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Summary of Matt Mullenweg’s – State of the Word 2012

In early August, 2012, Matt Mullenweg delivered his sixth State of the Word, giving us an update on all things WordPress. An interesting talk because WordPress is the dominate platform for bloggers, it powers 17% of the internet, and is the software I use for this blog.

Unfortunately, there are no summaries of the talk, only the raw video, slides, and a live blog. Which is very strange considering how important this software is. Not to worry, I’ve included a summary below pulled together from personal notes and various blogs:

 

Summary – State of the Word 2012 – Matt Mullenweg

  • WordPress is 9 years old, 6th State of the Word
  • WordCamps – in 2006 there was 1 – in 2011 there were 52, and in 2012 there are 75 planned.
  • Single greatest change of the year – Plugin Headers – which are pictures on plugin pages
    • Matt talked a lot about how small changes are the most requested features
  • Forums linked to plugins allowing thousands of answered questions.
  • Improved rating system for plugins. Like Amazon, allowing readers to see individual reviews and authors to respond.
  • NUX – new user experience improved, welcome page might become permanent homepage – dashboard is too cluttered
  • WordPress 3.5 – coming Dec. 5
    • Matt wants updates to work more like Chrome (i.e. automatic and in the background)
    • Speed updates from 2/year to 3/year
    • 3.5 includes Retina Support – Matt says it’s the next big thing
  • Many topics about getting involved
  • Improve parity between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
    • JetPack.me offers all the best plugins from *.com for *.org users
    • 2.3 million JetPack downloads
  • Mobile
    • 5 million mobile downloads
    • On 6 platforms
  • Apps are the future
    • First 4 years blogging, next 4 years content management (CMS), next are apps
    • More people use WordPress for CMS than for blogging
    • App examples: running maps, interactive graphics
  • 20,000 people make $$ from WordPress (writing or developing) – in 2011 it was 13,000
    • Average cost to develop a WordPress site: $2,000 gov/non-profit – $2,500 small biz – $4,200 corporate

 

That’s the summary in 26 lines or less! If you’re looking for more WPMU has a minute-by-minute breakdown.

 

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FBI finally goes digital, stops using paper

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have finally ditched paper files for a new computer system, an effort that took 12 years and cost more than $600 million.

The system, called Sentinel, includes elements resembling Web browsers, with tabs and movable windows, and forms that are filled out in a question-and-answer format similar to consumer tax software.

An FBI special agent demonstrated the system, which went live July 1, to reporters Tuesday. Agents can share files electronically and can track changes made by others. RSS feeds, commonly used in Web browsers to aggregate news topics, can be used to track updates on files.

Agents can also use a search feature, entering a phone number, for instance, to see if it occurs in other active cases or leads.

One of the biggest hurdles to getting agents to accept the system, Mr. Johnson said, has been their reluctance to believe it’s really happening.

 

Source: The Wall Street Journal - FBI Files Go Digital, After Years of Delays

 

 

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Time lapse movie – TWiT podcasting studio in 60 seconds

 

Time lapse movie recorded in the TWiT studio in Petaluma, CA using a 3rd generation iPad mounted to a Losmandy StarLapse motor with a Makayama mount with wide-angle lens. The time-lapse was captured using iStopMotion for the iPad by Boinx Software.

Special thanks to Oliver at Boinx for coming up with the idea, and to Leo Laporte and the entire TWiT crew for their hospitality. Movie by Derrick Story.

 

Library has more than books, creates a Fab Lab with 3D printer, podcast studio, green screen

What exactly is a fab lab?

“These spaces, known as Fabrication Labs (fab labs), Hackerspaces, and Tech Shops, share common goals: collaboration and ‘making.’ They exist to give their specific communities the ability to ‘make’ through sharing knowledge and skills. They provide the technology necessary to make almost anything.

However, these spaces often provide services to a specific or targeted group and are not easily accessible to ‘outsiders’ – traditional Fab Labs are tied to MIT and are generally found in underserved communities, Hackerspaces have membership fees, and Tech-Shops, on average, cost around $1.5 million to start. Imagine – what if the Fayetteville Free Library had similar tools as MIT at its fingertips (at an affordable cost), with the knowledge necessary to use them?”

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The Fayetteville Free Library is excited to announce the addition of a new public service—the FFL Fab Lab.

“Community members will have the opportunity to use this digital media lab to create and edit videos, podcasts and use design software that might otherwise be out of reach. The Lab will also offer: Mac desktop, Podcasting station, 2 MakerBot 3D Printer Stations, Adobe Suite, Mac Creative Suite, a Green Screen Wall, Camcorders and digital cameras available for check out. Patrons can use the lab for two hour blocks of time when they present a valid library card.

The Fayetteville Free Library is the first library in the United States to offer a free, public access Fab Lab.

 

More informationFayetteville Free Library launched 3D printing Fab Lab

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Facebook Programming Challenge – solve a challenge, get a phone interview

 

How does this work?

Take the timed challenge. If your code passes the test, you will be contacted for a telephone interview. If your code is too similar to another applicant, you will both be disqualified, so please don’t share or post your answers online.

What position are these tests for?

These are for various positions in our Software Engineering department. You can check them all out here.

 

Take the Facebook Programming Challenge!

Venture capitalists invested $5.8 billion in the first quarter of 2012

Venture capitalists invested $5.8 billion in 758 deals in the first quarter of 2012.

The report shows that after a strong fourth quarter 2011, VC investment activity for the quarter fell 19 percent in terms of dollars and 15 percent in the number of deals compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 when $7.1 billion was invested in 889 deals.

  • Life Sciences and Clean Technology sectors saw decreases
  • Double-digit percentage increases in the Consumer Products and Services, and Telecommunications industries.
  • The Software industry received the highest level of funding for all industries

 

Read the full reportLeena Rao, TechCrunch

 

And the Oscar goes to…Researchers, computer scientists, and photographers

Just a few days ago the Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical Achievements were announced. The 8 awards go to a wide range of professionals in areas such as computer software, high-speed cameras, aerial cameras, and laser film preservation.

In many ways these descriptions are beyond our understanding, but they do, at the very least, bring into your mind the constant innovation in the film business.

These awards will be handed out on February 11, 2012, with the main awards show going on two weeks later.
 

Mantra Software

Invention and integration of micro-voxels in the Mantra software. This work allowed, for the first time, unified and efficient rendering of volumetric effects such as smoke and clouds, together with other computer graphics objects, in a micro-polygon imaging pipeline.

By Andrew Clinton, Mark Elendt
 

Phantom High-Speed Cameras

Design and engineering of the Phantom family of high-speed cameras for motion picture production. The Phantom family of high-speed digital cameras, including the Phantom Flex and HD Gold, provide imagery at speeds and efficacy surpassing photochemical technology, while seamlessly intercutting with conventional film production.

By Radu Corlan, Andy Jantzen, Petru Pop and Richard Toftness
 
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