And now the show is back! This is a little re-cap episode where I try to catch you up on all the interesting things that have happened since the last episode of the show. More importantly, however, I have questions for you. I’m not recording while driving anymore, so that opens us up to a world of possibilities.
It’s been a while since I’ve spoken about software licensing. If you’ve been in the community for any appreciable amount of time, you’ll see that there are two licensing-based brainworms that tend to crop up on a regular basis. The first is the fear that some company might swoop in and buy our friendly little open source program and put it behind a wall. The other is the notion that free software licenses like the GPL are harmful to the program. Although there’s a rational background for either of these positions, I think that they’re both ill-founded.
Software developers, especially those who write open source software, are not beholden to us. They’re not there to do our every bidding. And more importantly, as users, we have to remember that we’re not always right. It’s a topic that comes up regularly, but it’s also one that’s important to address just as regularly.
Woohoo! Opensourcecreative.org is up and alive for your listening and browsing pleasure. Bathe your earballs in its magnificence! Also… let me know if anything isn’t quite working right. This week’s show is all about the site’s migration, what I used to make it, and hopefully an option or two on what you should do if you need a website of your own. Use the cool listen-y widget thing to hear all about it (unless you got this through your podcatcher, in which case, use that).
This week’s episode is about some critical stuff: making sure that the digital data that we produce doesn’t get lost. So we’re talking back-ups, passwords, and encryption. It may not sound like as fun and exciting of a topic as other things we’ve discussed, but it’s monumentally important.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.
This week we’re talking about social media networks and the kind of love/hate relationship we have with them. We’re often at odds with the privacy policies of a lot of social media platforms. Furthermore, the level of discourse that people have on these sites isn’t always all that great. But at the same time, as people working in the creative fields, we have a need to get our work in front of an audience. Social media has the largest audiences.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.