Posts Tagged ‘#open’

Open Source

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis February 27th, 2012

Open Source Software is great.  It is built like a community project, with lots of people writing code, testing, and helping with all the details.  This is in stark contrast to closed-source, or “proprietary” software like Microsoft’s (and Apple’s).  The software is often free, and published under the “GNU General Public License” project, or GNU GPL for short.  Some great examples that run under Windows are LibreOffice, Firefox, and Firebird.   Some are operating systems, like Linux, or languages, like Java.  All these products have a large following, and don’t cost users a dime if they choose. You might think that would result in lower quality, but evidently not.  A recent study by Coverity shows exactly the OPPOSITE:  the open-source stuff had LESS MISTAKES and problems in the code than their proprietary counterparts, according to a recent article in TechWorld.  You can support open source software by downloading, using, and donating to the authors or the project.

Facebook Pages

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis August 22nd, 2011

There are a couple of different types of pages that you can create on Facebook.  One type is called a GROUP, the other is called an OFFICIAL page (AKA Fan Page originally).  They are both pretty easy to set up.  The first type, or group page, is intended for non-commercial stuff like clubs, non-profits, and families.  All you have to do is click the group icon to do this.  Note that you can make it Open, Closed, or Secret.  If you change your mind, you can change this later.  An interesting note about groups:  Facebook can take it away!  If your group gets popular enough, they step in and take over.  Not so with the second type, or OFFICIAL page:  This one is a little harder to create, and is intended for companies and/or products.  These used to have a FAN button (so they were called Fan Pages) but that has changed.  If you have a business or product you want to create a page for, here are the instructions.  The article also gives some good reasons to do it this way, instead of creating a group.  If you get 25 likes on your Official page, you can request a unique URL (e.g.