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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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It’s scary to join an open source project

It’s scary to join an open source project

Think of the last time you walked up to a complete stranger, stuck out your hand and said, “Hi, my name is …” Depending on how often you do that, it was probably a scary moment. Before you walked up to the person, you had to steel your nerves, decide what you were going to say, and then approach them.

Joining an open source software project is a bit like that. You have to send a mail to a huge list of random people. Or file a bugzilla bug that goes to a ton of random people. » Read more

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Snake charmers unite at PyCon 2012

PyCon 2012

This month Santa Clara, CA, hosted the largest snake charmer gathering in history—but not the mass of individuals holding flutes, wearing turbans, and playing seductively at wicker baskets you might be imagining. Rather, this crowd was more likely to be found staring at laptops than a venomous snake at the other end of a pungi. This was PyCon, a conference dedicated to charmers of the python programming language. » Read more

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