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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Open Source 3D Printing

It’s very easy to go and buy from shops ready made products if money is not a problem. Yet as educators, we know that money is a problem for most students. Besides the financial problem, one wishes to present our students with a challenge: why not build it yourself? In this case open source becomes an integral part of modern education where students do their research work and make the product themselves! It might take much longer but the learning benefits outweigh all challenges!
We wish to introduce something which is gaining popularity nowadays: 3D printing!
Open Source 3D Printing eliminates all the issues created by proprietary products. Not only does it reduce costs, it enables easier innovation to solve issues faced during 3D manufacturing.

Apparently, the phrase, “Open Source 3D Printing” is also gaining popularity as is evident with a simple search online. 
It is now possible for users to completely go Open Source, making it possible to greatly reducing production time and manufacturing costs!
Some quick examples where 3D printing is of immense use are:
      • Vehicles
      • Environment
      • Construction
      • Dentistry
      • Gadgets and Tools
      • Organs
More information is found in this website. YouTube videos are found here. Another interesting website would be here. If you would like to read about the best open source 3D printer, go to this website


Monday, October 22, 2018

jBilling : Complex billing solved

Some students in high school are practically in a very delicate situation: they’re still studying, yet they are on the verge of coming into close contact with the business world. One hand they’re studying in class, on the other hand they would like to have some experience in the real world!

Today we’re presenting jBilling. It is the world’s leading open source billing solution as it gives you all the flexibility and customizable options you need for highly complex billing. Students will learn how to bill future clients in their own business office etc…

As it is open source, one can change the program according to his own business model! One can add new items as well. jBilling lets you get to market fast with your innovative products and services by allowing you to isolate your custom code and change it whenever you need to.

The official website is here.
YouTube tutorials are here.
Some screenshots are here.
Forum (practical challenges).

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Open Online Physical Education Network

How many teachers seem to hold all their notes, books, experience under a tight padlock? It seems that they are holding on to their ‘secret’ lessons! Well the advantage of having an open mentality and sharing your experience means that others will share too. Consequently one gains rather than loses information, tips etc…!!

This is the experience of the Open Source software. Besides, some challenges can never be solved by one person. More people means more input. It’s a win win situation.

Today we’re presenting just a normal website. Yet it is completely open. One can give one’s contribution. It regards the physical education of our students. It was created for the US but one can adopt it for other countries of the world [obviously doing the necessary changes].

It is Open Online Physical Education Network. Hopefully more teachers in other areas will develop the same concept of sharing online other educational ideas with the rest of the community. 


Sunday, September 23, 2018

DocuWiki : Another way of creating an online space for students, parents and teachers!

One knows, that during lessons there is never enough time for students to learn. They need time after the lesson to try to understand it with their own pace. Others might need more information to understand really well. Some students would need to look for more information, to compare the received information with other sites. 

Some projects in schools would need colloboration from other schools. All this could be done using docuwiki! School could host their own server (computer). This space would be accessible just by school students and other persons allowed by the school administration.

DokuWiki is a simple to use and highly versatile Open Source wiki software that doesn't require a database. It is loved by users for its clean and readable syntax. The ease of maintenance, backup and integration makes it an administrator's favorite. Built in access controls and authentication connectors make DokuWiki especially useful in the enterprise context and the large number of plugins contributed by its vibrant community allow for a broad range of use cases beyond a traditional wiki.

For downloads, questions, forum and other queries one has to go here. If one prefers YouTube videos, it is here

Sunday, September 9, 2018

SoX : the Swiss Army knife of sound processing programs!

Walking in any part of the Western Civilization, one notices that music has become easily accessible and more popular. One notices people walking with headphones nearly most of the time! One can see people talking on their own (!). Our young students are crazy for music. Besides one uses various formats of audio files. Transferring an audio file to anther media outlet is simply, yet not all apps can read all kinds of music!

We have experience with students in classes when they record other sounds on their mobile/laptop etc...but then they cannot hear it on some media outlets!

Today we are suggesting SoX, what is called the swiss army knife for sound processing programs! We have to make you aware that it calls for a steep learning curve. It seems so daunting in the beginning, but that’s what communities are for – to help you sort out any teething problems! It could be installed on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Monday, August 27, 2018

0 A.D. Is A Free, Open-Source, Historical Real Time Strategy (RTS) Game.

“Macedonia or Macedon was an ancient kingdom on the periphery of Archaic and Classical Greece, and later the dominant state of Hellenistic ...”

Imagine this kind of introduction in a history lesson...would you be cut off? Would you sleep in class? Would you start fiddling around?

Well, today we’re presenting 0 A.D. is a Free, Open-Source, Historical Real Time Strategy (RTS) Game. It’s a game which students (why not parents too?!) play to learn historical facts by having some time understanding how past generations dealt with life challenges! The students would go back in time in encounter these generations and understand better their challenges in a given historical time! What an excellent way to bring history so near our life today!

Students would not be passive listeners but feel empowered to see things from a different point of view. It will surely help them to see today’s life from a different perspective and be more prepared to face challenges!

It’s an open source game which means that it could be played on mac, windows and linux OS. 

More info is here.
YouTube videos (which are very useful) are here.
One can download it from here.
Forums, channels and contact form are here.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hollywood Casts Open Source Software in Starring Role

There are still so many people out there who believe that a free program is non-sense or not worth it at all. We are used to pay for products, services when something is offered for free we say: what’s the trick? Is there something that I have missed? Are you kidding me?

Well, we’ve been saying that in our age transparency is imperative. The fact that an open source could be thoroughly looked at and scrutinized at, makes it a five star program. On the other hand, a propriety program, normally employs a small group of people who have access to the ‘inside’ of the program. The other side of the coin is that in Open Source, anyone who is able to code can 'see' the program and can contribute to it. Can a small number of people from the propriety company compete with such an incredible number of worldwide people who are willing to improve the program?

This time we have great news for open source: the famous Hollywood has teamed up with Open Source! This is not a joke. Yes it’s true! Could Open Source be a partner with such a famous brand if it hasn’t good quality to offer?

We are expected to see lots of positive results in the future! Let’s hope that it will be the door for more sections of society to make such a bold move and embrace open source! For more information click here