TagOpen Source

Ending Poverty with Open Hardware


The Hexayurt is a new kind of sheltering solution. To make the simplest hexayurt, make a wall by putting six sheets of plywood on their sides in a hexagon. Cut six more sheets in half diagonally, and screw them together into a shallow cone. Lift the roof on to the wall with a large group of people, then fasten it down with more screws. Seal and paint it for durability. Your basic hexayurt is...

Open Source Matters


This week’s edition of the IET magazine is The Open Source Issue. The arrival of my weekly magazine seemed to coincide beautifully with @leisa tweeting the question: “Why does open source matter?” In the magazine we have: open source biotechnology, open source cars, open source phones and the story of how AQA (a UK examination board) went open source. “Open source biotech...

Seriously though, why would anyone do this?


I tweeted (twittered? Will I never know?) a link to this article on how to run Ubuntu on a mac. Within moments I got a direct tweet back from a former colleague who is a UX/Design person: Seriously with OSx as good as it is… Why would anyone do this? I don’t get it. Why run Ubuntu on a mac? The article I linked to provides some suggestions but here are a few of my own: Because a basic...

Do design? Do open source?


One evening a few months ago, Leisa and I had dinner and were chatting – as one does – about work and the challenges of design in the open source community. One outcome of the evening was Leisa going home and registering . It sat for a while. Then, last week, as we were chatting about my last blog post Leisa set up the ning thing, I cut and pasted my blog post in, few bits and pieces...

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Ivanka Majic works in technology. She was Head of Design for Ubuntu, service managed Digital Marketplace through to beta, was acting director of digital for the Labour Party. She lives and works in Brighton where she works with the council’s digital first team, does a bit of teaching at Sussex University, and works with her husband on projects like restaurantsbrighton.co.uk and the BRAVOs. She has also started a podcast with her friend Michael which you can listen to at grandpodcast.com.