A few weeks back I got an email from GNA saying she had thrown down the entry fee for ds106radio to be a part of the KCRW Weekend Radio Race. It would be 24 hours long, we’d get the topic at 10AM PST on Saturday, August 17 and have until the same time on Sunday to put together a 6 minute segment. We rallied and started planning. Yesterday the topic came out, “The Last Thing You’d Expect”. We congregated in a Google Hangout to discuss possibilities, ultimately settling on a few key questions to start asking people and then getting the audio shared in a central place to begin work. - Read More -
The past week has been a bit of a whirlwind as Jim and I revealed our plans for Reclaim Hosting with a semi-official launch date of August 15th. We’ve had responses from both public and private institutions, over 50 individuals from as close as George Mason University to as far as Australia and Argentina. At this point a conservative estimate of numbers looks like several thousand people will be a part of this pilot this Fall. That is insane. Awesome, and unnerving to say the least. But these day’s I’m taking comfort in the idea of a pilot and the realization that, in the same way that Rome wasn’t built in a day, the massive launch is completely overrated. - Read More -
It’s been an exciting past few days as Jim and I launched Reclaim Hosting and began building out the system to support the signups. We sat down today to talk about a bit more about it, including some of the software we’re using, as well as talking more about the idea of Distributed EdTech (#dedtech) and the ability for a community to pool their resources around complex topics and systems like this. - Read More -
The summer has been hot but quiet in Fredericksburg and I’ve had a lot of fun over the past few weeks working with Martha Burtis to get our new server up and running with the host of software we plan to use to roll out the Domain of One’s Own project to all incoming students this fall. It’s exciting to see an idea with so much history go from blog post to pilot to University-wide initiative. The Domain of One’s Own project is probably the most exciting thing I’ve done in my professional career and it’s certainly an idea that has found its moment as I talk to other educators and institutions about the possibilities and affordances it brings. But ultimately (there’s always a but) not every institution has a group like DTLT they’ve invested in, or a culture that would allow the idea to take hold immediately. Faculty want to know how they can provide their students the affordances of a project like ours if their IT department isn’t on board, or they don’t have an instructional technology group that can support their experiments. It’s time to fix that. - Read More -
Over the past 2 years I’ve watched and later participated in the rhetoric of “reclaiming our digital identities in the web spaces we inhabit. Reclaim means a lot of things to a lot of people. At the end of last year I decided I wanted to start bringing more of the artifacts I put out on the web back in house with this blog. By February I had dropped Dropbox for a self-hosted file sharing program called ownCloud, taking a page out of D’Arcy’s playbook. In March when Google announced the impending doom of Google Reader I decided to jump in headfirst and get out from under the wing of as many Google products as possible. Since then I’ve hosted my own email, attempted to use Etherpad as a Google Docs replacement, and ran Fever on my server for RSS. Indeed it seemed like the perfect timing as we started ramping up our Domain of One’s Own pilot and preaching the beauty of controlling your own space. I may not have gone full Richard Stallman but I definitely abandoned quite a bit in the name of ownership and control.
It sucks and I’m done. - Read More -
I’ve had a lot of fun over the past few weeks playing more and more with cloud services and seeing how they can extend the functionality you normally get with a shared hosting plan. I blogged about my adventures setting up Amazon Cloudfront as a CDN (Content Delivery Network) using W3 Total Cache (which is one hell of a plugin the more I play with it). Tonight I decided to really mix things up and get a Rackspace account to see how the services differed and what they had to offer. - Read More -