on git: in two parts

A post about the distributed version control system "git" in two parts. Part One: Git Puns My identi.ca buddy madalu and frequent commenter here posted a few weeks ago the following notice: #ubuntu-one... No thanks! I'll stick with my home-brewed git + server + usb drive solution. My git repos breed like rabbits! Which basically sums up my opinion on ubuntuone. But I thought that the "my git repos breed like rabbits" was both accurate (git repositories are designed to be replicated in their entirety), and a sort of funny way to put it.…

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midweek update

Monday morning, before I left St. Louis, the trash truck or something took out the phone line behind the house. The phone line which carries the internet. Sigh. So while I've been driving and have been somewhat out of touch, by the nature of this whole process, the fact that the internet died didn't help things. Sorry for the lack of posts. The midwest (particular the northern and parts that I'm most familiar) is, on the whole, incredibly boring to drive through.…

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adventures in commerce

Because I'm moving soon (eep.) I've realized that we needed to get a new bed. See my existing bed--now, nearly ten years old--was wedged into the room in my parents house that it is currently in, with some force, and we very much doubt that said bed will ever be able to be removed, given the shape and location of the doorway. Anyway, so I went to our local furniture store the other day to scope out and price mattresses and box-springs.…

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job and updates

Deep Breath. I have news for you all which I hope will explain my absence for the past 10 or 15 days. Actually I'm surprised that it's only been 10 or 15 days, as it feels so much longer. Anyway, enough suspense: I've accepted a position with Linode to work on (primarily) a really cool technical writing project. You can see the announcement here. This is really awesome because: It's a job.…

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the evil corporations

I've been writing for weeks and weeks about co-ops, authentic exchange and commerce, the practice of openness and business models, and other related topics. Between the crashing economy, my ongoing contemplation of open source, and a new project that I'm almost ready to announce, thinking about the substance of economies and the power of economies to define other aspect of our social experience has seemed really appealing. And it has been.…

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the future of universities

One element that has been largely missing from my ongoing rambling analysis of economies, corporations, co-ops, and institutions has been higher education and universities. Of course Universities are institutions, and function in many ways like large corporations, but, nostalgia notwithstanding, I don't think it's really possible to exempt Universities or dismiss them from this conversation. Oh, and, there was this rather interesting--but remarkably mundane--article that I clipped recently about that addressed where universities are "going" in the next decade or two.…

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dweebishness of linux users

I ran across this smear piece with regards to Ubuntu users from the perspective of a seasoned Linux user, which I think resonates both with the problem of treating your users like idiots and differently with the kerfuffle over ubuntu one, though this post is a direct sequel to neither post. The article in question makes critique (sort of) that a little bit of knowledge is a terrible thing, and that by making Linux/Unix open to a less technical swath of users, that the quality of the discourse around the linux world has taken a nose dive.…

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