Monthly Archives: February 2010

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The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent my employer’s positions, strategies or opinions. Blog entries before 2010 are in my Archived Blog.

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Daily links for 02/28/2010 – Gardening Edition

Build a healthy garden from the ground up – San Francisco Chronicle “To adapt the old real estate maxim, the three most important elements to a successful garden are soil, soil, soil. Plant health begins with creating rich, fertile earth … Continue reading

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Post mortem on the 2009 vegetable garden

Last year I blogged about the vegetable garden I put in and my trials and tribulations in protecting it from critters. Today my garden looks like what’s shown in the photo on the right. I live and garden in the … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/27/2010

Is monogamy good for technology? | The Open Road – CNET News “Apple creates wonderful technology. I’ve long been a customer. But I don’t want it to be my only vendor, any more than I wanted Microsoft to be such. … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/26/2010

Ubuntu Linux Now Available to Fed Customers on GSA Advantage – PCWorld Business Center “Canonical’s Ubuntu has become third Linux operating system approved by the General Services Administration for use by federal purchasers. It joins Linux distributions from Red Hat … Continue reading

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The 6th International Conference on Open Source Systems, May 30 to June 2

OSS 2010, the 6th International Conference on Open Source Systems, will take place on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA, from May 30 to June 2. From the conference website: Over the past decade, … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/25/2010

Linux kernel R&D worth over 1bn euros • The Register “How much would it cost the European Union to cobble together the Linux kernel from scratch? The development costs would reach over a billion euros (or about £900m, or $1.4bn … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/24/2010

VMware vs. Red Hat: The Next Virtual Machine Management Battleground — ServerWatch.com “Two areas where Thadani said he believes Red Hat‘s KVM-based virtualization currently has an advantage over VMware are price and application support. Exact costs depend on the number … Continue reading

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Thinking about open source: There are three types of software …

Most of these kinds of discussions that say that there are two kinds of people or ten best ways of doing something are extremely subjective and involve gross simplifications. I plead guilty here but want to make a few points about … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/23/2010

A little overagressive on the links today, but there’s a lot going on … The Apache Software Foundation Announces the 15th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Web Server : The Apache Software Foundation Blog “The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) — … Continue reading

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Three Google Chrome extensions to get you started

I’ve recently started using the Google Chrome web browser and have made it the default over Firefox on several of my machines. Though Firefox has thousands of addons, or extensions, I only really use about half a dozen. That means … Continue reading

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“The Future of FOSS: A Report from a Strategic Planning Session”

This just popped up and since it is tomorrow and will happen before my Daily Links are published, I though I would note it now. It’s for a webinar on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/22/2010

A Big Victory for F/OSS: Jacobsen v. Katzer is Settled – ConsortiumInfo.org “The result?  F/OSS has achieved a significant victory that will provide comfort to developers that their expectations will be satisfied when they contribute code to a software project.  … Continue reading

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GoOpen conference – Oslo, April 19 and 20

The GoOpen conference will take place in Oslo, Norway, on April 19 and 20 this year. From the website: GoOpen is a two-day event located in Oslo, organized by the Norwegian Open Source Competence Center, founded by the government. We … Continue reading

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Second Life tip of the day

It’s been about three years since I posted a tip of the day for the Second Life virtual world, but since I’m attending a virtual meeting in IBM right now, I’ll put this one up: You can turn off the … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/21/2010

Measuring FAIL: A Scorecard for Evaluating Open Source Projects “Ever wonder whether a given FLOSS project is going to succeed or flounder? Need a little help reading the tea leaves? Now you can follow along at home with a handy … Continue reading

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Books about proper word use and grammar in English

I’ve augmented the list of my blog entries about proper word use and grammar in English with a collection of book titles on those topics that you might find useful. Suggestions for additional books are welcome.

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Daily links for 02/20/2010

Stanford mathematician: In reality, simulation is key to math education “A massively multiplayer online game requiring players to employ mathematical concepts could revolutionize the teaching of mathematics at the middle school level, according to Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin. That’s the … Continue reading

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Life with Linux: Adapting to the smaller screen on a netbook

This last week my son and I were on vacation and I took along a Simmtronics 10.2 netbook running Ubuntu Linux 9.10 Remix along with IBM Lotus applications like Notes and Sametime. I brought it so I could have reasonable … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/19/2010

Joe Sanchez and Leslie Jarmon – The Educators Coop » Second life Learning Curve “This first video focuses on overcoming the learning curve in Second Life. Over the years I’ve conducted quite a bit of research in this area and … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/18/2010

What happens to Sun’s open-source software now? – Computerworld Blogs “In general, we know that Sun’s software product catalog will be cut back and that many Sun staffers will soon be laid off. Historically, when Oracle acquires a company, deep … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/17/2010

Eleven is Louder: OpenSource Operating Systems “Well, I figured that I should take an opportunity to introduce a few opensource OSs that really haven’t been in the lime light much. We all know about Linux and many of us also … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/15/2010

[Phoronix] New 3D Game Engine Targets Linux Gamers “We were contacted last night about the developer of this new game engine (called the “AnKi Engine”) that’s supported on Linux; in fact, we’re told that’s where it’s been solely developed on … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/14/2010

After Frustrations in Second Life, Colleges Look to New Virtual Worlds – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education “Defenders of virtual worlds say that’s the important number, showing that the idea of a virtual world for specific activities is … Continue reading

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Series list: Proper word use and grammar in English

This entry is one in a series that tackles issues of proper word use and grammar in English. From time to time I post a blog entry that explains the proper use of English terms, especially those that get abused … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/13/2010

UbuntuGlobalJam – Ubuntu Wiki “The Ubuntu Global Jam is an incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around the weekend of 26th – 28th March 2010 to work together to improve Ubuntu. Everyone is able to contribute to … Continue reading

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Virtual Life with Linux: Free textures

As a complement to my Life with Linux blog series, I’m introducing another series which explores what I can do in virtual worlds and immersive Internet environments on Linux. In the previous installment in this series, I discussed setting up … Continue reading

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Top searches that hit my blog

For all the things I write about in this blog, some phrases come up over and over as the most popular search targets. It’s not my discussions of open standards or open source, or even my occasional ramblings about Dylan … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/12/2010

CHART OF THE DAY: In Case You Had Any Doubts About Where Microsoft’s Profit Comes From “Microsoft is the largest, most profitable software company in the world. And its profits are still being generated by the same engines that have … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/11/2010

Q&A: IBM’s Alistair Rennie on the big picture for Lotus | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com “IBM is spreading access to its Lotus social and collaboration software all over the various computing platforms. But what’s the big strategy here? I … Continue reading

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Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone OpenSim on Ubuntu 9.10

As a complement to my Life with Linux blog series, I’m introducing another series which explores what I can do in virtual worlds and immersive Internet environments on Linux. Last night I decided to play with OpenSim, aka OpenSimulator, which … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/10/2010

LinuxQuestions.org Announces 2009 Members Choice Awards “LinuxQuestions.org, one of the most active and popular forums for Linux users on the Net, just released the results of its annual Member’s Choice Awards. Readers chose their favorites from text editor to distro, … Continue reading

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Life with Linux: Adding a Mac-like dock

One of the nice things about using a Mac is the dock, the area on the bottom of the screen that contains the Finder (file and directory lister) and other applications you use. It’s very customizable and you can add … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/09/2010

Microsoft’s Office business faces more competition – MarketWatch “However, the business division’s quarterly decline – which took some of the shine off an otherwise blockbuster performance by Microsoft‘s Windows operating system – also underlines the software giant’s need to maintain … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/08/2010

Second Life official forums to be replaced Tuesday – Massively “According to previous figures from Linden Lab staff, fewer than 700 of 18.1 million registered Second Life accounts ever participated in the official forums provided by the Lab. The partial … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/07/2010

How to Become a Certified BBQ Judge – Associated Content – associatedcontent.com “Have you ever watched a BBQ cook-off on television, or gone to one of these live events and thought that judges at these events had the best job … Continue reading

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“Heighth” vs. “Height”

This entry is one in a series that tackles issues of proper word use and grammar in English. When speaking of three dimensions, we often use words like “width,” “breadth,” and “depth.” The fourth word commonly used in “height,” which … Continue reading

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First impressions: Twinity virtual world

I recently had a chance to try out the beta for a new virtual world called Twinity. Like Second Life, Twinity aims to be a virtual world where you can wander around, meet and talk with people, shop, and augment … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/06/2010

Microsoft to Drop Linux, Unix Versions of Enterprise Search – PCWorld Business Center “Microsoft will no longer offer Linux or Unix versions of its enterprise search products after a wave of releases set to ship in the first half of … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/05/2010

Open source industry veteran Matt Asay joins Canonical as chief operating officer | Ubuntu “Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that open source industry veteran Matt Asay has joined the company as chief operating officer (COO) — … Continue reading

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Linux Foundation Announces 2010 “We’re Linux” Video Contest

After the great success of last year’s video contest, the Linux Foundation has announced this year’s competition: SAN FRANCISCO, February 5, 2010 – The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/04/2010

What to Expect at LinuxCon 2010 this August in Boston! | The Linux Foundation “How is LinuxCon different than other events? In a number of ways. This is an event specific to the Linux community, but within that, it encompasses … Continue reading

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IBM releases Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2

IBM just released Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2: Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 represents a major new advancement for our Lotus Symphony users. Based on current OpenOffice.org 3 code stream. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 offers loads of new features … Continue reading

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What would ODF support for WordPress look like?

I was having a conversation today with a friend and somehow we got onto the topic of support for ODF, the Open Document Format, in WordPress. Drupal has some import support for ODF word processing files and that effort appears … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/03/2010

Open Source Bridge: The conference for open source citizens / June 1-4, 2010 / Portland, OR “Open Source Bridge is a new conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way. … Continue reading

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FutureWeb 2010 conference, April 28-30, 2010

This year’s FutureWeb conference will take place in Raleigh, NC, from April 28 to 30. I’m scheduled to be on a panel called “The Future of Open Source and the Web” organized by Tom Rabon and Michael Tiemann of Red … Continue reading

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Daily Links for 02/01/2010

NZ Post to Try Linux Desktop | BlackBerry Developer’s Journal “The New Zealand Post is one of three government agencies looking to rip out their Windows desktops and replace them with Linux and open source applications.” tags: linux, open-source, new-zealand … Continue reading

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