Meet wpshell – the power of WordPress at your prompt. wpshell is an undiscovered gem. Someone should lead a WordCamp talk about it and the secrets it holds.
In other words, my theory is: Cheating (on a systematic level) happens because students try to get an edge over their peers/competitors. Even top-notch students cheat, in order to ensure a perfect grade. Fighting cheating is not something that professors can do well in the long run, and it is counterproductive by itself. By channeling this competitive energy into creative activities, in which you cannot cheat, everyone is better off.
Panos Ipeirotis — Why I will never pursue cheating again. A computer scientist teaching in a business school details a year of trying to combat cheating on assignments. Overall, he spent 45 hours addressing the problem during a 32 hour lecture course, and 22 of 108 enrolled students admitted cheating. Solutions could include:
- Public projects – All of the work ends up public, so embarrassment is the deterring factor.
- Peer review – Students have to present their work in class, and are judged by others.
- Competitions – Grades are performance-based (e.g. students build websites to attract the greatest number of unique visitors).
Takeaway: If plagiarism is your biggest worry, you’re doing it wrong.
Hyperlocal Post-Mortem: Lessons Learned From InJersey. Fantastic pragmatic takeaways from Ted Mann. Highlights: local advertisers don’t like self-serve, build your site cheaply, and make it ridiculously easy for contributors to publish (e.g. don’t have them email posts to editors, and then require the editor to copy/paste, edit, and then publish).
Learning how to learn. Scope out a project and just start.
Readme Driven Development. Write your Readme first.
The following are WordPress plugins I find myself using and recommending regularly. In the interest of making this available to everyone, here’s the full list: WordPress.com Custom CSS – Use your own CSS to tweak your website without modifying your theme’s files. Includes a revision… Continue reading →
Startups: Not for the faint of heart. Pro consulting on the side until your bootstrap revenues are sufficient.
Startup vs. Company. Spencer Fry: “Startups are easy. Companies are hard.” I feel this way too.
Travel Without Baggage. Strategies for the ultra-minimalist.