#Facebook RSS in #MediaWiki (#Wikieducator) #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

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Following from the Twitter/Wordpress RSS into MediaWiki, I now have a Facebook page RSS feed working. Note that due to Privacy setting Facebook Groups do not RSS Feed.

Christina Bergey has written a blog providing good instructions for this at  http://christinabergey.com/blog/2013/03/get-facebook-group-feed-via-rss/ (note she has “groups” in the URL but this only works  for Facebook pages.

The following code will insert a Panel into your MediaWiki Wiki ( replace YourID, and YourPage)

<div style=”font-family: menu,Arial;border: 1px solid #808080; width: 250px; margin-right:auto;margin-left:auto;background-color: #F6F9ED;-webkit-box-shadow: 5px 5px 7px #999;”>
|[[File:Facebook.png|25px]] RSS from: https://www.facebook.com/YourPage<br /><hr width=”248px”/>

Computing e-books for $5

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Computing e-books for $5


Make sure you go through the app store for the discounted books.

Free Programming

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Codecademy is an easy way to learn how to code. It's interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends for free


Application stacks for Open Source Software

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Run your favorite apps …  Joomla!DrupalRedmine,MediawikiWordPress,… on your favorite platform. BitNami Stacks include an open source application and all of the other software necessary to run it, such as Apache, MySQL, PHP or Ruby..

(Also from JJ)

Microsoft Tech Ed Online 2010

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Videos from the Microsoft Tech Ed – link from Paul Lo

Google’s Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software

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Google is bringing Android software development to the masses.

The company will offer a software tool, starting Monday, that is intended to make it easy for people to write applications for its Android smartphones.

The free software, called Google App Inventor for Android (http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/), has been under development for a year. User testing has been done mainly in schools with groups that included sixth graders, high school girls, nursing students and university undergraduates who are not computer science majors.

Lohr, G (2010, July 11) Google’s Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/technology/12google.html?_r=1

Google’s Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software

To Flash or not to Flash this is the question…

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Looks like a tsunami of change again for Multimedia.

  • Flash CS5
  • Microsoft Visual studio/Silverlight
  • HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript?

With Steve Jobs firing a major salvo across Adobes bows:

(Thanks Steph)

I’m going to have to think about how we will deliver multimedia in the future.


Using JavaScript to increase browser text size

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When I display my wiki on an overhead in class it is useful to increase the text size. At present I have to use page>Text Size> Larger. Using my “friend” Dr. Google (he/she?) who knows much more than me, came up with a solution by David Walsh ( a Sun Developer)  http://davidwalsh.name/change-text-size-onclick-with-javascript. There are lots of very tricky solutions out there including those that restyle every individual tag on the page. Note however the resize is only active on the current page (as its JavaScript) so if you go to another page you will have to resize again, unlike the Browser setting which persists.

Am looking to implement this in http://www.virtualmv.com/wiki soon.

QR-Code reader for mobile devices

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A Quick Response (QR) Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. …
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code . You can use a QR -Code to store a web URL and use a mobile phone to photograph the QR-Code then using the software below display the actual site.

Blender – 3D Image Manipulation

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Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite


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