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Four short links: 17 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 17, 2013

Computer Software Archive (Jason Scott) — The Internet Archive is the largest collection of historical software online in the world. Find me someone bigger. Through these terabytes (!) of software, the whole of the software landscape of the last 50 …

Top Open Source SDN Projects to Keep Your Eyes On

By Sarah Sorensen
August 1, 2012

Interest and momentum around OpenFlow and software defined networking (SDN) has certainly been accelerating. it's hard to predict what's going to happen next. But that won't stop us from trying! I spent the last few weeks checking in with some SDN pioneers to find out what's going on that's of interest in the SDN space these days...

Four short links: 11 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2012

Lamar Smith Trying to Revive SOPA (BoingBoing) -- don't hate Smith, pity him. He's a prostitute, and it shouldn't surprise that when released from prison he immediately returns to the street corner to hawk his pearly again. He's a victim of a political system that requires politicians to sell their integrity to be elected. What Powers Instagram -- I...

Four short links: 10 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 10, 2012

Learn to Write 6502 Assembly Language -- if retro-gaming is the gateway drug you're using to attract kids to programming, this is the crack you wheel out after three months of getting high. Ok, this metaphor is broken on many levels. (via Hacker News) Small Political Pieces, Loosely Joined -- MySociety: We believe that the wrong answer to this...

Have a healthy conference

By Andy Oram
July 9, 2012

In honor of the third health care track at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, I invite everyone to join me in five ways to have a healthy conference.

Four short links: 6 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 6, 2012

HM Government Consultation on Modernising Copyright (PDF) -- from all appearances, the UK Govt is prepared to be progressive and tech-savvy in considering updates to copyright law. Proof of the pudding is in the eating (i.e., wait and see whether the process is coopted by maximalists) but an optimistic start. Cisco Provides a Lesson (Eric Raymond) -- This is...

Four short links: 4 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2012

How Anonymous Works (Wired) -- Quinn Norton explains how the decentralized Anonymous operates, and how the transition to political activism happened. Required reading to understand post-state post-structure organisations, and to make sense of this chaotic unpredictable entity. Kanban For 1 -- very nice progress board for tasks, for the lifehackers who want to apply agile software tools to the...

Download my Tutorial Slides

By Kevin Shockey
July 1, 2012

I've uploaded the slides for my OSCON tutorial "How to Organize and Fund Free Culture Projects." Definitely, the hardest set of slides I've ever had to put together. It combines four months of searching, reading, researching, condensing, simplifying, and writing...

OSCON Business Leadership Day

By Kevin Shockey
June 29, 2012

I encourage you to give the Business Leadership track a look. You'll need to have the tutorial pass to attend, and while I hope all of the tutorials are great on Tuesday, if you're bored, please stop by room F 151.

UK Cabinet Office relaunches Data.gov.uk, releases open data white paper

By Alex Howard
June 29, 2012

The Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom released a notable new white paper on open data and relaunched its flagship open data platfrom, Data.gov.uk. This post features interviews on open data with Cabinet Minister Francis Maude, Tim Berners-Lee and Rufus Pollock.

UK Cabinet Office relaunches Data.gov.uk, releases open data white paper

By Alex Howard
June 29, 2012

The Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom released a notable new white paper on open data and relaunched its flagship open data platfrom, Data.gov.uk. This post features interviews on open data with Cabinet Minister Francis Maude, Tim Berners-Lee and Rufus Pollock.

Four short links: 28 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 28, 2012

Bogan Ipsum -- the Australian version of Loren Ipsum. (via Seb Chan) Microsoft BASIC for 6502 -- reverse-engineering magic, this person has RE'd the assembly language for various versions of the BASIC interpreter that shipped on microcomputers in the 80s. This page talks about the changes in each version, the easter eggs, and the hacks. This, kids, is how...

Tutorial As a Startup Update

Tutorial As a Startup Update
By Kevin Shockey
June 27, 2012

All I can say at this point, is that it's hard to get people to engage over the Internet. Anyone claiming that it's easy to get an audience, a community, or project to respond and take action is, extremely lucky.

Four short links: 27 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 27, 2012

Turing Centenary Speech (Bruce Sterling) -- so many thoughtbombs, this repays rereading. We’re okay with certain people who “think different” to the extent of buying Apple iPads. We’re rather hostile toward people who “think so very differently” that their work will make no sense for thirty years — if ever. We’ll test them, and see if we can find...

The State of Open Source

By Kevin Shockey
June 26, 2012

Look at Pepsi and Coke. Do you think that they are willing to accept a decline in any aspect of their brand? No, they keep pushing, making sure everyone knows what they are drinking. I propose a similar campaign for open source. Let us make sure that users of cloud computing, for example, know what they are using. They are using free and open source software. Google Drive anyone?

Four short links: 26 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 26, 2012

SnapItHD -- camera captures full 360-degree panorama and users select and zoom regions afterward. (via Idealog) Iago (GitHub) -- Twitter's load-generation tool. AutoCAD Worm Stealing Blueprints -- lovely, malware that targets inventions. The worm, known as ACAD/Medre.A, is spreading through infected AutoCAD templates and is sending tens of thousands of stolen documents to email addresses in China. This one...

Synching Up Your Life

By Kevin Shockey
June 25, 2012

You never now when you're an accident or failure aware from disaster. Having a multiple layer backup and recovery strategy is merely standard operating procedure.

Clinician, researcher, and patients working together: progress aired at Indivo conference

By Andy Oram
June 21, 2012

SMART and Indivo offer a far-reaching platform for giving patients access to data and working seemlessly with other cooperating institutions.

Clinician, researcher, and patients working together: progress aired at Indivo conference

By Andy Oram
June 21, 2012

SMART and Indivo offer a far-reaching platform for giving patients access to data and working seemlessly with other cooperating institutions.

Call for Attendee Participation

By Kevin Shockey
June 19, 2012

For anyone who has already registered for this year's OSCON, and have selected my tutorial "How to Organize and Fund Free Culture Projects," I cordially invite you to self-identify yourself so we can work together to make the tutorial everything you need it to be.

Four short links: 15 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 15, 2012

In Flawed, Epic Anonymous Book, the Abyss Gazes Back (Wired) -- Quinn Norton's review of a book about Anonymous is an excellent introduction to Anonymous. Anonymous made us, its mediafags, masters of hedging language. The bombastic claims and hyperbolic declarations must be reported from their mouths, not from our publications. And yet still we make mistakes and publish lies...

Four short links: 11 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 11, 2012

When Code Can Kill or Cure (The Economist) -- I've linked to the dangers of closed source devices before, but this caught my eye: "In the 1990s we developed an excellent radiation-therapy treatment-planning system and tried to give it away to other clinics," says Dr Mackie. "But when we were told by the FDA that we should get our...

Four short links: 7 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 7, 2012

Electric Imp -- yet another group working on the necessary middleware for ubiquitous networked devices. How Big Data Transformed the Dairy Industry (The Atlantic) -- cutting-edge genomics company Illumina has precisely one applied market: animal science. They make a chip that measures 50,000 markers on the cow genome for attributes that control the economically important functions of those animals....

Four short links: 1 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 1, 2012

BeWell App (Google Play) -- continuously tracks user behaviors along three key health dimensions without requiring any user input — the user simply downloads the app and uses the phone as usual. Finally, someone tracking my behaviour for my own good. Met 3D -- the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts its first 3d printing and scanning hackathon. [O]n June...

Nominations open for the O'Reilly Open Source Awards 2012

By Sarah Novotny
May 31, 2012

OSCON's annual Open Source Awards recognize individual contributors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, and collaboration in the development of open source software. Nominations are open until July 1.

Four short links: 30 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 30, 2012

Wide Open Future of the Art Museum (TED) -- text of an interview with curator at the Walters Art Museum about CC-licensing content: reasons for it, value to society, value to the institution. What I say in a very abbreviated form in my talk is that people go to the Louvre because they’ve seen the Mona Lisa; the reason...

Four short links: 25 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 25, 2012

Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss -- transcript of a thoughtful music industry insider considering the effect of the net on the business. The other problem? I’ve been expecting for years now to see aggregate revenue flowing to artist increase. Disintermediation promised us this. It hasn’t happened. Everywhere I look artists seem to be working more...

Four short links: 22 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 22, 2012

New Zealand Government Budget App -- when the NZ budget is announced, it'll go live on iOS and Android apps. Tablet users get details, mobile users get talking points and speeches. Half-political, but an interesting approach to reaching out to voters with political actions. Health Care Data Dump (Washington Post) -- 5B health insurance claims (attempted anonymized) to be...

Four short links: 17 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 17, 2012

The Mythology of Big Data (PDF) -- slides from a Strata keynote by Mark R. Madsen. A lovely explanation of the social impediments to the rational use of data. (via Hamish MacEwan) Scamworld -- amazing deconstruction of the online "get rich quick" scam business. (via Andy Baio) Ceres: Solving Complex Problems with Computing Muscle -- Johnny Lee Chung explains...

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 --...

Lucene conference touches many areas of growth in search

By Andy Oram
May 11, 2012

With a modern search engine and smart planning, web sites can provide visitors with a better search experience than Google. Why turn-out for the new "big data" track was lower than I expected, and other news from this week's conference about using Lucene big and small.

Lucene conference touches many areas of growth in search

By Andy Oram
May 11, 2012

With a modern search engine and smart planning, web sites can provide visitors with a better search experience than Google. Why turn-out for the new "big data" track was lower than I expected, and other news from this week's conference about using Lucene big and small.

Four short links: 4 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 4, 2012

Common Statistical Fallacies (Flowing Data) -- once you know to look for them, you see them everywhere. Or is that confirmation bias? Project Hijack -- Hijacking power and bandwidth from the mobile phone's audio interface. Creating a cubic-inch peripheral sensor ecosystem for the mobile phone. Peak Plastic -- Deb Chachra points out that if we’re running out of oil,...

Recombinant Research: Breaking open rewards and incentives

By Andy Oram
May 2, 2012

To move from a hothouse environment of experimentation to the mainstream of one of the world's most lucrative and tradition-bound industries, Sage Bionetworks must aim for its nucleus: rewards and incentives. Comparisons to open source software and a summary of tasks for Sage Congress.

Recombinant Research: Breaking open rewards and incentives

By Andy Oram
May 2, 2012

To move from a hothouse environment of experimentation to the mainstream of one of the world's most lucrative and tradition-bound industries, Sage Bionetworks must aim for its nucleus: rewards and incentives. Comparisons to open source software and a summary of tasks for Sage Congress.

The UK's battle for open standards

By Simon Wardley
May 2, 2012

Influence, money, a bit of drama — not things you typically associate with open standards, yet that's what the U.K. government is facing as it evaluates open options.

Four short links: 2 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 2, 2012

Punting on SxSW (Brad Feld) -- I came across this old post and thought: if you can make money by being a dick, or make money by being a caring family person, why would you choose to be a dick? As far as I can tell, being a dick is optional. Brogrammers, take note. Be more like Brad Feld,...

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress plans for patient engagement

By Andy Oram
May 1, 2012

The Vioxx problem is just one instance of the wider malaise afflicting the drug industry. Managers from major pharma companies expressed confidence that they could expand public or "pre-competitive" research in the direction Sage Congress proposed. The sector left to engage is the one that's central to all this work--the public.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress plans for patient engagement

By Andy Oram
May 1, 2012

The Vioxx problem is just one instance of the wider malaise afflicting the drug industry. Managers from major pharma companies expressed confidence that they could expand public or "pre-competitive" research in the direction Sage Congress proposed. The sector left to engage is the one that's central to all this work--the public.

Four short links: 1 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 1, 2012

Sugata Mitra: Beyond The Hole in the Wall (YouTube) -- great talk by the education researcher Sugata Mitra whose big kick is self-directed learning. Great stories about the deployments and effects he's had with technology and supervision rather than teaching, but the end is a real kicker: the core skills we have are literacy, search, and belief. Of the...

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress promotes data sharing in genetics

By Andy Oram
April 30, 2012

Through two days of demos, keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions, Sage Congress brought its vision to a high-level cohort of 230 attendees from universities, pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, and others who can make change in the field.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress promotes data sharing in genetics

By Andy Oram
April 30, 2012

Through two days of demos, keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions, Sage Congress brought its vision to a high-level cohort of 230 attendees from universities, pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, and others who can make change in the field.

Four short links: 30 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 30, 2012

Chanko (Github) -- trivial A/B testing from within Rails. OpenMeetings -- Apache project for audio/video conferencing, screen sharing, whiteboard, calendar, and other groupware features. Low Innovation Internet (Wired) -- I disagree, I think this is a Louis CK Nobody's Happy moment. We renormalize after change and become blind to the amazing things we're surrounded by. Hundreds of thousands (millions?)...

Four short links: 26 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 26, 2012

Apollo Software -- amazing collection of source code to the software behind the Apollo mission. And memos, and quick references, and operations plans, and .... Just another reminder that the software itself is generally dwarfed by its operation. flickrapi.js (Github) -- Aaron Straup Cope's Javascript library for Flickr. t (Github) -- command-line power-tool for Twitter. Habits of Mind (PDF)...

Four short links: 25 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 25, 2012

World History Since 1300 (Coursera) -- Coursera expands offerings to include humanities. This content is in books and already in online lectures in many formats. What do you get from these? Online quizzes and the online forum with similar people considering similar things. So it's a book club for a university course? mod_spdy -- Apache module for the SPDY...

Four short links: 23 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 23, 2012

How's That Three Strikes Thing Working Out? (Paul Brislen) -- The rights holders in New Zealand put together an ad campaign based on the destruction of value of New Zealand content, yet it hasn’t defended a single New Zealand artist. USTR Telling You Where To Stick Your Data -- A number of US companies had expressed concerns that various...

Four short links: 20 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 20, 2012

Tupac Coachella Behind the Technology (CBS) -- interesting to me is Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were considering taking Shakur with them on tour. Just as Hobbit, Tintin, etc. are CG-ing characters to look normal, is the future of "live" spectacle to be this kind of CG show? Will new acts be competing against the Rolling Stones forever? Javascript...

Sage Congress: The synthesis of open source with genetics

By Andy Oram
April 19, 2012

A conversation with Sage Bionetworks founder Stephen Friend about how open source can support a business model in drug development, the progress of current data sharing projects, and more.

Four short links: 19 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 19, 2012

Superfastmatch -- open source text comparison tool, used to locate plagiarism/churnalism in online news sites. You can pull out the text engine and use it for your own "find where this text is used elsewhere" applications (e.g., what's being forwarded out in email, how much of this RFP is copy and paste, what's NOT boilerplate in this contract, etc.)....

Four short links: 18 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 18, 2012

CartoDB (GitHub) -- open source geospatial database, API, map tiler, and UI. For feature comparison, see Comparing Open Source CartoDB to Fusion Tables (via Nelson Minar). Future Telescope Array Drives Exabyte Processing (Ars Technica) -- Astronomical data is massive, and requires intense computation to analyze. If it works as planned, Square Kilometer Array will produce over one exabyte (260...


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