At Harvard, that is.
Half of the campus might be harboring a crush on David J. Malan ’99, but the course that he lectures, CS50, is actually churning out awesome applications that might make your life at Harvard that much easier. Check them out!
Shuttleboy: Never miss that shuttle again! Arguably one of the most famous and loved “boys” on campus, the web-based application that tracks the time and duration of trips for all of Harvard’s shuttles also features text-messaging and voice-calling options. Text: Sboy [first 3 letters of origin] [first 3 letters of destination] to 41411 for a list of departure times. For instance, if you want to go from Boylston gate to the Quad, text: Sboy boy qua to 41411. Or call 617-BUG-CS50 (617-284-2750), and select option 1 to talk to an automated machine. Or just access the URL. My friend prefers calling shuttleboy than the actual Harvard shuttle operator because “i don’t have to talk to a real person!”
HarvardEnergy: A detailed ranking of how “green” Harvard residential houses and dorms are, according to a multitude of categories like Carbon Dioxide emission, usage of electricity, etc. By measurement of CO2, Currier is the greenest house (how appropriate! It is called the Tree House for a reason), while Leverett is the least environmentally friendly. Clearly, Harvard’s largest house is only about quantity. Among the freshman dormitories, Matthews is the greenest and Canaday is the least green.
HarvardEvents: A comprehensive list of the gazillion (literally) events that are happening on all of Harvard’s 12 campuses, including everything from cultural nights, to parties, to the most random shindig like the Harvard Breakers’ Initiation. It also has a function that allows you to add all the events directly to your iCal, GCal or whatever else people use these days to schedule classes, functions and bedtimes into their lives. You’ll never miss a mixer with hot law school students again!
HarvardMaps: Like Google Maps, but specifically for Harvard.
HarvardNews: A comprehensive list of all news articles and blog entries that are written across the University campus. All Harvard publications and blogs, including the Voice, the Crimson, Harvard Gazette, and graduate school publications, are included. It is updated simultaneously as the article gets published!
HarvardTweets: Twitter updates from every Harvard-related person who is on Twitter, from Niall Ferguson to the IOP JFK Jr. Forum (Secretary of Homeland Security was at the IOP today!). Contact CS50 to get your name on the list!
HarvardIdeas: Clearly, CS50 has a solution for virtually any issue on campus. If you have any suggestion (like a Harvard Sports website perhaps?), use the link and drop them a line! An anonymous idea reads: “Add an option on harvard college facebook to allow us to search by room #.” I have no words.
Also worth checking out are some of its students’ projects: CrimsonList , CrimsonDining, Rover, and of course I Saw You Harvard (i’m curious how the Senior Bar episode goes!)
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