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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 story of the 99%, whose earnings and wealth have stayed pretty much the same over the past 30 years, while the earnings and wealth of the top 1% have grown tremendously.

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. Proprietary Unix, and Microsoft Windows, and associated Microsoft Software.

Trending Sources

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 ? I 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. Don’t know why this rose to the top, but the carnivals are fun to do. 3) No More Custom CMS.

My Top 16 tools of 2008

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So what tools did you come to depend on in 2008? These span the range from tools I use every day or every week, to tools use more occasionally, but depend on. They also span the range of proprietary, SaaS, and Open Source. They are on this list because I think they are great, because they have undergone a lot of change or development this year, or because they are game-changing. Open Source Tools. WordPress.

I’m hosting the carnival next week

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology I’m hosting the carnival next week April 11, 2008 (Photo by frankienose ) I’m hosting the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants here, next week.

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. The application deadline for this year’s prize: September 1, 2008.

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. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What is private? What is public?

Free and open source tool #12: Miro

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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 #12: Miro February 26, 2008 Miro used to be called “Democracy Player&#.

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. I thought it was a brilliant idea years ago, but it was a buggy mess the last time I tried it (about a year ago.).

Free and open source tool #10: Filezilla

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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! Also, it coincides with a new installation of Drupal for my consulting website , using the same basic template (called “ Blueprint “).

Find me in my “office”

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Find me in my “office&# September 19, 2008 NTEN has a great program, called “ Office Hours “, where folks can talk to people and get their burning questions asked about everything nonprofit technology.

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? Mostly because, although I actually know the field pretty well, it’s at the 10,000 foot level, rather than the 50 ft level that clients really need.

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).

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. identi.ca is a microblogging service based on an open source project, Laconica , and all of the updates are copyrighted by a Creative Commons (Attribution) license. You can log in using OpenID. All really great stuff.

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.

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 July 25, 2008 Between the Connection Cafe , and the new name for their fundraising database: Common Ground (formerly known as Aikido,) I have to admit that I’m beginning to think of coffee, when I think of Convio.

What are learning platforms?

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September 19, 2008 Note: This blog entry was originally posted on Idealware’s new community blog. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What are learning platforms? I’m honored and happy to be contributing blog posts there. Nonprofits have become intimately familiar with Content Management Systems (CMS).

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.

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. at 6:56 pm Top 10 blog posts of 2008 :: Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology 12.26.08

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Social Network Management Systems?

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September 11, 2008 I have been thinking about the software tools we call “Management Systems&# – like Content Management Systems, Document Management Systems, Learning Management Systems… I’ve also been playing a lot with an open source tool called Elgg , and have also played, in the past, with Crabgrass , another open source … “SNMS&# ?

Google Chrome

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Google Chrome September 4, 2008 The hiatus is over with a short entry about Google Chrome , the new browser from Google that I learned about on the twitterverse while I was stopped at one rest stop or another.

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. They are doing a CMS satisfaction survey, and the more info that they get, the better. So go rate your CMS ! {

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 ? I hope so, and I’m looking forward to see its progress. There have been a number of possible “Exchange Killers.&# Open-Xchange just got a bunch of $. Perhaps it’s the one?

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. I come across a lot in my varied net wanderings, and people send me stuff, so it’s a nice way to talk about some of it, without having to go into too much detail. I was profiled on Linux.com. That’s kinda fun! I “live the open source lifestyle.&# That must have been before the iPhone.

My iPhone 3G

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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. I swore up and down I wouldn’t get one. I said: I will not be buying an iPhone until they sell an unlocked version that doesn’t need to be hacked to use third party applications. Well, the iPhone 3G changed the equation, some.

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. at 12:11 pm Top 10 blog posts of 2008 :: Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology 12.26.08

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. at 4:31 pm Cloud Feed » Blog Archive » Daily Cloud Feed - Sep 25, 2008 09.25.08

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.

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.

It’s been a while…

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology It’s been a while… May 13, 2008 As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been blogging a whole lot lately.

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. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How do you keep up? 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.

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. I realized, in being introduced to Edupunk , that I have been doing it for, oh, almost 20 years now. In 1989, I joined the faculty of Hampshire College (and stayed for 10 years). Hampshire’s motto is “Non Satis Scire&# – to know is not enough.

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.

Frackin’ Brilliant

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Frackin’ Brilliant June 17, 2008 That’s what I said to Tompkins Spann, of Convio, when he told me last week (after I duly signed the requisite NDA) that Convio was going into the donor database business by building an app on top of Salesforce.com.

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. What’s kind of funny is that I was quoted on the press release , which was out 3 weeks ago or so, but it’s taken me this long to blog it. Bad Blogger! (I I think my clients thank me for being a bad blogger.) So what’s the news?

News in open source and open standards

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology News in open source and open standards April 3, 2008 Here’s a few interesting tidbits gleaned from the net: It appears that Microsoft’s bid to get Office Open XML, their new office standard did get through ISO.

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. Today, Blackbaud announced the acquisition of Kintera. So, there is now one less nonprofit CRM vendor to choose from, and Blackbaud keeps getting bigger.

API 2

How’s yer CMS?

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May 29, 2008 NTEN just released their CMS satisfaction survey. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How’s yer CMS? There is some great food for thought, although in some ways, the results aren’t so surprising. Most people (67%) want an easy to use interface. Most people (57%) also want ongoing support.

What software freedom means to me

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What software freedom means to me June 25, 2008 I got some interesting comments on the last post about Linux desktops.