Month: May 2007

Open Source Genealogy

I have been searching for ways to improve my genealogical research. I set two specific criteria for my search: A cross-platform browser/editor that uses GEDCOM files natively; A means to share genealogical data in a free and open manner Two open source products have emerged that work together to meet my needs: PHPGEDViewer (PGV) and […]

Cracking the Writing Nut

Leo at Freelance Switch offers some great advice for those struggling to write or fighting with the distraction of their too-connected existence. I’ve got my hand raised here. Knowing that it’s a problem I have to solve I thought I’d share Leo’s suggestions in case you can relate. In the post, he focuses on creating […]

Realtime Mashup

This one could also be called…another great time waster…but it is well done. FlickrVision uses streaming photo posts from Flickr that have locational references. It displays geo-referenced popups of the images as they are posted to Flickr. Hovering over a popup will display a large image of that photo for appreciation. If you are looking […]

Google Quick Visualization for Historians

A year ago I wrote a recipe for the TAPoR project to demonstrate a way for historians to utilize text analysis tools to plumb historical data from Google. In the recipe a user aggregated search results from Google and used the TAPoR DateFinder tool to rapidly construct a chronology. This rather basic operation has now […]

Munich 1998

As the weatherman forecasts that the temperature will reach its hottest thus far this year (28C is warm enough for me), I am linking to the remnants of a trip journal to Munich during winter 1998. The HTML is a wee bit broken, but its largely there – badly scanned photos and campy commentary ;-) […]

Open Testing 2.0

Tangler offers an innovative approach to open testing of online products. A combination of instant messaging and real-time forums, Tangler provides a repository of joinable discussions and archives discussions for reference. The site seems geared towards testing of new products in an interactive environment, but nothing precludes discussion around any topic from the esoteric to […]

In Bad Taste?

I just noted that Massimo Marcone (one the nicest and most brilliant guys at the University of Guelph) has published his new book – In Bad Taste? This one is definitely going on my must read list. Massimo Marcone is a food scientist at Guelph who is internationally known and respected for his studies of […]