At that time, I believed that the robust solution for Drupal as a learning platform was to adopt the portal model used by Blackboard and other LMS's. The portal would be the top site in in the domain of a multisite installation (or perhaps the main school website would be, but either way works if there is a portal), with each classroom site an independent site within the multi-site setup. When profiles were invented, I always imagined that the main Drupal portal site would allow a teacher to pick from various site types of functionality: "I need "
Tech Crunch reports that Condé Nast, the corporation which owns Wired Digital, has purchased Ars Technica. I've enjoyed reading Ars for years, so I hope that its format and coverage won't be changed to fit with Wired.com's style of reporting.
David Bollier posted an essay this week which focuses on how best to protect the public commons online. No one can argue against the principle that academic knowledge grows and evolves best when it is readily available to other academics. Yet, in the absence of the Internet as a publishing medium, academic publishing has turned academic knowledge into a commodity. Unfortunately, the academy took the direction that Bollier warns against when talking about the public commons online,
The key challenge is not how to devise better business models per se. Our challenge is to recognize socially created value as a powerful force in its own right—and then find the best ways to protect and sustain that value over the long term. . . . let us start by recognizing and honoring the sovereignty of the commons as a separate category of value-creation, and work from there. Otherwise, we will squander a rich opportunity.
Here's my quote for the week. I found it in pembo13's signature line in a comment on Slasdot:
"Thanks for all the money you paid to us. We've used it to buy off ISO among other things" -Microsoft
Sad but true.
Good piece over at Ars Technica describing how to build a green PC. They have also provided some pre-configured build specs for those that simply want suggestions for a good set of components.