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End-user programmers are at least half of all programmers

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I’ve known web designers who merely layout pages in CSS and mark up “copy” with HTML tags. In their view they are “coding” even though they are just formatting and marking up. The use of that term amongst the creative types for web, and mobile apps is a long slipperly slope. A scope creep to be sure.

Computing Education Blog

I was intrigued to see this post during CS Ed Week from They’re revisiting the Scaffidi, Shaw, and Myers question from 2005 (mentioned in this blog post).

You may be surprised to learn that nearly DOUBLE the number of workers use computing than originally thought.  Our new research infographic shows that 7.7 million people use complex computing in their jobs — that’s 3.9 million more than the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reports. We examined a major international dataset that looks past job titles to see what skills people actually use on the job. It turns out that the need for complex computer skills extends far beyond what the BLS currently classifies as computer occupations. Even more reason why computer science education is more critical than ever!

Source: The Hidden Half | Change the Equation is coming up with a much lower estimate…

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January 20, 2016 at 9:53 am

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Reverse Engineering The iPhone’s Ancestor

Source: Reverse Engineering The iPhone’s Ancestor

Interesting brief account of Advanced Risc Machines (ARM) and its current role as the cpu in a lot of devices. Do read the comments section, it’s better than the original story as the history accounts are more detailed there.

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January 4, 2016 at 9:36 am

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Why Facebook Won, and Other Hard Truths

Some great points by Mike Caulfield. UXD (User Experience Design) is what really sets “social media” apart from it’s precursors. I’ll buy that.


A lot of people have been tweeting and emailing me and DM-ing me the recent Guardian piece by Iran’s “blogfather”.

You should read it yourself, but in short it is the story of a man sent to jail for blogging in Iran at the height of blogging’s influence and coming out of jail many years later to find that Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have “killed the web.”

In a related conversation yesterday we were talking about the New York Times article featuring a cast of merry Luddites talking about escaping the endless grind of Facebook and the stream.

And yes, The Stream Won. I get it. But when you ask revolutionaries *why* it won the answer you get, more or less, is that Evil Facebook and Twitter and Instagram hid the truth from the larger population and fooled them into thinking they wanted Evil Facebook and Instagram and Twitter…

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December 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm

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The Functions of Education-Technology Criticism

Audrey Watters (Source: The Functions of Education-Technology Criticism)

Really good work of writing about the often times over promotion of educational technology over real actual learning. Much appreciated on my part and worth a read if you find yourself in the unenviable position of questioning what is we actually DO here in higher ed.

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October 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm

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A new lease on life

Wow, now that’s a happy ending if I ever read one. I remember Jon’s earlier posts about his pain. Glad to know he found a resolution and it’s working for him. It gives me hope too! Sometimes there is a medically viable solution that’s better than living with the pain. And it sounds like Jon wil also get ever penny’s worth of value out of his hip replacement.

Jon Udell

Two weeks ago I underwent surgery to replace both of my hip joints. I’d been having trouble since the summer of 2012, when running became painful and I found that I couldn’t mount my bicycle by swinging my leg over the seat. These were signs of what would be diagnosed, in April 2015, as moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis. It could have been diagnosed two years earlier, when I presented symptoms I identified as a groin pull and pain in my quads. But I was still able to be very active then and, after a round of physical therapy, regained much of the range of motion I’d lost the year before. Deep down I knew something was really wrong but I convinced my doctor and physical therapist that it was all muscular, that I’d be able to work through it, and that there was no need for an x-ray.

In reality the disease…

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September 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm

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One Bright Idea: University of Rochester River Campus Libraries’ Digital Academy Presents

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August 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm

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feedly + Google Now: Your most important stories, when you want them

Despite all the good will towards Google Now, Google did have Google Reader at one time.

It was the premier web-based RSS reader and everyone migrated to it after Bloglines hit the wall and shutdown. Now I’m on my 3rd reader: Feedly. I hope this helps with the hard core adherents to Google Apps. But as for me, I’m going Feedly, or I’m going home. Google Now?, not ever.

Open feedly


Feedly and Google have been collaborating on integrating feedly into Google Now so that your most important stories surface in your Google Now stream. We recently rolled out this feature in beta and are seeing a high 14% tap-through rate with the feedly cards. We are excited to announce that the feature is now being rolled out to everyone.

Your important stories come to you

We believe reading sparks magic moments when ideas, knowledge, and creativity seamlessly come together. It’s the core reason why we work so hard to make feedly the most efficient way to personalize and read the content that’s important to you.

We spend a lot of time talking to our users, and we know that most of you weave what you read into your everyday life—to get better at what you do, to keep you ahead of what’s going on, to stay inspired, to learn new…

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August 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm

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