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diigo Data Analytics (kit306)
Sunday 26th of July 2015
category: courses
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"In today's world, the prevalent use of technology and automation have resulted in an explosion in the quantity of data, often referred to as "big data", accumulated by business and by researchers. Data warehouses have been used to set up repositories for this big data. Data is seen as a critical asset for decision-making. Raw data, however, is of little value. In order to obtain insights from this big data analytical techniques are required to turn the data in the repositories into knowledge, by extracting information and identifying patterns, upon which actions can be taken. This unit will help students appreciate the value of using business intelligence tools, data mining techniques and information visualisation methods for the analysis of big data. In this unit students will explore the concepts and technology of business intelligence and experience designing and building business intelligence systems. Students will also gain an understanding of various methods and techniques and applications for data mining. Students will also investigate information visualization tools and techniques to represent the big data in forms that more readily convey embedded information. Students will gain an understanding of the major research issues in the area of big data."


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diigo Data Organisation and Visualisation (kit102)
Sunday 26th of July 2015
category: courses
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"This unit will explain the relationship between data, information and knowledge and introduce a number of different tools for managing, storing, securing, modelling, visualizing and analysing data. This unit will provide an understanding of how data can be manipulated to meet the information needs of users. Changing data into information can be accomplished with a range of tools, including XML, SQL, spread sheeting and data visualisation. Emphasis will be placed upon using the tools to match the information-seeking behaviour of users. This unit introduces the techniques to enable the students to use these tools for managing data, creating information and allowing knowledge development. Overarching the whole unit is the importance of data security and how it can be achieved. This unit concludes by introducing the concepts behind managing big data in response to global trends of capturing all available data due to inexpensive storage."


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diigo Build an App Using Flask, Sqlalchemy and Postgresql
Tuesday 21st of July 2015
category: python
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"In this blog, we will write a todo application using Flask , Flask-SQLAlchemy , PostgreSQL , and Twitter Bootstrap. The purpose of this blog is not just to help developers write Python Flask web applications but to also help them deploy their application in the Cloud. In this blog, we will deploy our Flask todo application on OpenShift. OpenShift provides scalable hosting for Python web applications. Another purpose of this blog is to help newbie OpenShift Python application developers who want to get started with Python development on OpenShift. Finally, this blog will also show how to connect a Postgresql database from a Python application. By the end of this blog you will be able to see how using a Platform as a Service can quickly get you going with Python and PostgreSQL and we will have a todo application running on OpenShift"


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diigo Kickstarting Flask On Ubuntu
Tuesday 21st of July 2015
category: python
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"This tutorial details how to setup a Flask application on a server running Ubuntu"


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diigo Earth
Tuesday 21st of July 2015
category: space
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diigo Fossil from New Feathered Dinosaur Found
Thursday 16th of July 2015
category: dinosaurs
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"Scientists have unearthed a spectacularly preserved, nearly complete fossil in north-eastern China of a feathered dinosaur with wings like those of a bird, although they doubt the strange creature could fly."


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diigo The Hitchhiker?s Guide to Python!
Thursday 16th of July 2015
category: python
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"This opinionated guide exists to provide both novice and expert Python developers a best-practice handbook to the installation, configuration, and usage of Python on a daily basis."


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blogger Time to Rethink Fuzzyslogic.com
Monday 13th of July 2015
category: blerk
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I built the current version of fuzzyslogic.com with the idea that it had to be able to handle the fact that internet services come and go. I made it simple for me to switch from one hosting provider to another and be able to add and remove the collection of content from sites and services as they came and went. These features have worked wonderfully; when I moved to the US I switched from an Australian host to an American one, I've switched from using wordpress to blogger for my blogging service, I've switched from spurl to diigo for online bookmarking.... etc.

However, there was one single point of failure in all this; Yahoo Pipes. It is an amazing system that not many people have heard about, basically it allowed me to feed in a stack of rss feeds, munge them all together and spit out data in a format of my choice.

Now Pipes being shut down.

At the end of August 2015 the back end system for fuzzyslogic.com will stop pulling in new content because Pipes won't be there to do it.

I'm forced to consider what to do. Since I built all of this around Pipes I've learned to love a python library called Beautiful Soup, which I could use to build a custom system to replace what I was using Pipes for.

However, I have to stop and consider the fact that I haven't really been making much use of fuzzyslogic.com anyway. Combine that with the fact that no one else actually visits the site anyway..... then maybe I don't really need to invest any effort in keeping it running.

I could kill off the host all together and shift the domain name over be hosted by my registra or simply point it directly at the fuzzy's logic blogger site. This would be saving me US$5 a month and never having to worry about updating a web server or even monitoring one.

The only other things I've been using the web server host for is running my RSS aggregator which I can replace with another service such as inoreader.com, running an IRC bot in a channel which has recently been replaced by our group using Slack and storing random files (which I can use any number of cloud storage places for).

I've got a little over a month to think about it.... but at this stage I'm leaning towards shutting down the web server.



diigo The Hacker Shelf
Friday 29th of May 2015
category: books
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Community-curated collection of free books for the intellectually curious.


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fuzpix Procrastination
Thursday 28th of May 2015
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