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For those who like blogs – RSS Bandit

For PC owners who like reading blogs I’d like to point you to RSS Bandit. It’s a program I started using a couple of months ago to track and read my favourite blogs.

Obviously those of you with Macs have other software you can use, but as a PC user I’ve found RSS Bandit has been great. One of its best features is that it downloads blog posts to your computer so that you can read them offline. As many of you know I travel a fair bit and I now often get caught up on a number of my blogs while flying. Very handy. Obviously just having all your blogs in one place is itself pretty handy – better still, keeping track of the posts you’ve read and those you haven’t is also helpful.

Oh, and as a bonus, it is both free and open source.

Of course, if any of my intrepid readers have found other blogging software they like please let me know, or better yet, post a comment.

Coming: Firefox 3 Download Day – Pledge Now!

As part of its strategy to launch Firefox 3, reach out to new users and help foster an open web, our friends at Mozilla want to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours.

They are also maintaining a cool heat map of how many pledges from each country they’ve received.

If you haven’t tried Firefox 3 yet, I can’t recommend it enough. The awesome bar is going to change your browsing experience. Trust me.

Free Software and Open-Source Symposium

Friends! I want to make sure everybody and anybody who might be interested knows about the upcoming 6th annual Free Software and Open-Source Symposium in Toronto, this October 25-26th.

What is Open-Source? There is a good definition here.

Non-techies should not be shy… I (and I’m very non-techie, I couldn’t code if my life, quite literally, depended on it) for example will be talking about Community Management as the core competency of Open Source projects. While open-source is usually talked about in reference to software, the conference organizers are interested in open systems more generally, and how they can be applied in various fields. I’m interested in open-source public policy (which, if they’ll have me back, I’d like to talk about next year…) and others are interested in its application to theater, meeting design, etc…

For more information I would suggest the blog of David Humphrey, one of the event’s coordinators, where one can read about cool insider info (e.g. prizes) and juicy gossip (e.g. the public, but just, shaming of me for being delinquent in submitting my talk summary).

You can also check out the conference’s webpage, where you can find the agenda, a place to register and other info.

The Free Software and Open Source Symposium
October 25-26th, 2007 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Seneca@York Campus, Toronto

The Symposium is a two-day event aimed at bringing together educators, developers and other interested parties to discuss common free software and open source issues, learn new technologies and to promote the use of free and open source software. At Seneca College, we think free and open source software are real alternatives.