WebRTC: A New Standard for Free, Open Video Chat, File Sharing, and More In the Browser

Everybody loves video chatting with friends, sharing files, instant messaging, and web surfing together. In education, it seems like we always need newer and better tools for working together collaboratively on the web in real time to make learning more immediate and dynamic. A new free web technology called Web …

Make my idea! JoyScreen: Browser plug-in for native performance in HTML5 apps

In many ways, it’s crazy that we have multiple competing app stores to deliver content that works perfectly well on the web. HTML5 has emerged as a great platform for rich applications on desktop and mobile devices, handling several features that were once only possible in native apps. Developers love …

Replace your Firefox and Chrome Plugins with Bookmarklets for Cross-Platform Productivity

  Two of the most popular posts here on TedCurran.net deal with replacing your too-huge collection of browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome to improve your browser’s speed and performance.  Replace Your Firefox Plugins with Mozilla Ubiquity and Over-Extending your Firefox with Extensions? Use Different Firefox-Powered Browsers for Different Tasks! Unfortunately, these posts …

Expanding and Owning my Content at TedCurran.net

  I’m very interested in how open source publishing tools like WordPress can empower individuals to own their data, understand and learn from their tools, and protect against the strange encroachments of privacy and power that commercial cloud services can impose on our digital lives. I’ve even argued that open …

Why Use a Big Tool when Small Ones Will Do? Marrying the LMS with Web 2.0 Tools

I came across this quoted text when reading the manual for Handbrake, a great open source DVD transcoding tool, and realized how relevant the wisdom continues to be… There’s this ​old geek proverb: The Law of Software Development and Envelopment at MIT: Every program in development at MIT expands until …

Was Google Reader Sacrificed to Preserve the Value of News Content?

I have a speculative explanation for the death of Google Reader. I remember in 2010 when Eric Schmidt was having high-level talks with news outlets, trying to help them envision a new model to maintain the value of their content. Schmidt even penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, describing the …

Why Write for Paper? Or ‘How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love HTML’

I’ve been blabbering on recently about #Markdown here on TedCurran.net, and I just managed to interest a roomful of seemingly sane people why putting weird characters all over your writing is a good idea. I’m taking this as a sign that people get it– we need to write for the …