Here are some resources that may be useful in each of my interest areas.
- I take no referral fees or other inducement for any recommendations.
- Architect Description in Wikipedia - A pretty good summary of what architects do, with many links.
- Architect finder - The American Institute of Architects listing of members by location, building type etc.
- Rocky Mountain Institute - One of the clearest, most positive organizations addressing energy use in buildings as well as throughout the economy.
The principles I use when considering advice on technology to an organization
- Gizmo's Freeware - A non-commercial, user-supported/edited site providing good recommendations for free software and web services.
- Techsoup - Dedicated to serving the nonprofit world with a newsletter, hardware & software deals etc. - They tend to emphasize commercial software.
- They have a searchable registry of people and organizations serving nonprofits (I"m not yet a member).
- IdealWare - "Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions" - An excellent group with articles, online training, listing of consultants. They have a relationship with Techsoup.
A few Specific Software and Services
- CrossLoop - you can allow an off-site expert to control
your computer to address problems or provide training. CrossLoop has experts available.
- Google Apps for Nonprofits - I'm building this consulting service using their commercial version. It's free for most nonprofits.
- Microsoft Live Sync - Wonderful service to synchronize many computers with up to hundreds of gigabytes of files. Amazing service.
- Mozy Backup - Online backup service at a quite low cost - $3.95 +$0.50/GB per month. Restoring is easy.
for Academics -
My own site addressing specific free and commercial software. It's clearly dated (last revised in 2006), but many of
the recommendations are still valid.