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Four short links: 5 December 2011 - Spatial Search, Exposing Your Phone's Perfidity, School Unconference, and Wikipedia Viz

By Nat Torkington
December 5, 2011

VP Trees -- a data structure for fast spatial searching. A form of nearest neighbour, useful for melodies (PDF) and image retrieval (PDF) and poetry. (via Reddit) iYou -- iTunes plugin to show you all the stuff your phone collects about you. Bar Camps in Primary Schools -- NZ teacher deploys bar camps among students. Great things happen. Realtime...

Four short links: 2 December 2011 - Changing Education, Netflix Open Source, LLVM3, and Open Sourced Transcription Tool

By Nat Torkington
December 2, 2011

Challenges in Teaching Biology -- everything that Alison says about teaching biology is true of teaching computer science. Read, learn, evolve. First Open Source Netflix Projects Released -- Curator makes Apache Zookeeper easier to use. (via Ian Kallen) LLVM3 Released -- these are key tools for reliable development of fast systems. I think of it as JVM without the...

Four short links: 29 November 2011 - Reconstructing People, Digital Preservation Costs, Open Source Everything, and Coding Education

By Nat Torkington
November 29, 2011

Reconstructing My Grandfather (JP Rangaswami) -- this is how libraries will be used in the future, by ordinary people (i.e., not professional researchers) reconstructing their families. See my library essay for more thoughts on this. Physical Conservation vs Digitisation for Preservation (Leeds) -- they chose deliberately compromised paper materials (acid-riddled paper) and found that it still would take 50...

Intellectual Property Strategy: a book, a panel, and a movement

By Andy Oram
November 23, 2011

The speakers, who included household names of the free culture movement such as Lawrence Lessig and Eric von Hippel, emphasized the culture shift that is breaking the seemingly iron grip of current policies that favor wealthy companies with portfolios of patents and copyrights. But I think even these speakers failed to convey how huge a sea change in underway.

Four short links: 22 November 2011 - Facebook Encircles the Web, Async UIs, SimRedistricting, and Questioning the Flipped School

By Nat Torkington
November 22, 2011

Facebook is Gaslighting the Web (Anil Dash) -- interesting to see the way in which Facebook is attempting to embrace and extend the web, as opposed to AOL's doomed attempt to set itself up in competition and opposition to the web. As Molly's piece eloquently explains, what Facebook is calling "frictionless" sharing is actually placing an extremely high barrier...

Four short links: 18 November 2011 - Quantified Learner, Text Extraction, Backup Flickr, and Multitouch UI Awesomeness

By Nat Torkington
November 18, 2011

Learning With Quantified Self -- this CS grad student broke Jeopardy records using an app he built himself to quantify and improve his ability to answer Jeopardy questions in different categories. This is an impressive short talk and well worth watching. Evaluating Text Extraction Algorithms -- The gold standard of both datasets was produced by human annotators. 14 different...

Four short links: 17 November 2011 - University Relevance, Free as in Dom, Patent Trolls, and Facebook Teams

By Nat Torkington
November 17, 2011

Questioning University -- my take on the issue of whether a university education (particularly CS) is still relevant or whether kids should go straight to startups. So what do I tell my kids? Should I urge them to go to university? Should I tell them to jack it all in and run off and join a startup? This is...

Top Stories: November 7-11, 2011 - Tim O'Reilly on ebooks, confessions of a not-so-public speaker, and why social network analysis matters.

Top Stories: November 7-11, 2011 - Tim O'Reilly on ebooks, confessions of a not-so-public speaker, and why social network analysis matters.
By Mac Slocum
November 11, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Tim O'Reilly looked at the past and future of ebooks, Suzanne Axtell shared her first steps toward becoming a public speaker, and we learned that social network analysis goes far beyond social networks.

Three game characteristics that can be applied to education - A tech-focused look at how "leveling up," collaboration, and play can be woven into learning experiences.

By Marie Bjerede
November 7, 2011

Cloud technologies and thoughtful roadmapping of digital technology can ensure that authenticity, social interaction, and play remain central components of education.

Four short links: 7 November 2011 - City Finances, Low-Power Computers, Future History, and Learner's Mindset

By Nat Torkington
November 7, 2011

California and Bust (Vanity Fair) -- Michael Lewis digs into city and state finances, and the news ain't good. Tonido Plug 2 -- with only watts a day, you could have your own low-cost compute farm that runs off a car battery and a cheap solar panel. William Gibson Interview (The Paris Review) -- It's harder to imagine the...

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing - "MAKE" founder Dale Dougherty was named a "Champion of Change" by the White House.

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing -
By Alex Howard
November 4, 2011

Dale Dougherty, one of the co-founders of O'Reilly Media, was honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his work on "MAKE" Magazine, MakerFaire and the broader DIY movement.

World of Warcraft and Minecraft: Models for our educational system? - How two games can help student engagement.

World of Warcraft and Minecraft: Models for our educational system? - How two games can help student engagement.
By Marie Bjerede
November 4, 2011

Massively multiplayer games like World of Warcraft can teach communication and the higher-order skills needed to achieve collective goals. Simple, rule-based games, such as Minecraft, showcase the value of preservation and exploration.

Four short links: 4 November 2011 - Science Repository, Dancing Robots, Retro Jobs, and Bluetooth Bow

By Nat Torkington
November 4, 2011

Beethoven's Open Repository of Research (RocketHub) -- open repository funded in a Kickstarter-type way. First crowdfunding project I've given $$$ to. KeepOff (GitHub) -- open source project built around hacking KeepOn Interactive Dancing Robots. (via Chris Spurgeon) Steve Jobs One-on-One (ComputerWorld) -- interesting glimpse of the man himself in an oral history project recording made during the NeXT years....

Strata Week: Cloudera founder has a new data product - Odiago hints at the future of Hadoop-based services, Hortonworks shows off its products, and big data comes to edu material.

Strata Week: Cloudera founder has a new data product - Odiago hints at the future of Hadoop-based services, Hortonworks shows off its products, and big data comes to edu material.
By Audrey Watters
November 3, 2011

Cloudera's founder launches Odiago, a new data startup. Elsewhere, Hortonworks reveals its suite of Hadoop products and services, and Knewton and Pearson bring big data to education content.

Four short links: 21 October 2011 - Mozilla's Projects, YouTube Insults, iPhone Ultrasound, RoR Intro

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2011

What Mozilla is Up To (Luke Wroblewski) -- notes from a talk that Brendan Eich gave at Web 2.0 Summit. The new browser war is between the Web and new walled gardens of native networked apps. Interesting to see the effort Mozilla's putting into native-alike Web apps. YouTube Insult Generator (Adrian Holovaty) -- mines YouTube for insults of a...

FLOSS Manuals books published after three-day sprint

By Andy Oram
October 21, 2011

Joining the pilgrimage that all institutions are making toward wider data use, FLOSS Manuals is exposing more and more of the writing process.

Wrap-up from FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google

By Andy Oram
October 21, 2011

Mixtures of grassroots content generation and unique expertise have existed, and more models will be found. Understanding the points of commonality between the systems will help us develop such models.

Day one of FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google Summer of Code summit

By Andy Oram
October 19, 2011

Four teams at Google launched into endeavors that will lead, less than 72 hours from now, to complete books on four open source projects.

Four short links: 18 October 2011 - Search Education, Classic Source, Analyzing Encrypted VoIP, and SQL Injection

By Nat Torkington
October 18, 2011

Web Search Education (Google) -- lesson plans and materials for teaching people how to use search, from operators to critically evaluating sites. This latter area is the weakest: when I teach innocents about the web, I show them organic vs paid results, discuss why people advertise, how people pay for their sites, noticing domain names and organizations, etc. I...

FLOSS Manuals sprint starts at Google Summer of Code summit

By Andy Oram
October 18, 2011

Four free software projects have each sent three to five volunteers to write books about the projects this week. Along the way we'll all learn about the group writing process and the particular use of book sprints to make documentation for free software.

BioCurious opens its lab in Sunnyvale, CA - Inside a new DIY bio lab.

BioCurious opens its lab in Sunnyvale, CA - Inside a new DIY bio lab.
By Andy Oram
October 16, 2011

BioCurious has officially opened its first lab, with a mission of involving ordinary people off the street in biological experiments, using hands-on learning, and promoting open source hardware and software.

Four short links: 10 October 2011 - Education Startups, Smartphone Robotics, Google SQL, and Deleted Timezones

By Nat Torkington
October 10, 2011

Why Education Startups Do Not Succeed --This fundamental investment vs. expenditure mindset changes everything. You think of education as fundamentally a quality problem. The average person thinks of education as fundamentally a cost problem. This and many other insights that repay the reading. (via Hacker News) Romo -- smartphone robotics platform Kickstarter project. Google Cloud SQL -- Google offers...

Four short links: 26 September 2011 - Design and Engineering Culture, Homemade Love, Code Tools, and Cyberbullying

By Nat Torkington
September 26, 2011

BERG London Week 328 -- we're a design company, with a design culture built over 6 years, yet we're having to cultivate a new engineering culture that sits within it and alongside it, and the two have different crystal grains. It's good that they do—engineering through a design process can feel harried and for some projects that does not...

Developer Week in Review: webSOS - HP bails, Oracle fails, and the UK teaches coding (including Wales).

Developer Week in Review: webSOS - HP bails, Oracle fails, and the UK teaches coding (including Wales).
By James Turner
September 23, 2011

WebOS is going to the great operating system repository in the sky, Oracle finds yet another way to peeve developers, and the UK tries to create a new generation of programmers.

Visualization of the Week: The classroom seating chart - A visualization reveals the seating habits of graduate students.

Visualization of the Week: The classroom seating chart - A visualization reveals the seating habits of graduate students.
By Audrey Watters
September 23, 2011

An interactive visualization from Skyrill shows the classroom migration pattern of grad students.

Textbooks should not be consumed in isolation - How Inkling brings a community of learners into the textbook experience.

Textbooks should not be consumed in isolation - How Inkling brings a community of learners into the textbook experience.
By Jenn Webb
September 22, 2011

In this TOC Podcast, Matt MacInnis, founder and CEO of Inkling, talks about how his company is designing textbooks to treat content as one of the ways to learn from the book.

Four short links: 13 September 2011 - Lie with Research, Learning as You Teach, 3D Printing, and Future of Javascript

By Nat Torkington
September 13, 2011

Dan Saffer: How To Lie with Design Research (Google Video) -- Experience shows that, especially with qualitative research like the type designers often do, two researchers can look at the same set of data and draw dramatically different findings from them. As William Blake said, "Both read the Bible day and night, But thou read'st black where I read...

Four short links: 29 August 2011 - Rebooting Manufacturing, Politics, Disney Open Source, and CS Magic

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2011

Laptops and Looms -- very thoughtful and thought-provoking summary of a UK conference on the kinds of Future of Manufacturing tools and businesses that Make and O'Reilly are into. It's easy to romanticise the industry of old but much of it was horrible and remains so in the countries where we now outsource many of our manufacturing needs. If...

A student interview gives insight into how OST works.

By Trish Gray
August 26, 2011

Having enrolled in a whopping 19 courses and completed 12 so far, Student of the Month Charles Daly knows a thing or two about the O'Reilly School of Technology. Read on to get a feel of what it's like to be an OST student:

Four short links: 26 August 2011 - 9/11 Footage, Finland's Schools, Javascript Presentations, and Hollowed-Out Manufacturing

By Nat Torkington
August 26, 2011

911 Footage -- the Internet Archive has published a great collection of video from Sep 11 2001. A tremendous boon to researchers. Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? (Smithsonian Magazine) -- not sure if why they're successful is ever definitively anointed, but the article is fascinating reading. deck.js -- Javascript presentation library. Why Amazon Can't Make a Kindle in the...

Four short links: 24 August 2011 - STM in Python, Static Web is Back, Cyberwar, and Virtual Language Education

By Nat Torkington
August 24, 2011

STM in PyPy -- a proposal to add software transactional memory to the all-Python Python interpreter as a way of simplifying concurrent programming. I first learned about STM from Haskell's Simon Peyton-Jones at OSCON. (via Nelson Minar) Werner Vogels' Static Web Site on S3 -- nice writeup of the toolchain to publish a web site to static files served...

OST Welcomes Our Newest Instructors

By Kerry Butson
August 22, 2011

OST's Senior Manager of Course Development, Kerry Butson, shares the details of her exhaustive quest to find the next amazing OST instructor.

Four short links: 17 August 2011 - Tabular Data API, Open Stanford Courses, Wearable TV, and Wearable Sensors

By Nat Torkington
August 17, 2011

Tablib -- MIT-licensed open source library for manipulating tabular data. Reputed to have a great API. (via Tim McNamara) Stanford Education Everywhere -- courses in CS, machine learning, math, and engineering that are open for all to take. Over 58,000 have already signed up for the introduction to machine learning taught by Peter Norvig, Google's Director of Research. Wearable...

Data science is a pipeline between academic disciplines - Drew Conway on how data science intersects with research and the social sciences.

Data science is a pipeline between academic disciplines - Drew Conway on how data science intersects with research and the social sciences.
By Audrey Watters
August 16, 2011

Strata speaker and PhD candidate Drew Conway discusses how data science is influencing the processes and outcomes of academic research in the social sciences.

Four short links: 12 August 2011 - Learning Adventure, Python Data Analysis, Lanyrd Technology, and New Sensor

By Nat Torkington
August 12, 2011

Hippocampus Text Adventure -- written as an exercise in learning Python, you explore the hippocampus. It's simple, but I like the idea of educational text adventures. (Well, educational in that you learn about more than the axe-throwing behaviour of the cave-dwelling dwarf) Pandas -- BSD-licensed Python data analysis library. Building Lanyrd -- Simon Willison's talk (with slides) about the...

Four short links: 9 August 2011 - Android Peripherals, Security Asymmetry, Teaching on G+, and HTTP Load Testing

By Nat Torkington
August 9, 2011

DSLR Controller -- Android app that lets you remote-control your DSLR. Much being made of the fact that iOS devices aren't as easy to interface with. For more, see the Wired article. (via BoingBoing) Asymmetric Security Warfare -- I found this nugget buried in this photo shoot talking about the differences between Black Hat and DEFCON conferences: [Mudge, Peiter]...

Four short links: 2 August 2011 - UAV Sniffing, Wicked Problems, Online Classes, and Whisky Science

By Nat Torkington
August 2, 2011

DIY UAVs for Cyber-Warface -- aerial drone that poses as celltower, sniffs wifi, cracks passwords, and looks badass. The photo should be captioned "IM IN UR SKIES, SNIFFIN UR GMAIL SESSION COOKIEZ." (via Bryan O'Sullivan) Wicked Problems (Karl Schroeder) -- a category of problem which, once you read the definition, you recognize everywhere. 5. Every solution to a wicked...

Top Stories: July 25-29, 2011 - Data and education, real-time data, what publishers can learn from startups.

Top Stories: July 25-29, 2011	 - Data and education, real-time data, what publishers can learn from startups.
By Mac Slocum
July 29, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: We looked at how data can help education, Theo Schlossnagle made the case for real-time business data, and we learned that tech startups can teach publishers a thing or two.

How data and analytics can improve education - George Siemens on the applications and challenges of education data.

By Audrey Watters
July 25, 2011

Education theorist George Siemens discusses education data: its current state, how it can shape customized learning, and what lies ahead for education analytics.

Wolfram's Computational Document Format

By Andy Oram
July 21, 2011

Wolfram, makers of Mathematic and Wolfram Alpha, unveiled a new set of tools today for embedding mathematical formulas and charts into documents. It could make a big difference to publishers in the sciences and social sciences.

Four short links: 20 July 2011 - Meaningful Subsets, iPhone Reading, JSON Parser, The Epiphanator

By Nat Torkington
July 20, 2011

Random Khan Exercises -- elegant hack to ensure repeatability for a user but difference across users. Note that they need these features of exercises so that they can perform meaningful statistical analyses on the results. Float, the Netflix of Reading (Wired) -- an interesting Instapaper variant with a stab at an advertising business model. I would like to stab...

Strata Week: There's money in data sifting - DataSift lands funding, popping the hood on Google Plus, data products for education

Strata Week: There's money in data sifting - DataSift lands funding, popping the hood on Google Plus, data products for education
By Audrey Watters
July 14, 2011

In the latest Strata Week: DataSift's access to the Twitter firehose proves compelling for investors, the inner workings of Google Plus are revealed, and contestants crank out apps for education.

Four short links: 11 July 2011 - Scammers Banks, DX, Scientific MTurk, and Teaching CS in Javascript

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2011

Which Banks are Enabling Fake AV Scams? -- some nice detective work to reveal the mechanisms and actors who take money from the marks in AV scams. (via BoingBoing) Developer Experience -- new site from ex-Google developer evangelist Pamela Fox, talking about the experience that API- and software-offering companies give to the developers they're wooing. Pros and Cons of...

Four short links: 30 June 2011 - Buying a Micro, Education Entrepreneurship, Faceted Search, Vector-Graphics Scripting

By Nat Torkington
June 30, 2011

Electric Dreams - The 1980s 'The Micro Home Computer Of 1982' (YouTube) -- from a reality show where a gadget-using family are forced to relive 30 years of technology invention, one year each day. This clip is where they're forced to choose a microcomputer from the rush of early hobbyist machines in the 80s: Spectrum, Dragon-32, etc. (via Skud)...

Four short links: 29 June 2011 - Crowdsourced Economics, Education Gold, Meme Analytics, Hacktivism

By Nat Torkington
June 29, 2011

Billion Prices Project -- rather than wait for official inflation figures, the BPP from MIT scans online retailer prices from around the planet. (via The Economist) Readings in Education -- Dan Meyer has linked to some of the best papers he's been reading at grad school. If you have opinions about education, or are thinking of doing something to...

Four short links: 24 June 2011 - Eliza Aftermath, Open Textbook, Crowdsourcing Music Fingerprinting, Singularity Skepticism

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2011

Eliza pt 3 -- delightful recapitulation of the reaction to Eliza and Weizenbaum's reaction to that reaction, including his despair over the students he taught at MIT. Weizenbaum wrote therein of his students at MIT, which was of course all about science and technology. He said that they "have already rejected all ways but the scientific to come to...

Four short links: 21 June 2011 - Terminal Tool, Gamifying Education, Exponential Shortcut, and Kindle Spam

By Nat Torkington
June 21, 2011

tmux -- GNU Screen-alike, with vertical splits and other goodies. (via Hacker News) Gamifying Education (Escapist) -- a more thoughtful and reasoned approach than crude badgification, but I'd still feel happier meddling with kids' minds if there was research to show efficacy and distribution of results. (via Ed Yong) Rule of 72 (Terry Jones) -- common piece of financial...

Four short links: 13 June 2011 - Remote Fingerprint Scans, Playdough Circuits, Update-Sync, and Tweet Failage

By Nat Torkington
June 13, 2011

AIRPrint -- prototype box scans a fingerprint from six feet away. (via Greg Linden) Squishy Circuits -- teaching electronic circuits with conductive and insulating playdough. (via Hacker News) GraphLab -- alternative take on Map-Reduce, called Update-Sync, where tasks run on connected sets of nodes rather than on one node at a time. Tower Bridge Closed -- the @towerbridge account...

Four short links: 10 June 2011 - CS Courses, Crowdsourced Sound Map, CSS Game, and Shared Social Intentions

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2011

Advanced Computer Science Courses -- collection of online course notes/lectures for classes in advanced CS topics. (via Hacker News) UK SoundMap -- very cool crowdsourced audio landscape of the UK. (via British Library) CSS Panic -- game with no HTML, no Javascript, it's all CSS. Only works in Safari and Chrome. (via Dale Harvey) Sharing Intentions Talk -- interesting...

Four short links: 8 June 2011 - education, wikipedia, metrics, brain, science, 3d, fabbing, @fourshort

By Nat Torkington
June 8, 2011

Who Writes Wikipedia -- reported widely as "bots make most of the contributions to Wikipedia", but which really should have been "edits are a lousy measure of contributions". The top bots are doing things like ensuring correctly formatted ISBN references and changing the names of navboxes--things which could be done by humans but which it would be a scandalous...


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