Daily links for 05/30/2010

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Weekend images, before the work

Before my son and I started working in the backyard on Saturday I took a few photos related to the work to be done. One of my first errands in the morning was to go to the farm market and get a few additional vegetable plants for the garden. Half a flat quickly turned into two flats as I walked up and down the aisles.

Earlier in the week I had three yards of screened topsoil delivered so that William and I could grade the lawn falling off the west side of the driveway. To give you an idea of how much this is, each cubic yard is 27 cubic feet, so with this much dirt you could spread soil 6 inches deep over an area of 2 x 3 x 27 = 162 square feet.

The backyard The backyard

I’ve already tilled the vegetable garden twice this Spring and it will get one more deep tilling before the seeds and plants go in. One of the neighbor deer is impatient for me to put up her evening buffet of vegetables.

The backyard The backyard

Life in the garden, end of May

There are two days left to May, but it feels like Summer here in northwest New York State. I will be planting the vegetable garden tomorrow, but there are plenty of plants in bloom or making good showings before Spring says goodbye for 2010. Here’s a visual update, one month after I last showed the flora in the backyard.

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Next: “Almost summer in the garden”

Daily links for 05/29/2010

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Daily links for 05/28/2010

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Daily links for 05/26/2010

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Daily links for 05/23/2010

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Daily links for 05/21/2010

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Daily links for 05/20/2010

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Daily links for 05/19/2010

  • “A content management system (CMS) is a software used to simplify the management and publication of HTML content such as documents and images. It provides authoring and other tools designed to allow users with little technical knowledge of programming languages or markup languages to create and manage content with relative ease. Most web CMS use a database to store content, metadata, or artifacts that might be needed by the system. Content is commonly stored as XML, to facilitate, reuse, and enable flexible presentation options.

    For those of you who are interested, I have here a list of some of the most well-known and perhaps the best free and open source content management systems (CMS) available”

    tags: cms, free, open-source

  • “Foremski’s Take: Every time Facebook makes a change in its privacy provisions, you have to go through it all again. It’s a never ending battle, with Facebook eventually winning because its users will get fed up or forget that another privacy change has happened and that they need to review their privacy settings.”

    tags: facebook

  • “But that strategy–useful as it might be to researchers and technical types–hasn’t resonated with the general public. ComScore’s assessment of unique users to wolframalpha.com over the past year shows that fewer people visited the site in April 2010 than did in May 2009. That traffic last year was undoubtedly juiced by curiosity and media attention, and usage has risen since a trough in late summer 2009, but as a search provider Wolfram Alpha doesn’t even register on ComScore’s radar.”

    tags: wolfram, alpha

  • “If open source struck you as strange when you first heard of the concept, you don’t know the half of it. Developers, exercising their legal right specify their own licensing terms, have come up with some pretty whacky stuff. Fact or fiction? Some software is only legal to use after you are dead.”

    tags: open-source, license

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Life with Linux: Notes on installing Ubuntu 10.4 LTS

Last night and this morning I installed the latest Ubuntu Linux desktop, version 10.4 LTS Lucid Lynx. LTS stands for “long term support,” though I usually update to new versions when they come out every six months.

This was on my personal home desktop, a rather powerful machine I built earlier this year (6Gb memory, quad core, 2Tb disk) specifically for 3D apps and personal software development. It’s a dual boot machine, so when I did the upgrade on the Ubuntu half I wanted to make sure the other side remained intact.

I started by installing all updates to the previous version, 9.10, which was on the machine, via the System > Administration > Update Manager. I then rebooted, entered the update manager again, and then chose the option at the top to do the upgrade to the new version. That us, I did the upgrade in place rather than starting from scratch.

The upgrade script then cleaned up the installation a bit, pointed to the new software sources, and then asked me if I really wanted to commit to doing the upgrade. I answered positively, and away it went. I responded to a couple of dialog box queries and the new code was downloaded. At this point I went to bed, expecting to have the new operating system all set for me in the morning.

That’s wasn’t the case when I checked at 6:15 AM today, since the process was waiting for a response from me in some dialog box. Then there was another, and another, and it asked me about grub, and so forth. This wasn’t hard, but it was a bit tedious. In particular, I could have used a bit more hand holding with the requests about grub, which is the boot loader. I kept the current installation as is because I didn’t want to do anything that would disturb the other boot partition. I think most of these dialogs could have been skipped if I had been able to choose some early option like “Install new version in place without disturbing current multiple boot environment.” Alternatively: “Just do what I want because I’m going to bed now.”

Eventually everything finished and I rebooted the system. Since I had customized the screen background and the Gnome menu bars at the top and bottom of the screen, 10.4 really doesn’t look that different from 9.10 to me. For most apps, the window control buttons have slid to the left hand side, though Google Chrome is an exception if you use its compact borders setting. Since I also use a Mac, that’s not something that is hard for me to adjust to. Later today I’ll poke around the Ubuntu Software Center, though I did use it briefly to remove Cairo Dock, something I never ended up using much.

The main thing that hits me with this installation is that Ubuntu 10.4 is crazy fast. It starts quickly, apps start without much hesitation, and the UI speed takes some getting used to (do I need to slow down the mouse?).

All in all this is a solid release, as far as I can tell so far.

Update: I’ve switched to the new default Ambiance theme to get the full effect of the changes in the user interface. I’ve changed the background image (my favs are from InterfaceLIFT) but otherwise I should be living La Vida Lucid.

Also See: Life with Linux: The series

Daily links for 05/18/2010

  • “Interesting news from open source content management vendor Alfresco this morning, which has launched the Activiti business process management project and hired Tom Baeyens, founder and architect of the JBoss jBPM project, and fellow architect Joram Barrez to create it.

    While the project will be led by Alfresco employees, Activiti is not designed to be an Alfresco-only initiative. Activiti will be licensed under Apache License 2.0 to encourage widespread usage and adoption. The SpringSource division of VMware is also involved, as well as Signavio and Camunda, while Alfresco plans to submit the project to the Apache Foundation.”

    tags: alfresco, bpm, open-source

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Daily links for 05/17/2010

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Reading list update

I just finished reading A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr., winner of the 1961 Hugo award for Best Novel for science fiction and fantasy. (You can see all the Hugo and Nebula award winners in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Reading List.)

Set after a near complete destruction of the world and its population by nuclear holocaust, the book moves through three parts over 1800 years focusing on a Catholic abbey dedicated to Saint Leibowitz, a man who tried to save knowledge from those who would destroy it because of the destruction it brought. The writer of the book’s introduction states that it’s a novel she brings out every several years and reads again, each time getting more from it. I can see that, though I am willing to give it some time before picking it up again.

Some key phrases that might help you decide if this is for you: Catholicism, science fiction, holocaust, renaissance, cold war, feudalism, apocalyptic, Latin.

This is the first time in a long while that I’ve reached back to the 60s in my goal of reading all the Hugo and Nebula best novels. I’m nearly done with the 00s, having only Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke left to read. Indeed, I’ve started it once but put it down in favor of something less Victorian in its style. I’ll need to get back into it to accomplish my task, eventually.

Right now I think I’ll read two books from the 90s by Lois McMaster Bujold: Barrayar and Mirror Dance, both in the Miles Vorkosigan series. That will leave only A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge for the 90s. I’ve read Vinge’s two other “best novels,” and I considered each a chore. I have no problem with the hard science approach, but the writing style doesn’t pull me through the book, but rather makes me feel like I’m pushing up against a wall, and feeling rather uncomfortable doing it.

Daily links for 05/14/2010

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Daily links for 05/13/2010

  • “Judging from the press release, “remote” may be a bit of a misnomer for this app, considering the slew of features it comes with. In addition to controlling your TV viewing experience, Xfinity allows you to share your favourite shows with your friends and invite them to watch them in real time, thus adding a whole new social dimension to your living room entertainment experience.”

    tags: ipad, comcast, remote

  • “Canceled shows are one of the most aggravating aspects of TV. You check out a new series, watch for 5 or 10 or 13 episodes, fall in love with the characters and the story, and then suddenly some faceless jerk executive in a suit who never cared about the show cancels it. Argh!

    That’s the general perception anyway. From my side of the table things tend to look a little different. Shows are never canceled blithely.”

    tags: tv

  • “Following the success of the recent Humble Indie Bundle offer, four of the five indie games developers have announced that they will be open sourcing their games and one has already done so. Through the bundle offer, which went on sale just over a week ago, anyone can purchase World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru, and Penumbra Overture as a package for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux for any price they want, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Child’s Play Charity.”

    tags: games, indie, open-source

  • “Valve Corporation has today rolled out their Steam Mac OS X client to the general public and confirmed something we have been reporting for two years: the Steam content delivery platform and Source Engine are coming to Linux. This news is coming days after we discovered proof in Steam’s Mac OS X Client of Linux support and subsequently found more Linux references and even the unreleased Steam Linux client. The day has finally come and Linux gamers around the world have a reason to rejoice, as this is the biggest news for the Linux gaming community that sees very few tier-one titles.”

    tags: steam, linux, mac, games

  • “NOW that nearly every airline is charging baggage fees, travelers are motivated to pack as efficiently as possible. And who knows more about packing than professional flight crews? In interviews with a dozen flight attendants and pilots, one theme emerged: to pare down and still have everything needed at the destination, think strategically.”

    tags: travel, packing, howto

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Munich, early May, early evening

After I had finished my meetings in Munich last week but before I started my 48 hour adventure to get home from Germany around the volcanic ash cloud, I had a chance to walk around the city a bit and take some photos. This is hardly comprehensive of the breadth and beauty of the city, but rather just some things I observed along the way.

In theory I was walking back to my hotel. Actually, I walked much too far and had to eventually find a taxi.

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12 days with an iPad

Twelve days ago I got a new iPad with WiFi and 3G and promptly took it on a one week business trip to Europe. Generally, I think it lived up to its hype and is quite elegant. I very much like the choice of apps and I’m excited about what the changes to the UI will mean to software and the industry. Coupled with the upcoming tablets based on open source, I think competition will drive some real innovation in this space.

There are two areas where I repeatedly found myself thinking that the tablet was less convenient than a laptop: multitasking and text editing for my blog.

It is well known that the iPad does not do multitasking in general, though the Apple apps can do it. This means that generally when you move from one app to another, the first saves state and shuts down. When you want to go back to that first one, it restarts and lets you reload your data. This is not fast nor convenient, and gets tiresome quickly. I don’t mind the one-app-per-screen rule, but the slow context shifting hurts productivity. Better multitasking will come later this year, though it will not be the same as we used to on modern operating systems like Linux or OS X.

The second area, text editing, is just awkward. When I create a blog entry I often include links, lists, and some special formatting. This involves selecting text, copying, opening forms, pasting, and so forth. Copying text from one app to another can be slow because of the multitasking, but the general browser-based interfaces such as the WordPress admin and editing panels have been tuned for mice and full keyboards, not fingers. Coupled with not being able to use social bookmarking sites like Diigo in an easy way means that I won’t be doing much on my iPad for my blog for some time, other than the really easy things like approving comments.

Things I do like are the interfaces for music, App Store, video, the Kindle App, maps, and some games like Scrabble. Using a browser with a screen that’s big enough to see a lot of the page is a big improvement over the iPhone. Safari on the iPad needs tabs, again for speed of switching.

Daily links for 05/11/2010

  • “Why can’t privacy and connectedness go hand-in-hand? That’s the question being raised by those behind the new Diaspora project, an ambitious undertaking to build an “anti-Facebook” – that is, a private, open source social network that puts you back in control of your personal data.”

    tags: facebook, diaspora

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Daily links for 05/09/2010, Rogue Edition

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My least favorite volcano

Eyjafjoell, let me go home.

I’ve been in Europe this past week on business and was scheduled to return home to the United States yesterday. I’m still here though I hope to get out later today.

My Saturday morning flight from Munich went without any problems. Because I have elite status on the airline on which I was to travel home, I got to sit in the lounge before my cross-Atlantic flight from Frankfurt to Chicago. I was warned when I got there that my flight was 2 hours late and when I got online, I learned that the incoming flight was four hours late, having been held up in Chicago because of some mechanical problem.

As the afternoon went on though, murmurs about more ash from the Icelandic volcano began to spread. The current cloud is evidently fairly narrow, but is extending very far south and up as high as 35,000 feet. Therefore cross-Atlantic flights have to go way north or way south to avoid the cloud completely. This adds several hundred miles to the flight with associated additional time required.

Then my flight got canceled. When they announced it, I rushed to the front desk in order to get rebooked and maybe get a hotel room. I didn’t get the former immediately because they just weren’t sure about which flight they could put me on. I did get a voucher for the hotel at the airport. They had made me check my luggage in Munich, so they were going to take all the luggage from the now canceled flight and put it in baggage claim.

However, I knew that could take a while. I instead rushed right over to my hotel to get the room. Just as I was walking away with room key in hand, I heard a supervisor say to the reception staff that they were accepting no more room vouchers. So I was lucky and I got a free room. The hotel was not full, but the airline decided that it did not need to pay for delays because of the ash. I was lucky because I was early. In any case, I would have paid for the room. While it was important for last night, it would have been especially important if the delay extended for days.

I then went back across the street, figured out how to get into baggage claim, and retrieved my one piece of luggage. I made several more ventures out, primarily to get more Euros from the ATM in case the delay extended to several days and some food for the evening.

Though I had been given a dinner voucher, the hotel staff told me that it was no longer valid since the airline stopped paying passengers for their inconvenience. I didn’t have a problem with this, especially because I had a room. I didn’t want to eat in the hotel, so I just walked back to the airport and found a restaurant where I could get some “take-away” food.

The airline lounge opened at 7 AM this morning and I must admit I was there ten minutes early. Though they had originally planned to move me to a slightly earlier flight on another airline, I wanted to stay on this one. Essentially, I did not want to get lost in the system of the other airline if there were further problems.

So I’m now scheduled to fly out in a couple of hours, though my making the connection in Chicago is not likely. I’ll worry about that if it is an issue. Though it is a long way, I do drive between home and Chicago several times a year. What is mor probable, if I miss tonight’s plane I will hop on a very early one in the morning.

In any case, I know I can drive home from Chicago. I cannot do that from Frankfurt.

Update for Sunday, 14:00 CET: Flight just got delayed 3 hours because of ash drifting into some of the available tracks across the Atlantic. Will need to go back through passport control and security.

Update for Sunday, 16:20 CET: We got a track an hour earlier than we thought, so we’re going now.

Update for Sunday, 18:50 CDT: Landed in Chicago.

Update for Monday, 01:00 EDT: Just got home, 47 1/2 hours after I originally left the hotel in Munich.

No, I don’t want to store my data on your site

Flickr. Diigo. Evernote.

Everybody wants me to work on my machine but then synchronize my data to their site for safekeeping and social functions. I can understand this for situations where I want others to see my photos or my links, but what happens when I have ten or twenty of these services, all of which have separate interfaces, separate logins, separate passwords, and separate liklihoods to still be around in 5 years?

Unless I explicitly want to use their sites as places that others will visit to see my information, I want to store that data on my own site. That will still allow it to be accessed from anywhere when I have Internet connectivity, but I don’t need to worry about the services themselves just vanishing.

Yes, perhaps those sites have backups, but I can deal with a single backup for my one site. Also, I want the information available in a standard format. If one is not available, at least use XML.

I understand this might cause some business model issues with advertising or premium services. Indeed, if I use their software but use my site as the repository, it opens up security risks as well. Nevertheless, my controlling my data and having it available in standard formats will make me sleep better at night.

What do you think?

Daily links for 05/07/2010

  • “The bad news just keeps coming for Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer platform. After being forced by the European Union to give Windows users the option of downloading other browsers besides its own, Microsoft has had to stand by and watch as the market share for Internet Explorer, once the overwhelmingly dominant browser in the market with more than 90 percent market share, dipped below 60 percent. If the trend continues, as is expected, it might only be a matter of time before a majority of people around the globe are using other browsers than Internet Explorer.”

    tags: microsoft, ie, chrome, firefox

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Daily links for 05/05/2010

  • “While consumers await the arrival of the first generation iPad on April 3, designers and developers have been working on apps in anticipation.

    Here’s a list of free iPad templates and stencils that we’ve been using at Ideacodes to get you started”

    tags: ipad, templates, stencil

  • “Remember back when Firefox hit version 1.0 and over 90 percent of the Internet used Internet Explorer? As of April, fewer than 6 out of 10 people now use Internet Explorer. The browser trends that we’ve noted over the past several months are continuing with no sign of alteration: IE continues to slip, Firefox and Opera are fairly static, Safari is very slowly moving forward, and Chrome is pushing ahead at breakneck speeds.”

    tags: chrome, ie, firefox

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Daily links for 05/04/2010

  • “A group of Linux users has filed suit against Sony, upset about the company yanking Linux capability from its PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console.

    When PS3 made its debut in 2006, it gave users the option to run a so-called alternate operating system, something that couldn’t be said of Nintendo Wii or Xbox. The “Install Other OS” feature was popular among gamers who used Linux, the Unix operating system that is free to download.

    But a software update released on April 1 neutered the option, labeling it a security risk. Although the update was technically optional, gamers who failed to install it would no longer be able to watch BluRay movies, play new games, or download copyright-protected videos from a central server.”

    tags: linux, sony, ps3

  • “To this end, I am joining my colleagues from the Office of Management and Budget—Vivek Kundra, U.S. Chief Information Officer, and Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs—in establishing a Subcommittee on Standards under the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology.”

    tags: standards, obama, government

  • “World of Warcraft steaming to an iPad from Gaikai server over regular Wifi.”

    tags: warcraft, ipad

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ODF, the OASIS standard, turns 5

The Open Document Format (ODF) became an OASIS standards five years ago on May 1. The ODF Alliance has prepared a document called “ODF Turns Five: A Look Back on the Journey to a Mature Open Standard Document Format” that gives a nice history.

I also recommend Rob Weir’s “ODF at 5 Years” which includes an evolving history of word processors.

Daily links for 05/03/2010

  • “The Linux Gamers project is very unique in that the entire project is encapsulated within the confines of a live distribution (aka distro). Version 0.95, its most recent offering, of the project provides you with 34 free and open source games that run natively in Linux.”

    tags: linux, game

  • “So far I have covered Gedit (see “Gedit: No more text-based editor for you“) and Kate (see “Hello Kate, goodbye vi“). Both are solid entries in the text editor space. But they are certainly not the only tool in the toolbox. Today I will illustrate yet another GUI Linux editor, this time around – Leafpad. Leafpad is a GTK+ editor that focuses on simplicity.”

    tags: linux, leafpad, editor, vi, kate, gedit

  • “The most prominent operating system that has been using a single menu bar since its revelation in 1984 is Apple’s own Mac OS. While Ubuntu will be taking the same route for its next release, they will actually be going a bit further to integrate both the window title and controls into the menu bar.”

    tags: ubuntu, mac, netbook

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Getting started with e-books on the Apple iPad

Can the iPad work for me as a viable device for reading certain kinds of books? What are the characteristics of such books?

I sat out the first wave of iPad shipments in order to get an early birthday present of an iPad with both WiFi and 3G. I travel for business a lot, and I wanted to have 3G support so I could have more ubiquitous connectivity. I received the device late in the afternoon this last Friday. Earlier that day I had gotten a root canal, so it was a good excuse to think about something else.

Friday evening and Saturday morning were spent installing and organizing apps for the iPad. When I first registered the device in iTunes, it copied down all my iPhone apps. I then went through and deleted the ones I didn’t want or need on the bigger iPad, and then looked for newer editions of my favorite apps that took advantage of the larger screen. I splurged for a few new apps like Pages, Keynote, Scrabble, Pinball, and Plants vs. Zombies.

Oddly enough, some of the iPhone apps like Calculator and Weather do not come with the iPad, though there are several good substitutes. For the latter I went with WeatherBug. I also downloaded the Apple iBooks and the Amazon Kindle e-book reader apps.

I have never been much impressed the Kindle device itself, and whatever it is going to turn into, it is now a mono-function piece of hardware. I don’t like DRM for books, much less music, but at least Amazon allows you to read Kindle content on an actual Kindle device, plus iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Mac, and Windows. The iBooks app only works on the iPad and has significantly fewer books in its catalog than does Amazon.

I very much like real books, but there are some kinds that would serve me better in electronic form. Characteristics of these are:

  • Very heavy books that I would read while I was traveling but can’t afford the extra poundage in my backpack.
  • Books whose content is likely to become obsolete or at least somewhat out of date within two or three years.
  • Books that are most useful while I am away from the house.
  • Books that I would normally buy in paperback form for a one-time read that come out earlier in electronic form.

With these points in mind, I’ve now bought or obtained the following books as part of an experiment. Will I read them? Will they be useful in their electronic forms? Will I later have reason to to want the paper version? Were they worth the money in electronic form?

My plan was to get one of several different kinds of books and try to answer these questions. It’s too soon to tell how the experiment will turn out.

  • Blackout by Connie Willis. This is a science fiction book that was not available in paperback when I book the e-book. In the last year I read two other books by Willis as part of my plan to work through the Hugo and Nebula award winning novels.
  • The Power of Pull by John Seely Brown, Lang Davison, and John Hagel III. This is a new business book by well regarded authors. I’m not a big fan of business books and they usually get packed up and put in the attic to make room for other books. Maybe I’ll read this one if I don’t need to lug it around. (I can give no greater endorsement yet since I’m only in the Introduction.)
  • Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X, Third edition by Aaron Hillegass. Very heavy book, likely to be replaced within a few years. I’ll need this if I ever get around to writing an iPad app.
  • German Demystified by Ed Swick. I took a year of German in college in the mid-70s and I only remember a bit of it when I travel to Germany on business. Maybe having it with me will encourage me to work through it, and at least I’ll have the material with me when I go abroad.
  • Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask by Tom Kolb. I already own this book in paper, but it is in a large format and a bit heavy, so I’ll see if the e-book version works. It’s excellent in all forms. (Also see my Guitar Reading List.)
  • Pride and Prejudice Enriched E-book by Jane Austen, because evidently everyone needs to have an e-book version of this classic. This has some extra formatting and is not just a text dump of a book that is out of copyright. It cost about $3.
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is out of copyright and was free. There are thousands of free older books out there, many courtesy of Project Gutenberg. Note that quite a few have not been well reformatted for e-books, so do check them out first to ensure that they have tables of contents with links and so forth.

Daily links for 05/02/2010

  • “The solar cell that made this all possible (on the right in the picture) is a flexible cell – folds up to the size/weight of a book – printed with some sort of crazy nano-tech process onto a rubber/plastic substrate.   The solar cell, which you can buy here is about $600.”

    tags: solar, energy

  • “Five years ago today, on May 1st, 2005 OASIS approved Open Document Format 1.0 as an OASIS Standard.  I’d like to take a few brief minutes to reflect on this milestone, but only a few.  We’re busy at work in OASIS making final edits to ODF 1.2.  We’re in our final weeks of that revision and it is “all hands on deck” to help address the remaining issues so we can send it out for final public review.  But I hope I can be excused for a short diversion to mark this anniversary.”

    tags: odf, standards

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End of April flower status

It’s been three weeks since I last did an update on the state of flowering things in my yard, and I did manage to sneak out yesterday to survey where things were. We’re at the end of the daffodil season and moving into the final phase of the middle tulip blooming time. The lilacs are in bloom, a good two weeks earlier than usual here in upstate New York, climate zone 5b.

Here’s a visual survey of what’s blooming. For the most part I’ve omitted the dandelions since they and I are no longer friends. I don’t use chemicals on them and even though I dug up many of them last year, they are back in full force. I actually am resolved to live with them, but I do wish they would stop mocking me.

All photos were taken with an Apple iPhone 3GS.

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Next: “Life in the garden, end of May”

Daily links for 05/01/2010

  • “As we mentioned in last week’s article on iPad weather apps, the iPad does not come with all of the same apps as the iPhone out of the box. Why? If rumors are to be believed, these apps were left off the iPad because their scaled-up designs for the iPad’s larger screen were personally rejected by Steve Jobs. Whatever the reason, new iPads don’t offer an easy way for users to calculate much at all fresh out of the box. We’ve found a few apps to fill this gap.”

    tags: ipad

  • “Our intended audience for this Primer is any person interested in a basic understanding of the legal issues that impact FOSS development and distribution. In particular, this Primer, like most of our other public work at SFLC, is addressed to two constituencies. First, we provide creative, productive hackers insight on how to interact with the legal system—insofar as it affects the projects they work on—with a minimum of cost, fuss and risk. Second, we present a starting point for lawyers and risk managers for thinking about the particular, at times counter-intuitive, logic of software freedom. While these are the primary audiences we intend to reach, we hope others will benefit from this Primer as well, and we have purposefully given it a non-lawyer style of communication (for example, by intentionally omitting dense citation of judicial or other legal authority that is the hallmark of lawyers writing for lawyers).”

    tags: open-source, law

  • “However, there are probably plenty of places where the latest and greatest (and it really is great) release from Canonical can save you money and hassle in the long run.”

    tags: ubuntu, linux

  • “The PC revolution is almost coming to an end, and everyone’s trying to work out a strategy for surviving the aftermath.”

    tags: apple, flash, adobe, wifi

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