Palante Tech Blog

03.19.2021
Our infrastructure team member, Jamila, recently completed an upgrade of our entire monitoring infrastructure for Windows computers, which is a key part of how we keep our client systems running, up to date, and virus free. This upgrade was almost 7 years in the works! We’re so excited to finally be up to date, using a set up that involves Icinga2, an open source monitoring software, with specific Powershell scripts to make it work nicely with Windows. We wanted to share the details of our set up so that others can replicate or iterate on it for their own use.
01.07.2021
In late April of 2016, I attended the Aspiration California Nonprofit Technology Festival in Watsonville, gathering with other technologists, nonprofit workers, organizers and activists to exchange ideas on how to better work for social justice through technology. I lead a session about alternative careers in tech after hearing that students from the Everett Program at nearby UC Santa Cruz were keen to hear about possibilities for making a decent living in tech while still being grounded in social and economic justice. Since that’s a pretty good description of my fourteen years in nonprofit technology, I was excited to share my experiences and advice.
11.25.2020
Update on November 25, 2020: Our tech support team will not be scheduling non-urgent site visits between December 11, 2020 and January 4, 2021 in a precaution against rising Covid-19 cases around the nation, and to allow our workers to safely travel during the holidays. 
10.26.2020
As of version 5.23, CiviCRM has supported utf8mb4, the text encoding required to use emoji. There is now a simple API command to convert your entire database.
10.14.2020
We maintain a wide variety of hardware and systems not only for our nonprofit clients, but also for ourselves. One challenge of that is connecting unique systems into one platform for monitoring.
07.30.2020
Almost a year before I helped start Palante in 2010, I attended my first Fighting Burnout Retreat, a yearly event held by the Audre Lorde Project to help people involved in movement organizing identify how our work might be leading to burnout and how we might be able to counter that, both for our own individual health and for the collective health of our movements. I remember discussing our levels of burnout and describing myself as "crispy." That was eleven long and eventful years ago.