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The October 2015 Issue of Software Development Times Magazine has an article entitled "Drones: The Sky's The Limit" that talks about trends in software development for drones. One trend of note in the article is the emergence of Linux as the operating system of choice for drone hardware. According to the article, drone control systems are moving towards integration with Linux. The open source software community for drones is even gaining some formal structure. Dronecode is an open source UAV platform within the Linux Foundation.

Rock on Linux. Glad to see your being used on board drones!


The November 2015 Issue of Inc Magazine has a couple of interesting observations about the relationship between employees and employers in our modern economy.

The first observation is this: "Odds are, you started your company because you wanted to drive your own destiny, or because you had an idea you just had to try, or because you saw an opportunity for financial success and grabbed it. It wasn't because you wanted to be responsible for a bunch of other people's well-being. But like it or not, that's what you've become."

This observation touches on a powerful truth: It is very hard to run a successful business in our modern economy without accepting a serious responsibility to care for the needs of the people that work for you. Time and again I see business owners who fail to accept this responsibility, to the detriment of their organizations and their communities.

The article goes on to mention an argument of Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford. He says that a willingness to be a good steward of other people's lives" out to be recognized as an essential trait of true leaders.

I couldn't agree more.


I'm pleased to announce the release of Melon Slides. Melon Slides is a free SVG slide template created in (and designed for editing in) Inkscape. (Inkscape is an open source vector graphics program for the desktop.) Melon Slides is based on a simple grid layout and contains 8 slide examples in SVG. The supporting images used in the slide examples are also provided.

Melon Slides is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. That means you are free to modify the work and use it for commercial purposes.

There is an online folder where you can download all of the SVG files for Melon Slides.

There is an online folder with the supporting images used in the slide examples.

There is an online folder with images of each slide examples in Melon Slides.

You can also view Melon Slides on my Behance Profile and on Pinterest.

I hope you enjoy the template. If you have suggestions to improve it, or examples of how it has been used, please contact me!


In early of September this year, my wife Monique and I took a road trip along Highway 108. You can view photos from that trip on the Flickr album. The highway has the prettiest mountains and waterfalls I've seen in California.

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