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Kids and Philanthropy: Teaching Your Children To Be Charitable

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This new genre of video games are about solving real world problems such as environment, global hunger, poverty and disease. 

President's Update: Summer 2008

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Well, I just got my first one out in 2008! As many folks know, I try to send out quarterly updates on what's new at Benetech. students.

Testing Best Practices

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By putting a date in the past, you don’t have to worry about what will happen to your test when you try to run it on February 29th, or the instant we hit daylight savings time. OK, that’s not true. took one C class at the UW and quit midway through. Part of the puzzle I had to learn from scratch was Testing.

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Creature Comfort: Where are the Couches in Museums?

Museum 2.0

Museums of all sizes have this problem with tradeoffs: they perceive the choice as cases of objects or seats. There was funky music. Bathrooms.

Museum Skunkworks: Carving Out a Place for Risk-Taking

Museum 2.0

Here's the problem with both of these ways: they require circumstances that are outside of most museum employees' control. Ok, you might say.

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And even though it’s big and gnarly, I genuinely like using it most of the time. At the time of this writing, that’s Eclipse 3.3

What Cross-Platform Gaming is Doing for Books. and Can Do for Museums

Museum 2.0

But the Times missed the boat. Consider the problem that Scholastic is trying to solve with The 39 Clues. Scholastic realized that.

The Future of Authority: Platform Power

Museum 2.0

The problem arises when expertise creates a feeling of entitlement to control the entire visitor experience. and my emphatic response is YES.

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The last time I did a base install of our template, it took about 8 hours. Much of this time was getting the page layouts to look right.

Things We Like (October 2008)

NTEN

Good thing the Twitter Vote Report didn't: tweet your voting experience to help others avoid problems. The New York Times has a cool visualization of how people around the world spend their money. A monthly roundup of our favorite (zombie-related) nonprofit tech resources. Read more posts on our blog. Don't know how we missed that.

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Political Campaigns About Harnessing Smart Data

Connection Cafe

In my last post, we talked about the campaign fundraising innovations that are repurposed by nonprofit organizations. Lesson #2: Consolidate Your Data.

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See a problem? Throw a website at it!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology See a problem? think the time has come to think differently. Let’s stop for a while throwing new websites at problems, and think more deeply about why those problems exist. Be Helpful.

The “Open Source Software is Free” myth

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The “Open Source Software is Free&# myth July 14, 2008 I had a startling realization a few days ago. Problem solved. There would be no myth if it were not for them. Now compare IIS and Apache.

Good Ram Gone Bad On My Dell Desktop: OMG

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Oh, I've had problems before, but only minor hardware failures and crashes because I have a duo-RAID hard drive. 

What is cloud computing?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

You are dependent on your internet connection – which could be a problem for mission-critical applications. Make sure access is secure.

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Unattended Drip Campaigns with Time-Based Workflow Unattended Drip Campaigns with Time-Based Workflow Last Updated on Thursday, 7 August 2008 08:36 Written by Steve Thursday, 7 August 2008 07:35 Earlier I faked a drip email campaign , but here’s the real deal. Thanks.

Quality Time with Your Technology

Idealware

Over a third contacted user support to try to fix their technology problems. Nearly half were discouraged over the amount of effort required to fix the problem. Try using support in good times: When you just finished a really great day with your technology, take a moment to call support. Try before you buy.

Allison Fine asks, "Is it time for nonprofit leaders to extol the virtue of government service?"

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

but is it time for nonprofit leaders to extol the virtue of government service? Flickr Photo by Dogs New Cloths.

My Birthday Cause: Free Geek!

Amy Sample Ward

just after sending in the message about the issue, he let me know they were aware of the problem and were working on it 2.

"Real-Time Subscription Service" - An RSS Primer For You

SocialFish

I have been thinking for quite some time about how somehow RSS (Real Simple Syndication, a name which is completely unhelpful - and not real simple - to those who need help understanding it) has a serious image problem. It means you can get the information from that webpage sent to you, every time the page is updated. Right.

NFB and Amazon.com on Accessibility

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

And, Amazon hasn't made any indication I'm aware of to address this problem. NFB got them to commit to work on accessibility. And, he did!

What Are Your 2008 Activist Resolutions?

Have Fun - Do Good

recently finished reading A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power. What are your 2008 Activist Resolutions?

My iPhone 3G

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology My iPhone 3G August 12, 2008 I once joined the “iPhone non-buyers&# group on Facebook. swore up and down I wouldn’t get one. Well, the iPhone 3G changed the equation, some. comes out. Be Helpful.

Zeno's British Airways Baggage Paradox

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

OK, no problem, just pop them onto the 1 hour flight from Bangalore to Madurai and they'll be here soon. He says, no problem, one hour more.

Chuuk, formerly known as Truk

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Chuuk is having a hard time. We rejoined the Island Hopper for the short flight to Chuuk. It has a huge lagoon, with lots of islands in it.

Welcome to the New Age of Accountability in Grant Management

Connection Cafe

Why the Environment Changed: Federal Grant News. “It seemed like a good idea at the time” are often the famous last words before a great disaster.

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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.

Reflections on Micronesia

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It's great to go to completely different places, spending time learning about history, politics, issues and culture from new perspectives.

Frustrations

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Frustrations March 9, 2008 As some of you who follow me on Twitter know, I ran into frustrations a few days ago with WPA. The problems I “solved&# by offloading the functions onto the web. gave up.

Michelle, the consultant

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Michelle, the consultant March 27, 2008 Someone mentioned to me that from what I write on my blog, she wouldn’t know what it is that I actually do in my consulting work. Gotta work on that. Be Helpful.

Reflection and Evaluation

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Reflection and Evaluation March 10, 2008 Michele Martin, one of my fave bloggers, has a great post today on Reflective Practice. Unfortunately, none of them had an answer to that question. 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 February 14, 2008 These are tidbits of things I’ve gotten recently from vendors, or gotten via feeds or twitter. Setup of all three has a one time fee. Kintera opens a Developers Challenge. 

Predictions for 2009

Amy Sample Ward

It’s the time of year when people start placing their bets on where we’re going next.  Mashups in this sense aren’t going anywhere, especially as platforms are built to help create them with less technical knowledge and in less time. What was your favorite innovation from 2008? And I realized. 1. Mashups.

Why sometimes eating your own dogfood makes you want to throw up!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

February 29, 2008 OK, so we all know that I have been eating my own dogfood (that is, using Linux on the desktop) for a while now. And it’s hard. I’m also trying to eat my own dog food and model good behavior for my 2 yo all the time. Switching to the open-source driver ‘nv’ immediately solved the problem!

Free and open source tool #6: Joomla!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

January 29, 2008 I don’t exactly know where the exclamation point came from, but if you want a scarily easy CMS to install, Joomla is a place to start. haven’t spend enough time with Plone to really get a feel for it. It will take some time and effort to get a site up, but that’s standard for any website.

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Rolling up the sleeves with VisualForce Rolling up the sleeves with VisualForce Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2008 07:58 Written by Steve Thursday, 31 July 2008 07:58 I wrote the other day that VisualForce was the real deal. When would be a good time to call you? Thank god.

Linux desktops?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

June 24, 2008 I’m doing a webinar on Linux Desktops next month, and it’s making me think a lot about my own experience using Linux on the desktop, and where I think things are going. have had varied problems , from issues of software integration, video problems, wireless issues … The list is getting very long.

OpenOffice.org goes Aqua!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

That was a long time ago. The Apple OS has been the poor stepchild when it comes to OpenOffice.org for a long time. As many of you know, I have been using OpenOffice.org , the free and open source office suite since before it was OpenOffice.org. That would be when it was Star Office. Can you see me doing a happy dance?

Real-time co-editing of code in Eclipse

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Two people can actually edit the document at the exact same time, making different changes, and all of it happening in real-time with very little latency. And he even fixed my problem while I watched. This weekend I ran across a great way to collaboratively work on Salesforce.com code in Eclipse. Setting it up is pretty easy.

Drupal and Postgresql

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

But as a long time lover of PostgreSQL, I couldn’t let this drop. There are several core modules with PostgreSQL problems in Drupal 6, so I might actually go back and work on those first, before I can think about tackling what’s wrong with install.php and PostgreSQL Yesterday, in my RSS feed, this post showed up.