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The End of an Era

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I moved to Oakland in September of 2008, for a number of reasons. Being in Oakland for four years was formative, transformative, and healing emotionally and spiritually. Sadly, it turned out that it wasn''t at all healing physically, but I''ll get to that later. Of course, I''ve always been (or at least, for a long time) all of those things.

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants July 27, 2008 This week, it is my pleasure to host the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. She makes some great points, and gives good tips to make changes. Be Helpful.

The New Economy

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He says: "Which brings us to the global crisis that began in 2007–2008. A while ago now, I wrote about reimagining the "American Dream." I've been reading a fair amount about economics lately, and I've found two interesting threads. The more dominant thread is the one you know well. The solution to this story seems simple. Current Affairs.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Web Server Software

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The current version of MS Server in use is Server 2008. By Web Server Software, I mean the software used to serve websites/pages. This includes databases, operating systems and other software that is involved in that process. On the proprietary side, there are two options. The primary web development framework used in this environment is.NET.

Top 10 blog posts of 2008

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Here’s the top 10 list for 2008: 1) Remember when 1 MB was alot ? wrote this post back in 2005, and it is the most popular in 2008! It’s actually because someone included it in a Wikipedia Article (no, it wasn’t me.). 2) Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants on July 27th. One of my frank and painful posts on the topic.

How do you keep up?

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August 5, 2008 I have been thinking for the last few days about what it means to “keep up&# with the technology field, particularly ‘net technology. I’ve been helping a client hire a temporary project manager, and so in the interview process one of the questions I ask is how people keep up with change in the field.

Digging deeper into the portable social graph

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Facebook Connect was announced a few days ago, and, of course, it’s the talk of the Web 2.0 world. Beth Kanter, as always, has a nice overview of what it is, and what it might mean. Google Friend Connect has been around for a few months, but they just opened it up to everyone last week. What do these two toolsets mean?

I’m hosting the carnival next week

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Freelance Switch Gavin’s Digital Diner Idealware Jon Stahl’s Journal Lifehacker LinuxChix – Be Polite. Be Helpful.

WeAreMedia Project

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The first set of modules, on the “Strategic Track&# are already done. year ago, I was bear-ish on Facebook, and said I wouldn’t Twitter.

Going out on a limb

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Going out on a limb November 6, 2008 I’m going to go out on a really thin limb here, and feel free to saw it off in the comments. :-) If you haven’t been to change.gov yet, you need to go.

What is cloud computing?

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So I’m going to try and lay out the details of what  cloud computing is, and how it’s useful for nonprofit organizations. Be Helpful.

Tidbits

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Tidbits June 11, 2008 The Tides Foundation is accepting applications for the 2008 Antonio Pizzigati prize , a $10,000 annual award for outstanding contributions to software in the public interest.

What is private? What is public?

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June 10, 2008 Today, someone on the progressive exchange list asked about a tool called Rapleaf. What is public? space. When is data public?

Free and open source tool #12: Miro

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Miro is basically a video player, which can recognize RSS feeds, and automatically download videos. There are channels for everything. Be Helpful.

The Power of Open

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Songbird screen. I’ve known about Songbird for a long time. It’s a cross-platform music player based upon the Mozilla framework.

Free and open source tool #10: Filezilla

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figured I’d keep on this track for a while – there’s lots to talk about. Be Helpful.

Welcome to the new theme!

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September 22, 2008 I changed my Word Press theme, mostly because I was getting a bit tired of the old one, and wanted something really simple. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Welcome to the new theme! Be Helpful.

Find me in my “office”

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volunteered to be the “expert&# in residence for the “Program&# track of Office Hours. The description: “ Talk with Michelle about internal software systems – document and knowledge management, CRM, client management databases, intranets, etc.&# So, come join me. Be Helpful.

How’s that donor database of yours?

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December 2, 2008 In general, although I am sometimes asked, I tend to avoid assisting clients with choosing a donor database package. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How’s that donor database of yours? So how did people like these?

Hiatus

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Hiatus August 26, 2008 As many of you know, I’m about to make a big move: to the left coast, to the big city of Oakland (or thereabouts). This is a good move for me, in many ways. Be Helpful.

Speaking of open social networks …

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Speaking of open social networks … August 14, 2008 I just joined identi.ca. You can log in using OpenID. All really great stuff. you can have private groups. twitter can’t do that What do you think?

Nonprofit Technology Link Love

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Nonprofit Technology Link Love July 30, 2008 Here are posts from a small sampling of bloggers I regularly read: Holly Ross shows her geek cred in a great post about DNS. Beth is, of course, THE web 2.0

Tidbits

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Is this a bad thing? Myspace is going with OpenID ! That’s a great step. There are some other interesting moves outlined in that great post by Marshall Kirpatrick, my currently favorite ReadWriteWeb blogger Android for the masses, iPhone for the rich? Read an interview of an Android developer. So far, it’s simply vaporware. Be Helpful.

What are learning platforms?

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September 19, 2008 Note: This blog entry was originally posted on Idealware’s new community blog. I’m honored and happy to be contributing blog posts there. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What are learning platforms? Be Helpful.

Tidbits

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Tidbits September 19, 2008 Here are a few interesting tidbits that have come my way over the course of the last few days There is a new online fundraising platform, founded by an ex-Convio person. Go figure.

Cake vs. Symfony

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Cake vs. Symfony November 6, 2008 In my new explorations of PHP web application development, it seemed a good idea to get a look at both CakePHP and Symfony. tjs 4 Ariel Arjona 11.20.08 at 3:04 pm I used cake 1.2

Social Network Management Systems?

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Social Network Management Systems? What do these tools allow you to do? They allow you to create stand-alone social networks. Think a whitebox version of Ning, or Facebook. tools (blogs, wikis, etc.). Be Helpful.

Rate your CMS!

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April 23, 2008 NTEN is doing some great work getting information about the use of different kinds of tools in the sector, and how people are using them. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Rate your CMS! and how they like them. Be Helpful.

Tidbits

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One of the underlying stories of the 2008 election victory of Barack Obama is the really intelligent use of technology , in a way that will permanently change how campaigns are run in the future. Open Source Hardware: can it be done ? hope so, and I’m looking forward to see its progress. Open-Xchange just got a bunch of $. Firefox 3.1

Tidbits

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Tidbits August 13, 2008 I love these tidbits blog posts. That’s kinda fun! I “live the open source lifestyle.&# That must have been before the iPhone. This blog is rated 8.2 Way to go, NPR!

SaaS vs. Open Source

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology SaaS vs. Open Source September 24, 2008 I just finished writing a post for the Idealware blog about choosing SaaS vs. Open source. But the real story is much more complicated. alain mor.ph Be Helpful.

Google Health launches … and it’s not HIPAA compliant

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Google Health launches … and it’s not HIPAA compliant May 20, 2008 Yesterday, the big news is that Google Health launched. Sounds pretty interesting, but hold on a second. Here’s why.

It’s been a while…

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My Theory of Practice

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology My Theory of Practice July 10, 2008 I finally had the reason to begin to more completely articulate my theory of practice. My theory of practice is different than my consulting philosophy. Educating. Learning.

Free and Open Source Tool #16: CiviCRM

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and Open Source Tool #16: CiviCRM April 21, 2008 In honor of the webinar that is happening in a couple of weeks, I figured I’d talk a bit about CiviCRM. Be Helpful.

NPTECH Punk

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology NPTECH Punk June 19, 2008 Beth, of course, suggested this , and I’m jumping on her bandwagon. realized, in being introduced to Edupunk , that I have been doing it for, oh, almost 20 years now. Be Helpful.

Frackin’ Brilliant

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Actually, I didn’t use the Battlestar Galactica expletive , I used the one you’re more familiar with. :-) Convio is launching the new application , built on top of the Force.com platform. It is named, as of now, Aikido. It has the kind of functionality you’d expect from a donor database. And make it reasonably priced. Be Helpful.

MPower Open keeps moving forward

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology MPower Open keeps moving forward July 6, 2008 This is old news, but I’ve been busy. Bad Blogger! (I think my clients thank me for being a bad blogger.) So what’s the news? Thanks for a great site!!

News in open source and open standards

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Interestingly enough, lots of developing world countries voted against it. There’s lots of great details on Groklaw. Venture capitalists are liking open source more and more. Why do we nptechies care? More $ toward open source is a tide that lifts all boats. Be Helpful.

Blackbaud buys Kintera

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Blackbaud buys Kintera May 29, 2008 In retrospect, this probably was inevitable. And I’m sure that the very low stock price of Kintera’s certainly made a buyout of it by Blackbaud easier. Be Helpful.

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