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Tonight's meeting: pizza (6:30pm) and git Workshop (7:00pm)

Just a reminder about tonight's meeting and free git workshop:

  • Pizza is served at 6:30 pm - Come and meet and collaborate
  • Workshop begins at 7:00 pm

To get the most out of the workshop:

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Call for Papers: Code PaLOUsa 2013

Deadline is Dec. 14 for speaker submisions; conference is April 25-27, 2013


21 November 2012:

Well it’s that time again when we start seriously ramping up efforts for Code PaLOUsa. Code PaLOUsa will be April 25-27, 2013 and the Call for Speakers is now open. For 2013, we will have 63 sixty-minute sessions spread across the following tracks:

Architecture & Design : What does it take to architect and design modern software applications? Database Platforms and Development : Details about the different database platform options and how to develop for them. Desktop & Tablet Development : Information on how develop application targeting running locally on Windows, Mac, o... (read and comment)

Mozilla ships Firefox 18 beta with faster JavaScript, Retina support

'IonMonkey' JIT compiler boosts JavaScript speeds up to 26%, claims browser maker

By Gregg Keizer
November 27, 2012
From Mozilla yesterday released a first beta of its next browser, Firefox 18, touting a revamped JavaScript engine and support for Macs with Apple's higher-resolution "Retina" displays. Firefox 18 is currently slated to ship in final form the week of Jan. 7, 2013. Top of the improvement list, Mozilla said, was the new JavaScript JIT (just-in-time) compiler, dubbed "IonMonkey" in keeping with naming conventions that have pegged predecessors as "TraceMonkey" and "JaegerMonkey." IonMonkey, which was first added to Firefox in mid-September with the "Nightly," or roughest, build of version 18, boasts new technology that allows Mozilla's browser to render complex JavaScript -- like that used by online games or Web-based applications -- significantly faster than previous JIT compilers. Depending on the perform... (read and comment)

Open Source Book Scanner Uses a Household Vacuum To Turn the Page

By Andrew Liszewski, Gizmodo, Nov. 13, 2012


In an effort to streamline the process of scanning hundreds of millions of titles, Google Books engineer Dany Qumsiyeh has designed a $1,500 automated scanner from sheet metal, dissected electronics, and a household vacuum. It can chew through a 1,000 page odyssey in about 90 minutes, and you're welcome to build your own since Qumsiyeh has made his Linear Book Scanner open source.

With improvements and refinements made to the design and the hardware, the Linear Book Scanner has the potential to run much faster. The version demonstrated in the video is actually the prototype, and Qumsiyeh has made the plans available to the public in hopes that many will build and refine their own, and then contribute their improvements back to its original design. [Linear Book Scanner Project via [[link: (read and comment)

HP bets big on Linux

By Katherine Noyes, PC World, Nov. 6, 2012


HP has long been a contributor to Linux and open source software, but on Monday it ratcheted up its support another notch.

Specifically, the company announced at the LinuxCon Europe event going on this week in Barcelona that it has made the $500,000 investment necessary to become a platinum member of the Linux Foundation, upgrading from the gold membership it held previously.

The nonprofit Linux Foundation's other platinum members are Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, NEC, Qualcomm, Oracle, and--most recently--Samsung. Twitter, Broadcom, and Nvidia are other big-name additions to the consortium's roster of members in recent months.

HP will now have a seat on the Linux Foundation's board of directors and will be directly involved in advancing Linux-based initiatives, workgroups, events, and other efforts.

'A strategic asset'

HP offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Enterprise Linux on servers and desktops as w... (read and comment)

Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker Brings Video Remixing to the Masses

By Scott Gilbertson, Webmonkey, November 12, 2012

From Webmonkey:

Mozilla has released Popcorn Maker 1.0, the company’s mashup-creating, video-editing suite for the web. Popcorn Maker makes it easy to pull just about any content on the web into a video container you can then publish back to the web. Despite the interactive nature of the web, video on the web remains little more than glorified television in your web browser — a passive experience in the midst of the otherwise interactive online world.

It doesn’t have to be that way. HTML5 makes video into just another HTML element — editable, hackable, remixable.

It’s HTML, after all. And that means it can interact with other HTML elements or use JavaScript to augment video in real time — annotating videos with information like location, details about the people and topics in the video, subtitles, Twitter feeds, current weather information, links and much more.

The problem is that there aren... (read and comment)

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