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Open source teaches people how to fish

Open source teaches people how to fish

One of the things I love most about the open source communities I’m a part of is that when I ask a question, I just don’t get the answer, I get taught how to find the answer. » Read more

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The day my mind became open sourced

The day my mind became open sourced

I can remember so clearly the exact day my mind became open sourced. It was a crisp and sunny November day in 1973. After class in middle school, I called up my best friend, Bruce Jordan, and asked, "Can I come over to play now?" Bruce replied, "Sure." I jumped on my red, one-speed Schwinn bicycle and biked like mad the two miles over to Bruce's house. I arrived happily breathless. » Read more

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Forks and spoons, OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice

Forks and spoons, Open Office and Libre Office

When Oracle gained control of OpenOffice, the project forked, and LibreOffice was born. » Read more

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PressurePen: An open source, pressure-sensitive stylus

PressurePen

Charles Mangin, a web developer and consultant based in Raleigh, NC, hoped to recreate the drawing-tablet experience (such as that with a Wacom device) on what we today think of as tablets (like iPads and Android tablets)--and to do it as open hardware. The result is now on Kickstarter: the PressurePen. » Read more

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Developer conference 2012 part III: Workshops, hackfests, and more

Developer conference 2012: Workshops, hackfests, and more

The 2012 Developer Conference (held at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic) included talks on numerous topics and had several side events in smaller rooms. Most of them were practical workshops focused on a certain technology or project. Aslak Knutsen had two of them--the first one focused on Arquillian SPI and the second on development of Java EE applications. » Read more

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Open source wayfinding with Walk [Your City]

Open source wayfinding with Walk [Your City]

It's a two-second trip to visit walkyourcity.org. But before you head over there, you'll want to hear from Matt Tomasulo, founder of CityFabric and chief instigator of Walk Raleigh and Walk [Your City]. Urban Times called Walk [Your City] "Open Source Guerrilla Wayfinding." It's a simple idea of helping pedestrians overcome the hurdle of distance perception, and by doing so, promoting a healthier lifestyle.

A few weeks ago at Triangle Wiki Day, Tomasulo mentioned he wanted to take his Walk Raleigh idea global, and using the principles of open source were the perfect way to do so. The open source walking adventure is starting. Tomasulo has started a successful Kickstarter campaign and is gathering support for the Walk Your City platform.

See how open source has influenced the Walk [Your City] project in our interview with Matt Tomasulo. » Read more

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Bohemian broadband and the FOSS/maker culture

Bohemian broadband and the FOSS/maker culture

Last month, Verizon announced their HomeFusion broadband Internet service, which provides faster-than-DSL Internet service to a broad swath of rural America. After paying a one time fee of $200 for a device that hangs on the side of your house, you can live anywhere Verizon's LTE cell phone service reaches and receive fixed wireless broadband Internet at that location for $60/month.

For the longest time, rural home dwellers have had very poor choices for high-speed Internet. Some chose to use satellite Internet service, but that was often a costly and unsatisfactory solution. Verizon's new option is going to be » Read more

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Mozilla Open Badges ships beta release

Mozilla Open Badges ships beta release

Adding skills and achievements to your online identity

When Mozilla’s Open Badges project began in late 2010, it was little more than a demo and an audaciously big idea: what if we could use the web to create whole new ways to "show what you know?

Today, that big idea is becoming reality, with impressive partners and new Mozilla Open Badges beta software coming together to test how digital badges can supercharge learning and identity. » Read more

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Do you use open source hardware?

Do you use open source hardware?

I was at the Palmetto Open Source Conference (POSSCON) a few weeks ago and one of the best exhibits was from SparkFun, an electronics company that sells open source hardware, offers classes, and provides online educational tutorials. A massive collection of electronic gadgets drew me to their booth.

Which got me thinking... » Read more

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Open source software for getting your taxes done

1040 form

If you're in the US, you've still got a week left to do your taxes--or at least file an extension. (They're not due until April 17 this year.) For all the procrastinators out there (and next year's exceptionally early planners), there are a few open source tools for helping you get that chore out of the way: » Read more

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