This is the real first episode of the Open Source Creative Podcast! And it’s a bit of a weird place to start: version control systems. It’s not something that many creative folks think about when producing their work… and that’s a mistake. If you’re doing digital work, your data is your work. So it’s in your best interest (and your clients’ interests, if you’re doing this professionally) to preserve it and track it. In this episode I talk about the open source options available (predominantly Mercurial, Git, and Subversion) and why I tend to use one over the others (hint: its chemical symbol is Hg).
Below are some links to some other things I cover in the show (roughly in the chronological order that I talk about them):
And, of course, I made a special plea to the developers of LibreOffice: Please provide command line access to the Compare Documents utility. It would make me happy.
(BTW, for you more professional web designers out there, I know that Sass has been around for a good long while. This was just the first time that I’d sat down and forced myself to use it.)
“I make stuff. I make stuff up. On occasion, I stuff-up what I make. I don’t do much stuff with make-up… though I’m not above trying. I work in all kinds of media: words, animation, ink, coffee, wood, video. And, of course, I’m really passionate about open source and open content, so that’s what I talk about in this show. Books I’ve written and other creative experiments I’ve made can be seen on monsterjavaguns.com.”