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Digital Learning Initiative

Note: this page will be updated as information becomes available There are several issues which are converging into a set of requirements for an online/offline learning platform. I’ll call this the Digital Learning Initiative or DLI (this is the internal name). It will live at learn.southeast.io Some Requirements for DLI Simple and easy to install and manage Ability to add new content, and have content collaboration Localized for Southeast Asian languages Ability to evaluate content Ability for multiple teachers to have access to multiple students, within given courses Ability to work offline in a classroom of up to 50 wifi/clients
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New Year 2015 / 2558

Ah yes, the end of a year and beginning of another. A time to reflect, etc., etc. Well, this year much was accomplished and much was not. Travel, and home life improved. Finances declined. Struggle with workouts, fits and starts. For those not in Cambodia, Laos or Thailand, 2558 is the Buddhist Era (BE) date, which is 543 years ahead of the Common Era calendar.
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Markdown and Editors

Markdown, a sleepy little implementation and thousands of related projects has finally mestasized into several projects/collections aimed to provide better guidance. Basically it is growing up, Gruber be damned. As such, editing (and storing) markdown text is important as well.
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Retarded Markdown

Markdown qua Markdown has been retarded since birth (or slightly thereafter). In that sense it is kind of a dwarf or a little person. That is, it can do some things, but not the kind of workload required of the fully grown. People make a big deal out of Markdown not being broken, and it certainly isn’t, when taken at face value and measured at the level of a dwarf. But we need more grown up and developed markup in the modern world, and all the grafted-on appendages will not due. Hence the proliferation of Markdown extensions. People call these
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Note on Multidisciplinarity

When I was in a PhD program, and before that an MS, the academic researchers and the administration all talked about how important advances in science and scholarship will come from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. Disciplinary boundaries had been mined through the decades and ages, and it is cross-disciplinary research where the findings will be made. This is still the predominant understanding. During my MS degree in Information Management and Systems, itself multidisciplinary (law, information science, business, engineering, human factors) (now merely called an MS in Information), I heard a talk from Lewis Lancaster, the founder of ECAI, the Electronic
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Fonts, Typefaces, Typography

Fonts, Typefaces and Typography, what a mess. Not only does one have to repeat, essentially, the history of typography and letterpress printing to understand all this, but most fonts, like software, are protected and licensed in strange ways, which can increase risk. And so, we turn to Open Source and Open Content licensing as well as interesting, beautiful and most of all useful typefaces to use these days… Note that this page is updated on occasion. Font Editors There are two interesting open source font projects, the venerable FontForge and the relatively new and modern Birdfont. Glyphs and Glyph Mapping
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Apple Wins and Losses – 16 Oct 2014

Well, a mixed bag for Apple. Not only was the performance overbearing and tedious, but many disappointments. The Bad Things No update on iPod iPad Mini 3 gets a TouchID for an extra $100 vs. iPad Mini 2, really? No update on AppleTV No mention of the problems with iOS 8 adoption (not enough storage space) Keep erroring/timing out on trying to install OSX Yosemite Whoever redesigned the iTunes interface should be fired, everything gets moved around for what reason? the interface is now bigger, so harder to use? It took 10 minutes to figure out how to get the
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Criteria for Cloud Service Selection

I received an email about Paymo v.3 which was recently released. Paymo is a time-tracking, project management and invoicing cloud-based app (with native applications for desktop and mobile). Paymo has been around a while (hence being on their mailing list), and they have an impressive feature set and really thought through usability. I would recommend using their app. However.
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Entrepreneur vs. Businessperson

The entrepreneur is a creator. The businessperson is a destroyer. Enough said. This kind of dichotomy is annoying at best and completely fictional at worst. The reality is that the entrepreneur is to the businessperson as public relations is to propaganda. That is, they are the same, just better pr/propaganda. At the same time, there is a point to distinguish between mere business operations and entrepreneurship. Drucker does it best when he points out that entrepreneur has a kind of strategic or tactical approach which is akin to either competitor positioning, or the exploitation of an innovation of some kind
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Apple Software Updates 20-Sep-2014

In the past three days I’ve had iOS, AppleTV and OSX updates (though the OSX is not the anticipated Yosemite, rather a 10.9.5 + Safari 7.1 + Xcode 6.0.1 + (10 days ago) iTunes 11.4. I’m actually excited about these updates, whereas with previous Microsoft updates, all was fear. And even with WordPress, too many versions have broken too many things. That said, a previous AppleTV broke Bloomberg for 4 days, so no one is perfect. Looking forward to Yosemite along with my iPhone 5 + iOS 8…
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