Monthly Archives: March 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 03/31/2010

Document Freedom: How to know when you have it “Today is Document Freedom Day.  In the five years since Open Document Format (ODF) first was approved in OASIS we have certainly made progress, but there is still work remaining to … Continue reading

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On highly customizing that open source code

Several weeks ago at OSBC I posed a serious of “hard questions” about open source software. They weren’t meant to demean it, of course, but were really to say that software for the enterprise needs to be held to very … Continue reading

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What’s a geeko? Build your own

Ok, this one is just for fun. I was looking for a green Novell gecko earlier today and came across their “Geeko Builder” website. Here’s what I came up with in about two minutes:

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Daily links for 03/30/2010

SUSE Linux Enterprise 11’s renewal plans – The H Open Source: News and Features “Other important features in Service Pack 1 are kernel resource management and support for up to 4096 CPUs and 16TB of RAM in a system. Xen … Continue reading

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Presentations: Still too hard to mix and match

In a post last week I noted that the presentations I produced ten years ago were more complicated than those I made and used today. Many of the whiz-bang features in presentation software are just not things that I use, … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/29/2010

Sony Zaps PlayStation 3 ‘Install Other OS’ Feature – PCWorld “Sony giveth and Sony taketh away: When the company’s newest PlayStation 3 firmware update drops on April 1, it’ll remove a beloved feature once trumpeted as a system sale-maker. That’s … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/26/2010

Undergrads flock to computer science programs “The total number of undergraduate majors in computer science increased 5.5% in 2008-2009, the second consecutive year that the number of computer science majors has increased, according to the annual Taulbee Survey by the … Continue reading

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Presentations: The death of complexity

I don’t know about you, but the presentations I create today are much simpler in design than those I created ten years ago. For example, I now never create presentations that include animation and builds slide transitions sound video Any … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/25/2010

Questioning open-core licensing for open source software | Open Source – InfoWorld “Until, or if, the cloud becomes the leading monetization route for open source vendors, I’d argue that selling product licenses, as is the case with open core licensing, … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/24/2010

Is it too late for JavaFX to succeed? | Developer World – InfoWorld “Nearly three years after its introduction, the JavaFX multimedia application development platform that Oracle inherited from Sun Microsystems remains just another entrant in a crowded field, with … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/23/2010

Novell revives annual BrainShare conference, dispels rumors | Deseret News “Although BrainShare was not held in 2009 because of the rocky economy, BrainShare 20TEN, as it’s being called, has drawn roughly 4,000 attendees for four days of hands-on training, networking … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/20/2010

Phasing Grace | Social Architecture and Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab Leaping the Chasm? “This last week I read the Harvard Business School case study entitled: Linden Lab: Crossing the Chasm Rev. August 3, 2009.  If you’d like to follow along, … Continue reading

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Winter ends as Spring tries to arrive

A week and a half ago I posted some photos of early flowering plants here in northwest New York State. Though I was away much of this week on a business trip, the weather evidently was warm, sunny, and evidently … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/19/2010

Google and Linux are coming to your TV – Computerworld Blogs “In what may have been Google‘s worst kept secret in years, Google, along with its partners, Intel, Logitech and Sony, is on its way to delivering the Web to … Continue reading

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“Linux as a Catalyst for a Smarter Planet” at Novell BrainShare

On Tuesday morning, March 23, at 10:30 in Salt Lake City, Jean Staten Healy and I will be presenting a talk called “Linux as a Catalyst for a Smarter Planet” at Novell’s BrainShare conference. The talk is coded as SPR201 … Continue reading

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Hard questions about open source software

Several days ago I posted the slides I used at the Open Source Business Conference in PDF form and also provided the SlideShare version. For those who want to see the contents of the slides directly, I’ve included most of … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/18/2010

CWE – 2010 CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors “The 2010 CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors is a list of the most widespread and critical programming errors that can lead to serious software vulnerabilities. They are often … Continue reading

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My OSBC 2010 keynote, with slides

This morning I gave a keynote called “Asking the Hard Questions about Open Source Software” at the OSBC 2010 conference in San Francisco. Here’s the abstract: Businesses have had decades of experience in acquiring software directly, on hardware, in services … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/17/2010

Categories of Free and Non-Free Software – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation (FSF) “This diagram by Chao-Kuei explains the different categories of software.” tags: gnu, free, software, open-source IBM developerWorks : An overview of cloud computing “This collection of … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/16/2010

IBM Extends Development and Test to the IBM Cloud – Yahoo! Finance “IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans to go online with its commercial cloud service for software development and testing. IBM, which already delivers a test and development cloud, … Continue reading

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Thinking about “Asking the Hard Questions about Open Source Software”

I’m sitting in the airport waiting for the first of two flights that will take me out to OSBC, the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco. It will be a very quick trip and I’ll only be at the … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/15/2010

OpenGL 4.0 to unlock next-gen graphics on the latest GPUs – Video Games Reviews, Cheats | Geek.com “Khronos said the new software delivers speedier performance, improved graphics quality, and flexibility enhancements, including tessellation and double precision shaders. In addition, OpenGL … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/14/2010

[Phoronix] Steam, Source Engine Get First-Rate Love On Mac OS X “Valve, the makers of the popular Half-Life and Counter-Strike franchises (along with numerous other titles) and the company behind the Steam software delivery system, have announced today that they … Continue reading

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Scifi reading list update – Time travel, in various ways

This is my latest update on my working through the list of Hugo and Nebula Award winners for Best Novel for Science Fiction and Fantasy. It’s a way for me to be both goal directed and to read well regarded … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/13/2010

A Face Lift For The MPL | Linux Journal “Now, more than ten years later, 1.1’s number is up — or at least will be going up. According to Baker, 2010 will be the year of the revision, with Mozilla … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/12/2010

OpenSim security 101 – Hypergrid Business “Enterprises rolling out new opensim grids are often concerned about security issues of running OpenSim, and justifiably so. OpenSim is alpha software and still poses some security challenges. However, the security level of a … Continue reading

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2010 photos of late winter / early spring flora

Every year I find it hard to resist slipping out of the house on warm sunny days in late winter and photographing the first flowers that break through the ground and snow. Here’s this year’s batch: Here’s what things looked … Continue reading

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Webcast: “Cloud Computing Made Easy with IBM and Linux”

Judith Hurwitz, Adam Jollans, and I are hosting a webcast on Wednesday, March 17, at 12 noon ET called “Cloud Computing Made Easy with IBM and Linux.” From the description: If you are implementing cloud computing, or considering clouds but … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/11/2010

Microsoft offers a Sophie’s Choice | Open Source | ZDNet.com “You get one choice. You buy Microsoft and you’re locked into Microsoft. You can’t go back. In Microsoft’s world its formats and open source are the two children, and you … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/10/2010

Rackspace hires to align with MySQL offshoot – BusinessWeek “A number of former Sun Microsystems employees who worked on Drizzle, an offshoot of the MySQL open-source database, have ended up at cloud infrastructure provider Rackspace, where they will continue their … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/09/2010

Second Life’s virtual money can become real-life cash – washingtonpost.com “Last year, as the physical economy withered, Second Life‘s economy blossomed, with user-to-user transactions topping $567 million in actual U.S. currency, a 65 percent jump over 2008. About 770,000 unique … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/09/2010

W3C pulls former Novell CTO for CEO spot “Filling a position left open since 2008, former Novell CTO Jeffrey Jaffe has taken on the role of chief executive officer for the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).” tags: novell, w3c Second … Continue reading

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Really setting the default browser on a Mac

I was having a problem last week with my Mac: even though I set my default system browser to Google Chrome, one application just refused to believe it wasn’t Firefox any longer. (And no, that application wasn’t Firefox itself!) Though … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/08/2010

W3C pulls former Novell CTO for CEO spot “Filling a position left open since 2008, former Novell CTO Jeffrey Jaffe has taken on the role of chief executive officer for the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).” tags: novell, w3c Posted … Continue reading

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A winter walk on the Erie Canal

This afternoon the temperature made it up almost to 50 F here in northwest New York State. This is certainly above normal, which only starts to make up for the very cold but relatively snowless winter this year. I had … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/07/2010

The web designer’s guide to WordPress | News | TechRadar UK “So what can WordPress do for designers? A lot, my friends! First and foremost, WordPress is a CMS.” tags: wordpress, cms, open-source How to run almost any OS on … Continue reading

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Two photos on the inevitability of Spring

Though official Spring is still two weeks away, and “meteorological Spring” is several weeks ater than that here in northwest New York State, it’s possible to find some signs that Winter really is coming to an end. Here are a … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/06/2010

IT PRO | Q&A: Mark Kingdon on Second Life for business “At the CeBIT conference in Hanover this week, Kingdon told IT PRO that more business functions would move to worlds like Second Life, for meetings, simulations and more – … Continue reading

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Oh, the indignity!

I had to make a quick run to the grocery store yesterday and while I’m used to seeing statues, religious and otherwise, in gardens, this seemed to me to be a strange and awkward location for one.

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Daily links for 03/05/2010

Apple iPad coming April 3: Will anyone wait for Wi-Fi and 3G version? | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com “Apple’s iPad will be available April 3 in the U.S. for the Wi-Fi model with Wi-Fi and 3G versions coming later … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/04/2010

Slashdot Interviews Story | Matt Asay Answers Your Questions About Ubuntu and Canonical “A couple of weeks ago you posed some questions for Matt Asay, who recently moved into the COO role at Canonical. Click below to read his answers.” … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/03/2010

IBM brings memory flexibility to x86 servers “IBM‘s eX5 servers will come in blade and rackmount configurations, with the first ones being released later in March. IBM is taking the Intel architecture and adding a chip of IBM’s own design … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/02/2010

New York State Trout Season Opens April 1 – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation “Trout season opens April 1 in New York State, and anglers can again look forward to a great year of fishing, thanks to the natural diversity … Continue reading

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Daily links for 03/01/2010

Raph’s Website » Are virtual worlds over? “Now, I am a virtual world person, obviously. I don’t see much distinction between the game worlds and the non-game ones like Second Life. I have been working with them since the text … Continue reading

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