Interesting Intervew w/ Michael Tiemann

So I didn’t know who Michael Tiemann was until listening to this interview on Hacker Public Radio, but apparently he’s been one of the most major forces in Open Source over the last couple of decades. He’s incredibly well spoken, knows what he’s about, and the interviewer does a good job of guiding the discussion. Tiemann is also no edge-case hacker who just loves Open Source. He’s the VP of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, Inc.

I thought my OTRS readers might be especially interested in the interview and in the philosophies presented. Check it out.


PS: I don’t necessarily recommend Hacker Public Radio by default. There are some stellar episodes, for sure, but it’s not like standard commercial podcasts you might be used to where there is consistent subject matter or a consistent host you can form a bond with. All I can say is that I get something out of Hacker Public Radio and you don’t have to be a “hacker” to appreciate every episode (sometimes they’re just talking about how to use free software like LibreOffice Calc effectively). So if you’re shopping around for a new podcast, consider giving it a shot.


Quick Note On My Absence

Hi folks. I’m sure no one is watching this blog religiously, but it’s gained more popularity than I ever would have expected–and quickly–so I thought I should post a quick note about why I haven’t been posting lately. First, I did a lot of traveling over the summer and relaxed my commitment to the blog. It was just too much to keep up with. I had plans to start a series on OTRS ITSM this fall, but I at the end of the summer I had a very nice surprise. I was accepted to Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science program!

I started out taking a single course, hoping that would allow me to ease back into the student mindset and hopefully leave me time to continue with some of my other side projects. However, I’ve found that working full time and taking just one course is usually enough to fill up my time. I’ve gotten much better at managing my time, so I hope to return to the blog soon. I will probably include some posts about what I’m learning in the program, as well. OTRS ITSM is still on my radar. It will just be behind my anticipated schedule.

Thanks everyone for reading and for your kind comments. I look forward to providing more help to you as soon as I can!