Howdy DSISD (and all school districts),
With the Thanksgiving break approaching, I want to convey my thanks to you defenders of public education. “Free, life-changing, and available to everyone.” That’s what I and my peers have fought for in open source tech, and it’s what y’all fight for in education. The fight is hard, and opponents are numerous and well-funded. Keep on. For what it’s worth, I’m with you.
On a bright May morning in 2000, I was standing on the deck of a ship churning toward Alaska’s Inside Passage with more than a hundred computer programmers. The glittering towers of Vancouver receded behind us as we slipped under the Lions Gate Bridge heading out to the Salish Sea. The occasion was the first “Geek Cruise”— an entrepreneur’s bid to replace technology conferences in lifeless convention centers with oceangoing trips to exotic destinations. I booked passage on the ship, a…
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