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OSCON Keynote: Distilling Distinction

Next Keynote this morning was Distilling Distinction with Robert “r0ml” Lefkowitz. Aristotle believed that the most effective way to appeal to authority is rhetoric … but that doesn’t work so have to manufacture distinction – how do you get people to believe that you know what you’re talking about? The next thing you can do is “do” stuff … people see that you have done stuff that proves that you  [ Read More ]

OSCON Keynote: Turing’s Curse

First Keynote on the final day of OSCON was Turing’s Curse given by John Graham-Cumming (CloudFlare). John pointed us to The Mother of All Demos he wanted to talk about the history of computers – because the new stuff isn’t really that new. Cloud computing for example there was a book about this in 1966 (I missed the title). Wifi … also not so new, it was actually used in  [ Read More ]

Home Automation with Arduino/RaspberryPi

Up last today was Rupa Dachere (CodeChix) talking about Home Automation with Arduino/RaspberryPi. The session ran over and started late so I only get to share a bit of info with you – you can probably find slides online somewhere. Rupa decided to start this project so that she could find out who was at her front door, when they got there (time/day) and wanted to be notified that they  [ Read More ]

OSCON: Everything Counts

Next up was Everything Counts with Mari Huertas (Obama for America). To help all of your work count Mari breaks things down in to three things: Shape If you lead with design and shape your project. Mari shared the following quote: “Good design used to make you stand out on the web. Now it’s the price of entry” – Ev Williams. You want to prototype, prototype, prototype!! Along those lines  [ Read More ]

Literacy: The Shift From Reading to Writing

Next was Literacy: The Shift From Reading to Writing presented by Robert Lefkowitz. I missed the very beginning cause I ended up in a talk about JavaScript … not that it wouldn’t have been a good talk … just not for me So let’s start with what I heard on the way in … code is written to be read! So you need to make sure that your code is  [ Read More ]

“Good Enough” is Good Enough!

First session this morning was “Good Enough” is Good Enough! with Alex Martelli. I can’t possibly to Alex justice in my notes below because he was an awesome and charismatic speaker, but I’ll try! Alex started by asking us if we should always strive for perfection and anything less is unacceptable. No one raised their hands. Instead we agreed that we should release early and release often and constantly fix  [ Read More ]

Up last this morning was Leigh Heyman (Executive Office of the President) in a talk titled We The People: Open Source, Open Data. We The People is the White House’s online petition platform. Online petitions are not particularly new, but there hasn’t been much change in the way they’re handled. The goal of We The People is to change that – President Obama said that he wanted to have the  [ Read More ]

Next was Licensing Models and Building an Open Source Community presented by Eileen Evans at HP. Eileen made a broad generalization about open source licenses – there are two types of licenses: Permissive and copyleft. The question is can a permissive license be used to build an open source community. Originally Eileen felt that the answer was “no”. You needed a contractual reason to make people contribute back to open  [ Read More ]

Keynote: Start With Freedom

The next talk by Tom Preston-Werner at GitHub was titled ‘Start With Freedom.’ Tom wanted to talk to us about decision making – a better way to make decisions by starting with your principles and then building off of them. Today we do things the way we think it should be done because others are doing it that way – instead we should start with ourselves and our principles. Next  [ Read More ]

Next up was Tim O’Reilly with a panel entitled Code Is Making Government More Effective with Jared Smith (Bluehost) and Michal Migurski (Code For America). First up was Jared. Last year Jared talked about the case study: Economic impact of open source on small business, this year those they’re talking about using open source code to make government more efficient. First we saw a video of how Code for America  [ Read More ]

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