FOSS 4G Videos (Including Yours Truly)

Via Frank’s Geo-Geeking, the FOSS4G presentation and workshop videos are available. Included is my short talk in the Wading Into Geospatial Open Source workshop. If you didn’t guess from the video never changing, I went

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Make Smarter - Intro to Rails, JS Console Pro Tips, Getting to know GIT, Freeing Energy from the Grid

If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss about Ruby on Rails is about, nettuts+ has a great screencast for you. It’s over 40 minutes long and includes test-driven development to test the application’s features. Best in

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Make Smarter: Color Choice, Pseudo Elements, Graphics Tutorials, The Great Divergence

First up in this month’s Make Smarter is a quick video describing HSL color values and how to use them to pick complementary colors. It centers around PowerPoint, but the color tips are spot on (and he did toss in a map)

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DevOps and the Misalignment of Incentives

Every time I hear a new buzz word used to describe crap that’s been going on for decades1 it makes me want to hit someone in the face with a skillet. I’d toss DevOps in that category. DevOps according to wikipedia: devop

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Make Smarter: Game Mechanics for User Engagement, Media Queries, Pure CSS 3D City, 20th Century Fox in Blender, DOD FOSS Lessons Learned

First up in this month’s Make Smarter is a fascinating talk by Nadya Direkova titled Game On: 16 Design Patterns for User Engagement. We GISers do a lot of things well; user experience design (UX) isn’t one of them. If y

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Karen Sandler: Freedom From My Heart to the Desktop

I just caught this OSCon 2011 talk by Karen Sandler, formerly of SFLC and now Executive Directory of the Gnome Foundation. Any words I type wouldn’t do it justice, so I’ll just shut up and embed the video.

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Make Smarter - Designers Designers Designers

I ran across a lot of design resources for this month’s make smarter, and I think that’s a good thing. GIS as a field has never hurt for good developers, and development is hard. Making an app people actually want to use

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Top 5 Make Smarter - CSS Localstorage, Node JS, Best of Paul Irish, Tech Ed 2011 SQL Server Videos, Earth in Blender

First up in this month’s make smarter is localStorage for Forms by Chris Coyier over at CSS Tricks. It’s a good introduction to persisting data with localStorage and shows how to use these features in a way that degrade

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GIS User Group Presentation on Redistricting

 My slide show from from our local GIS User Group meeting on Wednesday. Yep, one slide. My presentations are becoming more minimalist over time1. Pretty soon I’ll just stare meaningfully for 15 minutes. I did sneak in

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Top 5 Make Smarter - Geospatial Revolution, Where 2.0 Videos, Python from Scratch, On Being Wrong, Blender 2.57

This month’s make smarter is coming a little early because (a) my make smarter text file is overflowing and (b) I’ll be at the beach all next week where I plan to sacrifice at least 10 IQ points on the alter of sand, sun

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