Go and back the Mycroft Kickstarter campaign

Disclaimer: I am not a member of the Mycroft team, but I think this is neat and an important example of open innovation that needs support. Mycroft is an Open Source, Open Hardware, Open APIs product that you talk to and it provides information and services. It is a...

Ubuntu, Canonical, and IP

Recently there has been a flurry of concerns relating to the IP policy at Canonical. I have not wanted to throw my hat into the ring, but I figured I would share a few simple thoughts. Firstly, the caveat. I am not a lawyer. Far from it. So, take all of this with a...

Talking with a Mythbuster and a Maker

Recently I started writing a column for Forbes. My latest column covers the rise of the maker movement and in it I interviewed Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters and Dale Dougherty from Make Magazine. Go and give it a read right...

Rebasing Ubuntu on Android?

NOTE: Before you read this, I want to clear up some confusion. This post shares an idea that is designed purely for some intellectual fun and discussion. I am not proposing we actually do this, nor advocating for this. So, don’t read too much into these...

New Forbes Column: From Piracy to Prosperity

My new Forbes column is published. This article covers how technology has impacted how creatives, artists, and journalists create, distribute, and engage around their work. For it I sat down with Mike Shinoda, co-founder of grammy award winning Linkin Park as well as...

#ISupportCommunity

So the Ubuntu Community Council has asked Jonathan Riddell to step down as a leader in the Kubuntu community. The reasoning for this can be broadly summarized as “poor conduct”. Some members of the community have concluded that this is something of a hatchet job from...

Announcing Chimp Foot.

I am delighted to share my new music project: Chimp Foot. I am going to be releasing a bunch of songs, which are fairly upbeat rock and roll (no growly metal here). The first tune is called ‘Line In The Sand’ and is available here. All of these songs are...

Open Source, Makers, and Innovators

Recently I started writing a column on opensource.com called Six Degrees. They just published my latest column on how Open Source could provide the guardrails for a new generation of makers and innovators Go and read the column here. You can read the two previous...

Bobbing for Influence

Companies, communities, families, clubs, and other clumps of humans all have some inherent social dynamics. At a simple level there are leaders and followers, but in reality the lines are rarely as clear as that. Many leaders, with a common example being some...

Video Phone Review and Wider Thoughts

I recorded and posted a video with a detailed review of the bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu phone, complete with wider commentary on the scopes and convergence strategy and the likelihood of success. See it below: Can’t see it? See it...

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