Donating to the jQuery Foundation and the “little brothers of the Poor” Association

It’s time for our monthly donations to open source projects and charity organizations. This month the project and organization to support have been selected by Arek (who is currently enjoying a week of vacation – greetings from the rest of the team, we’re expecting a postcard!).

The first of this month’s donations goes to the jQuery Foundation, which provides support for the jQuery library project. This choice is hardly surprising, as in the past couple of years we haven’t developed a single website or web application that would not use jQuery.

Our second donation is to the “little brothers of the Poor” Association, committed to helping elderly people and relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. The Association is a member of the International Federation of little brothers of the Poor, and has been active in Poland since 2002.

We send our best wishes to the developers of jQuery and the jQuery Foundation, and to all the members and volunteers of the “little brothers of the Poor” Association.

Support for the Kohana Project and “Pies Na Zakręcie” Volunteers Group

In keeping with our tradition, 15th of every month is the day we make donations to open source projects and other good causes. This time the receivers of our donations have been selected by Karol.

The open source project that we are supporting this month is Kohana, a PHP web framework for building applications in the MVC pattern. This was a natural choice for Karol, who is a contributor to the Kohana project and an avid advocate of it.

We also send a donation to “Pies na zakręcie” (literally translated as “Dog on a bend in the road”), which is a group of volunteers that help homeless animals, belonging to the “Asylum of the Canine Angel” Foundation.

Greetings and best wishes to the Kohana project team and the volunteers of “Pies na zakręcie”!

Supporting the Python Software Foundation and Fundacja “Medor”

It’s been a month since we started the initiative of regularly supporting free and open source software with small donations, so it’s time to do it again. Same as before, we’re donating to a FLOSS project or organization, as well as to a non-software related charity.

We have decided that each month a different member of our team will be responsible for the selection of projects/organizations to support. This month, Krzysiek is doing the honors.

Our first donation goes to Python Software Foundation, the supporting organization behind the Python programming language, which is devoted to advancing and promoting the language, and backing up the international community of Python programmers. Although Python is not the primary language that we work with, we have used it on numerous occasions in different projects, both for web and desktop application development, with great results.

The second organization that we support this month is Fundacja “Medor”, a foundation based in Zgierz (Krzysiek’s home town) which helps homeless dogs and cats. With our donation, we are adopting (by means of virtual adoption) one of their dogs, named “Wafel” (waffle).

We send our warmest greetings to both foundations and we’re grateful for the care that they take of their creatures, whether these are dogs, cats, or Pythons.

Supporting the FreeBSD Foundation and “Przystan Ocalenie”

We took a kind of a long break from blogging, but we’re back, and this post proves that the reports of our company blog’s death have been greatly exaggerated. So, good to be back, and we have a little announcement to make.

Our company has been in operation for nearly eight years, and through all that time we have mostly been using free and open source sortware. We have been using it both as tools in our work environment, and as platforms on which to build solutions for our clients. Free and open source software has always served us well and helped us develop more easily.

Now, we would like to give something back to the creators of open source software, who often work driven purely by passion and receive no compensation for their time and efforts, even though their work is used by thousands or even millions of users. We have decided that each month we will be donating a little amount of money to an open source project or an organization that promotes free and open source software.

We start this initiative with a donation to the FreeBSD Foundation, which supports the development of the FreeBSD operating system. We have been running FreeBSD on our company servers since the beginning of our existence (and at this very moment FreeBSD is serving you this post).

However, there’s more to life than just software, so we have decided that every month we will also donate the same amount of money to another good cause, not related to software. Today we are supporting “Przystan Ocalenie”, an animal rescue centre devoted to saving horses sold to slaughterhouses, and providing shelter for many animals that have suffered from human cruelty.

Best wishes to the FreeBSD Foundation crew and to all the people and animals at “Przystan Ocalenie”.

LibreOffice Celebrates its First Birthday

Yesterday was the first birthday of the LibreOffice project. In case you haven’t heard of it, LibreOffice is a free software office suite based on OpenOffice.org. The project was started when OpenOffice’s sponsor, Sun Microsystems, got acquired by Oracle Corporation, and the future of OpenOffice became uncertain.

Ars Technica published an article that summarizes the first year of the project and lists its achievements – including reaching an estimated 25 millions of users, and attracting more developers committing code than OpenOffice did in a decade.

As LibreOffice users and proponents of free software, we would like to express our congratulations and wish the project best of luck in the future.

Happy Birthday, LibreOffice!

New Technolgies Congress 2011 by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

On Monday, September 12th, the Warsaw Hotel Intercontinental held the “New Technologies Congress”, organized by “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” (which is a nationwide daily newspaper in Poland). A two-person delegation of our company attended the event. We had other duties that day and couldn’t participate from the beginning, so we missed two discussion panels on the Internet infrastructure and the consolidation of media and telecommunication markets, but we still had a chance to listen to a few interesting presentations.

The main topics were cloud computing solutions and mobile technologies – which comes as no surprise, as these are the two biggest technological trends of the past months and years. The presentations were given by speakers from Polkomtel SA, ACER Poland, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard Poland, Citi Handlowy, and Google.

In our opinion, the two most captivating presentations were “Business in the Cloud” by Michał Jaworski (Microsoft), and “Mobile Revolution” by Guillaume Bacuvier (Google). The latter was especially interesting in demonstrating the scale and lightning-fast growth of the mobile services market. What we considered the “Fact of the Day” was one piece of statistical information – that the accumulated time spent every day by smartphone and tablet users on playing “Angry Birds” is 125 years.

Summing up, we think the conference was a success, and had very little “corporate factor” – the speakers were mostly talking about technologies, not products. We will be happy to attend the event next year.

(We also hope that next year they will have those delicious chocolate croissants again.)