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Dave Lane
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Attended Haverford College
Lived in Montclair, NJ, USA
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Charlie, you're doing (already) what I've been advocating for a few years here in New Zealand. Congratulations, and many thanks for doing something that was somewhat hypothetical for me!
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Yep - schools should be about learning, exploring, challenging, creating - not just consuming.
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Don't bother trying to change Microsoft. It's not worth it. Abandon them, and let them wither and die.
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Until Microsoft disavows software patents, they're no friend of FOSS. That simple.
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Crikey, if that was second, first must've been unbelievable - you guys were superb!
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The atheist community doesn't generally have access to tax-free status, and large financial collection cachements like most churches do.  It has little to do with moral or ethical disparities, it's about wealth and time as institutions.
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Andrew, you're a champ. Good on you for embracing FOSS and contributing this brilliant tool.
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What a general dickhead.
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The man has talent... He should use it to defend something worthwhile.
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Damn, these Microsoft people have to get over themselves and accept that the world doesn't think they or their products are great.
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Heh - enjoyed the comment about wanting to avoid having to handle both open source and Microsoft politics in a single project.
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Great to see this finally getting the sort of exposure it deserves. Strategies (including those for the Chch rebuild) are generally an expensive waste of time and effort. We need more real strategies that use clear standardised language and can be compared and assessed rigorously. (disclosure: I'm a co-founder of Christchurch-based OpenStrategies Ltd - http://openstrategies.com/ :))
Vague aspirations such as 'protect our coastlines' and 'ensure low levels of obesity' are not actual plans for public services
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I'm embarrassed for the US (my homeland) that it's so backwards with regard to atheism - almost half the population in my new home (New Zealand) is non-believing (atheist, strictly speaking) and less than half is Christian, and the growth of godlessness is accelerating. Thank god for that trend. :)
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Another bit of shameless self-promotion: with the demise of Win XP support, why stick with Microsoft? What have they ever done for you?  Consider a FOSS migration.
In last week's installment of this series, I looked at ways you can deploy and manage FOSS solutions at an organisational scale, including support for legacy Windows XP applications.
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Nice article :-)
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Some shameless self-promotion (and on behalf of the NZOSS - http://nzoss.org.nz)
On to the next challenge: once you've decided your organisation can be productive with a FOSS environment, you have to work out how to set-up and maintain it.
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Not sure, but a lot of people seem to have bought into it, and are now regretting it.
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Occupation
Free Software Advocate, Software Developer, IT Consultant
Employment
  • Catalyst.Net Ltd
    Senior Consultant, 2012 - present
  • Egressive
    Director, 1998 - 2012
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Previously
Montclair, NJ, USA - Haverford, PA, USA - Seattle, WA, USA - Christchurch, NZ
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+64 3 963 3733
Story
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spreading joy and confusion
Introduction
I'm an American who's found a better life in NZ and have become a kiwi (to the extent that's possible for a yank). I have been active in many circles over the years including: free and open source software, Christchurch business, swing dancing scene, local music scene (well, a small part of it), ultimate (frisbee), cycling advocacy, wine/beer/coffee appreciation, social activism, back country tramping, fly fishing crew, aikido, academia, woodworking cadre, self-sufficiency enthusiasts, and backyard politicians.

Most of my extra curricular activities have been (relatively contentedly) curtailed of late due to the demands of a young family.
Bragging rights
I can make that waterdrop sound on my cheek like Cameron in Ferris Buehler's Day Off. Been using Linux (exclusively) since 1994. Danced for money. Done beat boxing on stage. Crazy-flexible (in the physical sense). Really enjoy being a husband (civil union) and papa. Won fairly serious awards in at least 3 totally unrelated fields of endeavour. Serious about living up to my principles. Started my own company so I'd be subject to no one's incompetence other than my own. I spread joy and confusion, but not necessarily in equal measure. I have a lot of energy to contribute to the right causes.
Education
  • Haverford College
    Physics, 1988 - 1992
  • University of Washington
    Mechanical Engineering, 1992 - 1994
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I'm Dave to most, Davey to close friends and family. Some people call me Digger (not an Aussie reference, long story). Others "Danger" for obvious reasons. A few call me "Prime" (another long story). Still others know me as Lightweight (originally an obscure reference to my band, 3kg). Only my mum calls me David.
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