TEDxRochester 2010 – Bridging the Digital Divide

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.  ~Mark Twain Truer words were never spoken!   It took me longer to put together the 6 minute slide deck for TEDxRochester than it did to prepare for any of the other talks I gave in 2010.   …

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Help Wanted – Fortune Hunter Math Adventure

Late last week I had the opportunity to check in with RIT to see how student projects were coming along.  To my surprise, the Fortune Hunter team has plans to push out a release by the end of the year.  But to do that, they recognize that they need to …

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Guest Lecture This Morning at RIT

In just a little while I’ll be heading over to RIT to give a short talk on FOSS Community Collaborations. For those who are interested in the slide deck, I’ve uploaded them to the Fedora Wiki.  As you can see from this picture it has girl-y goodness through out.  Why …

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Kicking off the Fall Quarter at RIT

This morning I was able to attend the first session of RIT’s Humanitarian FOSS class. As some of you know, the class has been running since Spring of 2009, but this time around it seemed like a much better start than we’ve had over the previous quarters the class is …

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Re: Have you seen this?

On 07/10/2010 09:54 PM, D. S. wrote: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=microsoft-imagine-cup No I hadn’t seen it yet, but MS is losing ground to companies like Google and their “Don’t be Evil” stance on business. So how does a company become less evil? They start finding projects for the good of the order and …

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Why was it me?

Before you get the wrong idea, I’m not having a pity party here in my blog. Instead, “Why me?” is sort of the basis for a series of rhetorical questions I’ve been processing this morning. This morning I received an email saying that John Resig, creator of JQuery is going …

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A Disc full of Sugar helps the FOSS go down

Tonight is Open House at TJ Conner Elementary and I sent a special disc to school for the families. As you may recall, I’ve been taking an XO to my son’s first grade class on Wednesday mornings. The record activity has been extremely popular and Mrs. Richmond asked if she …

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First Graders and XO Photo Retrieval Woes

Every Wednesday morning, I volunteer in my son’s first grade class. You could describe my duties as crowd control. As Mrs. Richmond works with small groups of children on their reading skills, I’m keeping an eye on everyone else. Some children are writing in their journals. Others are working on …

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Project updates at RIT

I made it to class last night and lucky for me, I was able to catch some project updates. They all seem to be coming along and are starting to get in the groove. Though I still had to remind them that while everyone loves how well RIT does a …

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Project proposals at RIT

The third quarter of RIT’s Open Source Development class made their project pitches last night. As each one was made, there I was poo-pooing all the ideas. It’s not that the ideas weren’t good, on the contrary, some were shockingly well thought out and could be the start of some …

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