Friday, July 27, 2007

System Administrator Appreciation Day

System Administrator Appreciation Day: "uly 27th, 2007 (Last Friday Of July)
8th Annual
System Administrator Appreciation Day

If you can read this, thank your sysadmin

A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating system, patched it for security, made sure the power and air conditioning was working in the server room, monitored it for stability, set up the software, and kept backups in case anything went wrong. All to serve this webpage.

A sysadmin installed the routers, laid the cables, configured the networks, set up the firewalls, and watched and guided the traffic for each hop of the network that runs over copper, fiber optic glass, and even the air itself to bring the Internet to your computer. All to make sure the webpage found its way from the server to your computer."

Social Media: Do Nonprofits Get It? ::

Social Media: Do Nonprofits Get It? :: "Social Media: Do Nonprofits Get It?

By TODD COHEN, Special to WRAL Local Tech Wire

Posted: Jul. 26 3:07 p.m.

Editor’s note: Todd Cohen is editor and publisher of the Philanthropy Journal, a publication of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.

RALEIGH, N.C. - New media give nonprofits powerful tools to work smarter.

In a special report published Wednesday, Philanthropy Journal looked at how nonprofits are using new media to run their shops, raise money and promote their causes.

But nonprofits that simply plug new media into old ways of doing business may be bound for the scrap heap."

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Main Page - Form 990 Wiki

Main Page - Form 990 Wiki: "Form 990 Review: Let's Reason Together to Create the Best Possible Form

The revisions to the Form 990 this year represent a 'once in lifetime' opportunity help shape the development of the nonprofit sector. Here are a few of the ways that it could help the nonprofit sector:

* The 990 (or electronic reports derived from it) becomes a truly 'public-friendly' document, widely used by donors large and small.
* The governance questions spurs significant improvements in how nonprofits are managed and in the relationships between executives and boards.
* The document becomes the foundation for standardized reporting of program outcomes.
* Expense reporting spurs improvements in both internal tracking of fundraising costs and in their public reporting, leading to better decision-making by managers as well as better informed donors and regulators."

Monday, July 23, 2007

Opening Gala at NPC on 8/14 - In Kenzo in AMO

Opening Gala at NPC on 8/14 - In Kenzo in AMO: "San Francisco Meets the Metaverse: 32 Nonprofits and their supporters will host a grand opening celebration Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. in their new locations at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life."

Network connects U.P. nonprofits and volunteers

Network connects U.P. nonprofits and volunteers: "Network connects U.P. nonprofits and volunteers

MARQUETTE — Volunteers across the Upper Peninsula and the nonprofits that benefit from their services will be able to find one another more easily with the launch of the U.P. Volunteer Network this fall.

The cornerstone of the network, currently in the development phase, is a Web and phone-based system that matches volunteers with the needs of nonprofits."

BBC NEWS | Technology | '$100 laptop' production begins

BBC NEWS | Technology | '$100 laptop' production begins: "$100 laptop' production begins
By Jonathan Fildes
Science and technology reporter, BBC News

Five years after the concept was first proposed, the so-called $100 laptop is poised to go into mass production.

Hardware suppliers have been given the green light to ramp-up production of all of the components needed to build millions of the low-cost machines.

Previously, the organisation behind the scheme said that it required orders for 3m laptops to make production viable.

The first machines should be ready to put into the hands of children in developing countries in October 2007."