Biweekly links for 02/13/2009

  • New Kindle Audio Feature Causes a Stir –
    • The Authors Guild, in their great wisdom, on the “read-aloud” feature of the Kindle: “They don’t have the right to read a book out loud,” said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild. “That’s an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law.”
  • Continuous Deployment at IMVU: Doing the impossible fifty times a day. « Timothy Fitz
    • Deploying code to production 50 times a day: uses very aggressive and complete testing, and (of course) a fully automated deployment cycle.
  • i9606: non-anonymous peer review
    • Benjamin Good: “I spent this afternoon acting as a voluntarily non-anonymous peer reviewer – its scary. I ended up advocating rejection of the article I was reading and I have to say that Vince Smith … was absolutely right that the act of signing your review “keeps you in check”. Knowing from the outset that your words are going to be linked to your name can really change what you have to say – it certainly makes you think about it for a while longer. It is scary though – I hope that I managed to convey enough of my reasoning and suggestions for ways to improve the article that the authors don’t despise me and attempt to ruin my life… I also hope that the editors of the journal manage to acquire at least one additional reviewer for this manuscript – safety in numbers! Or perhaps the editors will strip my name from my comments? Time will tell I guess.”
  • Wiki Research Bibliography
    • A bibliography of publications about wikis and Wikipedia. Many very interesting looking papers, many of which are new to me.
  • digitalresearchtools
    • “This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively. Whether you need software to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts, Digital Research Tools will help you find what you’re looking for. We provide a directory of tools organized by research activity, as well as reviews of select tools in which we not only describe the tool’s features, but also explore how it might be employed most effectively by researchers.”
  • Seb’s Open Research
    • Seb was an early blogger who ran an excellent blog called “Seb’s Open Research”. He’s recently started up blogging again.

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