Paul Graham, popular essayist and Lisp programmer, discusses what business can learn from open source. According to him, it’s not about Linux or Firefox, but the forces that produced them. He delves into the reasons why open source is able to produce better software, why traditional workplaces are actually harmful to productivity and the reason why professionalism is overrated. [O’Reilly Open Source Convention audio from IT Conversations]
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A conversation with Corey Oordt discussing the new OpenSource Washington Times project and their forthcoming collection of reusable apps, along with greater goals for becoming a platform for Django newspaper/media applications.
Pachube is an on-line database service provider that allows developers to connect sensor data to the Web and to build their own applications on it. Its creator, Usman Haque, discusses it, reviewing what Pachube is, how it can be used, and examples of its value as a way to manage data. He argues that services like Pachube can take advantage of open data to discover and share information.