The free and open-source tools I use the most (that non-Linux users can also use)

After the call for tools, what can you get today? Free software, as defined by the Free Software Foundation — their office is halfway between old 25 and new 24 — is means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change… Continue reading The free and open-source tools I use the most (that non-Linux users can also use)

This blog in five themes, on my phone

So, continuing the thread about the “twenties” default WordPress themes, I thought I’d see what this blog would look like in an untouched version, Twenty Ten to Twenty Fourteen. (I’ve already tweeked Twenty Thirteen for this blog, and while I adore each of you, I’m not reverting it for this blog post.) I chose this… Continue reading This blog in five themes, on my phone

What do these Unitarian Universalist websites have in common?

Since 2010, the WordPress blogging and content management platform has released a special, eponymous theme for the year. Why is this important? WordPress is easy to stand up, free for the cost of your hosting and domain registration, easy to add content to and easy to integrate with some other services. I’ve used it for… Continue reading What do these Unitarian Universalist websites have in common?

Reviewing Unitarian Universalist websites

For the last three days, I’ve made quick-and-dirty survey of all Unitarian Universalist congregational websites. Most are acceptable, if improvable. Some very good. But too many are homely, underpowered or just plain ugly. About 18 are down or broken, at least right now. Two or three have let their domains expire. And some congregations have… Continue reading Reviewing Unitarian Universalist websites

Do you use Github?

A call out for Unitarian Universalists and kindred: do you use Github? Asking for noodling a proof of concept. And you can follow me (bitb) here. (There’s not much there. Yet.)

Homeless people using smartphones

In case you missed it … read “A Homeless Man and His BlackBerry” by Kat Ascharya. For more on the subject, see “How Smartphones Throw the Homeless a Lifeline” by Margaret Rock. I’m not a big fan of techo-utopianism, but these article make a good case for seeing that vulnerable and homeless people have access to… Continue reading Homeless people using smartphones

If you’ve putting off that church website…

If you’ve putting off that church website, there’s another, easy option. In the amateur-affirming, all-in style of the long-gone GeoCities, NeoCities gives space away to anonymous users. Not much space — 10 megabytes, now — but that’s plenty for a carefully crafted static church or project site. I’ll be dabbling here: http://universalist.neocities.org/