Recently I read “You should go to law school where you intend to practice law“. This has got me thinking differently about where I might go to school. Duke, UNC and Bama are all still on the list, but maybe Louisville and UK should get more consideration. Rankings of those schools are 12, 38, 32, 100 and 59, respectively. Wake (42) isn’t totally out of consideration either. UW (36), Marquette (95) and Northwestern (9) have also gotten more thought from me because of my current proximity. Other than Duke, I don’t know how these schools stack up in intellectual property and environmental law, the two things in which I’m most interested. Of course, The University of Hawaii (82) could be fun.
Still no idea when this might take place.
I’m still thinking UNC all the way for Business or PhD.
A lot of people have seemed confused by how someone that works in technology could have such different goals, so maybe I should spend some time discussing what I want to do. I’d like to be a voice of reason in information, like Lessig or Doctorow, one of which is a lawyer and the other which is an author and activist. I’d also like to see more FOSS in business, both using and developing for. At some level, I don’t care if people want to buy proprietary Photoshop, but what I don’t like is that Adobe won’t produce a version for Linux. If a version works on Mac, it shouldn’t be hard to make it work on Linux. If people won’t use proprietary technologies like .NET then it would be easier to make things work in Linux…or Linux users could live with a version in WINE. The more hooks into Windows the harder for WINE to work though.
There are plenty of places I could work where I could reach these goals; MindTouch, academia, Dell, Red Hat, Sun, IBM or any number of companies that support FOSS. I’m doing some of this at my current job, but we are deeply engrained in the Windows world. We are looking at MindTouch and Drupal as alternatives to Sharepoint and we’ve started a Linux laptop program. However, after several months at the job, I realize it’s going to be a long, long time before I’m not frustrated by Windows at that job. It’s a good job, but at some point I feel there will need to be change. I’m also spending a lot of time with Open Madison Group (OMG!) outside of work time but I’d like to not feel like I’m leading a double life.
Basically, I want to change the world. I think there are a lot of ways to go about doing that. I just need to pick one. I hope that helps clarify some things.