Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

eBooks #2: So you want to e-publish? Mechanics...

As most of you know, I'm a writer. I write a fair bit of science fiction, and also write other stuff. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do to get my novels out in the world, and have been greatly influenced by Cory Doctorow in terms of copyright (or, more accurately, copyleft). Obviously for me, publishing eBooks is going to be something I do at some point, perhaps sooner rather than later. I'm talking in this post about self-publishing eBooks.
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WordPress vs. Drupal ... fight!

As a user and developer of WordPress since 1.x something, and a developer and user of Drupal since 4.7, I figured that with the release of Drupal 7, this would be a great time to do a comparison of the two.  If you want a really detailed look, please read the very exhaustive, recently released, updated Idealware report on OpenSource CMS, which includes Drupal, WordPress, Joomla and Plone.

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eCommerce #1: Options

Nonprofits don't use e-commerce much,  but I've had some experience (on both sides of the profit fence) doing e-commerce, and for some reason, shopping carts are intriguing me at the moment, and I figure its a good time to know what's out there, especially in the open source shopping cart world. What would I use if someone came to me wanting to set up a store? The last time I looked closely at this (which was a few years ago) it was a different situation - there wasn't much in the way of open source shopping carts.
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What IPv6 means to you

For those of you that don't know about IP addresses, here's a very quick lesson. In order for one computer to talk to another computer on the internet, it needs an address, the same as you have an address so that people know where to send you junk mail catalogs.
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Drupal 7

I've had a bit of time now to work with Drupal 7. I've been playing with it since it was still pretty experimental, but I finally put together a whole site with it recently, and am pretty happy with it. It's gotten a big leg up in terms of usability - this was a major focus for this release. The basic user interface is much improved over Drupal 6, and unrecognizable if you've only been using Drupal 5 or earlier.
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eBooks #1: ePub is to eBooks as MP3 is to music?

If you've been around the block as long as I have, you remember the days before an audio codec was settled upon. EBooks are moving into adolescence, and the question is, which format will win, or does one format have to win? For a while there, the two big players on the field were Amazon on one side, with it's Kindle and proprietary format, which is an offshoot of MobiPocket format, and a reader that has a fairly limited range of formats it can read.
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Email is dead ... long live Email?

Reports of the death of email are, of course rampant, for the past, oh, 10 years or so. First, spam was going to kill email. It certainly is true that most email sent these days is spam, but that hasn't managed to kill it. More recently, facebook and twitter were considered likely candidates for killing it off.
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Salesforce.com and Ruby on Rails

Programming languages and I have issues. By now, I've learned quite a number of them (I think 9 by last count), but for some reason, I seem to choose my work on them just at the top of the curve, or as they are going down. I have yet to manage to pick one early. I learned C at the height of its popularity, just as C++ was beginning to rise. I learned Fortran when it was almost dead, mostly for fun. I learned Pascal toward the tail end of its reign. In the late 90s, I chose to write a CMS in Perl instead of PHP.
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Plotting my return to Twitter

In April of this year, I left twitter. I had good reason to leave twitter. And, after a few months, I didn't miss it. And, frankly I still don't miss it. But I had a bit of an epiphany lately that you social media mavens out there will very much appreciate. I figured it was worth writing on this blog about. I joined Twitter in the beginning, because my colleagues were.
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A couple of tidbits

A couple of tidbits on the environment today:
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