New Geeks

I've for some number of months started to recognize a division between what I've been thinking of as "new" and "old" guard geeks in the open source world. The old guard have been the linux and hardware hacker-type people who are prone to say "GNU/Linux" and "free software" or conversely be interested in BSD. These are people who care about plain text files and get really invested text editors and data formats and stuff like that.…

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Where Innovation Happens, Part One

Two of the most interesting/innovating/exciting open source projects that I've watched in the last little while are "git," the distributed source control management tool, and "Awesome," a very... niche window management program for Linux. When most people think about open source they probably think about something like the GNOME, or Firefox, or to a lesser extent Pidgin. These second group of programs are the big projects that lots of people pat attention to, projects that are targeted at non-developer users.…

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Productivity Blogging and Effectiveness

For the past few years I've had a productivity tag to organize/centralize all of the thinking and writing I've been doing on topics related to how we work. User experience stuff and technology, work-flow management and design, "life hacks," stuff about the processes of writing, and so forth. The truth is that the "productivity" blogging niche is pretty big. LifeHacker, 43Folders, and many other smaller blogs seem to address these issues with a greater attention to detail than I am able to muster.…

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Alarm Clock and Sleep Management

I got a new alarm clock this week. Well new to me, at any rate. It's one of those nifty ones that can wake you up with music from an iPod (and charge it all at the same time). Truth is that, I've not even had a clock in my bedroom for a number of months: I tend to wake pretty early on my own/with cats, my coworkers aren't in my timezone anyway, and I unplugged my old alarm clock because I needed the outlet, and never got around to plugging it back in.…

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Linux Emergence

Here's a little bit about emergence/systems theory and open source, as promised in my `change process <http://tychoish.com/posts/theories-of-change>`_ post a while back. I was reading this article about linux and complexity theory last week, which I think is a pretty good frame for any discussion of open source and linux from a systems approach. There are a few things that I had issue with. First, the article is 3+ years old, and so it doesn't have the benefit of seeing what's happened with ubuntu linux, netbooks, the AGPL, rails and web 2.…

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book progress

All of the outlines for the novel length projects I start, have a space at about the three-quarters point that says "overflow area to catch up before the end". I always have a couple of scenes that float between chapters, and having a place before the end where I can sort of take a deep breath and get things lined up perfectly for the climax and end is a good thing.…

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Ex-Mac

The Linux switch continues pretty well. There's not a lot new to report, except that I've not really used my mac very much in a week, and while I could easily set things back up and roll right along with it, there'd be a lot of stuff to sync with when I get back to it, and I don't have any really compelling reason to do that for day-to-day tasks. Lets go through and see how things have shaken out:…

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