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Enterprise Lessons from Open-Source Successes article

May 04, 2008 GMT

Tina Gasperson wrote an interesting article for SDTimes called "Enterprise Lessons for Open-Source Successes". She touches on both the pros and cons of open source projects: "These days, open-source development process is sometimes seen as subversive, but open-source development doesn’t upset apple carts for the sheer fun of it, say proponents. It really is a better way to create software."
Open Source Diva Video

May 04, 2008 GMT recently posted a video of "Open Source Diva" Danese Cooper explaining how and why she got started in open source.
About Sk*rt

May 01, 2008 GMT

It really is a vast virtual world out there, and every day I find something new that makes me wonder "Why didn't I know about this??" For example, today I ran across a post on the site about the Sk*rt site changing its name. I hadn't heard of the Sk*rt site, a Digg-like site for women, but apparently visitors get to vote on the new name. So, I poked around the site and saw the Internet & Technology page, which means I found even more things I didn't know existed. For example, Christina Laun wrote about 50 Awesome Resource for Open Source Writers, including yWriter for writing novels. I'm not ready to write my novel, yet, but it's good to know what's...
Advancing Your Career with Open Source

Apr 28, 2008 GMT

The Linux Foundation's Amanda McPherson wrote an interesting blog post about careers in open source. Amanda points to the article in CIO, written by Esther Shindler, called "Open Source as an Easy Answer for Better Developer Visibility (and Career Opportunity)." In the past year, I've done quite a bit of research about women in IT, specifically open source, and one explanation for the lower participation by women is that they tend to leave the industry as a way to advance their careers. Amanda and Esther both point out that the current demand for open source developers makes this a great time for women to be in IT. Esther says that open source "is as even a playing ground...
Women Who Tech: Podcasts, and more

Apr 24, 2008 GMT

Women Who Tech podcasts -- inlcuding the Women in Open Source panel -- are now available online. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Flickr. Phew! Plus, as if that's not enough, you can watch their SF party video online. If you missed the first TeleSummit, the next one is scheduled for Winter 2009.
Three Notification Tools

Apr 22, 2008 GMT

Tired of obsessively hitting the refresh button? Mackenzie posted a blog about three notification tools that can come in handy. She describes cGmail, Twitux, and GrNotify.
Women 2.0 at the Web 2.0 Expo

Apr 16, 2008 GMT

If you're in beautiful San Francisco at the Web 2.0 Expo April 22-25, be sure to stop by the Women 2.0 booth. The Women 2.0 site is also offering two free passes (valued at $1,695 each) to the expo. To enter to win, answer the following question on the Women 2.0 contest site: "How can Web 2.0 further improve your daily life?”
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