Monthly Archives: April 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 04/30/2010

“Experiences with Keynote and the iPad VGA connector: not so good” from The Business Blog at Intuitive.com “Not that great, and certainly Keynote worked, but it was surprisingly crude and simplistic compared to the great experience of a two-monitor setup … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/28/2010

IBM, Dell Tout Strengths of Their Server Platforms – IT Infrastructure from eWeek “For their part, IBM officials said since IBM’s Migration Factory program began four years ago, almost 2,700 businesses have migrated their workloads onto IBM servers and storage. … Continue reading

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DMV bliss: life in a small town

I have lived in various towns and cities in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. With the exception of Massachusetts and where I live now, every interaction with the Department of Motor Vehicles (or whatever they called it … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/27/2010

PopCap on the iPad, 3D, and crying goats (Q&A) | Web Crawler – CNET News “But what might be more impressive than that is the continued growth of the company’s now 10-year-old title Bejeweled, an iteration of which is available … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/26/2010

How Apple chic whips rivals | Nanotech – The Circuits Blog – CNET News “The answer is–at this juncture–HP doesn’t compete on chic. HP laptops, despite some decent designs, invariably get lost among the Windows 7 hordes, while Apple continues … Continue reading

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The Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Last week my family and I went to Chicago to visit my daughter Katie who is in college there. Our primary planned activity was seeing chef and author Anthony Bourdain at the Chicago Theatre, but we took some time on … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/25/2010

Anthony Bourdain interview: No Reservations star talks TV, food and more – chicagotribune.com “We can go on with a lengthy exposition about who Anthony Bourdain is, but what he has to say is far more interesting.” tags: interview, anthony-bourdain Posted … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/24/2010

Sos open source “What is SOS Open Source? SOS Open Source is an automated methodology to to qualify and select open source software. What is SOS Open Source aimed for? SOS Open Source returns a score for each open source … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/23/2010

WordPress › Blog » Secure File Permissions Matter “If you’re a web host and you turn a bad file permissions story into a WordPress story, you’re doing something wrong.” tags: wordpress Four Considerations When Using Open Source in Production | … Continue reading

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Appliances and Linux

A couple of days ago I posted a link to a video I made with Novell‘s Tom Crabb about appliances and the role of Linux in them. Here are a few additional comments. In your kitchen you have special appliances … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/22/2010

WhiteHouse.gov Releases Open Source Code | The White House “As part of our ongoing effort to develop an open platform for WhiteHouse.gov, we’re releasing some of the custom code we’ve developed. This code is available for anyone to review, use, … Continue reading

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Math Quick Take: Repeating Decimals

When students first start learning about fractions and decimals, they see that 1/2 = .5 1/3 = .3333333333… 1/4 = .25 1/5 = .2 1/6 = .1666666666… Some of the decimals are simple and others repeat, but evidently in a … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/21/2010

Microsoft agrees to fix error in Polish browser ballot screen – Computerworld “Microsoft will fix an error on the Polish-language browser ballot screen that inadvertently always lists Internet Explorer first, a company official said Tuesday.” tags: microsoft, eu Posted from … Continue reading

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My latest video: Novell, appliances, SUSE, microwaves, Linux

While I was at Novell‘s BrainShare conference last month in Salt Lake City, I sat down with Tom Crabb, Novell’s Enablement Manager and recorded a video. The topic was IT appliances, specifically virtual software appliances. You can see it here … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/18/2010

Online Music Courses From Connexions – NYTimes.com “In the vast universe of Connexions, an open-source repository of course materials, Catherine Schmidt-Jones, known as Kitty, is something of a champion. She is one of the most prolific producers of “modules,” the … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/16/2010

10 Simple Google Search Tricks – NYTimes.com “I’m always amazed that more people don’t know the little tricks you can use to get more out of a simple Google search. Here are 10 of my favorites.” tags: google, search, tricks, … Continue reading

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Sprouts!

Two weeks ago tomorrow I planted some seeds for this summer’s vegetable garden and put them under grow lights in the basement. (“Starting the seeds for the Summer vegetable garden”) Dissatisfied after 10 days with having no growth evident, I moved the … Continue reading

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Math software, dynamic languages, and the iPad

Will issues around multitasking and the new restrictions on the use of dynamic languages stop the Apple iPad from being used as a serious device for mathematical and scientific software? Several days ago I did a blog post about how … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/15/2010

Politics of Open Source “The Politics of Open Source is the Journal of Information Technology and Politics’ 2nd annual thematic conference. The conference examines Free/Libre and Open Source Software, the movement surrounding it, and the political issues associated with it. … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/14/2010

How to switch your small or home office to Linux | News | TechRadar UK “With Linux and free software making a name for itself in the world of big business, many people are testing the feasibility of switching small … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/13/2010

The Associated Press: Icon Hank Williams receives Pulitzer citation “Hank Williams, the country pioneer who is among the most influential singer-songwriters in music, was given a special Pulitzer Prize citation. The Pulitzer board awarded the late singer for his lifetime … Continue reading

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Math software in the age of the iPad and other tablets

Will the next generation of tablets lead to new and better user interfaces for mathematical software? Will this encourage the use of tablets in education? Back in the 80s and 90s I was a member of the Mathematical Sciences Department … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/12/2010

Open Innovation’s Challenge: Letting Go Is Hard To Do – BusinessWeek “But the best role model is Eclipse, formed through IBM‘s 2001 donation of its Java development software. IBM executives decided to share control when they realized “they needed Eclipse … Continue reading

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Spring 2010 is well underway

Every week or so I’ve been documenting the flowers and flowering shrubs that have been making progress over our long winter here in northwestern New York (climate zone 5b). This last week has shown the great activity so far because … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/10/2010

From Arial to Century Gothic: A font switch be a moneysaver | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com “Does anyone ever really give much thought to the font that’s being used on the screen? Oh sure, some fonts are more visually … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/09/2010

A Change at Apple Causes Trouble for Adobe – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com “For those readers who don’t speak alphabet soup, this section implies (though Apple won’t say so directly) that using Adobe’s latest multimedia creation software, which has a … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/07/2010

How Apple’s iPad Succeeded Where Microsoft Failed | John C. Dvorak | PCMag.com “In the meantime, Apple has ignited a rocket with an unknown payload. One thing is for sure: in the coming months and years, we’re sure to see … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/06/2010

Life at Eclipse » Blog Archive » EPL/GPL Commentary “The EPL and the GPL are inherently incompatible licenses. That is the position of both the Free Software Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation. In preparing this we consulted with the FSF … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/04/2010

Planning a Vegetable Garden? How to Make a Vegetable Garden. “I would love those of you out there reading this who have never tasted veg grown in your own soil, to taste the sweetness of a crop which results from … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/03/2010

The iPad’s Linux competition – Computerworld Blogs “I get all the excitement about Apple‘s iPad. Even if it is just an iPad Touch writ large, that would be enough to make me want one as well. But the $499 price … Continue reading

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Starting the seeds for the Summer vegetable garden

I had targeted April 1 to start the seeds indoors for my vegetable garden for this Summer, and I only missed by one day. Last year I bought plants and started seeds in the ground, but did not begin any … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/02/2010

tecosystems » Forking, The Future of Open Source, and Github “Because while Github will never replace the foundations, let alone the vendors, it will increasingly become the foundations upon which many of their component projects are built. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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Interview with IBM’s head Linux honcho Dan Frye at Linux.com

Ahead of the Linux Foundation’s Collaboration Summit, Linux.com’s Jennifer Cloer has posted an interview with Dan Frye, IBM‘s vice president of Open Systems Development. Here’s a snapshot: You will be talking about 10+ years of Linux at IBM. What has … Continue reading

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March showers bring April flowers

It’s the 2nd of April here in northwest New York State and the weather forecast calls for a high of 80 degrees F (27 C) today. This is very unusual, but I’ll take it. Last night we were able to … Continue reading

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Daily links for 04/01/2010

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 Expands Technology Innovation Spanning Physical, Virtual and Cloud Environments – MarketWatch “Red Hat, Inc. (RHT 29.27, +0.34, +1.18%) , the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of the fifth update … Continue reading

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