Archive for the Open Source Category

Ruby on Rails

Posted in Cloud Computing, Open Source, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 17, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

Credit for this link goes to Paige: Wikipedia Link



Open Source Talks

Posted in Open Source, Presentations, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 12, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

5 Reasons to switch to Linux

Google Talks: Ubuntu Linux

Ted Talks:

Yochai Benkler on the new open-source economics
Cameron Sinclair on Open Source Architecture

Other Links:

Open Standards

Paige’s Link

Posted in Blog, Open Source, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on November 10, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

Blog post from (our book’s author) Phil Simon, courtesy of Paige!

He writes:

I’m very pleased to be joining Mike 2.0 as a featured contributor. Considering that I’ve written two books, maintain my own blog, and write for a number of other technology sites and publications, it’s safe to say that I have no shortage of opinions on different technology, data, BI, and management issues–the very topics that Mike 2.0 addresses. In other words, based on what I have seen and continue to see as a consultant, it won’t be hard for me to write a weekly post that I hope you find interesting.

OK, enough with the introductions. This week I was reminded about the reasons that the future of open source software is so promising. To be sure, I’ve got OS religion.

So, why am I so bullish on OS? Well, many reasons that will become apparent as you read my posts each week. Allow me to start off with a story from this past week….

(read more at the article)

The Connected Devices Age: iPads, Kindles, Smartphones and the Connected Consumer | Nielsen Wire

Posted in innovations, Open Source, Statistics, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on October 1, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

The Connected Devices Age: iPads, Kindles, Smartphones and the Connected Consumer | Nielsen Wire.

From the article: “The growing popularity of connected devices, from tablet computers like the Apple iPad to smartphones, portable games players, and eBook readers like the Kindle and Nook, is already changing how some consumers engage with media. It is also creating new opportunities and challenges for a broad range of companies. Publishers, media companies and application developers are eager to know whether they should optimize their content for particular devices. Advertisers want to understand how these devices might eventually fit into their overall marketing plans.  Carriers want to know how to evolve their business models in a multi-connection world. And device manufacturers need to understand how consumers are using connected devices so they can improve their products, fine-tune their marketing and win the battle for market share.”

Life is not read-only

Posted in Intellectual Propery, Open Source, Stuff You Should Read/See on September 25, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

A wonderful website recommendation submitted by Turtle:

Life is not read-only.  They say it is piracy.

Downright stealing from other people, that’s what downloading is. You’re taking something for sale and not paying for it. Do you shoplift, or break into houses? Why should you download for free?

Making media is hard work: it cost three million dollars just to remaster, package, and advertise that latest compilation. How will artists make a living? How will real culture keep going?


Maybe you didn’t exactly take something from someone. Maybe you didn’t really discover that stuff on a shelf. Maybe you weren’t going to spend all that money on that “copy-protected” thing anyway.

And these things are sticky.

Music you can’t copy, films you can’t tape, files with restrictions, and collections that vanish when you swap the music player… Some companies even build phones and computers on which they are the ones who decide which programs you may run.
Things worsen when the law is changed to suit these practices: in several countries, it is illegal to circumvent such restrictions

Course Hero Website

Posted in innovations, Open Source, Stuff You Should Read/See with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2008 by Kay & Project Management

Link courtesy of AjacentIdea (Ryan):  Is this the future of education?  Can open source be a helpful, yet fair (meaning “no plagarism”) asset to higher education?  How will this add or subtract to the experience of college?  high school?  life in general?  Is this synergistic or counterproductive?  And what about its ties to Facebook? 

Digital Rights and University Electronic Reserves

Posted in innovations, Open Source, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2008 by Kay & Project Management

A Press Revolt Against E-Packet Practices, April 17th, Inside Higher Ed article by Andy Guess

“For all the talk of textbooks with their hefty price tags, professors have always included other sources in their teaching material, whether in the form of journal articles, newspaper clippings, individual chapters or other media. For years, such disparate resources have come packaged in bound course packets. More recently, electronic reserves have in large part taken their place, allowing students to access digital copies of the same material through course management systems or their library Web sites…”

Then read the comments.  One in particular was interesting (to me):

“We don’t need them: The publishers may think we need them for journals, but with free software packages like Open Journal Systems from the Public Knowledge Project, it’s possible for an academic department or organization to produce a journal with blind peer review without a lot of difficulty, and where the results are freely available to all: .. Steve Foerster, Director, E-Learning Services at Marymount University, at 10:25 am EDT on April 17, 2008″