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Gatekeepers or Gatecrashers

This post is a collection of not fully formed thoughts, ideas that I have been mulling over since my VALA boot camp on epublishing. Take them with a grain of salt please. Traditionally information professionals, be they Archivists, Librarians, Curators or the rest of the cultural heritage sector, have been seen (rightly or wrongly) as […]

Posted on July 5, 2014 at 5:18 pm by Chris · Permalink · Leave a comment
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How to avoid burn out

One of the great advantages of working on Free Software is the openness and transparency, not only of the code but of the processes around creating the code.  Weirdly (or perhaps not weirdly) this can also be a disadvantage. We can see all the bugs … we know we can fix them, but also sometimes  […]

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm by Chris · Permalink · Comments Closed
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International FOSS developer cooperation

A few weeks ago my laptop died so I needed to buy a new one.  As I am heading off to Atlanta for the  Supporting Cultural Heritage Open Source Software Symposium, I thought hmm, I could get a System76 laptop and pick it up when I’m there. Equinox Software  support both Evergreen and Koha and […]

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm by Chris · Permalink · Comments Closed
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2013 – WTF Happened?

With still 9 days to go I’ve decided to do a bit of a wrap up for the year. It was a pretty massive year in a lot of ways starting with Koha This year we had the highest number of commits ever, as of today 2619 commits 82 different people had code committed into […]

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm by Chris · Permalink · One Comment
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The presentation I was going to do at NDF

Unfortunately I had to pull out of doing my lightning talk at NDF, I simply didn’t have the time to be able finish what I was going to present. I felt it was better to pull out than do something that wasn’t up to scratch, not really fair on the conference attendees otherwise. But I […]

Posted on November 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm by Chris · Permalink · One Comment
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What am I doing over summer?

Basically I had lost track of all the presentations I had committed myself to giving, so wanted to note them down here so I don’t do that again. September 6 2013 – Open Source and the Library Technology Dream September 23 2013 – EIFL-FOSS Webinar about Koha September 26 2013 – Māori and FOSS October […]

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:33 am by Chris · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Brain dumping after Auckland Libraries’ Youth Hui 2013

So last week I had the pleasure of attending a hui organised by the Auckland Libraries. The full title is ‘New Rules of Engagement: Future Directions for Children’s and Youth Services at Auckland Libraries’, subtitled ‘A hui of awesome awesomeness’. It certainly was awesome, unfortunately I could only stay for 1 day of the 2 […]

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm by Chris · Permalink · One Comment
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Blog stats from 2012

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views. In 2012, there were 62 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 272 posts. […]

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 6:33 pm by Chris · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Yes, you should rewrite it. NO! Not like that!

Something I hear and have heard a lot in my life as a programmers is We should rewrite this, I have no idea what it is doing Now, your instinct to rewrite is almost always the correct thing to do, but almost always the implementation is wrong. Why is this? Well it’s because of the […]

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm by Chris · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Effective communication aka making your point without being a jerk

It seems like common sense, but all too often in the tech sphere people forget a really simple rule. It doesn’t matter how correct you are if the way you communicate only serves to alienate those you seek to persuade. Koha has fortunately been quite lucky in this regard 99% of the people involve understand […]

Posted on March 25, 2012 at 11:54 am by Chris · Permalink · One Comment
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