Start Me Up: Writing and Understanding OS X StartupItems (13 tags)
StartupItems are easy to set up and extremely flexible in managing the startup process. Andrew Anders shows how StartupItems fit into the OS X startup process, what you need to do to create a StartupItem, and an example of a StartupItem that will run the Tomcat Java servlet engine.
Business for Geeks at OSCON 2005 (5 tags)
In his sold-out opening day tutorial at O'Reilly's Open Source Conference (OSCON) 2005, Marc Hedlund, O'Reilly's entrepreneur-in-residence, gave a crash course in seeing work from the business point of view. There are many practical decisions you will need to make if you want to start up a business around a product or service. In the three-hour morning session, Hedlund identified the issues that geeks need to consider and explained the consequences of deciding one way or the other.
Calculating the True Price of Software (3 tags)
Businesses have long viewed support and maintenance as essential components of software. Open source business models often focus on charging for support and customization. Is there an economic model that can demonstrate the true worth of a piece of software and the option for support, maintenance, and upgrades? Robert Lefkowitz argues that open source exposes the true value of software itself as, essentially, worth less in comparison to support and maintenance.
Top Ten Mac OS X Tips for Unix Geeks (2 tags)
From starting up to shutting down, there are big differences between Mac OS X and Unix machines. Brian Jepson, coauthor of Mac OS X for Unix Geeks offers 10 tips he gathered while working on the book. If you're a Unix geek moving to Mac OS X, these tips will help smooth the way. Brian has recently updated this "oldie but goodie."
The Commons Doesn't Have a Business Plan (2 tags)
The commons used to be a grassy area in the center of town where anyone could graze animals. Now it's a metaphor for anything available to everyone without restriction. Andy Oram argues that this is the ground from which new businesses spring--and that open source and free software are the wellspring for new software and technology.