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3D Printer update

Posted October 24 2011 1:17 p.m.

Light-weight UP! 3D printer

I updated information about


System administration with a cell phone

Posted October 15 2011 10:25 a.m.

System administration is not my idea of fun. Nevertheless, operating our own servers means freedom to run whatever we want to. In addition, I believe it's less work to operate our own servers than negotiating what can be installed with central services. And finally, someone else does most of this work at TECFA. I only administer


How Finland became an education leader

Posted September 27 2011 9:05 a.m.

Here are a few points that could explain why they do better than others in PISA tests ......


My new digital piano

Posted September 27 2011 8:49 a.m.


Mediawiki 1.17 upgrade

Posted September 23 2011 11:52 a.m.

Upgraded EduTechWiki to Mediawiki 1.17 and also upgraded most extensions. As usual, the upgrade was easy and flawless.

In addition, I decided to explore Semantic MediaWiki and in particular its


Tips for wiki spammers

Posted July 8 2011 2:30 p.m.

Dear spammers,

Most of you probably are in a difficult economical situation and you need to earn money by polluting wikis with ads and I can understand that. According to Wikipedia, Western so-called link promotion services pay about $0.80 to $1.20 for each 1,000 solved CAPTCHAs to compa


Back from EdMedia 2011

Posted July 5 2011 10:42 a.m.

EdMedia '11 included the usual mix of various paper genres. Most belong to what I would call "mainstream topics in technology-enhanced education". I had the impression that both attendance and proportion of younger people was lower than usual. I truly enjoy the openness of EdMedia. Anyone that has a good idea o


Google WebMaster report about EduTechWiki April 2011

Posted July 4 2011 5:40 p.m.

Last night I submited a little last-minute piece about EduTechWiki to EdMedia 2011 and finished a more difficult design/research piece as co-author that we started writing well before. The submitted article on Mediawikis aks the very simple question how MediaWikis should be configured for educational and other academic pur


Mediawiki talk at EdMedia 2011

Posted June 30 2011 12:49 p.m.

Next week I am going to EdMedia 2011 in Lisbon.

Thu, Jun. 30, 2:45 PM, Room 6.1
Paper: Mediawikis for research, teaching and learning (wiki version)

Academic embroidery wear

Posted June 25 2011 6:44 p.m.

With this posting I am launching the concept of "academic embroidery wear" (Google didn't return any results for this search term]).

Do not believe that I refer to those funny looking disguises that are popular in Anglo-Saxon countries, although deans and rectors wear such things once pe


Computer-controlled embroidery

Posted June 13 2011 10:23 p.m.

Here we go. Yesterday I got ourselves some new hardware.

The basic steps for creating a computer-assisted embroidery are as follows:

Read more:


Upgrades EduTechWiki

Posted April 21 2011 2:06 p.m.

Today we upgraded the OS (now running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS), our MediaWikis (1.16.4) and most important Mediawiki extensions. In principle, everything should work. Else, if we can detect something that is wrong, we will fix it.

Enjoy :)

PS: Authors who want to contribute without having to bother with the ReCaptchas - these difficult to solve letter recognition puzzles - ca


Computer-controlled sewing machines

Posted April 20 2011 5:40 p.m.

I know next to nothing about CNC sewing machines, although I may have embroidery in the blood since I was born in one of world's leading towns and since my two grandfathers were executives in the textile industry.


Improved Google search - Manual Google search tweaking

Posted April 20 2011 10:18 a.m.

Hurray ! Google improved its search algorithm and quite severely punishes content and link scraping web sites. (via Google Tweaks Algorithm; EHow Traffic Plummets on Slashdot, April 19 2011.

After several weeks of trials, it seems th


FTP is 40 years old - E-learning is older

Posted April 17 2011 11:48 a.m.

Yesterday, FTP (the still popular file transfer protocol) had its 40th birthday (via Slashdot).

Now, server-based e-learning systems are older than that! Read the excellent Plato articl