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About Steve

I'm Steve Conklin, AI4QR I'm employed by Canonical, Inc as a Linux Kernel Engineer. Interests include Linux, open source software and hardware, electronics and music, and amateur radio.

Amateur radio operators: How to prepare to assist in disasters

In a previous post, I covered a bunch of ways in which you can prepare to be useful after a disaster. If you’re interested in helping as a radio amateur, or you’re already a ham and want to get more … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing incentives, and applications for open source communities

While it’s only a single study (disclaimer, blah blah blah), Here is some interesting data to consider for everyone involved in open source projects which have a community, or would like to. Especially for corporations for whom a community is … Continue reading

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Would you like to help after the next disaster?

There’s a fundamental fact about disasters and disaster recovery that I try to explain every chance I get. Here it is again: The roles that can be filled by untrained volunteers during and after a disaster are very limited. Walk-up … Continue reading

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Hams and the responsibility to educate

This is an open letter to all hams involved in disaster planning or recovery. Now that things have settled down a bit after the recent disaster in Madison county, those who participated are beginning to compare notes and stories, write … Continue reading

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How to prepare for your family for the next Disaster

I’ve written that my family was well prepared to survive with no power for a week. There’s a mnemonic that someone taught me sometime during some disaster prep training. The fact that I can remember the mnemonic and not where … Continue reading

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Another first-person account of the tornado event here

Here’s another first-person account of April 27th and after, with some really informative links to some weather resources about the event.

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Rescheduled: Ubuntu and Amateur (Ham) Radio for Ubuntu Open Week

Note that this was rescheduled due to me being busy with disaster recovery. We can talk about that, too if anyone is interested. — Please join us on Friday, May 6th at 14:00 UTC for: Ubuntu and Amateur (Ham) Radio … Continue reading

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