I was surprised how often I encountered gotoMeeting over the last few years. I did not really like the software: The user interface is horrible, it is not available on Linux (which I am using), and the Android app seems unstable.
Yesterday I used TeamViewer for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised: It worked very well, had a great user interface and is available on Linux. I am prepared to pay the $500 is costs on the spot, if it turns out that I will need it on a regular basis.
Very funny - via Dirk Riehle:
I received a very interesting report on modeling in the classroom, from Grischa Liebel from the University of Gothenburg. While one of the tools evaluated was Papyrus, the reports deals more generally with the the perception of usefulness of modeling:
With the risk that quite some of you are on the mailing list of the educators symposium as well, here is a new technical report from our side, which covers the problems/insights we had when using Papyrus in the classroom:
I think it is rather insightful,
especially also looking at the efforts of the customized Papyrus
version. Our experience with customization, which we did ourselves, was a
I hope it gives some insights and maybe sparks nice discussions
Cheers, Grischa Liebel
Enjoy the read, and thanks to Grischa vor sharing.
A commentary by Dirk Riehle brought my attention to the latest ACM Editorial, where Mr. Vardi states that "the open access (OA) movement found itself in the IP communist camp". Like Dirk, I find this point of view regrettable and his arguments rather unconvincing. I publish a lot myself. Conveniently, Mr. Vardi talks about costs to readers and/or authors, but conveniently leaves out (to a large degree) the role publishers play. This matters, as a lot of the criticisms stems from publishers reaping amazing profits (e.g. Elsevier with a profit margin of 36% in 2010).
I am an entrepreneur, so I am hardly a communist. I also agree that there are costs that have to be covered somehow. But having been a researcher, I know that the bulk of the work (writing, reviewing, editing, etc.) is done by volunteers without monetary compensation. There is no justification for the status quo.