TIG Takeaways: First Impressions Of The Legal Aid Tech Community

TIG Takeaways: First Impressions Of The Legal Aid Tech Community

Last week I attended two events sponsored by my new employer, Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The first was a two day Technology Summit, where a group of 50 thought leaders gathered to develop a plan for addressing the demand for legal aid more dramatically by making strategic use of technology. That was followed by the three day Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) conference.

Goodbye, Tommi Campbell (Mom)

Goodbye, Tommi Campbell (Mom)

Tamara (Tommi) Groen Campbell passed away on Thursday. She was 81, and this was no surprise -- a combination of pulmonary disease and heart trouble had created a well-predicted situation. A pragmatist to her dying moment, her death went well according to plan.

Accidental Technology

Accidental Technology

This article was originally published on the Idealware Blog in February of 2011. There’s been a ton of talk over.

Sleazy Sales Tactics and Social Networks

Sleazy Sales Tactics and Social Networks

This is a public service announcement (aka rant) intended for IT product and service reps. In a nutshell:

If your spam and cold calls haven't resulted in a business relationship, tracking me down personally on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook won't work either.

The Years Of The Kat

The Years Of The Kat

This is a memorial post for Krazy.com, a domain that I registered in February of 1995, back when Network Solutions was the only domain registrar and the annual registration fee was $0. I had recently closed my computer bulletin board system, which was called the Coconino County BBS, after the home of George Herriman's classic comic character, Krazy Kat. In it's place, I put up a web site that grew to be the most complete and best known source of information on the now somewhat obscure, but dearly loved early 20th century newspaper strip about a Kat, named Krazy, who loved a Mouse, named Ignatz.

The SysAdmin Trap

The SysAdmin Trap

In mid-2008, Terry Childs, the (then) System Administrator for the City of San Francisco, was called into a meeting with the COO (his boss); the CIO of the SF Police Department; a Human Resources representative; and, unbeknownst to Terry, by phone, a few of the engineers he managed. He was ordered to share the system passwords for the network. He made them up. Subsequently challenged with this fact, he refused to reveal the passwords, ending up in a city jail cell.

Get Ready For A Sea Change In Nonprofit Assessment Metrics

Get Ready For A Sea Change In Nonprofit Assessment Metrics

Last week, GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and three other nonprofit assessment and reporting organizations made a huge announcement: the metrics that they track are about to change. Instead of scoring organizations on an "overhead bad!" scale, they will scrap the traditional metrics and replace them with ones that measure an organization's effectiveness.

Why Geeks (like Me) Promote Transparency

Why Geeks (like Me) Promote Transparency

Last week, I shared a lengthy piece that could be summed up as: "in a world where everyone can broadcast anything, there is no privacy, so transparency is your best defense." (Mind you, we'd be dropping a number of nuanced points to do that!) Transparency, it turns out, has been a bit of a meme in nonprofit blogging circles lately. I was particularly excited by this post by Marnie Webb, one of the many CEO's at the uber-resource provider and support organization Techsoup Global.

The Offensive Bardwell Defense

The Offensive Bardwell Defense

You might have read about Keith Bardwell, a man out of his time, who, throughout his 35 year career as a Justice of the Peace in Louisiana, has steadfastly denied marriage licenses for interracial couples. For their own good, of course. And the good of any children they might bear. Some might consider Bardwell an old coot who means well, when he defends his cruel and discriminatory behavior as being based on his expert opinion that interracial marriages generally don't last, and it's cruel to subject children to a world where they will be pariahs to blacks and whites alike. But I can't listen to his defense of bigotry with anything but an understanding that he has a choice: he can "protect" children from the hate he perpetuates, or he can stop being hateful.

Why We Homeschool

Why We Homeschool

The decision to homeschool our kid wasn't a slam dunk, but it was the right one. We made it after thoroughly investigating everything -- our son's learning style, both through the school system and via our local Children's Hospital; every public, private, and non-public school within about a six town radius; and conversations with educators, administrators, parents and other experts. Given what we now know about how our son learns and what options are out there, we aren't guessing that this is the best route. We've verified it.