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  • Blog Post: Free Guides to Free Software

    One common complaint about free and open-source software is a lack of documentation and support. While this isn't always true - many free applications offer plenty of help - those seeking additional support can turn to FLOSS manuals , where you can find tips and tricks for using some of your favorite...
  • Blog Post: Sustainable Broadband Adoption: Are ISPs the Missing Link?

    Originally published at TechSoup for Libraries. As Sarah mentioned a few weeks ago , TechSoup is currently working on a project funded by the Surdna Foundation to survey the landscape of BTOP -funded public computing initiatives and compile resources, lessons learned, and best practices. It's been fascinating...
  • Blog Post: Refurbishing Computers for Colombia's Schoolchildren

    CNet/TechRepublic is publishing a series of photos from Colombia's Computadores Para Educar (Computers for Education), whereby old computers are refurbished for schools and schoolchildren. Instead of being tossed to the landfill and heavy metals contaminate the water table, computers are given new life...
  • Blog Post: Inveneo: Green IT and Social Impact

    I think most people have heard of the One Laptop Per Child little XO portable computers that are designed for the rural developing world, but I suspect far fewer people have heard of the great work that the San Francisco, California based nonprofit, Inveneo , is doing in this area of nonprofit computing...
  • Blog Post: Connect2Compete: The Biggest Digital Inclusion Project in the U.S.

    Back in May 2012 we got the first announcements of a huge U.S. nationwide digital inclusion project called Connect2Compete . We thought it'd be a good time check in with the new COO of the project, Brian Vahaly, to see how it's going. What Is Connect2Compete ? Connect2Compete (C2C) is...
  • Blog Post: Free Webinar February 9: Designing and Delivering Technology Workshops

    Join us on Wednesday, February 9, 11 a.m. Pacific time (12 p.m. Mountain, 1 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Eastern) for this free webinar to find out how to make your training job easier, more fun, and an even better learning experience for your participants. Learn to use a lesson plan to organize your workshops...
  • Blog Post: Governmental Transparency and e-Governance: What's Social Enterprise's Role?

    This post originally appeared on the AshokaTECH Blog. Elliot Harmon, regular TechSoup blogger and staff writer, was chosen to " Blog [His] Way to Hyderabad " for the Ashoka and Lemelson event, Tech4Society , taking place in Hyderabad, India this week. He will be live-blogging from the event so watch...
  • Blog Post: Free Webinar: Assistive Technology for Public Computers

    Are you concerned about creating computer access for everyone? If so, you may want to consider using assistive technology . Not sure what this is or how it's applicable to a public computer setting? This is the webinar for you! Join us on Thursday, December 10, 11 a.m. Pacific time to hear Kami Griffiths...
  • Blog Post: First Ever Capitol Hill Electronics Collection Day

    In the US, there is no national system to ensure the proper collection and disposition of reusable electronic equipment or end-of-life e-waste disposal. It is, perhaps, a sign of the times that on Thursday, May 28 2009 the US Congress is going to clean out its closets and hold a discarded electronics...
  • Blog Post: Exercise Your Awesome at the NTC Member Lounge

    On Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 attendees at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) will have the opportunity to participate in the member lounge hosted by TechSoup Global by either unwinding with snacks and WiFi, or by getting wound-up with exciting activities designed to inspire and connect...
  • Blog Post: Technology, Data, and Indian Nonprofits: Enabling Philanthropy

    Technology product donations, training, and nonprofit data are all part of TechSoup Global's offering to civil society in India. Our BigTech program is run by our local partner, the NASSCOM Foundation in India. And the GuideStar India program was launched by our partner, Civil Society Information...
  • Blog Post: Building a Digitally Literate Community

    In early education, children learn the fundamentals of reading and writing in order to communicate, collaborate, and contribute in the world. But what if kids learned basic tech skills along with reading storybooks and taking spelling tests? And what if a person, regardless of age, could learn anything...
  • Blog Post: Broadband Adoption in Chile

    This post was written by Carmina Sicangco, partner-management specialist at TechSoup Global. Cisco released the results of a study last week , reporting that growth in Chile's broadband penetration has dropped from 45 percent in 2006 to 10.5 percent in 2008. The study, called the Broadband Barometer...
  • Blog Post: New Web Technologies, But Who Has Access?

    It's easy to get excited about the latest web tool that will increase functionality and productivity. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook; there's no shortage of emerging technologies that are harnessing the power of the web to bring innovative new ways of networking and communicating with others. Yet it's also...
  • Blog Post: Lessons From Haiti: Uses of New Media in Disaster Recovery Efforts

    Even if you pay only glancing attention to news about technology and social media, you've probably heard something about their uses during disaster response and relief efforts. When wildfires devastated the area around San Diego in October, 2007, citizen journalists used e-mail, text messages, and...
  • Blog Post: PC Tools Security Software Available to Distribute to Constituents and Members

    Barbara has blogged here before about the new TechSoup Limited offerings available to nonprofits and libraries on a limited basis. It was just brought to my attention that there are four TS Limited products that organizations and libraries are allowed to re-distribute to their constituents, members,...
  • Blog Post: RSA 2009: Security for Netbooks?

    Yesterday at the RSA Security conference exhibitor's hall I came across Kaspersky's latest security package designed only for netbooks . A few weeks ago I blogged about them as potential low-cost portable machines for the sector. I was dubious about the claims of the security package as I wondered, if...
  • Blog Post: Bridging the Digital Divide to Other 3 Billion

    Digital Daily is reporting Google's latest effort to bring high-speed Internet to the developing world . In addition to Google, O3b Networks — which stands for the "other 3 billion" people without Internet access — is supported by HSBC Principal Investments, part of the global bank...
  • Blog Post: Pottsboro Area Library: The Winner of TechSoup’s February Success Story Digital Connector Challenge

    To kick off our new success stories section of TechSoup.org we launched a contest last month for great digital inclusion stories. We called it the TechSoup ‘Digital Connector’ Story Challenge . The challenge was that organizations had to tell their story with very few words – under...
  • Blog Post: The $100 Laptop Road Test

    TechSoup's MaintainIT Project , an effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to gather and distribute stories around maintaining and supporting public computers, recently took a road trip to visit rural libraries in Northern California. Yet as MaintainIT's Sarah Washburn reports on the...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Tech Trends from Tech Impact

    Tech Impact is watching some interesting trends emerge in nonprofit technology in 2013. Here's what we see: Big Data This is a "Big" topic. Many foundations and nonprofits are putting effort into learning how to use data to impact society in a positive way. There is some great...
  • Blog Post: Deploying and Implementing Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2010

    Carlos just blogged about our recent addition to the catalog, Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server . Although there are many advantages such as energy savings and management simplicity, you should carefully plan your implementation in order to maximize the benefits of your donation request. In this...
  • Blog Post: Why I Left My Job to Go to Work for the Nonprofit Sector

    Hello everyone. I am pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the TechSoup blogger community, and I’m excited to get started with my first blog post. Rather than jump in with my "8 Things You Need to Know about Technology" post, I thought I’d do a more complete introduction...
  • Blog Post: Causes and Ideablob: Who Owns Your Social Networking Data?

    Continuing on last week's discussion about Causes leaving MySpace, TechSoup's own Amy has written an interesting guest post on Sean Stannard-Stockton's Tactical Philanthropy blog. Amy discusses the Causes fallout as well as Ideablob's sudden disappearance . She gets at some of the big questions nonprofits...
  • Blog Post: Do You Have California Clients, Friends, or Family Who Need a Computer?

    If your answer is yes, then here's a great resource for you. In case you didn't know already, TechSoup.org has a new section available (through generous support for the California Emerging Technology Fund ) that lists locations of Community Microsoft Authorized Refurbishers who not only provide quality...