After spending a couple of years working at a leading digital agency in strategy and then running the technical team, it felt like the right time to move on to new challenges. I am currently working on a few new experiments including Learning Locker and Reach.
Over 3.5 million people, so far, signing up to Coursera clearly demonstrates appetite to learn, something.
I am interested in the initial motivation to sign up - is it folks wanting to learn for the sake of it, are they just curious, do some think it will give them a better chance at a job to say they have completed courses from established universities, or ... something else?
When building TinyBlog, I harnessed some excellent open source tools and libraries. Here is a complete list:
Since moving to Toronto around 22 months ago I have made a decent stab at acquainting myself with the local brew. I had heard about, and tried, the large brewers; Molson, Labatts and Sleemans but other than those three my knowledge was limited. When trying to find out about good Canadian beer, I was met with a few doubters questioning if there was such a thing.
So, I set out on a mission to correct my lack of knowledge as it would be a poor show not to gain a true understanding of a country’s beer. In fact, it could be classed a criminal act not to do ...
If you are building a service or app on Elgg that sends a lot of transactional emails then this plugin might be useful to you. I would always recommend using an established service to deploy email as they will have established IPs reducing the likelihood that your emails end up in the spam folder. Over time you can build up a good reputation rolling your own but it takes a while and, especially when starting a new service, is usually not worth the risk; you need to ensure your early ...
Time to go simple. While there are many awesome tools available to publish on the web, I found myself getting increasingly frustrated by all the options I had to consider to get something running: I just wanted a basic blog to ramble on about shit most people won't care about that I owned. Enter TinyBlog.
TinyBlog is exactly as it sounds, a tiny blogging platform that does nothing more than let you publish basic blog posts.
In 2010 I started using Spotify as my primary source of music. It was great and I loved the offline feature. The service was costing me 10 pounds (around $16 canadian) per month, which I didn’t mind paying. It meant no ads, offline usage and access to unlimited songs. Spotify had a decent selection of artists on their roster, so I was happy.
Then I moved to Canada, and started commuting.
Spotify was not available in Canada so I kept the service running ...
Tin Can is gathering momentum and now there is a weekly web conference for those interested in discussing the API. You can register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/367812434
If you are unsure what Tin Can is, there is a full description on the project site.
The Tin Can API is a brand new learning technology specification ...
Recently Ben wrote about Bootstrapping Elgg - upon seeing the title, my initial thought jumped to Twitter Bootstrap and Elgg, something I am working with for a new project. In fact, he was talking about the process we went through starting Elgg (in the context of lean start ups); a project that arose from a discussion, moved to a paper, ...