Portal talk:Technology and applied sciences

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    This article is part of WikiProject Technology, a project to improve Wikipedia's articles related to Technology. For guidelines see the project page and Wikipedia:Contributing FAQ.

    A Wiki-Project facility for Technology has been destroyed and awaits anyone who has contributions, questions, comments, suggestions, whatever... Quinobi 4 July 2005 08:51 (UTC)

    • This article needs so much work.... Elfguy 20:12, 5 August 2005 (UTC)


    [edit] Improvement Drive

    The articles on Multimedia and Sysop are currently nominated to be improved on WP:IDRIVE. You can add your vote there to support the article.--Fenice 10:12, 12 August 2005 (UTC).

    [edit] Bootstrapping the Technology of Civilization

    Haven't seen anything about this on Wiki. I'm talking about a survivor's guide to rebuilding a civilization such as our own with how-to guides on blacksmithing, metallurgy, farming, animal husbandry, etc. I'm thinking it'd be the kind of thing that would be edited online and people could print out hardcopies or save to disk on the off chance that something might happen to end civilization, say another Republican president in 2008. So, is anything like this in the works? Gmuir 13:12, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

    Wikibooks? CloudNine 14:41, 14 May 2007 (UTC)
    Gmuir, that would be TOO cool. I'd love to be involved, so if you're still hoping to promote it, keep me informed. Preston McConkie 22:18, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

    [edit] We need your help!

    That's right, we need your help picking suitable articles and pictures to feature on the main portal page. Please post any and all suggestions here. I can think of stuff to pick on my own (for a while), but I am only one person, and my knowledge of the field is more limited than all of our collected knowledge of the field. Thanks! --Cyde Weys votetalk 02:44, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

    See Wikipedia:Featured articles#Technology and Wikipedia:Featured pictures. If you run out of featured articles to display, you may find quality articles at Wikipedia:Good articles.--cj | talk 06:38, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

    Biography suggestions:

    --ragesoss 07:25, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

    I'm no deity, but I would like to suggest a few:
      • Isaac Asimov with some of his essays has contributed to techonology.
      • Albert Einstein has to do with science, which in turn becomes techonology we use.

    [edit] misquote

    I believe that the quote attributed to Bill Gates regarding the 640k limit is incorrect, and not something he actually said mrgenixus@gmail.com.

    [edit] Version 1.0 core topics

    Hello. I'm part of Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Core topics working toward a release version of Wikipedia (on paper or CD).

    If you're interested in helping, these are some related articles we plan to include:

    If you think any of these are ready, please let us know. You can see our proposed initial quality standards or learn more about the overall project.

    Thanks. Maurreen 04:01, 14 February 2006 (UTC) dfds —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:05, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

    [edit] Links

    I just removed all the links from "things to do" and actually put in some things to do. I notice another list of links, under "Reference links". Is this actually useful? To me, this seems like another spam magnet — something we just don't need. I think we should get rid of that section from the portal. Any objections or thoughts? -Aude (talk | contribs) 21:33, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

    [edit] Technology news

    Also, I suggest getting rid of the "Technology news" section, unless some volunteers come forth to regularly maintain it. With other portals I'm working on, the right column is generally used to provide topic browsing (e.g. categories, subportals, article directory, ...), and the left column is where the featured article, picture, do you know?, etc. go. For this portal, it would be logical to put the categories in that spot. Any objections to removing the "technology news" section? or volunteers to maintain and keep it? -Aude (talk | contribs) 21:37, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

    [edit] The quote.

    I took the freedom to change the quote to one by Albert Einstein instead, since the old one has been around for a long time. Please flame me for doing so, but give me good reasons for keeping the old one for so long if you choose to flame me. Otherwise, please leave it alone. vidarlo 22:10, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

    [edit] =First personal computer

    This a debatable subject, and Xerox was not the first corporation to market a personal computer, that is if a personal computer is a computer that is used by a single person in an office, if this was the case then the IBM 610 should be mentioned as the first PC. Because, it was John Lentz who designed this machine (between 1948 and 1954) and he coined the name Personal Automatic Computer, if you drop the Automatic you get PC. FrontLine 12:43, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

    [edit] What is going on with these contents lists?

    This is the second portal I've seen today with a contents list that takes up 90% of the title area. Is this a CSS issue or is there a problem with the software?

    [edit] Selected biography

    I have removed the "Selected biography" from the portal, as it was last updated in December. Furthermore, I don't see enough technology-related biographies in Wikipedia:Featured articles to keep this updated adequately. It would be better to include biographies among the "Selected articles". -Aude (talk | contribs) 22:13, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

    I've readded the biography, newly updated. Actually, it had been updated several times since December, most recently in mid-May. Selected biographies needn't be featured articles, and there are plenty of good enough biographies. I'll make sure it doesn't go for more than a month without an update from here on out.--ragesoss 23:52, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

    [edit] Silicon Valley of India move proposal

    Hi all, please visit the above move proposal discussion - we need further input. Posting here as Wikiproject Technology appears to be a ghost ship. thanks Bwithh 14:16, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

    [edit] Slight error

    There is a slight error in format about the sub-heading of this portal. The edit option in the top heading is covered partially due to the lenght of the blue heading. --Siva1979Talk to me 13:33, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

    [edit] Is anyone updating this portal?

    This portal seems to have been dead for awhile, and if no one else is updating this, I would be happy to update it to the best of my ability. Lithium fun! 16:18, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

    [edit] Rotating Portal Articles

    Featured Technology and Engineering articles are found at Wikipedia:Featured_articles#Engineering_and_technology. I suggest adding Enigma machine, Crash test dummy and Saturn V as three other interesting FA articles that could be put in the rotation- I think the current rotation of 2 articles is quite low and an aim of at least 7 articles should be aimed for to provide a weeks roation. Bobbacon 11:11, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

    Yeah, I've been meaning to add featured articles, pictures and biographies. The current layout is a random order of articles. Thanks for the article tips though! CloudNine 11:38, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

    [edit] Species?

    Do we really need to lead the description of this portal by talking about technology employed by "species"? All but the most minuscule portion of the articles in this portal will relate to stuff invented and used by us humans. It's not hard to write a sentence that describes technology without excluding animals, while not sounding as if human technology is just one small contribution in the vast crowd.

    This kind of overinclusiveness is most often seen in academia, and is more often motivated more by ideology than by any legitimate need for clarity. Preston McConkie 22:10, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

    Other species have a basic level of technology that should be mentioned; I disagree that the lead implies that human technology "is just one small contribution in the vast crowd". Anyway, the rest of the lead refers to humanity; I hardly think it focuses on other species. Anyway, the lead comes from the Technology article, so adding comments there would reach a more suitable audience. CloudNine 20:32, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
    I agree it's jarring. Tempshill (talk) 20:27, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

    [edit] Reads like a sermon

    Actually, much of this introduction to the portal reads like a sermon, not like a definition or an introduction. The whole second paragraph is completely superfluous. What's up with the preachy stuff about weapons? And do we need another elementary school recital of man's ascent from the caves? It's a great big, "Well, duh!" A concise definition of technology will do; leave the grave tones, elementary school lessons and self-impressed head-wagging out, please. Preston McConkie 22:14, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

    Could you offer a concise definition of technology? It's an elusive concept; see Technology#Definition and usage for attempts at a definition and scope. The history of technology needs to be summarised, however obvious such facts might seem. Where's the "self-impressed head-wagging"? CloudNine 20:28, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

    [edit] Wikilinking "nuclear weapon" in one of the panes

    I'm new to portals. I just noticed the lead for "nuclear weapon" looks like this:

    A nuclear weapon is a weapon which derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions of fission or fusion. As a result, even a nuclear (...)

    I tried wikilinking "nuclear weapon", which seemed obvious to me because, well, people will want to go to that article and there's currently no way to do so; but the change didn't seem to "take" on this portal page. What went wrong? Tempshill (talk) 20:29, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

    [edit] The Same Thing About Planets and the Gods

    Mercury - the planet nearest to sun - son of Jupiter. The messenger of the gods

    Mars - 2nd after mercury - the Roman god of war

    Venus - planet after earth - goddes of gardens and fields —Preceding unsigned comment added by Evannbathan077 (talk • contribs) 04:19, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

    [edit] Question

    Can anybody mention in detail the various developments in the manufacturing of cheaper cars Thanks, 20:55, 5 th May 2008 (UTC)