If Open Source is Big Business Then Whither the Community?

I've been thinking recently about the relationship and dynamic between the corporations and "enterprises" which participate in and reap benefits from open source/free software and the quasi-mythic "communities" that are responsible for the creation and maintenance of the software. Additionally this post may be considered part of my ongoing series on cooperative economics. When people, ranging from business types, to IT professionals, to programmers, and beyond, talk about open source software we talk about a community: often small to medium sized groups of people who all contribute small amounts of time to creating software.…

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Conceptualizing Scale

I've been thinking about how ideas, projects, and ideas scale a bit in the past few weeks, and as usual, I wanted to collect a few of these thoughts. This post is generally in my series of posts of "Extrapolations from Systems Administration." Inspirations and origins of these ideas come from, in part: My Tumblr Killed the Tumblelog Star post. My Google reader unread count. Savage Minds Post on Social Enterpernurship and Anthropology post.…

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Distance from the Divine

When I talk about Sacred Harp singing with my friends from college, they all look at me like I'm crazy. "Right, I go sing 18th century hymns set to music in the 19th century (and later,) with my hippie and queer friends in quasi-archaic harmonies. It's a blast!" This isn't my tradition, both in the sense that I don't come from a sacred harp singing family, and in the sense that I come from a particularly unobservant Jewish family.…

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Software as app Store

This post represents two major ideas, first of "app stores," and second of "Sass" or "software as a service," which seems to be the prevailing business model for contemporary technology companies that aren't stuck in the 80s. With reflection on free software, open source, and the technology industry as a whole. Because that's sort of my thing. On the one hand the emergence of these tightly controlled software distribution methods represent a fairly serious threat to free software, as does SaaS particular insofar as SaaS exploits a GPL loophole.…

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Coming of Age In The Science Fiction Community

I said to a new writing friend "I'm young, particularly given that anyone under the age of 40 in the science fiction community is considered 'a young writer.'" Which is, more or less true (on both counts,) and brought on a couple of trains of thought that I'd like to explore in a bit more depth: 1. The "youth" of a writer is long, indeed much longer than one would expect.…

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The Things I'm Going To Do Today

Ok, so not really. This post is mostly about playing a head game with yourself, in an effort to get more organized. But not "head games" in a bad way. On my to do list for the past few weeks I've had something like "write a blog post about todo list item titles," because in light of this post about org-mode it seems like a topic in need of further definition.…

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Kindle and Paradise Regained

As you all might have heard that Amazon (finally) released a Kindle Application for the Blackberry. When I heard this I thought that this would be a good thing, as I have (and quite enjoy) both my Blackberry and Kindle. Here's the rundown: The Kindle App for the blackberry is probably the most well designed blackberry application I've seen thus far. Having said that, the bar isn't terribly high.…

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