Git sounds like an insult, but it’s actually a distributed version control system which was originally invented by Linus Torvalds, the developer of the Linux kernel. GitHub is a phenomenally successful open-source code hosting site build around Git. GitHub is also a community and the unofficial voice of the GitHub community is The Changelog, a blog and weekly podcast which highlights developments in Open Source by monitoring GitHub. The podcast is hosted by Wynn Netherland and Adam Stokoviac who regularly get to speak to the developers whose code is being developed in the open on GitHub*. Rather eccentrically numbered like the releases of open source projects that it documents (episode 0.0.1 was released November 22, 2009, 0.3.2 is the latest episode), this podcast is an essential stethoscope for listening to the pulse of open source development.
Month: August 2010
BBC Micro brought back to life
Really liked this story that was a small item on Today’s Today programme. Students on A level computing course being let into The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park to programme the BBC micro (in BBC Basic) in order to learn how computers really work.
Visit the link for a more detailed article, background to the BBC Micro, and video from BBC News team.
The Twitter guardiantech Daily on paper.li (via @jemimakiss)
I like this idea. Mainstream newspaper The Guardian takes the twitter feeds of its tech journalists to produce a daily snapshot of it’s tech coverage.
Could easily adapt this idea for a University or a teaching module — although a monthly might be more useful in the latter context!
A Friday trip down the rabbit hole (or why I want to take the blue pill). What’s interested me this week.
The Real Life Social Network v2
I was wandering aimlessly across the internet, as you do, when I came across an interesting SlideShare Presentation The Real Life Social Network from Paul Adams (@padday) who works as the user research lead for social on the User Experience (UX) team at Google. He works on projects like Buzz and YouTube (and maybe even Google Me).
– goes on to discuss the **connections** that people have with other and how these change our on-line behavior;
– illustrates what people’s **relationships** really look like and how they compare (badly) to the relationships possible in social networks possible on line;
– examines the **influence** we have with our peers and how this can override any influence we might want to impose, say as a service provider, from the outside;
– **identity** and our need to project different identities to different audiences; and
– **privacy** or how to keep your private life separate from your professional life.
#lrnchat Mendeley – my last.fm for research: catch me at Mendeley http://bit.ly/bnSba7
Your Personal Learning Environment
Nice presentation made to students at the University of British Columbia as part of “JumpStart 2010″ UBC’s international orientation by former student Andre Malan (andremalan.net). Includes a very good presentation.
As well as an orientation presentation (in Prezi) of Personal Learning Environments from a student’s Point of View (POV), it concludes with some suggestions of suitable tools.
Would be worth Student Support Services taking a look and adapting for the Swansea University case.
A Level Day 2010
Today is the day that A levels results are released to students and their parents. For the first time in as long as I can remember, the news media has not been obsessed with grade inflation. The estimated 175,000 students who won’t get a place has moved that old chestnut off top spot. That said, universities which told a Guardian poll last week that they were full are suddenly able to take well qualified students (Clearing 2010: Universities offer lifeline to top students, The Guardian).
Podcast of the week: #4 Sprachbar
An odd one this … but bear with me.
Sprachbar is part of the Deutsch for Ausländer (German for foreigners) programming of Deutsche Welle, the German equivalent to the BBC World Service.
To quote from the website
Sprachbar is an offering that introduces you to the subtleties and secrets of the German language. You will listen to explanations of current headlines, quotes from literature, figures of speech and grammar.
I like it because my wife is German and though my writing and speaking skills are minimal, my aural comprehension is quite good, and I can actually understand these short, humorous explanations of the idioms of modern German. In other words, it helps to keep my ear in.
Deutsche Welle (dw-world.de) provides lots more interesting resources for the budding German speaker, potential visitor, or home-sick native. And don’t worry, lots of the web site and resources is actually in English. For the serious student there are also Lots of German as a Foreign Language resources including news, programming, videos and Podcasts.
The latest Sprachbar podcast is Ein Loch kommt nie allien:
Sommerloch – Astloch – Stopfloch: Es “löchelt” viel in der deutschen Sprache. Wer genug Löcher in die Luft gestarrt hat, besucht Loch Ness – und fällt dann vor Ent-täuschung in ein tiefes Loch.
There’s a full transcript (in German only!) on the site.
I can’t wait!
Cloud Computing – 44 Years On
Simon Wardley introduces cloud computing with an interesting history lesson on the commodization of technology. Includes an introduction to the OSCON 2010 Cloud Computing Summit. Memorable quote:
the only [service providers] who call their customers “users” are drug dealers and software vendors.
Update: Simon has posted his own introduction to the Summit in Arguably, the best cloud conference in the world?, Bits or Pieces.
Released by http://oscon.com under the Creative Commons Attribution license. Original source is blip.tv here.
More from the Cloud Computing Summit:
- Subra Kumaraswamy, “Security, Identity – Back to the Drawing Board?” 25 minutes.
- John Willis, “Cloudy Operations“. 22 minutes.
- Patrick Kerpan, “The Cloud Myths, Schemes, and Dirty Little Secrets“. 17 minutes.
- Stephen O’Grady, “Curing Addiction Is Easier“. 18 minutes.
- Dion Hinchcliffe, “Cloud, E2.0 – Joining the Dots“. 30 minutes.
- James Urquhart, “The Journey So Far“. 11 minutes.
- Marten Mickos, “Cloud and Open Source – A Natural Fit or Mortal Enemies?“. 8 minutes.
- Neil Levine, “The Future of Open Source“. 9 minutes.
- Marten Mickos, “Cloud and Open Source – A Natural Fit or Mortal Enemies?“
- Tim O’Reilly, “Infoware + 10 Years“. 10 minutes.
- Panel Discussion: “A Cloudy Future or Can We See Trends?”, Speakers L-R Tim O’Reilly, JP Rangaswami, Kate Craig-Wood, Dion Hinchcliffe . Moderated by Simon Wardley. 50 Minutes.