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Dan Scott
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Attended Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
Lives in Sudbury, Ontario
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Depending on what social media sphere you know me from, you might not know (or forget) that I'm actually an academic librarian... and I'm very fortunate to be at +Laurentian University - Université Laurentienne where librarians have the same privileges and responsibilities (such as scholarly activity) as professors. Including the tenure process and ranks such as "General", "Assistant", "Associate", and "Full".

So it means a ton to me that my faculty colleagues found my work over the past nine years worthy of a promotion to "Associate Librarian". Much of that work has been focused on the open source +Evergreen Library System , and for the past few years in particular I've been focused on applying structured data to the web pages of library systems--specifically using the schema.org vocabulary.

Something like this doesn't happen without a huge amount of support from co-workers, colleagues at other institutions, and especially family. Thanks to all of you for helping me on this journey!
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Awesome, Dan!
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Woohoo! Finished all six lessons; now just have the final assignment left (creating a polished Android app from scratch) to complete the #Android   #devstudyjam

This is the first time that I have actually completed a MOOC; I've started several in the past, and dropped them almost immediately. Much of the motivation for completing it is due to having scheduled weekly meetups with my fellow +GDG Sudbury members. Positive peer pressure FTW!
Learn how to develop Android apps from scratch using development best practices through a hands on course led by Google instructors.
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Incredibly, the article doesn't mention Android's face unlock, which was launched with Ice Cream Sandwich in October 2011.

(I'm not claiming it was a fantastic implementation at that time, but come on +Re/code​ , you have to at least mention it!)

Update: They updated the article to mention Android's smart unlock. I'm sure it was only me that pointed such an obscure fact out to them... Heh.
 
Apple to Use Selfies to Unlock Phones? - Apple Apple has just received a patent for using facial recognition to unlock a mobile device. The company describes using a mobile phone’s camera to capture an image of a user’s face, analyze it and unlock the device if the photo matches the owner’s face. The technology, Apple writes in its patent application, would eliminate some of the time-consuming steps for unlocking a device. As it stands now, users need to drag a slide ba... http://ow.ly/2WK0XD
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THE future revolutionary feature! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
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I love working with the OpenWeatherMap API, except when it's not responding... which makes it very difficult to test your app :/
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Thanks +Paul Danyliuk, elsewhere I found documentation saying that more than one non-API-key request per 10 minutes from the same IP would potentially trigger a 510 HTTP status. My guess is that they don't start throttling until they start feeling pain (maybe a whole bunch of users hitting it at the same time as they test their apps--heh).

Seems like that should be something that should be covered by the instructors at the very start of the course when we first integrate the API, but I don't recall that coming up--and checking the transcripts from module 2 where it was introduced, the API limit, possibility to register for a key, and potential testing problems associated with getting blocked aren't mentioned at all.

I'll provide that in feedback to the instructors.
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Ooh, nice landing page for Women of computing (present, past, and future). And more options for the kids (who do love their hours of code)!

#womentechmakers  
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Wondering why the hell particular wifi access points on campus have DNS that prevents access to Google... These dead spots happen to be in places where I'm waiting in line for coffee. Not cool.

Luckily there are ways of setting 8.8.8.8 on my phone.
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Hah, yes, I was scribbling this post as I was in line at the Tim's and sent it before walking past the TechHub, which made me think about editing the post... but you got here first! I have to imagine it's something deliberate; how do you block access to Google since at least September without thinking "Hmm... that's weird, I can't get to Google Apps from here, that must annoy at least half of this Google Apps for Edu university population, maybe I should see if we can fix that."

Also, the app I'm using at the moment to edit my DNS entry is https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=htmt.changedns -- it works, but I'm always open to better options. Like, say, something that always overrides the DNS for certain deficient access points.
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Not an auspicious start, Vessel.

#mobilefirst #marketpercentage
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That is ridiculous, seriously their r&d team needs a refresh about the world.
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... or the look of a man that does a lot of (unwanted) chasing.
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And a young (okay, not young but whatever) man's thoughts turn to wondering how Linux would run on that $249 convertible laptop with touchscreen...

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Boom! Some exciting Chrome OS news today!

- 11" Chromebooks with Rockchip RK3288 available for pre-order today for $149!
- ASUS Chromebook Flip - premium, all-metal convertible with a touch screen available later this spring for $249.
- ASUS Chromebit - a HDMI stick that turns any display into a computer available soon for less than $100. 

Source: http://chrome.blogspot.fr/2015/03/more-chromebooks-for-everyone.html
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I was given a 15-minute slot to introduce +Google Docs to university students last night; here's what I came up with. I think it's decent.
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Collaborating with Google DocsCollaborating with Google Docs https://ludrive.laurentian.ca Dan Scott, Systems Librarian Laurentian has taken advantage of Google’s Apps for Education program to offer students and employees access to a special version of Google Drive, which includes: Unlimited storage for any kind of file Integ...
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It's Sudbury. I'm going to keep seeing this out of my office window on and off until the middle of May, I have no doubt. It's much prettier in person!
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I remember the view well, and actually miss it at times.
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Long winter? That's just fine with us!
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  • Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
    Information Studies, 1996 - 1998
  • Laurentian University
    English & Philosophy, 1992 - 1996
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Introduction
I'm a systems librarian who cares about software freedom and open source. Since 2007 my core contributions have been to the Evergreen library system project.  I'm also the founder and lead for the Google Developer Group Sudbury.
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I can (and do) hit some awesome mountain biking trails right out of my backyard. Sudbury rocks!
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Systems Librarian
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Structured data (schema.org, RDFa, microdata); Perl; PHP; Python; PostgreSQL; HTML5 (yes, JavaScript and CSS too); obscure library standards and protocols like MARC21 and Z39.50; can code Java when necessary, which Android gets me to do.
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  • Laurentian University
    Systems Librarian, 2006 - present
    I make it possible for people to connect with information they need in the form of articles, books, and data, while overcoming the hurdles that publishers and "solution providers" put in the way.
  • IBM Canada
    1998 - 2006
    Product planner for DB2 on Linux; Information Architect for DB2 / IBM Software Group (System House); Technical Writer focused on DB2 application development
  • Xerox Canada
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Toronto, Ontario - Barrie, Ontario
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J.N. Desmarais Library Laurentian University Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
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Great vegetarian Indian cuisine. I'm a repeat visitor over the past ten years; it's always been good. Service is variable, but that's too be expected from any restaurant. Prices are in line with the norms for the quality and quantity of food served up per dish.
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Casual atmosphere (a dress shirt is way over the top for this place), excellent Thai food. I had a bowl of tom yum soup; the portion size was small but it was packed with flavour. By far the best tom yum I've had (and I've tried a lot). Also had the green curry, which more than met expectations in flavour, presentation, and serving size. Highly recommended.
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I've been to Ripe many times since moving from Toronto; it's like one of the Yonge & Eglinton pasta & wine bars was transported to Sudbury. It benefits from a creative menu, nice woodfired pizza oven, generally great service, and an owner (Marc) who genuinely cares for his clientele. For example, last night we presented a coupon for a free kid's pizza at the start of our order and enjoyed a great meal. When the bill came, we paid and took off quickly because said child was very tired, and didn't notice that the coupon hadn't been applied. Marc (somehow) remembered my name, tracked down my email address, and sent me an email apologizing for the oversight and promising to make it up to us... completely unprompted. How awesome is that?
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I've been multiple times over the past twenty years; first as a student for my first Ethiopian experience, most recently as a parent with two overtired children in tow. I've never failed to have great, attentive service (especially impressive patience with said children!) and wonderful food. One of my favourite places to visit in Toronto.
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Perhaps the best Indian cuisine I've had, including the ten years I lived in Toronto. The dishes, rice, and naan are freshly prepared when you order, and the portions are generous; two main dishes are more than enough for three people. They don't hold back on the spice; if you order "hot" you will get very hot, and I love that :)
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The conference rooms and general facilities are fine, but the distance from anything else means that you're limited to whatever food they have to offer--which means high prices and no guarantees of quality. I made the mistake of grabbing an English muffin with egg and some meat slices from a heat rack on a cart in the morning, and once I opened it discovered that the sauce had soaked through the bottom of the sandwich and bonded with the wrapper. Seems likely that the sandwich had been there since the day before. I tried a few bites anyway but ended up tossing the $5.50 monstrosity; luckily my stomach didn't seem too affected by the experience.
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