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Update From The NetSquared Crew: New Host Committee Member

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Warm greetings to all from the NetSquared family.

We're delighted to welcome Tessie Guillermo, President and CEO of the Community Technology Foundation of California to NetSquared's growing list of advocates!

Ms. Guillermo is a co-founder and former Chair of the CTFC Board of Directors. Prior to the CTFC, she served as CEO, for 15 years, of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a leading national health policy organization. Throughout her career as an advocate for underserved communities, she has promoted issues of health and technology access, services and equity. Ms. Guillermo co-founded many nonprofit organizations, including the California Pan Ethnic Health Network, the Community Technology Policy Council and the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans. She has received numerous community leadership awards. In 2000, she was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to serve as an inaugural member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Ms. Guillermo currently serves on Boards of Directors of The California Endowment, a $3 billion philanthropy in California and Catholic Healthcare West, the largest hospital system in the state.

A simple to do list

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I've playing with Ta-da lists.  It's a very simply way to share a to do list.  You put items on and check them off. You can make it available to individuals or on the web (the way I did in my example).

Remember the Milk (how's that for a clever name) is another shareable, web-based task manager.  It's more sophisticated -- you can set dates and priorities.  It gives you categories for your items.  More than just a simple list. 

Portland to be U.S. Open Source capital?

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The Christian Science Monitor reports that Portland, Oregon, is rapidly becoming ground zero for a burgeoning Open Source development community. The story was also picked up by USA Today.

...open source is fast gaining converts, shattering traditional business models, and, in the process, transforming Portland into one of the world's open source hubs...

  • Companies like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel have developed their own open-source labs here.
  • Linus Torvalds, author of Linux, the first mainstream open-source operating system, moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to work at the Open Source Development Lab in Portland.
  • In mid-October the city hosted the first Government Open Source Conference, a gathering for state and municipal technology managers interested in using open-source software in the public sector.
  • Most recently, Oregon Gov. Theodore Kulongoski announced a $350,000 contribution from Google to develop open-source software, hardware, and curricula at Oregon State University, which boasts an Open Source Lab, and Portland State University.

Get Hip to Text Messaging

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I heart my text messages.

Who doesn't like to get a note from their sweety during the day or confirm the address of where you're meeting your friend without having to take notes and loose it on the way there?

On my new cell phone when I call 411 they send the number I was calling about as a text message to my phone. I think that's cool. Why? Because I don't have to try and write it down and then program it back in my phone after they connect me. Also, I don't always have to call them back every time I want a specific number because I'm too lazy to program it. Now, I just program it right way in a few buttons. It saves them money, I'm sure, because I have unlimited 411 on my plan and they want to reduce the number of times I'm calling, no doubt.

Awwa Research Foundation - Knowledge Management

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(from KMWorld.com - November 1, 2005)

The Awwa Research Foundation (www.awwarf.org) is a member-supported, international, nonprofit organization that sponsors research to enable water utilities, public health agencies and other professionals to provide safe and affordable drinking water to consumers.

The foundation initiated an in-house KM initiative to:

• establish an organizational culture to support knowledge management and improve sharing of information among staff and customers;

global library

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PaidContent.org reports on an important Washington Post Op-Ed piece, A Library for The New World, by Librarian of Congress James Billington...

Library Of Congress Proposes World Digital Library; Google Provides First $3 Million In Funds

The Library of Congress has been working towards digital preservation for 15 years, starting with the prescient American Memory collection. This proposal for a World Digital Library builds on the effort of the last five years to launch bilnigual, binational digitization projects with other countries; Russia, Brazil, Spain, France and the Netherlands along with the U.S. have made material available for any user. A more recent agreement between the LoC and the Library of Egypt, descendant of the grand library of Alexandria, enhances the global; potential to preserve and share material across the world. The idea, as James H. Billington, librarian of Congress, explains it: "to harness technology to bring scattered primary materials of the varied cultures into consolidated Web sites for each culture ... created primarily with and by the people of the respective regions."

Google, which has its own fascination with digitizing libraries, is the first donor with $3 million; other donors for the public-private project are being sought.

organ donors

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Today's New York TImes has an article about MatchingDonors. Worth a look.

My search for a healthy, living donor has been frustrating. I have no siblings, let alone an identical twin. Donors don't need to be related, but at minimum they need to share the same blood type.

Several friends said they would look into donation, but they turned out to have disqualifying medical problems or spouses who objected, or they grew scared.

I turned to matchingdonors.com, a Web site created last year to help link potential donors and recipients. Once a match is made, the process follows the standard path, with physicians at a transplant center determining whether to proceed with the surgery.

The site lists 2,400 potential donors and 100 possible recipients, and it says it has brokered 12 transplants, with about 20 more recipient-donor pairs matched and awaiting surgery. The site charges organ seekers several hundred dollars for a listing. There is no charge for donors. It waives the fee if necessary.

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