Posts Tagged ‘Open Content’

FLOSSE Posse, a new blog focused on Open Source in education

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

I have created a new weblog which focuses on commentary on Free/Libre and Open Source Software in Education. It’s called…

FLOSSE Posse

It’s a group weblog consisting of some members of Free and Open Source in Education Association. We also accept guest bloggers.

Our first mission is to do digital audio recordings (podcasts) and analysis of various people in the field of Open Source in education. This is to systematically bring together ideas from people who work on various fields. Open Source in education is a fragmented field. There are certain online communities and mailing lists where people gather but so far not a single weblog has chosen to focus on these issues alone. If you know about one, let me know.

This also means that I’m talking more about Open Source in education over there and the business of Open Source right here.

The first interview is with Alan Levine. I think it came out fairly well. You can hear my compositions in the beginning and in the end of the interviews.

We are starting a conversation here, hop in.

Free Software Magazine launched

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

Free Software Magazine has launched, available on paper and in electronic format. Some pretty interesting articles. Hope this keeps up, visit the website.

Experiences on sound editing

Saturday, February 5th, 2005

Recently I’ve been editing my soon to be released Skypecasts of various people in the field of Open Source in Education and also composed some tracks in the process with Skale Tracker.

Knowing how to mix and edit sound can make unbelievable difference in how a recording is experienced by the listener. Especially with podcasts and the increasing ammount of various offerings nowadays (thanks to IT Conversations and others), a listener might also choose the recording based on quality.

With quality I don’t mean your MP3 bitrate but how pleasant it is to listen. If there is a lot of background noise, hard to hear words, lots of low-fidelity information (ummm, annndddaaa….) or distortion, it is easy to skip to next one despite the content.

As podcasting could prove to be a quite popular medium, I urge everyone creating recordings and releasing them to learn the basics of sound editing and mastering. Learning basics is easy and really make a difference in the end-product. There are also free tools available to begin with.

Doug Kaye (Via Stephen’s Web) has gathered some links to tips on recording and editing. Good stuff to begin with.

I personally found this one very useful for beginners trying to do their work on Audacity.

Jon Udell pointed to Transom which is an awesome resource. If you are interested in movies or overall in how to edit music, talk and ambient sounds together in a way that people can still pick up the different themes without problems, see great article by Walter Murch where he describes audio through an analogy with visual spectrum and describes the unity of clarity and density through real examples from his movies.

Open Source beer from Denmark

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Finally freedom as in beer (not free as in beer)! Danish computer science students have started to brew their own 6% Vores Øl beer. It includes quorana and caffeine for added energy boost. Serious geeks only? Maybe.

The recipe and the brand are shared under the Creative Commons Attribution & ShareAlike license. I hope some local brewery takes this recipe so I could use it to aid myself with all night coding sessions…

Check it out.

Where is the music industry money made in the future?

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

Great article about the future of the music industry in the Wired magazine entitled The Long Tail. When you move your music business to the internet and take away packaging, distribution and retail sales, you have a business where the less popular misses of the music industry (the Long Tail) generate more money than all the hits together.

This requires that you are able to construct a business model which allows your readers to navigate from familiar entrant points (hits) to less familiar artists with help of social navigation or something else as easy to use. The reader will notice that his/her taste is actually much different from the mainstream if easy tools for finding more interesting artists are made available.

This is the story backed up with well constructed evidence in various illustrative charts. Way to go. Everyone interested in the music business and everyone who uses P2P networks to download music, should definitely check this out.

Now I just have to find a way to apply this logic to Open Source collaborative software. If the demand is actually in the niche groups, and if it’s possible to support all the niche groups, the market of various niche groups is actually bigger than the general mainstream of almost any application. Isn’t this what tailoring and customization is all about? Making customization and tailoring affordable so that the niche groups also get served. This is interesting, for example: build value-added services customized and targeted to certain niche groups in the educational world on top of open platforms and open standards.