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The Right Business Model for Your Community

The Challenge of Open Source

I have long been an advocate of Free / Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS)—some would say "zealot" is a better term. However, when trying to build a business around open source, as either an entrepreneur or as a consultant, I was not successful. Five years ago I joined Alfresco. My ...

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Background

My family invested in the complete set of the Avatar cartoon series (both the Last Airbender / Legend of Aang and the Legend of Korra season 1). If you haven't seen the series, I highly recommend you watch it; it is a masterpiece in nearly every way.

I don't often buy DVD's ...

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We just finished another open enrollment period at work. It is always stressful for me to be forced to lock in a health insurance selection for another 12 months. This is one of the most high risk and complicated decisions I make every year; there are loads of options, lots of trade-offs, and thousands of ...

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I stumbled across this interesting post from 2009 detailing the principles behind an Open Source Hackers Cooperative:

http://scale-out-blog.blogspot.com/2009/08/building-open-source-hackers.html

It is interesting that Robert Hodges was thinking about the same issues around an open source cooperative I was testing with Coopercate. It is neat to see that he came to ...

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Two years ago I started putting my plans for a technical cooperative into practice. I put up a site at coopercate.org, and I started cold-calling charter schools who I thought would be interested in a community of education technologists and the associated IT services we would provide. I got a few paying customers, but ...

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I can’t take it anymore; I can’t keep my opinions to myself. I have to write my representatives, and my senators, and other representatives I think might listen, and post to my blog. Perhaps my one reader will see it. Unfortunately, I should be working on a contract proposal right now, so I ...

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Summary: Herein, the author purchases a digital piano.

My grandparents wanted to help us buy a piano for our little family. Between their contribution and the money we had saved, our budget allowed us to make the single biggest cash purchase of our lives. We did a couple of months of research before settling on a ...