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Remote worker vs distributed team

Tug-of-war team

Not all work-from-home gigs are created equal. There is a vast ocean between being a member of a distributed team and just being a remote worker.

The groups of "remote worker" and "distributed team member" are neither a super-set nor a sub-set of one another. Insead, they can be represented as a typical Venn diagram. » Read more

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Drupal and Linux: Lessons learned for building open source communities

Webcast recap

In today's Open Your World Forum webcast, Chris Grams moderated a discussion between Michael Tiemann and Dries Buytaert about how Linux and Drupal have evolved as two thriving open source communities competing in the enterprise world.

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Kdenlive Part 1: Introduction to Kdenlive

Kdenlive

GNU/Linux has infamously been wanting for a good, solid, professional-level free video editor for years. There have been glimpses of hope here and there, but mostly the editors that have the look and feel of a professional application are prone to blockbuster-worthy crashes, and those that have been stable have mostly been stable because they don't actually do anything beyond very basic editing. Kdenlive changes all of that. » Read more

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Poll: Do you use Creative Commons licenses on YouTube?

Do you use Creative Commons licenses on YouTube?

If you've uploaded a video to YouTube recently, you may have noticed a new option to license your video. In addition to the Standard YouTube license, you now have a choice to select Creative Commons CC BY license [attribution - reuse allowed]. » Read more

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The state of open source in solar

The state of open source in solar

Solar technology is exploding, despite what the cynics say. And so is progress. Companies like Solyndra, which looked like a good bet because it claimed a 30% gain in price-performance, crashed before take-off this year because price-performance improved 50%.

In such an environment, the benefits of keeping a new technology proprietary far outweigh the benefits of crowdsourcing. There are a host of companies at various places in the solar power business process, from planning commercial roll-outs to scaling production to delivering prototypes to researching new solutions. Each is going in a different direction.

Which is not to say open source has no place in solar. It does. In niches. » Read more

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WEBCAST: Register now for "Drupal and Linux: Lessons learned for building open source communities"

WEBCAST: Register now for "Drupal and Linux: Lessons learned for building open s

Join us for an Open Your World Forum webcast to explore how Linux and Drupal have evolved as two thriving open source communities competing in the enterprise world. Our guests, Michael Tiemann, Vice President of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, and Dries Buytaert, creator of Drupal and co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Acquia will share their personal stories and perspectives on how they lead their respective communities through the social and cultural turning points and the lessons they learned along the way. Chris Grams, partner and president of New Kind and author of The Ad-Free Brand will moderate. » Read more

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A community of practice is more than a website

A community of practice is more than a website

A community of practice (CoP) is, according to cognitive anthropologists Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession.

Over the last year or so, the term communities of practice has entered the social media buzzword lexicon along with virtual collaboration, engagement, platforms, and Enterprise 2.0. Senior leaders want to establish them, new employees are being told to join them, and middle managers are being told to support them, but what, exactly are they? » Read more

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How the Emergency Alert System has already been tested--and could be improved

You've probably heard by now that today at 2 p.m., there will be the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, which allows the president to address the American public within 10 minutes from any location at any time.

But this Cold War era system has already been outpaced. It will air on every broadcast, cable, and satellite TV station in the US. You'll hear it on any AM, FM, or satellite radio station. But where will you be at 2 p.m. today? Are you usually listening to the radio or watching TV in the middle of the usual work day hours? » Read more

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Poll: Has DRM ever been a real problem for you?

Poll: Has DRM ever been a real problem for you?

Digital rights management has a long history of not quite working, failing to stop piracy, and sometimes punishing legitimate users (and owners) of digital media.

But has it ever stopped you from » Read more

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Open source music hardware landscape survey

Open source hardware necklace

Peter Kirn at the Create Digital Music blog wants to know about your open source hardware music projects--or even just projects you know about. He writes: » Read more

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