CALI Calls It Classcaster

The Chronicle has a great article (5 day link) on what it refers to as ‘coursecasting’. Those of you who have been following along will recognize many of the things mentioned in the article as central to the ideas that led us to develop Classcaster. With Classcaster, law faculty are able to try out podcasting right now without having to go through all the hassle usually associated with trying something new. All you need to do is log in, dial up, and podcast.

The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog: Lectures on the Go
More and more professors are turning to iPods and other digital audio devices to record their lectures and send them to their students, in what many are calling “coursecasting.” The portability of coursecasting, its proponents say, makes the technology ideal for students who fall behind in class or those for whom English is a second language.

Minix 3 Released

Slashdot | Andy Tanenbaum Releases Minix 3
MINIX 3 is a new open-source operating system designed to be highly reliable and secure. This new OS is extremely small, with the part that runs in kernel mode under 4000 lines of executable code. The parts that run in user mode are divided into small modules, well insulated from one another. For example, each device driver runs as a separate user-mode process so a bug in a driver (by far the biggest source of bugs in any operating system), cannot bring down the entire OS.