The Volunteer Economy
How much are Yahoo's volunteers worth? And how much less will Yahoo be worth if Microsoft scares them away? That's the question that should be at the center of talk about Yahoo's value both as an acquisition for Microsoft and as good company to work for with.
In the 20th century we were couch potatoes. In the 21st we do it for ourselves.
The first tech company that fully embraces this, not just in the form of User Generated Content (what an insult) but by giving us power (that comes from stock) will rule the world. If Y! had the guts, it won't be long before they're making tender offers to buy out Ballmer.
This is an highly provocative thought. Or set of thoughts. Why should stock go only to employees, friends, family, board members and buyers on the stock exchanges? Why not anybody who contributes? I suppose there are technical reasons why not. (I'm not expert on this stuff.) But the concept of rewarding involvement by users and customers with stock makes sense in a world that is increasingly knit together by volunteer contributions and associations.
Peter Drucker said "Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer." He was talking about business.
The term "social networks" never sat comfortably with me. When I look at Flickr, Facebook, and especially at the development communities that grow (and grow around) code, I see something more constructive than social. It's barn-raising on a massive scale, but so widely distributed and full of noise that the constructive work is easy to miss.
And terms like "user generated content" make it worse.
It says something about my comparative hope for both companies that, on the whole, I would much rather volunteer for Yahoo than Microsoft. (Even though I have much more interaction, all of it positive, with individuals at Microsoft perhaps because they're the ones reaching out to open development communities.) Yahoo was born of the Web. It's Net-native. Most of what it does adds value to the Net's platform, not just to one operating system.
The default assumption by Wall Street and the mainstream media seems to be that Yahoo is a goner if they don't take this deal. But in fact Yahoo is a goose that's still laying plenty of golden eggs. And it's laying those eggs in nests comprised of users on the Web, not on just one OS platform.
If Microsoft buys Yahoo and then insists that Yahoo develop software and services first or only for Windows, it will kill that goose. And not just because Yahoo employees will split. It will lose the users.
Doc Searls is Senior Editor of Linux Journal
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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