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. Encourage Them To Give Their Time : Laura Hecht shared a wonderful story about a class project where students made cards for some elderly residents of a group home.

President's Update: Summer 2008

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Well, I just got my first one out in 2008! Benetech Update: Summer 2008 I'm thrilled to be writing you this update, because this year is unusually exciting even by Benetech standards. As many folks know, I try to send out quarterly updates on what's new at Benetech.

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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. If you think those cases will affect your code materially, you should specifically test those cases, but most of the time you’re safe to ignore that by not using Today(). I’ve said it before–I’m not a software developer.

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Creature Comfort: Where are the Couches in Museums?

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Beth observes that visitors searching for the bathroom often have an expression somewhere between stress and panic, as if they're fearful they won't find the place in time. Museums of all sizes have this problem with tradeoffs: they perceive the choice as cases of objects or seats.

Museum Skunkworks: Carving Out a Place for Risk-Taking

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Here's the problem with both of these ways: they require circumstances that are outside of most museum employees' control. They set a small budget, decide how much time the staff member (and any others) can devote to it, and the person goes at it.

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

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I've long been interested in the power of cross-platform experiences, so I was excited to see today's New York Times article about the evolving relationship between books and video games. But the Times missed the boat. This problem is analagous to the repeat visit problem for museums.

The Future of Authority: Platform Power

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The problem arises when expertise creates a feeling of entitlement to control the entire visitor experience. Every time you post a photo on Flickr, you give its owner, Yahoo!,

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Saving Time with the Metadata API Saving Time with the Metadata API Last Updated on Wednesday, 6 August 2008 09:08 Written by Steve Wednesday, 6 August 2008 09:08 We’ve done about 20 Salesforce implementations, and have 5 more going right now.

Things We Like (October 2008)

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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. Zombie Harmony : For all your zombie dating needs. Wait, there's an election going on? Don't know how we missed that.

Tech Quick Take: MS Search Server 2008 vs Google Mini

Beaconfire Wire

Microsoft quietly launched their free Microsoft Search Server 2008 product earlier this year as a product that heavily leverages the same Enterprise Search technology found in their Sharepoint 2007 product. Right now, we're in the midst of a website redesign that utilizes Search Server 2008.

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. I’ve been caught using the “free as in kittens&# metaphor many more times than once. Problem solved. How is someone supposed to help troubleshoot a problem that the user has, because they modified the software?

See a problem? Throw a website at it!

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology See a problem? In a conversation with a colleague over some wonderful Asian fusion lunch, we both agreed that in fact, the problem that nonprofits faced in the 90s, lack of good information, was, in a broad sense, mostly solved (there are, for sure, areas where there are gaps, but overall, the coverage is quite good.)

Good Ram Gone Bad On My Dell Desktop: OMG

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Oh, I've had problems before, but only minor hardware failures and crashes because I have a duo-RAID hard drive. I always seem to have computer problems before important presentations (see here and here ).

What is cloud computing?

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August 11, 2008 You’ve likely heard a lot about “ cloud computing “ And what’s true is that the sales-talk about computing in the cloud certainly makes the conceptual issues behind it, honestly, well, cloudy.

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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. I love working on a team, because someone often comes along with a different approach to a problem that I was blind to.

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. Find out what it is like to get (or not get) service at a time less dangerous for your stress levels.

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

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Allison Fine, who authored " Social Citizens" , a paper recently released by The Case Foundation on the intersection of Millennials, social change and social media, wonders whether it time for nonprofit leaders to extol the virtue of government service?

My Birthday Cause: Free Geek!

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So, I figured this would help friends celebrate my birthday with me, but help out a worthy organization, at the same time! 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.

NFB and Amazon.com on Accessibility

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Last year, the National Federation of the Blind took on Amazon.com about the accessibility of their website, which NFB felt at one time had been quite accessible, but which had declined in accessibility. And, Amazon hasn't made any indication I'm aware of to address this problem.

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

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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. RSS should actually stand for " Real-time Subscription Service ".

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What Are Your 2008 Activist Resolutions?

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"[S]top thinking about how crazy the times are, and start thinking about what the crazy times demand."-- Seth Godin A couple weeks ago blogger Latoya Peterson posted her 2008 Activist Resolutions on Racialicious. Carry at least one cloth shopping bag with me at all times.

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. There are multiple threads on multiple sites about problems with the iPhone 3G – clearly, some software fixes need to happen, and the faster they happen, the happier I’ll be.

Zeno's British Airways Baggage Paradox

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OK, no problem, just pop them onto the 1 hour flight from Bangalore to Madurai and they'll be here soon. By this time, the hotel staff are getting concerned. He says, no problem, one hour more. By now, the general manager of the hotel has been offering to help for some time.

Chuuk, formerly known as Truk

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Chuuk is having a hard time. But, they hope that this problem will be overcome someday. We rejoined the Island Hopper for the short flight to Chuuk. During World War II, Americans knew this island as Truk, the main Japanese naval base for the Western Pacific.

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 Other times it is more important to have an open API or an app that is properly designed for plug-ins or extensions.

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. There were court battles over fuel deals, and I was told that Chuuk State's financial problems was limiting access to fuel.

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. But what I realized was that the whole WPA thing with my laptop added to the pile of “little problems I haven’t solved yet.&# After spending close to five hours on the X windows/driver problem I vented about last week.

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. I think of myself in these terms: I educate, facilitate, mediate, and problem-solve.

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. In many ways, we are focused on solving technology problems , or completing projects.

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. The problem with Google Code is that it’s *explicitly* for small projects.

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Political Campaigns About Harnessing Smart Data

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For all the cutting edge digital techniques employed by the 2008 Obama campaign, they still grappled with a familiar problem nonprofits often face: multiple databases with overlapping, conflicting, and duplicate information.

Predictions for 2009

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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. Tools for individuals are great, but what we’ve seen in 2008 is that the tools that individuals like the most and use the most are the ones that create the most dynamic communities.

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

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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. At this point, I still have to futz with the configs every time I start up, and it still isn’t right. I’m also trying to eat my own dog food and model good behavior for my 2 yo all the time. I think, actually, the problem is more about the nvidia drivers, but xrandr is very good to know about.

Free and open source tool #6: Joomla!

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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. I 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. It will probably take you less time than a generic HTML site will. {

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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. This entry was posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 7:58 am and is filed under CRM , Technology. You mentioned that the problem is with Firefox 3, but were using Firefox 2.0.0.16

Linux desktops?

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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. I have had varied problems , from issues of software integration, video problems, wireless issues … The list is getting very long. What happened was I felt like I was wasting too much time on things that should be easy.

OpenOffice.org goes Aqua!

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That was a long time ago. The Apple OS has been the poor stepchild when it comes to OpenOffice.org for a long time. With OS X, you had to either use the most recent version of OpenOffice.org with X Windows, which most Apple users don’t use, and didn’t have the nice Aqua window dressing, or you had to use NeoOffice , which was steps behind OOo, and had some serious memory leak problems (it got better over time, but it still was pretty unstable last time I used it.).

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.

Drupal and Postgresql

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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 A while ago, I joined a bunch of groups at groups.drupal.org , thinking I’d pick up some interesting ideas, and meet some folks who were doing cool stuff with Drupal.

Twitter Voter Report Wiki

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From their website: On November 4th 2008, millions of Americans will go to over 200,000 distinct voting locations and using different systems and machinery to vote. Some voters will have a terrific experiences, and others will experience the same problems we have been hearing about for years - long lines, broken machines, inaccurate voting rolls, and others will experience problems that we haven’t heard about before.