Finally tangoed with reveal.js to create presentations

Posted on Thu 26 September 2013 in Software Freedom • Tagged with Coding, Structured data, coding, structured data

... and I have enjoyed the dance. Yes, I know I'm way behind the times. Over the past few years I was generating presentations via asciidoc, and I enjoyed its very functional approach and basic output. However, recently I used Google Drive to quickly create a few slightly prettier but much …

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Why I donated to the Software Freedom Conservancy

Posted on Mon 26 December 2011 in Software Freedom • Tagged with Evergreen, FSOSS

A few days ago I made a small donation to the Software Freedom Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States. There are many organizations to which I could have donated, and indeed Lynn and I have donated to a number of charities again this year …

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Thoughts on making Android more free-as-in-freedom

Posted on Sun 27 June 2010 in Software Freedom • Tagged with Android, FSOSS

This conversation on has prompted me to publish the rough notes I had prepared for a proposed discussion on making the Android operating system experience more free-as-in-freedom at the Google I/O 2010 Conference Bootcamp "unconference". Unfortunately, my proposal was not one of the top vote-getters (it missed …

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List of free software for Android (wiki)

Posted on Sun 16 May 2010 in Software Freedom • Tagged with Android

For some reason, I keep having trouble finding this handy free-as-in-freedom list of Android applications when searching Google. So if I blog it for myself, I know I'll be able to track it down easily in the future. I'm sure there are more applications to add to that wiki, by …

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Software Freedom Day 2008 - Sudbury

Posted on Sun 21 September 2008 in Software Freedom • Tagged with Coding

I opted to do something out of the unusual (for me) this year when I learned about Software Freedom Day; I signed up to organize an event in Sudbury. Given everything that was already on my plate, it was pure foolishness to do so - but it was also important to …

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Google Summer of code4lib?

Posted on Fri 16 February 2007 in Software Freedom • Tagged with Coding

Google just announced that they will start accepting applications in March for the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2007. In 2006, over 100 organizations participated in the GSoC, and Google expects to have a similar number participating in 2007. There are no lack of potential open-source development projects in the …

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Why open source works...

Posted on Tue 19 September 2006 in Software Freedom • Tagged with PHP

A couple of recent examples in the PHP community have reaffirmed my faith in the open source development model: the PEAR proposal process, and the delay in the 5.2.0 release.

Example #1: PHP's PEAR project

Over the past month I've been working on a couple of PEAR proposals …

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Dan, meet Zak. Zak, meet Kees.

Posted on Mon 08 August 2005 in Software Freedom • Tagged with Personal

While at OSCON, I finally met Zak Greant, the EZ Systems developer and former MySQL Community Advocate from Vancouver who Chris Shiflett had mistaken me for at php|tropics. In an apparent attempt to forge his own identity, Zak had shaved his goatee and grown his hair, making him look …

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