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Open Source Conference Banners

I was recently surfing the net and came across an artistic and eye-catching conference banner for PyCon Argentina 2012. I thought it was good marketing so I wanted to think about ways these banners could get a wider distribution, sort of like the conference ribbons people put on their blogs. To get wider distribution, I

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Mailing List Analytics and Segregating Automated Posts

I recently added mailing list analytics to Grokbase in response to Gabor Szabo‘s post on estimating the size of the Perl community. This provides some useful insight into community participation; however, both Gabor and I noticed there are a significant number of automated posts from computer programs and it would be useful to segregate these

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Community Analytics via Mailing Lists

Recently Gabor Szabo wrote an article to answer a question he’s often asked, “How many people are in the Perl community?” In his response, he mentions and analyzes a number of proxies including conference participation, commits, open source contributions, mailing list posts, etc. John Napiorkowski agreed with the importance of analyzing this data, “Understanding this

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Base58: Fast Hashing with GMP

Base58 is an alternative to Base64 that is growing in popularity for case-sensitive encodings due to several characteristics including multi-protocol-safety and human-readability. It is used by Flickr, Bitcoin, and now Grokbase. The general characteristics of Base58 are that it uses the protocol-safe alpha-numeric alphabet (Base62) and excludes easy to confuse digits. Both Flickr and Grokbase

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