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30
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 31 Number: 113

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  • [Geonotice + Wikinews/Commons?] – Sage Ross recently proposed something interesting: using an opt-in geonotice (notice that displays based on the location of your IP) to show local reporting or photographing opportunities. Hopefully this will help with one of the great frustrations that inhibit original reporting.

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Did you know …

… parody is the highest form of flattery?

[Bigipedia] – BBC Radio launched a “broadwebcasting” show parodying the internet by mocking pop-ups, search boxes and other aspects of online activity. Produced and directed by Pozzitive, the four-part series is called ‘Bigipedia’ and has taken its inspiration from Wikipedia. If you can appreciate British humor, check it out.


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Jul
19
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 30 Number: 112

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Did you know …

… that there is an easy solution to Wikipedia’s vandalism problems?

According to one humorous website, “ALL WE NEED TO DO is direct our vandalism entirely to the article about chickens. Imagine a Wikipedia free of vandalism!”
http://www.everytopicintheuniverseexceptchickens.com/

Note: that is a humorous website. It does not mean you are allowed to … with Wikipdia’s chickens.

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“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” – Thomas H. Huxley

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Jul
09
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 28 Number: 111

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  • [fossevents] – a new site (run by the same people who run IRC network Wikimedia uses, Freenode) just opened up that showcases FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) Events around the world, big and small. Be sure to add your upcoming Wikimedia events and look for others that interest you!

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Did you know …

… what a “sock puppet” is?

No??? – Strange, are you sure that you are a Wikimedian? – In any case, you can look it up now. No, not (only) in “the dictionary the anyone can edit”, but also in the more traditional “Merriam Webster’s 2009 dictionary of English”. It says it is “a word to describe a false account used for deceptive purposes”.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/newwords09.htm
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sock_puppet

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There is a world market for maybe five computers – Thomas Watson, IBM, 1943


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Jul
02
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 27 Number: 110

Technical news

  • [Michael Jackson Kills WP] – Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop”, died this week and nearly took Wikipedia down with him (as well as many other websites).  Wikimedia sites were unresponsive for a whole due to the large number of page hits.  The Michael Jackson article got nearly 6 *million* hits on June 26, more than the Main Page.
In the evening of the 2th July (UTC) Wikipedia&Co was virtually down because of power outage of the European servers. The remaining servers choked on the additional traffic routed to them.

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  • [bn.wp] – The Bengali Wikipedia (bn) has reached 20,000 articles.
    • http://bn.wikipedia.org/wiki/আন্তর্জাতিক_প্রকৃতি_ও_প্রাকৃতিক_সম্পদ_সংরক্ষণ_সংঘ — 20,000th article

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  • [Who owns transit schedules?] – Only marginally related but interesting nevertheless, the subject of a recent battle has been pretty simple: who owns the copyright to bus arrival times?  Public transportation agencies are trying to assert that they own the times and stop people from making iPhone apps (and similar items) off of the content, so that they can do it themselves and charge people.  Not very FOSS of them!
  • [Wikizine@Foundation-l] – Wikizine will now be featured on foundation-l too!  Thanks to Milos for proposing it and the list members for agreeing.
  • [Firefox 3.5] – … is finally out. This main stream browser supports natively Ogg Theora and Ogg Vorbis, the media file formats our projects are using.

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“Programming languages are like cats. It is easier to get a new cat than to get an old cat fixed.” — Douglas Crockford

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