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Interesting. Interviewee can't use GitHub for their class because the servers probably are in the US: "Copyright is a big issue. For instance, we are working with a novel. In Canada, that novel is in public domain so it can be accessed online, but not in United States."

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Indeed, their servers are located in the US

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Looking at the challenges, it would be cool if GitHub picked that up and published best practice guides for teachers and also collaborating researchers. Such guides could come from this study and others like it. I remember they're doing research on how researchers use GitHub already.

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Oh, now I see they actually interviewed John Britton from GitHub on that. I don't buy this completely, though:

"But as far as...we don’t have a set, like, this is the way, right? There are multiple ways to use GitHub in the classroom, and it depends on what goal you’re trying to achieve."

Same is true for software development, yet they promote the GitHub Flow. Find the practices that work for 80% of the people / contexts!

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It's yours for the taking: http://www.krakenrumstore.com/products/the-kraken-umbrella

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Awesome, thanks for sharing! A look at a sample issue would be neat though. Right now, I have no clue what exactly will be in the emails.

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Thanks for the pointer, I'll include it soon!

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I use GitHub's gollum [1] git-based markdown-supporting Wiki for pretty much this. It's easy to add a basic username / password protection. I run it on a Digital Ocean instance that had some capacity left over and have a cronjob push to a private bitbucket repo every 30 minutes for backup. I don't have to create notebooks and can use GitHub-flavored markdown (or other any syntax gollum supports).

That said, I like basic idea of extending magpie with a PDF scraper and email. Maybe it would spare some energy to fork gollum and add extension to it to make it more Evernote-like?

[1]: https://github.com/gollum/gollum

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Oh, and nicely wrapped in Fluid [1] as a site-specific browser with a nice icon [2].

[1]: http://fluidapp.com [2]: https://www.iconfinder.com/icons/71619/book_moleskine_notes_...

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Is your code for adding auth public? I would love to have the same setup

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See here for Basic Auth: http://stackoverflow.com/a/13357591/633167

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Thanks! :)

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Right, it didn't turn up in the exploratory survey or in the interviews. Well, also we wanted to know how developers use Twitter ... the API I guess wasn't that important at least to the people we talked to. Some said in the initial survey that they had switched to App.net though, but it was only a tiny fraction that we weren't able to talk to. As we say in our study, our results are not generalizable, so there may still be several other issues lurking that we didn't catch in this study.

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Then again, RSS is how "tech savvy" (incl developers) would use twitter. Sorry I digress, maybe I do take RSS too seriously. But for me it is really important to draw a distinction in how a service is consumed. Using a website often means the possibility of being unconsciously engaged, thus spending there more than the desired time.

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Well, most of the developers we talked to were professional developers, so they probably were tech-savvy. Maybe the removal of RSS happened so long ago that nobody's really frustrated by it anymore -- either you use a client (CLI if you want, "t" is neat) or you move on to something else?

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Awesome, thanks for your interest! :)

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Yes, please?

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Testflight for iOS 7: http://tflig.ht/WwNYgp

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For outstanding research on the meaning of progress in your work, take a look at "the progress principle" by Amabile and Kramer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/142219857X/

Gist: yes, progress is essential to feel good about your work.

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