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  • A New Life

    By maddog on December 29, 2011

    Here is a blog for the season, and the end-of-the year.... While at LinuxCon, Brazil I met Leonard Wadewitz, the CompTIA Business Development Manager for Latin America. While most people know CompTIA for its certification program, it is actually a non-profit association of computer vendors...

  • LPI@Events: North America 2011-2012

    By slamberton on December 19, 2011

    LPI attends conferences and IT events around the world to promote Linux certification, IT workforce development and Open Source Technology.  We invite comments and reports from the LPI community on notable Linux events -- especially on those conferences LPI may have had the opportunity to be...

  • Forty Two Years of Hoarding ....time to pass it on: Latinoware, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil 2011

    By maddog on November 22, 2011

    The recent death of my mother, father and several of my “extended family” of friends have once again reminded me of my own mortality. I do not think of myself as an old man of 61. I think of myself as a young man of twenty-one, until I look in the mirror and wonder who this old guy is...

  • Nigeria Rising

    By maddog on September 27, 2011

    I often talk about the benefits of LPI certification and I often talk about the value of case studies for convincing prospective customers that Free Software is good for their business, but it is seldom that I get to mix the two topics in the same blog. Not today....welcome to “Nigeria Rising...

  • Not-So-Angry Birds Need to Flock Together

    By maddog on August 18, 2011

    I was in Valencia, Spain attending a Campus Party. One of the things I like about Campus Party is the ability to meet and talk with very intelligent people that are either in the Free Software arena, or should be in the Free Software arena but have not quite gotten there yet. This led me to a...

  • Time And Materials? - NOT!

    By maddog on July 12, 2011

    Recently I noted that people seem to think there is only one business philosophy for Free Software, and that is to charge for “time and materials”.   In reality this is a fairly bad business philosophy, and will quickly drive the programming community to very low wages. I have known many business...

  • Do you FOSS or do you FLOSS?

    By maddog on June 30, 2011

    Recently a person was writing a paper and they used the term “FLOSS” (meaning Free and Li[bv]re Open Source Software) instead of “FOSS” (meaning Free and Open Source Software). The author happens to have been from Latin America and writing for a United Nations sponsored paper. In these types of...

  • Hail Britannia! Earning and learning at the same time!

    By maddog on June 2, 2011

    I discussed recently whether someone needs a university degree to get a job in computer science. It is my opinion that while a university degree is good to have, it is not mandatory in many areas of the IT industry, and certainly there are many good programmers and systems administrators who have...

  • Is a University Degree Necessary?

    By maddog on April 14, 2011

    Recently a young friend of mine from Brazil sent me an email asking me if I thought it was necessary for either a programmer or a systems administrator to go to a college or university. I am asked this from time to time, and for me the question is both simple and complex. When I started in what...

  • Women In IT

    By maddog on March 23, 2011

    Recently there was a lot of discussion on one particular mailing list about women in IT. Certainly in the United States the number of women in IT versus the number of men is ridiculously small. It does not take a very observant person at an IT conference or in some other type of meeting to ask the...

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