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The Role of Technical Forums in the Progress of Open Source

I am a huge advocate of the concept of open source software. As a society, we are at a point where information sharing is more critical than ever. Technical forums support the mission of open source in multiple ways. First, they allow programmers to work outside of their expertise.

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Open Source is More Than Throwing Code

Open source has achieved a bit of popularity in the tech world, and has even become a bit mainstream. I sadly think this means that many have and will continue to miss the point of what being open source really means. Open source doesn't just mean showing source code. Many...

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Can Collaboration Heal Rising Medical Costs?

Medical costs are rising dramatically. Few consumers would dispute that.The U.S. government spent more than $2.3 trillion on healthcare in 2008, more than three times the $714 billion spent in 1990, and over eight times the $253 billion spent in 1980—all according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Read more... read...

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Diving into Open Source Communities: Students' Need to Knows

One of the talks at POSSCON's education track was John "maddog" Hall's presentation titled "FOSS Teaches You Twice or Three Times." A 42-year veteran of the computer industry, maddog has seen it all. He's since turned his attention to the field of education and the work of creating a nation...

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Turbo-charged Opera 11 Debuts

The latest stable version of Opera 11 debuted with a Turbo that's four times faster, an expanded Speed Dial and some plug-in tweaks.

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Patent Reform Bills with Little Reform

In my March 2 post on patent reform, I noted that many of the provisions offered in prior versions of patent reform bills were removed from the pending bill. On March 8, the Senate passed S. 23, now called the “America Invents Act” 95-5. As one might guess, any legislation...

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