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Recording open culture songs

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My friend Mary, a folk singer, stopped by to visit spontaneously this evening. "What are you up to?" she inquired.

"I'm recording a music video for a new folk song," I explained. "The Firefox Phone was announced last week, so I need to compose a song about it." » Read more

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12 videos to you get started with open source software

How-to videos for getting started with open source software

Getting started with new software can be overwhelming. It's even more frustrating when you transition from one tool to another, because you have to unlearn some habits in order to make room for new ones. But, there are huge benefits to switching from closed software to open source alternatives. » Read more

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Mozilla evangelist talks favorite Firefox OS phone apps and addresses misconceptions

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Jason Weathersby is an experienced coder and co-author of Integrating and Extending BIRT. His earlier work with HTML and Javascript recently led him to join Mozilla as one of their many Technical Evangelists.

"Every day I get to work on some of the coolest technology on the planet, and I really enjoy working with some of the brightest and passionate people I have ever met," Weathersby said.

I caught up with Jason to get his insight on the Firefox OS Geeksphone, as well as, learn more about what got him to where he is now, tips and tricks of the trade, plus a peak into his presentation for the upcoming All Things Open conference. Read on in this interview. » Read more

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The next web: Joyful production vs. "elegant consumption"

The next web: joyful production vs. "elegant consumption"

Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker spoke recently about an interesting shift we’re seeing in technology — a shift from the web as a "maker’s world" that actively encouraged tinkering, tweaking and getting your hands dirty, to an era of "elegant consumption" that’s increasingly about one-way reception.

As she points out, that shift isn’t necessarily bad — but it does open up new opportunities and challenges, and a role for Mozilla to act as convener and gathering point for "web makers" — people who bring the same energy and fulfillment from making things in the physical world to the web. » Read more

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Why is Google putting so many ads on TV?

Why is Google putting so many ads on TV?

Almost every time I’ve turned on the television in the past week, I've seen an ad for Google Chrome. What started earlier this year as a sprinkling of ads here in the United States has become a torrential downpour.

For me, Google has long been one of the poster children for a new breed of company born in the age of the Internet that doesn’t need to rely on traditional advertising to build its brand. » Read more

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Mozilla: A study in organizational openness

My theme this week is organizational openness and transparency and today I'd like to highlight a fantastic example of an organization that has built a culture with openness at its core: Mozilla.

Most of you probably know Mozilla as the organization famous for its open source Firefox web browser. But what you may not know is that open source is more than just a technology decision for Mozilla; the open source way is deeply ingrained in every aspect of its culture. » Read more

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A counter-response: Education in 2030

Let's be up front about things: I'm angry about the rhetoric I hear of late surrounding education. Teachers (and their unions) are being vilified, legislators and parents are demanding "accountability," and at the same time, the financial support necessary to educate a society is being slashed drastically. Regarding education, everyone has an opinion---and they feel their opinion is "informed" in some way simply because they went to school. » Read more

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The four capital mistakes of open source

How do you develop a successful open source business that lasts? Of the more than 250,000 open source projects on SourceForge, few will be successful at that goal. But one way they might think about how to do it is by doing it in reverse: What should an open source project or business not do?

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Bryant Patten on open source education (LinuxCon session recap)

In LinuxCon's education mini-summit, Bryant Patten of the National Center for Open Source and Education gave a presentation titled "Can open source save the world?" He noted a quote from Mary Lange, Educational Technology Resource Teacher at San Diego Unified School District. She says that we often assume students know how to use computers and that they are really good at it. But the truth is, they know how to use technology for personal reasons but not necessarily for education. They will say "I know how to do that," but when it comes to reality, they don't. » Read more

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Five questions about building community with Chris Blizzard of Mozilla

I've always been a fan of the Mozilla Foundation, and not just because of the Firefox web browser. As catalyst for some of the great communities in the open source world, Mozilla is something of a recipe factory for what to do right when it comes to building community. As it turns out, Mozilla's Director of Developer Relations, Chris Blizzard, is a long time friend of mine. » Read more

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