In particular, Open Source gives engineers the power to collaborate across legal entites (companies) without involving bizdev.
The benefits of this workaround are extraordinary and underappreciated.Yehuda Katz (via Simon Willison)
Casual human interaction gives you lots of serendipitous opportunities to figure out that the problem you thought you were solving is not the most important problem, and that you should be thinking about something else. Computers aren't so good at that.
Google Hangout destroys my computer. If I had any sort of expertise in building hardware, I’d start a company to produce dead-simple dedicated video conferencing hardware.
It would be an all-in-one device (both camera and display) where I can have an instant-on connection with anyone in the world. And, to get fancy, the optics of the camera would correct for the orientation of the device, such that it would always appear as though I’m having a face-to-face conversation (instead of nose to face or forehead to nose).
A price point of $500 or less would make this a killer device for any company.
Argument Cultures and Unregulated Aggression. For open source projects, I’ve long wanted dedicated moderator resources for heated debates. A little diplomacy would go a long way.
P2 By Email v1.0 released. New plugin lets you get instant email notifications of all new posts and comments, reply by email to those notifications, or create new posts by email.
Markdown for P2. Simple implementation, and does exactly what you need it to. Content is saved to the database as Markdown for better or for worse.
Encouraging Community Collaboration and Development. “One of the lead developers for WP e-Commerce told me that moving to Github was the single best move they’d ever made when it came to getting feedback and contributions from the community.”
Introducing Post Forking for WordPress. Fun project by Ben Balter to bring Github-style content collaboration to WordPress. It’s a simple v0.1 right now in the hopes of getting people using and contributing to it.
Not Getting GitHub Notifications? This makes my week. Many, many apologies to those who have opened issues I haven’t responded to.