Open Source and Open Learning

Years ago when I was at OpenAdvantage, I worked closely with a group called Access To Recycled Technology. Formed by two salt-of-the-earth students called Steve and Vinnie, they secured what they referred to as “access space” in Birmingham. It was...

The Unknown Life Of Józef

I just want to share with you all a little story that is both sad yet inspiring at the same time. Have any of you heard of Józef Stawinoga? No? Thought not. On the Wolverhampton ring road there used to be a tent erected on a grass verge between two lanes. Although...

The Ubuntu Ethos

I love working with the Ubuntu community. I love the opportunities, challenges and people that occupy it. Each day is filled with a diverse tapestry of challenges, be it growing new teams, refining governance, developing strategy, or simply chewing the fat with Ubuntu...

Sneaky Education And The Desktop

When I was a kid, I owned a Sega Megadrive (Sega Genesis for my American friends). I spent hours on that thing. Sonic The Hedgehog. Streets Of Rage. Desert Strike. Toejam And Earl. I loved it. One game that was released was Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? Back...

Governments And Free Content Policies

A nice little story for those of you who may have missed it. Last week Larry Lessig blogged about how the new change.gov site for Obama included the following at the bottom of the page: CONTENT COPYRIGHT © 2008. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Larry pointed to Chris...

Money. Stability?

Something struck me yesterday, while Firefox 3 was throwing a hissy fit. Is there some kind of correlation between the amount of money invested in a project or product and instability? I know this sounds like a bit of a negative question, and I don’t mean to rag...