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We Are the Frogs

We all know it’s not true, but it’s still a useful story: if you put a frog in hot water, it will jump out, but if you put it in cool water and slowly boil i...
January 05, 2011

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