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review | Jason E. Shao

Crucible 2.1 Out

Crucible 2.1 also supports the new pre-commit review creation functionality recently added to the Atlassian IDE Connector for Eclipse. This plugin from Tasktop, the makers of Mylyn, is a must have for Eclipse users who use Crucible (or Bamboo, or JIRA, or FishEye). http://blogs.atlassian.com/devtools/2009/11/crucible21released.htmlлегла This looks pretty nice – pre-commit workflow is a nice addition – ...

“Sakai Courseware Management” – *the* Sakai Book

This may be old news to others, but I finally have my copy of the new “Sakai Courseware Management” book (courtesy of the folks over at Packt) and more surprisingly have even been able to carve out time to read the contents. For people who may not have been aware, this is the book that ...

More Google Malware Woes

According to Safari 4 this blog is back on the Google malware list, though the Google Website Owner tools (which look neat) don’t appear to flag any warnings, and it’s not clear why that would be the case. The report sounds pretty innocuous, though oddly it shows up as being for: 74.222.134.0, which nslookup doesn’t report ...

Blackboard Won. Making the case for open source

Blackboard Won:This just in A Texas jury has found Kitchener software company Desire2Learn Inc. guilty of infringing on an American competitor’s patent.The verdict, announced this afternoon, allows Blackboard Inc. to demand a ban on sales of Desire2Learn’s products in the United States. (Via e-Literate.)Michael F. isn’t the only one who’s speechless at this decision. The ...

Sakai Conference: Multi-Institution VRE

Using Sakai in multiple institutional research settings – AERS Case Study: Adult Literacy – used resources for file storage and as a documentation store, and diary entries stored as discussion entries. Teams liked the ability to contribute entries/discussions asynchronously, and despite being in many separate locations. Site Stats showed that most visits were content reads ...

Personas and Test Data

I was reviewing the excellent work Unicon’s Gary Thompson has done in developing personas related to uPortal (really they seem applicable across Higher-Education), which jogged my to write about some thinking: leveraging well-developed UE personas to build a suite of synthetic test-data. User Experience is often not fully integrated within other aspects of the software ...

uPortal Community Vision Building & Requirements Gathering

I wish uPortal did X. How do I (as a deployer/user) ensure uPortal evolves to better address my needs? How does the uPortal community uncover user needs, especially those specific to higher-education? The uPortal community has attempted to answer these questions via an open, ongoing process. This presentation provides an overview of the uPortal Requirements ...

Yahoo 360 First Impressions

I like Yahoo 360 for a lot of the same reasons I like my.yahoo. If you’re already using Yahoo services for photos, etc. it’s an easy way to share things with your friends and acquaintances. I don’t know how much it’ll appeal to the blogging community since there doesn’t currently seem to be as much ...

Incredibles

I saw the Increadibles over the weekend, and it was fantastic. Probably the best movie I’ve seen all year, and heads and tails above Shark Tale. I posted a longer [review on IMDB](http://imdb.com/title/tt0317705/usercomments-159)

American Hegemony & Global Talent

> But what if Brin had stayed in Moscow, and Khosla remained in India, and Wang had gone to university in Europe? That’s the provocative question posed by Richard Florida in “America’s Looming Creativity Crisis,” an article in the October issue of the Harvard Business Review. Florida, a professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, maintains that “the ...