In Michigan Tech's open source 3D printing course, students build their own 3D printers and use them to complete various class projects. The entire course—from hardware, software, firmware, and course materials—is free and open source.
His adventure started in college with Slackware, lead him to Sendmail, then eventually to Reddit, and now his career is streaming at Netflix. Jeremy Edberg is a Reliability Architect at Netflix and will be speaking at DevNation in April 2014 in San Francisco, California.
Why don't academics discuss research before starting the work? In a recent blog post, Jack Kelly asked this simple question, and it is a striking one for those of us who are familiar with collaborating at high levels as part of an open source community. One of the pillars of the open source way is... Read more
I remember first meeting Jeffrey A. "Jam" McGuire in person at DrupalCon Denver. We talked about communities, music, and shared ways to show why open source is a better way. Even before meeting him, I could tell from my first interaction with him that he was passionate about Drupal and open source... Read more
Each year automobile companies try to predict what new features consumers will want in their cars. If their predictions are right, they are richly rewarded with increased car sales. If they are wrong, they suffer the financial consequences. But wait, is that the best way to design cars? What if car... Read more
SparkFun is not like BMW. We will never be the company to produce the luxury market version of breakout boards and development tools. I believe the only way SparkFun will survive this quickly changing world is to be malleable. We have to be ready to change.
Raleigh, NC—City Council adopts open source policy Today, the Raleigh City Council passed an Open Source Government Resolution, unanimously, promoting the use of open source software and open data. The resolution includes language that puts open source software on the same playing field as... Read more
The principles of open source continue to have a huge influence on the science of management. Collaboration, transparency, community, and rapid prototyping are used frequently to describe management innovations that are taking place in companies around the world. We published a great collection... Read more
The business plan is dead. Or at least that's the opinion of a panel Sunday morning at SXSW who posited that prototyping is now the way to go. Business has shifted in the last few years. "It used to be about clearly articulating every step of the process you intended to take, embodied in a business... Read more
A few years back, a good friend recommended I pick up a copy of Designing Brand Identity: an essential guide for the whole branding team by Alina Wheeler. Now in its 3rd edition, it's a beautiful book, well designed and easy to read or to use as a reference.