Sunday, May 2, 2010

It's Been a Year

Guys! I've had my blog for more that a year now. And even though I haven't posted much lately, I haven't missed a month since I've started.

I started a part time job a couple weeks ago, as well as found out that I've been accepted to the master's program with a graduate assistantship. I am very excited about both of those things, and very busy because of them. I've been getting more and more excited and involved in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and unfortunately my school work, work work, and goofing around with GIS work has taken over my weaving time. But this summer I will force myself to have time for craftiness.

One of the things that I've been really excited about lately is Open Source software, especially Open Source GIS software. Usually GIS software is prohibitively expensive, so unless you work for someone who can pay for it, you really aren't going to get to use it. But Open Source GIS software is getting more impressive by the day, and I've been having fun playing with it - for free!

And now I just found out about the Open Source Loom project: www.osloom.org
It's a wonder to me how much my interests completely overlap sometimes.

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad to see you're out here pimping open source. As the official geek older brother of this blog I feel that I must remind everyone that while Open Source is in fact "free" it is so at the cost of many hours of volunteer labor.

    So if there is a project out there you spend a lot of time using hit their site up and see if you can contribute. You don't need to code or program, often times the worst part of any open source project is it's documentation. Hop in their a put some polish on the technical prose. Or maybe it's really informative bug reports (with screen shots) submitted as requested by the project maintainers.

    If nothing else any open source maintainer should be bought a beer and given a solid pat on the back should you ever happen across them.

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  2. Pat, I agree wholeheartedly! Thanks for the reminder.

    I think the biggest myth about Open Source is that you can only use it if you are a programmer. I've found that some of the open source software that I use is more user-friendly than the mainstream versions, even to a non-programmer. And there are always ways for non-programmers to help out.

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