Light Saver, a nice project… that should be explained better

turn-it-offVedant Desai is a “Smart Fifth Grader Football Player” who just invented a “Light Saver” device that is “guaranteed to save you energy” because it “reminds you to turn off your light before you leave your room”. I would like to congratulate Vedant for his skills and creativity, but I also have a suggestion for him (and for LittleBits): Continue reading Light Saver, a nice project… that should be explained better

On Brexit, young people “betrayed” by their elders, and voting

brexit-summaryI have a strong feeling that certain headlines and assertions about the Brexit result are  if not factually wrong, at least very misleading. I refer to statements that summarize charts and tables like the ones above in this way:

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Microsoft vs OpenOffice in Pesaro: first, let’s recap

Pesaro is a town of about 100 thousands people on the northern adriatic coast of Italy. Its Public Administration has been facing lots of critics from Free/Open Source software supporters because, in the last five years, it changed twice the same, important part of its ICT infrastructure. Both those changes bring consequences and open issues, both for the critics and for Pesaro, that have had little or no coverage at all so far, especially outside Italy (1). Continue reading Microsoft vs OpenOffice in Pesaro: first, let’s recap

It’s time for Open Data in and from (not “ABOUT”!) schools

Preface

This essay expands a proposal on Open Data in schools that I made in 2011, which requires very little, if any, funding and central authorization/coordination to be implemented. As of this writing, I know of no other proposal of the same kind, with the exception of this 2012 presentation from New Zealand. Also, I have not heard of any large scale implementation, or had occasion to do any real work on this topic. However, I am even more convinced now than in 2011 that the idea has a great potential. Continue reading It’s time for Open Data in and from (not “ABOUT”!) schools