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links for 2010-05-09

  • Cloud.com's open source CloudStack software makes it easy for just about anyone to get into the cloud provider business. The Cupertino based company yesterday announced the availability of the open source version of their tool, the change to their new name (they used to be VMOps), the addition of several high profile executives and new financing. They will have commercially licensed versions of their software out by months end that include integration into billing and support tools, as well as more robust APIs.
  • Arguably the gold standard of electric health records management, the federal Department of Veterans Affairs could be "re-engineered" as an open-source project.

    That was the unanimous recommendation of the Industry Advisory Council, which was asked to study and suggest ways to modernize and simplify the VA's VistA (VA Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture), which serves about 8 million veterans through 153 medical centers and 768 outpatient clinics across the U.S.
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    VistA has been continually developed and upgraded over the past 32 years, but if it's to continue being effective, it needs an overhaul. Updates on top of updates have rendered VistA difficult to maintain. So the VA decided to seek recommendations for an overhaul before it needed fixing.

  • * Define the terms “web writing,” “content,” “content strategy,” and “information architecture”

    * Class blog entry (or discussion list post) #1

    * Discuss the ways in which “web writing” relates to other web design and development disciplines
    * Summarize the relationship of web content to accessibility, usability, and findability
    * Describe a user-centered approach to web writing and contrast this approach with other common writing practices

  • Citizens should be allowed to take photos while standing in public spaces near federal buildings, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The lawsuit challenges regulations that prohibit photography on federal property.

    The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, names the Department of Homeland Security along with the Federal Protective Service, an unnamed federal officer, and Inspector Clifford Barnes of the Federal Protective Service.

    The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Antonio Musumeci, 29, a software developer from Edgewater, N.J.

  • Veetle TV is the wildly popular live video application created by a couple of Stanford students.
    How to Watch? Download Veetle TV, install it, then click on any channel to watch instantly. No spam, no gimmicks, and no need to restart your browser or computer. Chrome version windows and linux.
  • Titan is amazing. It is extremely easy to use and will speed up your development time. If you already know jQuery & Javascript there is zero learning curve.
    The only hard part about Titan, has been getting the word out 🙂

    If you have any questions or comments please use the Titan Google Group.
    Titan will be released soon, I just need to do some initial documentation.

  • Cammie Croft, former deputy director of new media at the White House, is taking on a new challenge as the director of new media at the Department of Energy.

    In her new role, Croft will be upgrading elements of the IT infrastructure at an immense federal agency to enable her and her team to implement the digital tools for online engagement that she applied during the presidential campaign and the new administration's first year in office. The Department of Energy has IT infrastructure challenges that exist within many government bodies at all levels, from an outdated content management system (CMS) to difficulties supporting blogs or commenting.

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