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Older readers of this blog may remember Aldus, the company that originally developed PageMaker. Likely fewer will know that the company was named after Aldus Manutius, one of the earliest printers. Many of the books he printed are part of an exhibition currently showing in New York and the subject of a long article in the New York Times. I’d love to be able to see this.
The exhibition that opened this week at the Grolier Club in Manhattan (more)
Working as I do in software development, it’s easy to think that every problem can be solved with software. So when I think of photography, for example, after the camera and lens, the first thing I think about is the software I’m going to use to digitally process my image. However, perhaps I should be thinking of using a filter instead, or a tripod. The same hold true of other fields, like art or writing. There are lots of useful tools out there. The New York Times has a (more)
A few years ago I wrote an article for techwhirl.com about ebook resources. That’s a bit dated now, and one of these days, I will update it, but in the meantime, here’s an article summarizing some more up-to-date resources.
Webinars and tutorials are available in numerous places. In each case, the resources below have several service areas. For my purposes here, I am going to focus on resources for ebook developers.
As a content strategy consultant, I’m often called upon by brands seeking to find ways to solve complex content challenges. Far too often, they start off their quest for a solution by asking the wrong first question: “What software do we need?”
This is the wrong first question for a wide variety of reasons. The most important reason is that software products are tools, not content solutions, no matter what software company marketing mavens would like you to believe. Tools help conten (more)
“What CCMS should we buy?” It’s a common question with no easy answer. This article provides a roadmap for CCMS evaluation and selection. First, a few definitions. A CCMS (component content management system) is different from a CMS (content management system). You … Continue reading →
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Here’s a paean to a vanishing breed – the typewriter repairman. Yes, there are a few left, but you might have to travel to New York to find one.
On a recent bleak, winter afternoon in the Flatiron District Paul Schweitzer was once again hard at work, trying to breathe life into a black, jazz-age Underwood typewriter. Behind his spectacles was a furrowed brow and behind that was a tangle of keys, steel, carrying cases and filing cabinets of rollers, spools, levers and k (more)
In 2010, the Harper government, in a fit of ideological insanity, decided that the census would no longer be mandatory. Now the chickens are coming home to roost, as provincial governments, cities, non-profit organizations, and corporations are finding that they lack crucial, up-to-date information about the makeup of our country.
Here’s the kicker, though: This new survey, the one that provides less data than the one before it and has left academics, government officials, demographers, so (more)
SF author, Charles Stross, has been working on some near-future SF recently and thinking a lot about what could happen in the next twenty five years or so. He’s not optimistic. Start at the beginning, work your way through his train of thought, and see how you feel.
I knew it was bad, but the extent of the current Canadian government’s war on science is appalling. John Dupuis, Science Librarian at Steacie Science & Engineering Library, York University, Toronto, has done us all favour by compiling what he calls a “brief chronology” of our government’s ideological hate campaign against evidence-based decision making. I wish it was brief; sadly, it’s not.
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English is a complex language, as anyone who has tried to learn it as an adult will testify. In my case, trying to learn Old English as part of my English literature studies was almost enough to drive me to Esperanto. English is a language of assimilation, and its roots go very far back.
Now linguists are digging back almost 10,000 years to discover the origins, not just of English, but most European languages.
Historical linguists can reconstruct many words of (more)
I wanted to document the migration journey while we are in the middle of it. Last week the OpenStack Super User site did a great article about the migration, How you can help with the documentation site refresh. We talked about the reasons for it: enable more contributors, offer simpler markup, be more Pythonic.
And more Pythonic we are. Let’s dig into what’s going on with the migration, what we’ve learned, and what we still have to learn.Migration process