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Michael McCallister
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    History, 1989
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Michael McCallister: Tech Writer, Linux Geek, Blogger, WordPress Author
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Michael McCallister writes mostly about technology and software. I live in an industrial suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When not writing, I watch baseball in the summer, football in the fall. I don't read enough fiction, but read a fair amount of history and current-events material. 
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Published "Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules" (BenBella, May 2014) with +Carole Jelen. Coming down the road: "Ubuntu Touch: Using the Ubuntu OS on your Smartphone or Tablet." Older stuff: Wrote "openSUSE Linux Unleashed"; Co-Author, "WordPress in Depth"; #57 in 2012 MindTouch list of "most influential in TechComm and Content Strategy."
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Technical Communicator, Freelance Writer, Book Author and occasional WordPress developer
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Writing, editing, technical communication, online help, WordPress, Linux, blogging, building author platforms
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West Allis, WI
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Madison, WI - Boulder, CO
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(Rant coming): While I suppose it's a good thing that 1 in 3 WordPress sites now run the latest version (4.1) as opposed to 1 in 10, the numbers really have to be closer to 3 in 3. Anyone who wants to complain about security problems in WordPress and isn't updating the software regularly is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

So go check your site now! I check my site for updates once a week (and whenever I post). Good habit to get into.
Over the weekend, WordPress lead developer Andrew Nacin announced a major update to WordPress version stats for PHP, MySQL, and WordPress. While the stats page looks much the same as before, more s...
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Latest "Notes from the Metaverse": Where I hope the Internet Social Forum realizes its goals. The fight over Internet governance should ultimately focus on "One Netizen, One Vote," where all Netizens are well informed.
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Excellent statement from PEN America. I signed it, you should too.
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Apparently I'm not the only geek in the SW suburbs of Milwaukee.

This sign now graces the front of the old Moose Lodge on 91st and Lincoln. On the door is another handmade "Closed for remodeling" sign, and what looks like a construction permit for (I think) solar panels. I eagerly await the completion of the remodeling!

If anyone knows more about Binary, PLEASE let me know!
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Been wanting to read "Ancillary Justice," so this might be interesting.
 
Join N.K. Jemisin and Ann Leckie -- two of the most exciting new science fiction and fantasy writers of the past decade -- as they discuss their own books as well as some of their favorites by other authors.

N.K. JEMISIN is the author of the Inheritance Trilogy, of which the first book, THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS, was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards; the entire trilogy will be republished as an omnibus edition, with a brand-new novella, in December 2014. She is also the author of THE KILLING MOON, which was nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, and its sequel THE SHADOWED SUN.

ANN LECKIE is the author of ANCILLARY JUSTICE, which won the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, among others. Its sequel, ANCILLARY SWORD, was released in October 2014 to great critical acclaim.
The New Classics of SF&F with N.K. Jemisin and Ann Leckie
Mon, December 8, 2014, 7:00 PM EST
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+Suzette Franck at +WebDevStudios notes that the WordPress community is quite exemplary in involving women. Other tech companies and communities should take note. There's still more to do, though. Good ideas!
There's a dearth of women in tech, but there are female figures in WordPress changing the game. Here's Suzette on empowering women in WordPress...
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It's two weeks into the new year, and +Rochelle Melander, the Write Now Coach, is concerned about how you're feeling about your writing resolutions. If you're already mad about your lack of progress, she says: Don't worry about what you haven't done -- focus on what's next.

Truer words were never spoken/written. Three great quotes here too.

Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? —L.M. Montgomery. How are you doing with those New Year's resolutions? Have you had difficulty keeping all of them? Or, like me, did you simply postpone making them? Fear not. I have a plan for those of us who've ...
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You're welcome +Rochelle Melander !
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Sounds like a good idea, but apparently hard to learn. Crell talked passionately about functional programming and the web at the Madison PHP conference last fall.
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Some timely advice for freelancers from +Samar Owais . Set reasonable goals, and map out the tasks you need to finish to achieve those goals. Sounds a lot like Getting Things Done.
 
Since a lot of authors are also freelancers, I figured this might be helpful to members - especially if business plans have never worked for your freelance business.

How to Create an Action Plan for Your Freelance Writing Business (That You'll Actually Use)

I know what you’re thinking

Another plan? Enough of those already!

The last plan you made is busy collecting dust. How is this plan going to be any different?

But what if I told you that this is the only plan you’ll need in 2015 to make a success of your freelance writing business? 

That it’s a simple two-step process. That it’ll ensure you reach ALL your goals. That you'll actually use this plan.

Read this post to find out how: http://freelanceflyer.com/freelance-business-action-plan 
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Thanks for sharing the post, Michael!
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Some excellent ideas from +Matt Asay . FLOSS communities are about users, not just about developers and other contributors.
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