Contribute to Contributors

The holidays can be a trying time of year for everyone, with all the gift buying and stress and all. I wanted to take this time to make a plea. The open source software that all of us use is powered by volunteers! Show them your support by donating! I’m compiling a list here of prominent contributors to donate to, and I strongly urge you to consider saying “thank you” to people who work hard to give you the tools and knowledge that you use every day! So, without anything further:

The True Power Of Open Source

It’s not really a secret, but I’m not a huge fan of the modern education system in America (I only speak about America, because that’s the only education system that I have experience with). I’m not just talking about “higher education”, but education as a whole. There are many problems with it, but I don’t really want to get into enumerating the problems. What I want to talk about is the lessons that education can learn from the Open Source movement.

The Anatomy Of A Great Conference

I had the pleasure of attending the North East PHP conference this weekend. I’ve attended a lot of conferences over the years, but I found this one to be one of the most enjoyable ones that I’ve ever attended. On my drive home (4.5 hours in a car gives you a lot of time to think), I was thinking about what made it such an enjoyable time. Here’s what I’ve come up with goes into making a good conference.

A Tale Of Open Source

As recently as 5 years ago, I barely understood the meaning of Open Source. I had been working with computers for my entire life (I was using a Commodore 64 before I could walk). I had been programming them nearly as long (I wrote my first program before I started grade school). I was an early adopter of Linux (I still have a Red Hat 1 disk somewhere). But I never guessed the impact that open source would have on my life. I never appreciated the impact that open source would have on the world. The past 5 years have changed me forever. This is my story.