Holier than thou

Holier than thou

Summary: At my last contract job, building a gloriously swift website in Drupal, I decided to give generously of my generous contract income to Free Software. Notepad++ is my perennial Windows text editor of choice, even in the light of the oncoming (proprietary) text editor juggernaut that is Sublime.

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At my last contract job, building a gloriously swift website in Drupal, I decided to give generously of my generous contract income to Free Software.

Notepad++ is my perennial Windows text editor of choice, even in the light of the oncoming (proprietary) text editor juggernaut that is Sublime. And I decided to give, as it was my constant companion in the weeks that I was there.

Now I'm not speaking vast sums, maybe about $20 or $30. But a bit, to support the main man Don Ho. Two other developers on the project also use Notepad++, every single day, so I asked them if they'd like to make a contribution too.

Uh oh, big no no.

For those that don't know, being a web developer isn't the worst paid job in the world. So I thought they may at least entertain the idea. But no, not at all, not even a smidgin, not one dime.

This puzzled me, I don't know why they wouldn't give. I didn't pursue it, like some long-haired communist hippy type. I was just a bit puzzled, and I still am. Free Software isn't something for nothing, after all.

Topic: Software Development

Jake Rayson

About Jake Rayson

A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text.

As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology).

For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions.

I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS.

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