Thursday, August 13, 2015

Apple Bootcamp Now Supports Windows 10


Windows 10 has been out for a few weeks and so far Apple lovers have been left in the cold. This will all change starting today! Apple has just released a slew of drivers that will support Windows 10 from Bootcamp, allowing you to partition your drive and run modern apps.

If you have never installed Windows on your MAC, the process is fairly straight forward. You will automatically download all of the necessary files from Bootcamp 6. If you’re performing a Windows 10 upgrade to an existing 64-bit Windows installation (that you access via Boot Camp), you’ll have to jump through a few extra hoops. Before you upgrade, you’ll first want to make sure that the Mac you’re using actually supports Windows 10 x64 to begin with.  Apple provides a helpful list for that, so you shouldn’t run into any major problems.

There are a number of problems you will likely encounter if you only have the 32 bit version of Windows installed. Basically, if you’re trying to upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows, you’ll have to wipe the entire partition on your MAC—in other words, kiss your data goodbye. Be sure to back it up before you go through the process. Since you’ll be using Boot Camp Assistant to basically install a new version of Windows 10, you’ll grab any new drivers and such that you need as part of the installation process.

One of the big advantages of running the 32 or 64 bit versions of Windows 10 on your MAC is the peripherals you will be able to use, such as USB 3 and USB-C connections, Thunderbolt, your Mac’s built-in card slot, and your normal Mac keyboard, trackpad, or mouse.


UK Users Can No Longer Use B&N Nook Windows App


Barnes and Noble has just dropped support for their Windows e-reading app in the UK. They closed everything down today and gave no warning that a shutdown was imminent. Nook customer service is now encouraging anyone that wants to continue reading to buy an iPad or Android device.

Barnes and Noble has confirmed that since the UK store is now closed, you will not be able to read any of your past purchases. If you have bought any digital content, you should be able to get a refund from Microsoft.

In the last few months Barnes and Noble has severely scaled back their international expansion efforts. In June, they closed their European headquarters in Luxembourg  and one month later they disabled the Nook Windows app all over Europe, except the UK.

Losing all of your e-book purchases because a store closes is nothing new and is one of the pitfalls of forging print. There is no clear path of ownership when you buy e-books, you are merely licensing them. When a store closes, customers are normally out of luck.  I think its swell Microsoft  is giving refunds, but how do you do it? I have researched for hours online and there is hardly any data at all on how to apply and get a refund.

Education Summit Videos from EuroPython

At the end of July, a subset of our Education Team went to Bilbao in Spain for EuroPython. As well as giving a number of talks at the conference, we’d arranged with the organising committee to run an Education Summit and invite teachers along.

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On the Thursday of the conference, we had a day of Education talks lined up, starting with Carrie Anne who gave the opening keynote, ‘Education: A Python solution‘:

(see the slides)

We were lucky enough to meet the creator and BDFL of Python, Guido van Rossum, who also gave a keynote.

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Watch my talk on ‘Physical Computing with Python and Raspberry Pi‘:

(see the slides)

Watch James’s first talk, ‘Raspberry Pi Weather Station‘:

(see the slides)

Watch James’s second talk, ‘Pycon – A teacher’s perspective‘:

(see the slides)

Alex Bradbury also gave a lightning talk on Pyland – a project he’s working on with a group of interns at the Cambridge Computer Lab. Pyland is a game designed for children to learn Python as a way to progress in the game. Watch out for more on Pyland next month!


The conference had two Raspberry Pi powered arcade machines and all the TV screens showing the talks schedule were running on Pis too!

At the weekend’s sprints we had a team of developers working on PyGame Zero, and as part of the Education Summit we ran an intro session for teachers.

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The Pyjokes Society

The Pyjokes Society

This year, EuroPython was run by the organisers of PySS, a conference in San Sebastian, with a brilliant team of volunteers who helped make it all happen – they did a great job.


A huge thanks to the EuroPython team!

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A look back at OverDrive’s Crystal Ball Report from Digipalooza

Last week wrapped up a very successful Digipalooza conference where nearly 500 library and school partners from around the world came together with publishing executives in Cleveland to develop plans and enhance the future of the library world. This unique educational and networking conference addressed the massive surge in library eBook and audiobook borrowing with panels on industry trends, best practices and upcoming enhancements to the OverDrive service. Wrapping up the conference was the highly anticipated Crystal Ball Report by OverDrive CEO, Steve Potash. With high energy, Steve looked ahead and took participants into the future with his vision for digital media in libraries and schools.

Steve opened up his report with his first theme: Access. He reiterated that the new OverDrive (codename: Thunder) will provide the deepest reader engagement opportunities and curation ability in the industry and how it will simplify the digital reading experience like never before. He previewed that the next step for libraries is individual customization for each user, allowing your readers to get recommendations and alerts based on what they enjoy.

The second theme revolved around content. In the coming months, countless PDF titles that were never optimized for digital reading will be unlocked, opening up the capability to enjoy titles that previously were unapproachable with tablets and smartphones. Being able to convert PDFs into manageable formats opens up greater possibilities in the world of young readers including classroom textbooks. This led to the third and final theme of the crystal ball report: Education.

You will find the next wave of eReading in the school classrooms and libraries all around the world. Over the last few years, OverDrive has helped meet students' and educators' needs with a custom combination of digital content solutions. By weaving digital reading into the classroom, schools can provide the education technology necessary in today's world and create classrooms that prepare students for future success. It also creates a lifelong love of reading. The future public library users are the hundreds of millions of students who currently aren't accessing the materials the library can offer. By partnering with your local schools, libraries can create new library card users who are already comfortable with a digital reading experience.

The future of digital reading is all about access, content and education. In the next few years, OverDrive will advance all three areas to continue to provide the best value in the industry for both our library partners, our schools and your users.


Adam Sockel is a Social Media Specialist at OverDrive

Young Japanese Manga Writers Targeted by New Copyright Law


Aspiring young novelists in North America often get their start by writing fan-fiction and developing a ravenous following on websites such as Wattpad. If they have very a large fan-base, its quite easy to get a publishing deal, if not, self-publishing is a viable career choice. In Japan things are quite different and fan-fiction authors are the target of a new multi-national copyright law.

In Japan when someone creates fan-fiction based on anime, manga or light novels they are known as “Doujinsh”. This status is a proving ground for new artists, who can create a name for themselves through their self-published works and eventually make the leap from amateur to pro. The country's biggest geek event, Comiket, is centered around doujinshi. Fans line up to buy independently produced parodies of famous manga and starring popular characters.

Traditionally Doujinsh got a free pass by the copyright holders, knowing it's where future manga artists often get their start. This all might change due to a new copyright law by the  Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is a proposed trade deal with twelve countries participating, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Australia, and Colombia, among others.

Under the new trade law a 3rd party could file a copyright dispute against a young manga artist and win. Right now under Japanese law, a local publisher has to file a grievance, which rarely ever happens.  What is amazing about this situation is that a prospective dispute bypasses the rights holder.

Manga artist Ken Akamatsu, who started out in the amateur comic market scene,  is uneasy about the proposed changes. "If creators can be prosecuted without complaints from rights holders, it could lead to some kind of snitching battle between fans," he said. "Places for people to share their work will also disappear."