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Four short links: 18 August 2010

By Nat Torkington
August 18, 2010

BBC Dimensions -- brilliant work, a fun site that lets you overlay familiar plcaes with famous and notable things so you can get a better sense of how large they are. Example: the Colossus of Rhodes straddling O'Reilly HQ, the Library of Alexandria vs the Google campus, and New Orleans Mardi Gras began at the headquarters of Fred Phelps's...

The power of informal contracts

By Jon Udell
August 11, 2010

In a world full of services like delicious, FriendFeed, and Twitter -- services that can route feeds of data based on user-defined vocabularies -- you don't have to be a programmer to create useful mashups. You just have to understand, and find ways to apply, something Jon Udell calls the "Principle of Informal Contracts." He expands on the concept in the second part of his elmcity series.

Four short links: 29 June 2010

By Nat Torkington
June 29, 2010

The Diary of Samuel Pepys -- a remarkable mashup of historical information and literature in modern technology to make the Pepys diaries an experience rather than an object. It includes historical weather, glosses, maps, even an encyclopedia. (prompted by Jon Udell) The Tonido Plug Server -- one of many such wall-wart sized appliances. This caught my eye: CodeLathe, the...

Four short links: 7 May 2010

By Nat Torkington
May 7, 2010

Flash is Not a Right (Ian Bogost) -- I worry that we're losing a sense of diversity in computation. This seems to be happening at both the formal and informal levels. Georgia Tech's computer science bachelor's degree doesn't require a language survey class, for example (although one is offered as an elective). This year in the Computational Media curriculum...

The Watering Hole: All the Cops in the Donut Shop Say Ay Oh Whey Oh

The Watering Hole: All the Cops in the Donut Shop Say Ay Oh Whey Oh
By James Turner
February 12, 2010

So far, most of the interesting mashups have been between government provided data. But when you start mashing government data with other sources, I bet some interesting correlations might emerge.

SlideShare Karaoke Toastmaster Table Topics Mashup

SlideShare Karaoke Toastmaster Table Topics Mashup
By Mark Finnern
June 5, 2009

The YouTube for slides: SlideShare has a nifty little game they call SlideShare Karaoke. You put in a keyword and it randomly selects one deck of slides for you to present. If you want to improve your presentation skills, there is no better way than going to weekly Toastmasters meetings. You can use the SlideShare Karaoke feature as the basis for Table Topics in your next Toastmaster meeting.

Google Voice Set to Transform the Phone

Google Voice Set to Transform the Phone
By Kurt Cagle
March 12, 2009

In 2007, Google acquired the Grand Central Service, a VOIP based service that let users take advantage of a single phone number that could be used to forward to other phones, to record conversations and so forth. This service has been under the radar for some time, but today Google announced the new Google Voice, a free service based upon Grand Central that will debut in the next several weeks to new users.

SOA Still Alive and Well--Sell it to the Business

By David A. Chappell
January 8, 2009

In case you need to catch up, Anne Thomas Manes of Burton Group declared that "SOA met its demise on January 1, 2009, when it was wiped out by the catastrophic impact of the economic recession!".


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