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A Wiki For Cable and Connector Pin-Outs

Nicola Asuni writes to let us know about a new resource for hardware hackers: a wiki about pinouts — hardware interfaces of modern and obsolete hardware. “Created with the same MediaWiki software that was developed for the Wikipedia project, AllPinouts.org is a wiki that allows users to get and share information about hardware interfaces, including pinouts of ports, expansion slots, and other connectors of computers and different electronic devices (i.e. cellular phones, GPS, PDA, game consoles, etc.). All text is available under the GNU Free Documentation License and may be distributed or linked accordingly. The ‘pinout’ (or ‘pin-out’) of a connector identifies each individual pin, which is critical when creating, repairing or hacking cable assemblies and adapters.”

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on A Wiki For Cable and Connector Pin-Outs

Wikipedia To Add Video

viyh writes “Wikipedia will be adding a video option within two or three months, according to the MIT Technology Review. ‘… a person editing a Wikipedia article will find a new button labeled “Add Media.” Clicking it will bring up an interface allowing her to search for video — initially from three repositories containing copyright-free material — and drag chosen portions into the article, without having to install any video-editing software or do any conversions herself. The results will appear as a clickable video clip embedded within the article.’ They will be requiring all video to use open-source formats. This is in hopes of getting content providers to open up their material to gain wider exposure on the Wikipedia website. There is also an in-browser editor that removes a lot of the headache often associated with any kind of video editing. With the new Wikipedia system, ‘people will be able to easily inject media into pages, in a way that wasn’t possible before,’ says Michael Dale, a software engineer from Kaltura, the company assisting with development of the tools.”

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Friday, June 19th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Wikipedia To Add Video

Wikipedia turned into book

Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia written by volunteers, has been turned into book which is 5,000 pages long and 1ft 7ins thick.

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Wikipedia turned into book

CIA Officers Are Warming To Intellipedia

Hugh Pickens writes “The CIA is adopting Web 2.0 tools like collaborative wikis but not without a struggle in an agency with an ingrained culture of secrecy. ‘We’re still kind of in this early adoptive stage,’ says Sean Dennehy, a CIA analyst and self-described ‘evangelist’ for Intellipedia, the US intelligence community’s version of the popular user-curated online encyclopedia Wikipedia adding that ‘trying to implement these tools in the intelligence community is basically like telling people that their parents raised them wrong. It is a huge cultural change.’ Dennehy says Intellipedia, which runs on secure government intranets and is used by 16 US intelligence agencies, was started as a pilot project in 2005 and now has approximately 100,000 user accounts and gets about 4,000 edits a day. ‘Some people have (supported it) but there’s still a lot of other folks kind of sitting on the fence.’ Dennehy says wikis are ‘a challenge to our culture because we grew up in this kind of “need to know” culture and now we need a balance between “need to know” and “need to share.”‘ A desire to compartamentalize information is another problem. ‘Inevitably, every person, the first question we were asked is “How do I lock down a page?” or “How do I lock down a page so that just my five colleagues can access that?”‘ The growth of Intellipedia has so far largely been fueled by early adopters and enthusiasts says Chris Rasmussen, a social-software knowledge manager and trainer at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. ‘We are struggling to take it to the next level.'”

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Monday, June 15th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on CIA Officers Are Warming To Intellipedia

Should Wikipedians Edit Stories For Pay?

Hugh Pickens writes “The Register reports that a longtime Wikipedia admin has been caught offering to edit the online encyclopedia in exchange for cash. Someone noticed a post to an online job marketplace where he was advertising his services: ‘Besides technical writing, I also am an accomplished senior Wikipedia administrator with several featured articles to my name,’ read the post, which has since been changed. ‘If you need a good profile on Wikipedia, I can help you out there too through my rich experience.’ Wikipedia promptly opened a discussion page to try to reach consensus on the community view of ‘paid editing.’ So far opinion seems to be divided between those who say it’s ok as long as full disclosure is made and ‘edits are compliant with WP:NPOV, WP:RS, WP:BLP, WP:N,’ and others who believe that paid editing automatically creates a conflict of interest. Back in 2006, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales shot down a company known as MyWikiBiz, which promised that you could ‘author your legacy on the Internet.’ The company subsequently had to reinvent itself with no reference to Wikipedia. ‘It is not ok with me that anyone ever set up a service selling their services as a Wikipedia editor, administrator, bureaucrat, etc., I will personally block any cases that I am shown,’ wrote Wales.”

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Saturday, June 13th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Should Wikipedians Edit Stories For Pay?

The Anti-ODF Whisper Campaign

eldavojohn writes “Groklaw is examining the possibility of an anti-ODF whisper campaign and the effects it has had on the ODF and OOXML Wikipedia articles. In the ODF article, Alex Brown bends the truth to make it seem like no one is supporting ODF, and that it is a flawed and incomplete standard. From the conclusion, ‘So what is one to do? You obviously can’t trust Wikipedia whatsoever in this area. This is unfortunate, since I am a big fan of Wikipedia. But since the day when M|cr0s0ft decided they needed to pay people to “improve” the ODF and OOXML articles, they have been a cesspool of FUD, spin and outright lies, seemingly manufactured for M|cr0s0ft’s re-use in their whisper campaign. My advice would be to seek out official information on the standards, from the relevant organizations, like OASIS, the chairs of the relevant committees, etc. Ask the questions in public places and seek a public response. That is the ultimate weakness of FUD and lies. They cannot stand the light of public exposure. Sunlight is the best antiseptic.'”

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on The Anti-ODF Whisper Campaign

Mahalo 2.0 Is Wikipedia-For-Profits

Jason Calacanis’ Mahalo is getting a facelift: Starting tonight, the site will look different, work different, and operate under a different business model.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Mahalo 2.0 Is Wikipedia-For-Profits

Mahalo 2.0 Is Wikipedia-For-Profits

Jason Calacanis’ Mahalo is getting a facelift: Starting tonight, the site will look different, work different, and operate under a different business model.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Mahalo 2.0 Is Wikipedia-For-Profits

CoS Bigwig Likens Wikipedia Ban to Nazis’ Yellow Star Decree

We mentioned on Thursday that Wikipedia has banned edits originating from certain IP addresses belonging to the Church of Scientology; reader newtley writes now that Scientology leader (CEO and Chairman of the Board of the linked, but legally separate, Religious Technology Center) David Miscavige calls the ban “a ‘despicable hate crime,’ and asks, ‘What’s next, will Scientologists have to wear yellow, six-pointed stars on our clothing?’ During World War II, Hitler forced Jewish men, women and children to wear a a yellow cloth star bearing the word Jude to brand them in the streets of Europe, and in the Nazi death camps.”

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Monday, June 1st, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on CoS Bigwig Likens Wikipedia Ban to Nazis’ Yellow Star Decree

Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology

El Reg writes “Showing a new-found resolve to crack down on self-serving edits, Wikipedia has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology. According to Wikipedia administrators, this marks the first time such a high-profile organization has been banished for allegedly pushing its own agenda on the ‘free encyclopedia anyone can edit.'”

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology