I used to use Instapaper often, but was turned off by the price for mobile apps and (former?) incompatibility with Android. Their web app isn’t very mobile friendly either. Over time, I started using Instapaper less and less… Pocket seemed like a nice alternative, but I couldn’t really bring myself to switch.
Looking for a self-hosted alternative to other “read later” apps? I’ve been pretty happy with Poche (PHP, demo) so far. I even deleted my Instapaper account and switched to using Poche instead. It’s nice and lightweight, with a responsive design that works on phones, tablets, and desktops.
I haven’t gotten an offline version working (there’s an Android app though, and an export to ePub feature seems likely). My only complaint so far? A lot of the user community only seems to discuss Poche in French (“poche” means “pocket” in French) — certainly something I’m not accustomed to in a largely Anglophone open source community.
I’ve seen some of the experimenting that people have done with bringing legal code (i.e., laws) to GitHub. As an open source developer, I think Clay has it right when he says that transparency is only one side of openness and that citizen created bills are (hopefully) inevitable. After all, our government is too important to leave exclusively to politicians.
Or, you know, the Internet will just be a place we go to see funny pictures of cats. It’s what we make of it.
Update: Just as an experiment, I made a repository for the laws of Iowa because I couldn’t find an existing one. I’m experimenting to see if any others are interesed as well, based on star count or contributions.
Benjamin Oakes helped start the Iowa City Ruby user-group before moving out to Connecticut and helping start up the New Haven Ruby. We discuss a little bit of the differences between running a group in the Mid-west versus the East Coast.
South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago (Photo: Jeff Zoline CC BY-NC 2.0)
WindyCityRails was a lot of fun.
As I’ve done in the past, I took notes and put them into an open wiki on GitHub. Some quick stats: the wiki project is up from approx. 220 stars to 241 right now, and even got a few more contributors (~49 → 53).
Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the better talks:
Both David Chelimsky and Steve Klabnik contributed to the wiki, which was a nice surprise. :) Steve’s talk was really good, but hard to do it justice with any notes… I was happy to see that he annotated it.