Part of being a community is knowing each other. In a physical community there are plenty of smalltalk opportunities that help create that awareness.
The term total cost of ownership is frequently used to capture costs,
sometimes forgotten, involved in owning a system. I've found useful
to use the term total cost of development in a similar manner,
capturing some of the less common contributors. Some of these costs are:
I recently attended a presentation on a study corelating the mode of
interactions (face to face, phone, email) between participants with
the distance between them.
I was born in Spain (in Barcelona, Catalunya), and grew up in
Venezuela where I went to college. I moved to the San Francisco Bay
Area for my graduate work and eventually came to work in the Java
platform group at Sun Microsystems.