Recently I’ve been catching up with the the excellent new blog/podcast The Changelog which covers
what’s fresh and new in open source
Listening to [episode 0.0.8](http://thechangelog.com/post/334287138/episode-0-0-8-marshall-culpepper-from-appcelerator-titan) (you have to be a geek to appreciate the episode numbering!), I became aware of an interesting new application development platform called [Appcellerator Titanium](http://www.appcelerator.com/).
Now, can anyone think of suitable undergraduate projects to try this out on? Answers in the comments!
Like most modern web-based services, Titanium is available via a “[Freemium](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemium_business_model)” subscription model. You can sign up, create a project and get the generated starter code and development tools for free. Support plans are also available on monthly/yearly per developer contracts. There are also a collection of free and paid-for training videos available. [Video 101: Welcome to Titanium](http://vimeo.com/10024550), hosted on Vimeo, is worth a look.
**More good stuff**
For more breaking news on interesting open source projects see also [Explore GitHub](http://github.com/explore) and [Tail the Changelog](http://tail.thechangelog.com/). I’ll endeavor to highlight other interesting projects and podcasts here.
A couple of TED 2010 highlights that I stumbled on today. First Tim Berners-Lee reports on year one of his “More Data Now” campaign. Next I finally got around to watching Gary Flake on the data visualization features of Microsoft Livelabs Pivot (which I first saw reported on Swansea Yammer network a few weeks ago).
Try to find 30 minutes to watch all three videos then reflect like I did on what might be possible when Pivot and linked data colide!
It could be revolutionary – both for the citizen and for education!
– [Tim Berners-Lee on the next Web](http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_berners_lee_on_the_next_web.html) (TED2009)
– [Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide](http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_berners_lee_the_year_open_data_went_worldwide.html) (TED2010)
– [Gary Flake: is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?](http://www.ted.com/talks/gary_flake_is_pivot_a_turning_point_for_web_exploration.html) (TED2010)
– [Making Data Public](http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/video/2010/jan/22/freedomofinformation-timbernerslee) (Video), Time Berners-Lee and Prof. Nigel Shadbolt at the launch of data.gov.uk. (The Guardian)
– [data.gov.uk](http://data.gov.uk/) – UK government data online
– Linked Data – [linkeddata.org](http://linkeddata.org/)
I’ll post more in the under the tag YUI on the [Proman, Man](http://promanman.blogspot.com/search/label/yui) blog as I get to grips with this stuff.
Just a quick post to tell you about a new (to me) social network notification service called ping.fm. Just by connecting to your favourite services you can update them all from a single web site. I’m using it in the HEFCW Peer Support project to post messages to Ning, Facebook and Twitter. Many other services are available including LinkedIn, Yammer, Flickr, Posterous, Blogger, Tumblr, FriendFeed, Delicious, etc. Other features:
– You can also distinguish between micro-blogging, status updates and blogging,
– ping.fm automatically shortens URLs, but at the moment it doesn’t seem to shorten tweets and link to the full text.
– You can post to all your social networks, select particular networks or create groups of networks that you want to update together.
There’s also a mobile version at [m.ping.fm](http://m.ping.fm) and an iPhone version at [i.ping.fm](http://i.ping.fm).
Finally, It’s interesting to note that ping.fm is a service brought to you from the people that brought you pbWiki.