Peter Harkins

Open Source Communities


almost 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Open source projects should be judged as much by their community as by their technological achievements. The code tells you what it’s good for, but the...

Inauguration


over 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Through some luck I ended up with a ticket to the Blue Standing Area (mid-south Capitol lawn) of the Inauguration, and through even more luck I was able...

Obligitory Cat Post


over 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
There’s a bulletin board at work featuring employees’ pets with cute facts about each. My two cats are both weird, so I decided to fill in the survey...

OpenOffice.org Losing Viability


over 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
OpenOffice.org developer Michael Meeks analyzed 2008 commit data to show that the project is losing steam: decreasing numbers of commits, developers, and...

Linearization of the Playing Field


over 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
It bugs me when people say that tools like Amazon’s EC2 and S3 “level the playing field”. They really don’t, the playing field is still as tilted...

Giving Notice


over 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Today I gave notice that my last day at the Washington Post will be February 20. The primary reason is that I need to take time off to help a family member...

Small Plans


over 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
My last day at the Post is Feb 20, and I’m headed to Chicago on the 22nd. I’ll be helping a family member recover from surgery, so my schedule (both...

NearbyGamers To-Do List


over 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
NearbyGamers has been growing steadily without a lot of direct action on my part. I’ve been bugfixing and moderating, but aside from some performance...

Web Game


over 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
The big project I’ve mentioned is a web-based game: in 5-20 minutes per day, you recruit and send out your roster of secret agents on operations from...

Markoff’s Gated Community Should Die in a Fire


over 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
A couple friends have asked me about John Markoff’s NYT pieceasking after a business and family-friendly Internet. Let me be blunt: Markoff is continuing...