Tag: open source

Living the Linux Laptop Lifestyle Revisited

Living the Linux Laptop Lifestyle Revisited
When I wrote about my Linux-powered laptop awhile ago, things were going well, tech-wise. My refurbished Windows 10 laptop was a powerhouse, allowing me to blog and write, as well as keep up with my freelance work. (Writing includes my recent essay in The Joy of Joe: Memories of America’s Fighting Man from Today’s Grown-Up Kids).... Read more »

Living The Linux Laptop Lifestyle

Living The Linux Laptop Lifestyle
As a freelance writer and social media consultant, I rely on my Windows 10 laptop (a ten-year-old Hewlett Packard Elitebook) for my work. However, the replacement charger blew out…two weeks after the original HP-branded charger blew out, and my laptop battery drained. That meant only one thing…getting my Linux laptop out of storage while I ordered another... Read more »

The Art of Learning About Nonprofit Software

Recently, a colleague of mine had asked my assistance in identifying software vendors for nonprofits….and although I was able to help him somewhat (with further follow-up to come). it started me thinking about a central question….just how and where do nonprofits decide to purchase software? For me, it was easy – I had always worked with... Read more »
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More Non-Profit Coworking Resources in Chicago

 A few weeks ago, we featured some great coworking spaces in Chicago focused on social ventures, non-profits, and other business entities focused on making an impact on the greater community.  Coworking spaces provide startups, non-profits, and other small businesses the opportunity to have a central, affordable place to perform their day-to-day business. Since many small... Read more »

Non-Profit Government Shutdown Survival Guide

With the government shutdown underway, many non-profits may be confused about how to proceed. With the debt ceiling deadline looming on October 17th, many organizations find themselves proceeding with great caution. However, this is also an opportunity for Chicago area non-profits, social ventures, and other social change agents to consider taking a slightly different approach.... Read more »

Librivox: Public Domain Done Right

Public domain books (whose copyrights have lapsed) are often more readily available for public consumption….but sadly, no works in the United States entered the public domain this year. Much like Creative Commons (of more recent vintage), public domain works allow for greater distribution and reuse of works, creating new media from bits of the old?... Read more »
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Google's Black Friday Gift

Today is best known as “Black Friday” due to heavy amounts of retail occurring. But today, I’m going to encourage everyone to become advocates in a way that will make today a little less Black. Google is starting efforts to help make the Internet “free and legal” – efforts are underway to more heavily regulate... Read more »

The Power of Podcasting

The Power of Podcasting
It’s probably one of the most frequently used tools to help spread the word, and many agencies, quite simply, aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity. I’m talking, of course, about podcasts – essentially online radio shows that provide a forum for discussion about a variety of topics. (Brief note – I co-host a podcast about... Read more »

After The Election, Keep Democracy Open!

After The Election, Keep Democracy Open!
It is sorely tempting to write about all of the great apps and widgets that are making this election happen. Whether it’s Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, whoever handles the affairs of state will be entering a relatively new political sphere  in which voters and citizens have greater expectations around accountability, transparency, and insight into... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Pumping Station One

Meet Your Neighbor: Pumping Station One
It’s simply easy to focus on “tech and the social good” as merely about software, or data, or social media….but there are places around the city that take an open source approach, bringing together a community around a common goal. Free Geek Chicago is one of those organizations; another is Pumping Station One, located on... Read more »