Author Archives: David Megginson

About David Megginson

Scholar, tech guy, Canuck, open-source/data/information zealot, urban pedestrian, language geek, tea drinker, pater familias, red tory, amateur musician, private pilot.

Community data, Ebola, and the UN

The humanitarian community’s response to the Ebola crisis is more transparent than many responses in the past, and that transparency includes data. The core datasets from the UN and humanitarian partners are starting to appear here: https://data.hdx.rwlabs.org/ebola If you do anything potentially helpful with the … Continue reading

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RCIM — Right-Click-Incognito-Mode

#RCIM (right-click-incognito-mode) on links is an easy way to bypass the web’s nastiness. Continue reading

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Breadcrumbs: yes or no?

In web design, Breadcrumbs are those little navigational links you see across the top of some web pages, like Home → Canada → Ontario → Ottawa or Media»Music»Classical»Beethoven Good idea? Breadcrumbs let you can see where you are in a … Continue reading

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It’s never the end of history

Remember when we thought the web was stuck in a rut, with IE, Flash preroll, fixed-width layouts, and endless browser incompatibilities? Continue reading

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Hashtags and data standards

Could #hashtags help us share data during a humanitarian crisis? Continue reading

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What if people will pay a subscription fee for something they really want (like Netflix), but almost everything on the net is stuff people don’t actually want much? Continue reading

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Netflix, Philips, and the fragility of APIs

Update: Either Philips or Netflix has now fixed the problem described below (2014-03-29). I bought an inexpensive 29″ Philips 4000 series TV for the basement, and its built-in Netflix app isn’t working. Why doesn’t Netflix work on my TV? Time … Continue reading

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