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Four short links: 14 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 14, 2013

How Geeks Opened up the UK Government (Guardian) — excellent video introduction to how the UK is transforming its civil service to digital delivery. Most powerful moment for me was scrolling through various depts’ web sites and seeing consistent visual …

Rethinking games

By Mike Loukides
March 20, 2013

At a recent board games night hosted by Greg Brown (@practicingruby), we played a game called “Pandemic” that made me rethink the meaning of games. I won’t bother you with a detailed description; it’s enough to say that there are …

Changing the culture of production

By Adam Hyde
December 11, 2012

Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act. —Tom Clancy The emergence of online book production tools is of course bringing writers online. Authoring books online seems to bring two apparently opposing dynamics into play – the social web …

Smart notebooks for linking virtual teams across the net

By Andy Oram
August 13, 2012

Who has the gumption to jump into the crowded market for collaboration tools and call for a comprehensive open source implementation? Perhaps just Miles Fidelman, a networking expert whose experience spans time with Bolt, Beranek and Newman, work on military …

A lever is always better than a lone coder

A lever is always better than a lone coder
By Mac Slocum
July 9, 2012

If we accept that software development is a team activity (it is), the importance of collaboration and communication becomes clear. Team Geek authors Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman discuss the nuances of modern programming in this interview.

Four short links: 15 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 15, 2012

Mobile Money (The Economist) -- Many people know that "mobile money"—financial transactions on mobile phones—has taken off in Africa. How far it has gone, though, still comes as a bit of a shock. Three-quarters of the countries that use mobile money most frequently are in Africa, and mobile banking in some of them has reached extraordinary levels. Akka --...

Four short links: 8 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 8, 2012

Add Torrent Links to IMDB (Userscripts) -- a glimpse at what the Internet could look like: from the site you research movies on, with one click you could then launch the download. If only the company that ran the movie research site had rights to the OneClick patent and the ability to offer movies for download. Oh wait, those...

Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again

By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

One survey said ereader and tablet ownership doubled during the holidays; a second showed that Amazon may not be losing money on its Kindle Fire sales. Also, Amazon got a new print edition distributor and the library discussion elevated beyond ebooks.

Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again

Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again
By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

One survey said ereader and tablet ownership doubled during the holidays; a second showed that Amazon may not be losing money on its Kindle Fire sales. Also, Amazon got a new print edition distributor and the library discussion elevated beyond ebooks.

Four short links: 2 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 2, 2011

Thoughts on Web Application Deployment (OmniTI) -- if your web site is your business, this stuff is critical and it's under-taught. Everyone learns it on the job, and there's not a lot of standardization between gigs. Github Enterprise -- GitHub Enterprise is delivered in the industry-standard OVF format, which means you'll be able to run it on virtualization layers...

Four short links: 10 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 10, 2011

Tools and Practices for Working Virtually -- a detailed explanation of how the RedMonk team works virtually. Twitter Accounts for All Stack Overflow Users by Reputation (Brian Bondy) -- superawesome list of clueful people. The Wonderful World of Early Computing -- from bones to the ENIAC, some surprising and interesting historical computation devices. (via John D. Cook) Overlapping Experiment...

Creating a Pathway to Action

By Tom Barker
September 19, 2010

Or Constructing a Team Vision Part 2 In my last article I discussed collaborating with my team on constructing a team vision that would be our guide for all that we did at a team level. When I ended the...

Four short links: 11 May 2010

By Nat Torkington
May 11, 2010

ToxicLibs -- an independent, open source library collection for computational design tasks with Java & Processing. (via joshua on Delicious) RibbonHero -- a game for learning the new Microsoft Office. (via azaaza on Twitter) Teambox -- open source project collaboration tool. Google Web Security Tutorials -- the classes given to new recruits, including Jarlsberg, a bug-ridden very vulnerable demo...

Adobe Announces "Flash Platform Services"

By Andrew Trice
September 22, 2009

Today, Adobe made the announcement of "Flash Platform Services", a suite a services that enable developers to easily create, scale, and monetize their applications. This includes 3 components: Distribution, Collaboration, and Social.

Four short links: 17 August 2009

By Nat Torkington
August 16, 2009

How Twitter Works in Theory (Kevin Marks) -- very nice summary about the conceptual properties of Twitter that let it work. Both Google and Twitter have little boxes for you to type into, but on Google you're looking for information, and expecting a machine response, whereas on Twitter you're declaring an emotion and expecting a human response. This is...

Four short links: 3 August 2009

By Nat Torkington
August 3, 2009

Enabling Massively Parallel Mathematics Collaboration -- Jon Udell writes about Mike Adams whose WordPress plugin to grok LaTeX formatting of math has enabled a new scale of mathematics collaboration. 2845 Ways to Spin The Risk -- introduction to the ways in which our perception of risk (and numbers in general) can be distorted by how it is presented. (via...

Getting started with Adobe Stratus

0 July 28, 2009

Peer to Peer (P2P) applications have been around for quite some time now. Adobe Stratus, a recently released service from Adobe in combination with Flash Player 10 provides developers all there is needed to create P2P applications today. In this article, we will cover the following

Building a Simple Chat App With Adobe Flash Collaboration Services

By Andrew Trice
June 26, 2009

In this post, we will focus on getting started with Adobe Flash Collaboration Services (formerly Cocomo). If you've heard of this, but aren't really sure what it is, AFCS is a hosted service provided by Adobe which enables real-time collaboration within your own Flex applications.

Geeks Invade Government With Audacious Goals

By Mark Drapeau
May 27, 2009

Guest blogger Mark Drapeau is the Co-Chair of the Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase in Sept 2009 and the Gov 2.0 Expo in May 2010, both in Washington, DC. He holds the title of Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University, a professional military educational school run by the Joint Chiefs...

Crabgrass: free software collaboration for distributed groups

Crabgrass: free software collaboration for distributed groups
By Andy Oram
March 6, 2009

I've been waiting for Crabgrass for years. I want to set up tasks and keep track of what my mates are doing without struggling with Gantt charts and all those tools for MBAs; looking at the grid of lines on a spreadsheet makes me think of jail. Crabgrass offers all the elements of social networking that are actually useful.; The Falling Cost and Accelerated Speed of Group Action

By Joshua-Michele Ross
February 14, 2009 is a great example of how easy it is today for people to, as Clay Shirky says, “organize without organizations.” began after Jerry Brito attended a mayor’s Conference and posted this request: "Let’s help President-Elect Obama do what he is promising. Let’s help him “prioritize” so the projects so that we “get the most bang for the...

Can the Internet Prevent War?

By Timothy M. O'Brien
December 9, 2008

In his Nobel lecture Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio posited that the Internet might have prevented the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Second World War. In this post, I offer a counterargument: the decade we all lived through demonstrated the power of the Internet as a platform for propaganda.

Wikitecture - Radical Collaboration in Architecture

By Joshua-Michele Ross
October 16, 2008

Many of the precepts that began with Open Source (collaboration, shared IP, crowdsourcing etc.) are migrating from software development into a series of ever more surprising disciplines. Today old-school institutions like Proctor and Gamble go outside of their own R&D teams to innovate new products while Best Buy opens APIs to allow outside developers to build on their catalog...

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