…and now for something completely different…
Canoe bow waves are quickly lost
on the shoreside
But go on out of sight
on the lake side.
The constant swish-swish of skis
On a day long ski.
The constant swish-swish of wiper blades
On a day long drive.
My dog, trotting barefoot
Steps on a garden slug
Nothing of it.
Word spreads quickly
as I approach the pond.
All becomes quiet.
Hidden in the vines
a large warted cucumber
jumps out of reach.
of marshmallow snow
on a branch,
await the trigger of my hat
to melt their way down my back.
Deep in the tomato jungle
Fruits of yellow, purple and red
Tell of their readiness
To go to market.
Snowflakes hurry through my flashlight beam,
As my boots knead new snow with spring mud,
On my nightly Hajj to keep the boil alive,
For as long as possible until the dawn,
To match the power of the flowing sap,
With my meager evaporator and will.
The prize at the finish line are jars of syrup
We suggest you . . .
Upgrade to Open Source Software
What is Open Source Software?
Software generally comes in two types, proprietary and open source.
Proprietary software is created by a private company which guards their source code as an industrial secret ("intellectual property"), and the software saves files in closed formats that are most usually also a secret. In a software company, a group of employees work on designing, improving and upgrading the software, and the software and it's upgrades are sold, hopefully making a profit for the company.
In Open Source Software, the source code is open and freely available for anyone to use
and modify, and the software is also freely available and freely distributable by anyone. All around the world, there are folks who enjoy coding and sharing their skills for the public good, and there are literally tens of thousands of them modifing and improving open source software all the time. Open Source programs also save in accessable file formats, the description of which is also openly available.
There is also free software, which is freely available and distributable, but whose
source code is still considered "intellectual property" by its authors.
Wikipedia has an extensive list of Open Source Software available. Also see the entry there for free software.
The Open Source Programs we use:
At Snakeroot Organic Farm, we use as many open source programs as we can. Here are some examples of the ones we use and are enthusiastic about.
Firefox. Available for Mac, Linux and MSWindows, and are available in English and many other languages.
Thunderbird. Available for Mac, Linux and MSWindows, and are available in English and many other languages.
Both Firefox and Thunderbird are products of the Mozilla Project, which is "A Global Community. The Mozilla
project is a global community of people who have been working together since 1998 to create world-class open
source software. Those involved in the community believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key
to the continued health of the Internet. The projects on this page are just some examples of what the
community is doing."
Word Processsor, Spreadsheet, Database, Presentation, Drawing.
Open Office. Available for Mac, Linux and MSWindows, and are available in English and many other languages.
OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with
all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.