MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT’s OpenCourseWare a free and open educational resource (OER)¬†for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.Here is a short list of what anyone can learn for free via this amazing website.

Aeronautics and Astronautics
Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
Biological Engineering
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Comparative Media Studies
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Engineering Systems Division
Experimental Study Group
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Health Sciences and Technology
Linguistics and Philosophy
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Media Arts and Sciences
Music and Theater Arts
Nuclear Science and Engineering
Political Science
Science, Technology, and Society
Sloan School of Management
Special Programs
Urban Studies and Planning
Women’s Studies
Writing and Humanistic Studies

Windows Live Local maps bird’s eye views

Microsoft launches Windows Live Local with bird’s eye views of major cities among other improvements.

I know, I know, maps again, yawn. But this is something you ought to see: Windows Live Local’s got tons of super closeup photos taken from low-flying planes over major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Las Vegas. Being a total sucker for aerial photography I just burned a lot of time hovering over the streets of NYC. Oh, you want to view Lady Liberty from the south and not the west? Switch the angle with a click of a button.

Also, pushpins keep track of your places on a personalized scratch pad that persists over sessions, and emailable driving directions are available. My only beef? The name of this product gives no hint there’s a map involved. How about – and this is crazy, I know – Microsoft Maps?