Make Smarter - Geospatial Revolution, Selling FOSS to Government
Gads! It would appear I forgot about my monthly Make Smarter last month. And by forgot I mean I totally saw it coming and jumped out of the way while sparring with a bunch of other projects. Never fear - the month off means I have a backlog of brain-boosting materials to share.
First up, Episode 2 of Penn State’s Public Broadcasting series Geospatial Revolution is out. If you didn’t catch the first one, these are extremely high-quality videos introducing people to GIS. Episode 2 includes chapters on creating an interactive city, powering business, and finding a healthy future.
Cameron Shorter of LISAsoft has a very good talk called How to sell Open Source to Government. He does a great job in addressing many of the problems getting open source software in public agencies, giving 7 steps to help get you in the door. A transcript is available on Cameron’s site.
On the CSS front, I ran across 3 very useful sites. From nettuts, The 30 CSS Selectors you Must Memorize takes you through a whole bunch of CSS selectors, from the common to the obscure. It also includes browser compatibility (read: see which breaks on what version of IE) for each selector. CSS3: A Practical Introduction walks you through CSS3 and it’s functionality in a visual, slideshow style format. And CSS Processor will take your ugly, hacked-up CSS code and turn it into something neat and easy to read.
Via Vospe, here’s a slideshow by Francios Marier based on his book A Brief History of Free and Open Source Software.
And now for a few quick hitters:
- If you're making web apps that could be used on mobile devices, check out 10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile Devices.
- For budding artists, check out Top 10 Beginner Video Tutorials To Learn GIMP Fast.
- If you're new to jQuery, check out Rebecca Murphey's free ebook jQuery Fundimentals.