How one Tweet saved 12 years of my work

I keep a copy of every bookmark on a site called I also shared all of my educational links with a network of people. Many people have thanked me for those links over the years. However, in the last year, after being passed around to buyers a few times, seems to be falling apart. They no longer provide a way to export your links, and I did not have a recent backup (my poor planning). I had 3736 bookmarks in jeopardy and no way to get them out.

I searched the web and found nothing. I then searched Twitter and stumbled onto this post by D.A. Gutierrez:

I reached out to him via Twitter and he offered two options: 1. he would move everything for me. or 2. he'd give me a link to some code (written by Krzysztof Szafranek) and detailed instructions on how to run it myself.

I took option 2 and his instructions were spot on and worked perfectly. I even ran it for a friend and sent him all of his 17,000+ bookmarks for safe keeping.

D.A. also provided me with a half-dozen choices for new bookmarking software. I went for Pinboard. You can follow my educational links here: (there is an RSS feed available, too). I paid $11 a year for the privilege, and will now back up my links 1x/month. They make many export options available.

These bookmarks (most public, some private) are a way for me to organize my resources and access them from any computer. Were it not for D.A., my work since 2005 would have been lost into the Internet ether.

I'm grateful today. Thank you, D.A.

note: I came out of blog hiding to write this in case it helped a single other user.

Mendeley, the world's largest, crowdscourced library

Mendley, a powerful resource for academics. Upload your papers into the software and it extracts relevant data like journal, title, authors, and more. Use others work to help you connect to other related research. Powerful, and worth looking into if you are doing research or reading a lot of research.

Via ProfHacker

Introducing: Evernote Peek, The First iPad Smart Cover App

The team at Evernote just announced a new app utilizing iPad 2's new smart covers. This is an elegant idea, and intersects learning institutions pretty obviously. I am still totally unsold on iPad's for schools, but this could be pretty useful for me personally. Read more on Evernote's blog.

A Windows 8 Preview

Microsoft previews the highly touch-centric Windows 8 operating system. I like the idea of tiles, but wonder if that is the ideal interface metaphor for the next shift. I'm already victim of app fatigue, I wonder if tile fatigue is next. I don't mean to be a doubter, this looks quite beautiful. Just keeping up with the change right now seems to be overwhelming for technologists, let alone users.

via @rcuza

Van Gogh Visualization - inspiration for multidisciplinary tech, art, math project

@lenkendall tuned me in to this brilliant visualization of 28 Van Gogh's represented by the 5 most prominent colors in each. I found it visually stunning.

Here is an earlier post of mine with 10 free tools to make infographics that I am sharing with you and my visual art and math teachers. It's the perfect opportunity for an multidisciplinary, integrated technology project.

Are your students making infographics? Care to share?