of typing your papers again and again, here is OCR or optical character recognition. Now it’s a large industry and growing. Dmitry Dubrovsky told that OCR is mainly the electronic translation of images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text (usually captured by a scanner) into machine-editable text. He demonstrated OCR system he’s working on. His perceptron-based neural network was able to recognize passport data quite good, especially having in mind that here still a lot of work do.

Manufacture is a paradise for IT. Here information technologies can show their real potential when you need to reduce the costs, lower barriers, save energy, optimize personal, etc. That’s why Ksenya Pichugina and Irina Toporovskaya were talking one by one about IT in manufacture. They started with using controllers and microcontrollers and proceeded with smart houses and a lot of other stuff.

And finally Lyuda Prushenova told us about using IT in education towards the end of the conference. That was especially relevant talk, because of educational nature of the conference. She was speaking on electronic publications and libraries, distance learning, etc.

“That was quite interesting. I expected the worst. The only reason to complaint is absence of projector. I liked Sergey Ignatov’s presentation most of all, because the topic was interesting, and the slides were perfect. Also that’s good that the topics were so different. That’s interesting,” says Roman Nagorkin.

“In my opinion such a conferences are quite valuable. The value is that they mobilize speakers and push them to purposeful structuring of information they want to share. Such a conferences would be especially helpful for training as they develop spoken language. As of today we have lack of just that very skill. Regarding the conference it has glided well. The absence of projector caused some inconvenience. I liked the atmosphere. The speakers were nervous a little, but there is nothing to be surprised at. If it were for instance third conference the atmosphere might have been even free and comfortable,” says Anton Petukhov.

“Well the conference needed coffee break :)”, says Mikhail Toropov. “Also the topics were indirectly connected each other. But other than that good”.

“That was interesting”, says Irina Toporovskaya.

“I wasn’t impressed a lot. The topics was burning in whole, but the speakers suffer from the lack of language skills”, says Ksenya Pichugina.

“The conference worked out,” says Anna Kochkina. “A great deal of new ground was covered. The questions raised in the talks are burning problems. I liked the moderator Vladislav Chernyshov not only as a person who have a good command of English, but also as a person who is competent en masse aspects of the conference scope”.

Very nice! Actually, I think we need more classes like this. Only regular training in English-lang-environment could really help us reach pretty-well level in English. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for different reasons“, says Dmitry Prytkov.

The conference was masterminded by Helen Kaminsky and moderated by her student Vladislav Chernyshov.

In conclusion. As have been noted by the attendees such a conferences are much more interesting and fun (and thus more effective) form of the lessons. Moreover, they help students to learn more about their fields of scientific interest. This practice is definitely poised for wide adoption in educational process. This also encourages cooperation between students and thus results in effectiveness.

May 2008
By Vladislav Chernyshov, undergraduate student, Computer Science.

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June 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Social networks cloning is good

Here’s two thumbs. One is Facebook and another is Vkontakte, one of Russian social networks.

Which one is Facebook? )))) Did you notice the difference?

Facebook

Vkontakte

Nice, right? A lot of people would say that making clones is bad, it’s illegal, it makes no sense, etc.

Well, basically that’s bullshit.

I will explain. Of course, it’s bad to make clones oriented to the same local users. I mean it’s stupid to make another Facebook clone in US. But making a Facebook (or any other successful network) clone, for instance, in Brazil can be a bless for Brazilians. Because they are enjoying social networking and they don’t need to reinvent a weel.

But please, DO NOT follow the leader  when your trying to innovate. If you think your social network will be 10% better than Facebook or MySpace, think again. +10% makes no sense. Instead try to create social network that is 10 times better.

Try something new. New approaches, new models. And keep things as simple as possible.

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Venture Capitalist Fashion =)

Found cools T-shirts))) My favourites:

and this one )))))))

Visit http://www.vcwear.com/ for more.

UPDATE: If you liked these T-shirts, take a look at this website too http://startupwear.com/

These guys rock))))

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