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Recent posts

In the Home Stretch

A quick update on The Architecture of Open Source Applications — we have chapters in one state or another, or firm promises, for: Asterisk Audacity Bash ...
December 30, 2010

Instead of PowerPoint

After cursing PowerPoint for eight solid months while building screencasts for Software Carpentry, I think I have figured out what I want instead. Here’s a ...
December 29, 2010

More Musings on the Value of a PhD

Yet another good post from Mark Guzdial pointed me at an article in The Economist about the value (or otherwise) of a PhD. Key stat (bold emphasis mine): A s...
December 29, 2010

Tagging and Debugging

Thanks to a cold, I had time today to catch up on some long-delayed reading. Among the highlights were two pieces of work that I wish we had been able to inc...
December 29, 2010

Falk and Dierking’s 95% Solution

The most interesting thing I read over the holiday was Falk and Dierking’s article “The 95 Percent Solution” in the Nov-Dec 2010 issue of American Scientist....
December 28, 2010