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Episode 23: git-svn, one tool to rule them all!

January 29, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast On episode 23, we discuss the ever important subject of version control.  We talk about distributed vs centralized version control systems through two popular implementation: git and subversion (svn).  More specifically, we go over how to partially or fully convert existing repositories to the more modern distributed paradigm.  While you listen to […]

The Cost of Knowledge

January 27, 2012 by


In the post-SOPA/PIPA haze, a website was recently launched called the Cost of Knowledge.  This site is basically a petition for a vote-of-no-confidence against Elsevier, a major academic publisher.  By signing your name to their board you promise to refrain publishing,  refereeing, and/or performing editorial duties for any of Elsevier’s many journals.  At the time […]

Advice to Grad Students

January 18, 2012 by


One of my friends, who is a graduate student in Math and Statistics and is a rock-solid developer besides, asked me for some advice today.  They have seen posted around their university offerings for positions (presumably in other departments) for graduate students who can program.  It is true; there are some savvy professors out there who want to […]

Episode 22: Public Access to Federally Funded Research

January 8, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast On episode 22, we discuss the response to two Request for Information (RFI) that the US Office of Science and Technology Policy has posted in order to gather feedback on how to improve Public Access to the Data and Peer-Reviewed publications resulting from Federally Funded Research. On today’s show our crew […]


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