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Focused on the future. Critical to the moment.

Oct 27, 2020

Future Tools: HestiaPi

Future Tools: HestiaPi

HestiaPi is an evolving project that began with a focus on a thermostat, but aspires to play a larger role in the growing smart home ecosystem.

Oct 16, 2020

The secret to successful online meetings and events

The secret to successful online meetings and events

As an event professional I've always been frustrated with the orthodoxy that suggests events and meetings should be typical and boring. It is particularly frustrating and stupid when this logic is applied to online meetings. No surprise that after many months, zoom fatigue is widespread.

Oct 14, 2020

Future Tools: OBS Studio

Future Tools: OBS Studio

In today’s issue of Future Tools, let’s take a look at an essential piece of free and open source software, OBS Studio, which has become a key utility in the growing genre or industry of streaming content producers.

Sep 30, 2020

Future Tools: Zorin OS

Future Tools: Zorin OS

Zorin is a great example of what’s possible with free and open source software. Like standing on the shoulders of giants, this is how Linux operates as an ecosystem.

Sep 21, 2020

Future Tools: Open Drone Map

Future Tools: Open Drone Map

Open Drone Map, or ODM, is an open source photogrammetry toolkit that can process aerial imagery into maps, 3D models, and similar composite imagery.

Sep 16, 2020

Future Fibre: Cedar Falls Utilities

Future Fibre: Cedar Falls Utilities

CFU is another solid example of municipally own Internet infrastructure that is run by a municipal utility. Much like EPB in Tennessee, there seems to be a definite advantage for municipalities that have their own utility arms.

Aug 31, 2020

The radical benefits of virtual participation

The radical benefits of virtual participation

We tend to have a false collective assumption that health is binary. Either we’re healthy, or we’re sick. If we’re sick, we should be fixed, so we can be healthy again. Otherwise if we remain sick, we’re broken, and then tend to be marginalized by society and sometimes forgotten.

Aug 28, 2020

Future Tools: Qubes OS

Future Tools: Qubes OS

The Qubes operating system, while focusing on computer security, also illustrates an aspect of digital we tend to ignore or take for granted: that identity is fluid and flourishing.

Aug 26, 2020

Future Fibre: Ultra Broadband?!

Future Fibre: Ultra Broadband?!

One of the most important insights or lessons is the necessity of fibre optic connectivity rather than wireless. While this remains true in any community, it is particularly essential in rural and remote communities that are already suffering from expensive, slow, and unreliable access.

Aug 12, 2020

Future Tools: Parrot OS

Future Tools: Parrot OS

The Parrot Project is a great example of the versatility and security possible when using free and open source software. Today’s issue of Future Tools looks at Parrot OS, a secure operating system with a strong focus on privacy and cybersecurity.

Aug 5, 2020

Future Fibre: Althea

Future Fibre: Althea

Althea combines open source software, accessible hardware, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology towards achieving a community ISP that can be set up anywhere.