Free Online Computer Courses From Stanford University

The flow of information in this day and age is absolutely phenomenal.  Choose wisely how you use your time – the ONLY non-renewable resource.  I realized I spent a lot of my day consuming information dessert, instead of information that will actually help me to be a better person or help other people.

To make a long story short, I’m trimming my internet usage to consume more information vegetables instead of information dessert.  To know more about what I’m talking about, check out Justin Pots’ article called Eating Only Dessert: Why Your Information Diet Is Probably Terrible.  He makes the point that industrialization has taken over a lot of aspects of our society, and now it’s fully integrated into our media consumption.  The result?  Lots of cheap, unsubstantial information.  Lets face it, research and statistics are hard.  Why not just talk about a new laptop that’s coming out or how X celebrity is doing.

The bright side?  This is the internet!  As much garbage information is out there, there’s also a lot of useful information for self or societal betterment.  I just recently stumbled upon Stanford’s Open Classroom.

Ever wanted to learn how to program or wonder exactly what goes in to making a web application?  Or maybe look into algorithm design?  Check out Stanford’s Open Classroom for lots of awesome classroom information.  You can even get a signed certificate from the teacher after proving you’ve completed the course.

What do you think?