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Links

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It’s time to move these to del.icio.us:

• http://labs.google.com/ Google’s showcase
• http://next.yahoo.com/ Yahoo’s showcase
• http://research.microsoft.com/ Microsoft Research

• http://geoportal.kgs.ku.edu/googlemaps/ks_gm.cfm SDE+GMap
• http://traffic.poly9.com/ Traffic, weather and news glues for Google Maps

• http://opensource.nokia.com/ Nokia in opensource WAP

• http://www.webstyleguide.com/ Web style guide
• http://jibbering.com/faq/ comp.lang.javascript FAQ

• http://robin.sourceforge.net/ Browser-based desktop
• http://www.writely.com/ Browser-based word processor
• http://www.ktdms.com/ Document management system
• http://www.openfiler.org/ Browser-based network storage software distribution
• http://www.debugmode.com/wink/ Tutorial and presentation creation software

• http://www.lexisnexis.com/sourcelists/ Legal and public records
• http://www.issues2000.org/ Candidates on issues

• http://senseable.mit.edu/grazrealtime/ Mobile Landscape
• http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/10/08/tech/main927858.shtml “Could cell phones stop traffic?”

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November 7th, 2005 at 6:02 pm

Posted in GIS,Web

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WIKI: Edit Lock Schema

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Now that I would update the DFIRM WIKI more frequently, I added a lock this past weekend to prevent simultaneous editing. And after being hit by abuse through automated comments, basic verification was also added while still allowing relatively hassle-free editing.
Pi: Quiet Musing
At some point, I may submit these improvements back to TipiWiki.

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June 17th, 2005 at 7:34 pm

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Declaration of Interdependence

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“As we become aware of the ethical implications of design, not only with respect to buildings, but in every aspect of human endeavour, they reflect changes in the historical concept of who or what has rights. When you study the history of rights, you begin with the Magna Carta which was about the rights of white, English, noble males. With the Declaration of Independence, rights were expanded to all landowning white males. Nearly a century later, we moved to the emancipation of slaves and during the beginnings of this century, to suffrage, giving the right to women to vote. Then the pace picks up with the Civil Rights Act in 1964, and then in 1973, the Endangered Species Act. For the first time, the right of other species and organisms to exist was recognised. We have essentially “declared” that Homo Sapiens are part of the web of life. Thus, if Thomas Jefferson were with us today, he would be calling for a Declaration of Interdependence which recognises this. This Declaration of Interdependence comes hard on the heels of realising that the world has become vastly complex, both in its workings and in our ability to perceive and comprehend those complexities. In this complicated world, prior modes of domination have essentially lost their ability to maintain control. The sovereign, whether in the form of a king or nation, no longer seems to reign”.

William McDonough [WIKI]; Architect, William McDonough Architects; Centennial Sermon On the 100th Anniversary of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City

Related:
• 2004 National Design Awards: Environment Design Finalists
• Virginia Association for Mapping and Land Information Systems 2001 Annual Scholarship: Growth Study for Charlottesville VA for 2000-2030- Analysis and Possible Energy-Conscious Applications

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June 5th, 2005 at 6:33 pm

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Tsunami Links

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January 5th, 2005 at 6:10 pm

Social Software

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Interesting blog on Life With Alacrity about Social Software. For the ignoramus, crudely put Social Software or Groupware or Collaborative Software is software that facilitates group interaction. Often, there is “no overt coordination with the group functioning as an aggregation of interested individuals” rather than as a cohesive unit.

Two intriguing perspectives on the internet from the blog:
• “By ‘augmenting human intellect’ we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems” [Engelbart. Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework. 1962].
• “To appreciate the importance the new computer-aided communication can have, one must consider the dynamics of ‘critical mass,’ as it applies to cooperation in creative endeavor. Take any problem worthy of the name, and you find only a few people who can contribute effectively to its solution. Those people must be brought into close intellectual partnership so that their ideas can come into contact with one another. But bring these people together physically in one place to form a team, and you have trouble, for the most creative people are often not the best team players, and there are not enough top positions in a single organization to keep them all happy. Let them go their separate ways, and each creates his own empire, large or small, and devotes more time to the role of emperor than to the role of problem solver” [Licklider. The Computer as a Communication Device. 1968].

• Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems
• Open Groupware
• “A group is its own worst enemy”
• Friend of a Friend
• Applications: E-voting, WAP, Blogging […of course!]

Related:
• “Friendly foxes are cleverer”

Written by Harsh

October 30th, 2004 at 7:02 pm