Archive for February, 2008

Citations and Wikipedia

2008-02-15 Comments off

[citation needed]I’ve been playing around with the excellent zotero Firefox extension lately. Which has me thinking about my sources and what is the proper way to cite them. Because I work with Open Source software every day I’m very conscious about giving credit for the work of others. Especially ever since I learned about the Creative Commons.

I’ve been doing a bunch of research at work lately, and even though I’m only posting it on internal wiki pages I wanted to make sure I was doing things correctly. I’d hate for something like this to happen to me. Whenever I need to learn how to do something properly I go look at what the “pros” are doing. So when I asked myself “What is the correct way to cite sources on a wiki page?” I went straight to the biggest wiki in the world. I knew they’d most likely have already tackled this question, and already had a policy to address it. I wasn’t disappointed.

The first thing I found was a new link in the toolbox section of the left column.  Its been there for years, I just hadn’t noticed it before. “Wikipedia – Cite this page” which takes me to a page that I guarantee will save many a school student’s paper grade. At the very top is a disclaimer warning that tertiary sources, such as encyclopedia articles and Wikipedia pages, aren’t considered as acceptable sources by most teachers. The Bibliographic details of the article are listed next. zotero detects these and imports them with a single click. Finally, ready for cutting and pasting, is the proper formating of the bibliography entry of the article for eight of the major style guides, BibTeX, and LaTeX. Now that’s helpful!

Oh, by the way, I did find what I was looking for. There’s extensive information on the proper way to cite sources. There’s a beginners guide, citation templates, examples, and much more. While there isn’t a set standard it apears the most popular method is to use APA style entries in the contents of footnotes.

Wikipedia gets better and better on every visit! Its an excellent research tool as a jumping off point, and I learn so much every time. Just be very carful to stay on topic or this might happen.

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Posters Matching the Fedora Logo Colors

Máirín did a great job with some generic posters for the Fedora project. After some discussion on the fedora-marketing list she made a second set with more subdued colors. Some people really missed the more vibrant colors, and I sort of fall in between the two camps. Mainly I feel they should adhere to the Fedora brand a bit closer. You should be able to look at any marketing materials from a distance and know without reading them it pertains to the Fedora Project. So I grabbed her original svg and made a version based on the Fedora logo colors. Considering I’m a total beginner at inkscape I’m kind of proud of how they turned out.

Fedora Infinity PosterFedora Fredom PosterFedora Voice Poster

I mean all I did was change a few color values but I can still say “I made this.” Thanks Rahul for pointing me to the font packages I needed so the text would render properly. Here’s my svg for anyone who wants to try some other colors.

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Yahoo Board Rejects Microsoft

yahoo_gives_thumbs_downThings aren’t over yet but round one is over at least. Multiple sources are reporting that the Yahoo board will reject Microsoft‘s hostile take over bid Monday morning. Its looking like thankfully a Microsoft takeover of Yahoo, while not impossible, is unlikely to go through.  Yahoo, has been doing many things right lately and it seems like they’re heading in the right direction for now.  It would be a shame to see that progress reversed.

I’m breathing a big sigh of relief on a personal level simply because I wasn’t looking forward to moving all of my pictures off of flickr. It was going to be a huge amount of work, and I really do like using flickr.

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Lessig on Obama

2008-02-05 Comments off

I’ve been perplexed for some time as to why people have been voting for Hillary Clinton in the primaries. From a purely tactical standpoint she has the least chance of all the Democratic candidates of actually winning the general election. She is simply a divisive candidate that I’ve long felt has a distinct lack of character. Laurence Lessig has posted a video detailing the reasons he supports Barack Obama. As only Lessig can he’s both confirmed my suspicions about Clinton and confirmed my positive impressions of Obama. I had not made the connection between the tactics employed by the Clinton campaign and those employed by Carl Rove as Bush came to power. This is exactly the type of thing that turns me off to politics in general. Do we want to reward this sort of behavior?

I’ve been voting Libertarian for a while now because I’m simply disenfranchised by the whole system. Its been more of a protest vote since both choices have been terrible. Obama has presented me with with the first Democratic candidate I could actually support. Due in no small part to his policy statements on technology issues. More and more its because I’m coming to believe may actually represent a real force for change in American politics.

Chris Ball has posted a transcript of Lessig’s video on his blog.

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2008-02-03 Comments off

My First HackergotchiI’ve been meaning to make a hackergotchi for a while now. Problem is I’m the one always taking the pictures. There really aren’t that many pictures of me laying around. Anyway something is better than nothing so here you go.

Its the first real time I’ve tried anything in Gimp. Didn’t turn out too bad as an editing job. Nicu Buculei‘s tutorial on the Fedora Project wiki was very helpful. Now if only the picture were better… 😉

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