The Lumpen Institute of Fine Arts is a social network on ning.com for friends who share my interest in politics and art. It has also proved to be a good example for my clients who need a network site. Ning is similar to Facebook. For example, Steve Brodner uses it for his illustration class at SVA and my son-in-law uses it for organizing his companions on their trek up Mount Rainier. (No links to either of those as they are private.) I am blogging about it here because I have found many clients and associates to be unaware of ning.com. And because I just made a post there.
Like Facebook, ning.com is free. That’s not quite the same as Open Source but it is all part of the the “the new economy.” That’s a loaded phrase, but yes, the internet is changing our culture, including how we do business. I am fascinated with this change. I am part of it and trust my posts here are informative to clients and visitors about how that affects our shared interests.
Most of my website design for the past two years has been done using WordPress software as a CMS–content management system. WordPress is Open Source. (This last link will take you to Wikipedia–also Open Source.) Its advantages and disadvantages effect my designs. Go to Is Open Source a New Economic Paradigm? if this interests you. I will make updates about economics and philosophy there and about how it affects my design and my clients here.
• The April Wired magazine cover story How the Tablet Will Change the World has a pant load of information about our changing computer culture. Steven Levy outlines the brewing battle between Apple’s proprietary OS and Google’s open source Android. Nice sidebar touch has “13 of the brightest tech minds sound off on the rise of the tablet.” (Side note: I first read this in the magazine print edition. The design is vastly superior to the online version. Last week it was announce that Wired won the American Society of Magazine Editors’ award for Best Design.)
• Open vs. Closed: What Does Open Really Mean? on the Gigaom blog delves into the definition of “open” as it applies to standards, systems, platforms, software and technology. Matthew Ingram concludes, “Who is open where it really matters, as opposed to just being open where it’s convenient or low-risk? Who can convince users, developers and — most importantly — advertisers and other businesses to join their open or closed platform?”
• The Business Lessons Behind Commercial Open Source from Sam Dean at ostatic.com.
• Pot, meet kettle: a response to Steve Jobs’ letter on Flash By John Sullivan on Ars Technica
UPDATES 8.12.10: Evan Blackford sent this link http://gigaom.com/2010/08/08/open-source-and-economics-how-the-hold… It has excellant insight and historical notes about Open Source.