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Open source wayfinding with Walk [Your City]

Open source wayfinding with Walk [Your City]

It's a two-second trip to visit walkyourcity.org. But before you head over there, you'll want to hear from Matt Tomasulo, founder of CityFabric and chief instigator of Walk Raleigh and Walk [Your City]. Urban Times called Walk [Your City] "Open Source Guerrilla Wayfinding." It's a simple idea of helping pedestrians overcome the hurdle of distance perception, and by doing so, promoting a healthier lifestyle.

A few weeks ago at Triangle Wiki Day, Tomasulo mentioned he wanted to take his Walk Raleigh idea global, and using the principles of open source were the perfect way to do so. The open source walking adventure is starting. Tomasulo has started a successful Kickstarter campaign and is gathering support for the Walk Your City platform.

See how open source has influenced the Walk [Your City] project in our interview with Matt Tomasulo. » Read more

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Bohemian broadband and the FOSS/maker culture

Bohemian broadband and the FOSS/maker culture

Last month, Verizon announced their HomeFusion broadband Internet service, which provides faster-than-DSL Internet service to a broad swath of rural America. After paying a one time fee of $200 for a device that hangs on the side of your house, you can live anywhere Verizon's LTE cell phone service reaches and receive fixed wireless broadband Internet at that location for $60/month.

For the longest time, rural home dwellers have had very poor choices for high-speed Internet. Some chose to use satellite Internet service, but that was often a costly and unsatisfactory solution. Verizon's new option is going to be » Read more

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Mozilla Open Badges ships beta release

Mozilla Open Badges ships beta release

Adding skills and achievements to your online identity

When Mozilla’s Open Badges project began in late 2010, it was little more than a demo and an audaciously big idea: what if we could use the web to create whole new ways to "show what you know?

Today, that big idea is becoming reality, with impressive partners and new Mozilla Open Badges beta software coming together to test how digital badges can supercharge learning and identity. » Read more

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Do you use open source hardware?

Do you use open source hardware?

I was at the Palmetto Open Source Conference (POSSCON) a few weeks ago and one of the best exhibits was from SparkFun, an electronics company that sells open source hardware, offers classes, and provides online educational tutorials. A massive collection of electronic gadgets drew me to their booth.

Which got me thinking... » Read more

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Open source software for getting your taxes done

1040 form

If you're in the US, you've still got a week left to do your taxes--or at least file an extension. (They're not due until April 17 this year.) For all the procrastinators out there (and next year's exceptionally early planners), there are a few open source tools for helping you get that chore out of the way: » Read more

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Developer Conference 2012 part II: The talks

Developer Conference 2012:  The talks

One of the frequent comments about the third-annual Developer Conference (held at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic) concerned the structure of the talks. This year we grouped talks by theme. The schedule was more understandable and those who wanted to follow just one specific area didn’t have to switch rooms or wait for the next talk in their area of interest.

Here’s a quick look at some of the most interesting talks, by topic. » Read more

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A potter's community: Mother of innovation

A potter's community: Mother of innovation

One of the great things about being a potter is the way that experience, tools, and tips are shared by those who love the craft. At my first lesson at the potter's wheel, I was blown away by the way my peers (who were strangers at the time) invested in sharing knowledge with the newbies. The more experienced folk were always glad to lend a hand, students modeled the behavior of their teachers, and the class became less of a "follow my lead" and more of a "discover what works" session. » Read more

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Developer Conference 2012 -- Brno, Czech Republic

Developer Conference 2012 -- Brno, Czech Republic

Part I:  History and planning

The third-annual Developer Conference took place February 17 and 18, 2012 at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. This conference, organized by Red Hat Czech Republic, JBoss.org, and Fedora.cz, hosted important and interesting talks about topics including security, kernel, desktop, cloud, and middleware. This report will also highlight other event activities--such as hackfests and networking--and provide information about the organization and purpose of the event, and the plans for the event in the past and in the future. » Read more

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Document Freedom Day: Promoting document freedom

Document Freedom Day

Today is Document Freedom Day. It’s not the easiest subject to explain. » Read more

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Lab of the dead

Lab of the dead

I’ve wasted a few hours finishing an odd game called “Lab of the Dead,” a game in which you play a scientist doing experiments on zombies in an attempt to find a cure for their condition. It’s an oddly amusing game, for various reasons, and if you’d like to play it, do so before reading too much – I’m going to mention the ending. » Read more

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