Monthly Archives: September 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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What’s in a name?

This morning some people involved with OpenOffice.org forked the software. OpenOffice.org is an open source office productivity suite originally controlled by Sun and now Oracle that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation application, and other software. With OpenOffice.org you get … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/28/2010

OpenOffice.org Forks into LibreOffice The Launch of the Document Foundation and the Oxymoron of Corporate Controlled “Community” Projects – ConsortiumInfo.org “The bad news is that in the same time period the OpenOffice suite could have become so much more. As … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/27/2010

New Yorker Launches on iPad Tablet, Adds to Pressure on Apple for Subscriptions – WSJ.com “The New Yorker is launching an iPad version of the magazine Monday, in a significant test of an iconic, old-media brand’s efforts to refashion itself … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/26/2010

Ubuntu introduces new facial recognition interface technology | NewsDen “Today, our computers are generally accessed by input devices like mouse or keyboard or we have to touch it to access. But, that doesn’t mean that the PC needs an input … Continue reading

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Retheming the blog, again

I’m looking to change the theme of this blog and website, again. That’s not too bad for me, really, since I’ve had this look and feel for almost 10 months. At the end of 2009 I decided to archive the … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/25/2010

Linux Memo From Novell to Oracle: No Oracle Linux Needed | The VAR Guy “Still, The VAR Guy doubts Oracle wants to go after the Linux masses. Rather, CEO Larry Ellison’s strategy seems pretty simply: If a customer wants to … Continue reading

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Photos: The garden on the first day of Autumn

A couple of days ago I snuck out for a few minutes at lunch to check the status of the plants and flowers. The trees are starting to turn and the vegetable garden is definitely in decline. Here’s a visual … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/24/2010

The real problem with Java in Linux distros « Seeing the fnords “We generally have decent coverage for Java libraries, but lots of Java software is not packaged at all, or packaged in alternate repositories. Some consider that it’s because … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/23/2010

What Not to Wear Seeking Frumpy Female Journalists “Do you know “a Female Journalist who stands out from the crowd and not in a good way!” Meaning she’s unattractive? Why not ambush her with a visit from What Not to … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/21/2010

Oracle rips Red Hat and ‘sort of’ launches a new Linux – Computerworld Blogs “Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux–what a name!–is based on the stable 2.6.32 mainline Linux kernel. For some reason, a few idiots seem to think … Continue reading

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What’s holding back presentation software?

I can’t think of one thing I do with presentation software today other than creating PDFs that I didn’t do ten years ago. We have Microsoft PowerPoint, we have OpenOffice.org Impress, and IBM‘s Symphony. Over on the Mac we have … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/20/2010

Microsoft Exec Says ‘Open’ Means ‘Incompetent’ | Techdirt “That’s quite a statement, and one made with no basis whatsoever. Openness could “mask incompetence,” but I’d argue that it’s much easier to mask incompetence with a closed solution. Open generally is … Continue reading

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Sailing: Boat pull-out day (but not for me)

I’ve had my sailboat, a 1988 Catalina 22, on Lake Ontario since the middle of August. I bought this used boat in July and after some preparation, finally got it into the water 5 weeks ago. Therefore I am in … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/18/2010

offended by rank OBJECTIFICATION of writers – a grammar “There is this thing currently going around tumblr about why dating a writer is good. I think it’s nice that this thing is going around, because I like writers, and lots … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/17/2010

The Smell of Microsoft Desperation | ITworld “Rincón’s remarks do seem to put a dent in my idea that Microsoft‘s careful re-positioning within the BRIC (Brasil, Russia, India, and China) markets has caused it to ease off the FUD and … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/16/2010

A Farmer In The Dell A blog by the woman who is a caretaker at Ralph Waldo Emerson’s house. tags: farmer blog Diaspora – Open-Source Facebook Alternative | Hot Scripts Blog “While Facebook keeps making a number of stumbles regarding … Continue reading

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A late summer visit to the Erie Canal

Last March, feeling antsy that winter seemed to be going on forever here in northwestern New York, I paid a visit to the Erie Canal in Pittsford. Most of the canal was covered with snow and ice and so there … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/14/2010

Second Life should be more iPhone-like, says CEO Philip Rosedale – Computerworld Blogs “The odds of success are against Second Life. In the technology industry, companies almost never get second chances. The best thing a technology company can hope for … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/13/2010

[Phoronix] A First Look At The 2010 Linux Graphics Survey Results “Earlier this month we started once again our annual Linux Graphics Survey in which we poll our readers about their choices and opinions concerning graphics cards, display drivers, and … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/12/2010

Schools try algebra on iPad — Joanne Jacobs “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is piloting the first full-curriculum algebra app for iPad, notes edReformer. More than 400 eighth-graders in San Francisco, Long Beach, Fresno and Riverside will learn on iPads loaded with … Continue reading

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Basement door project: Part 1

We’ve now lived in our 1820 Federal-style house in western New York for 10 years, and in this blog I’ve documented some of the projects I’ve worked on. (A fence, a porch, another porch, yet another porch, some shelves.) We … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/11/2010

Linux Wi-Fi Gets Easier with New Broadcom Driver – PCWorld Business Center “Wireless chip maker Broadcom on Thursday announced good news for Linux users in the form of a fully open wireless driver that’s compatible with the operating system.” tags: … Continue reading

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My changing supply chain for getting information

It’s important to stay flexible and experiment as new technologies come along that can get you the information you need and want in a timely manner. When the web was new in the 1990s, I had many browser bookmarks and … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/09/2010

Statement by Apple on App Store Review Guidelines “We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are … Continue reading

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Math apps and the updated iOS Developer Program License Agreement

Apple‘s changes to the iOS Developer Program License Agreement resolve some issues but still contain confusing elements for those who might want to develop sophisticated apps such as those for mathematical computation. As I first discovered this morning in a … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/08/2010

Android/Linux kernel fight continues – Computerworld Blogs “Brady over-stated the case. Android is Linux. To be exact, version, 2.2, Froyo, runs on top of the 2.6.32 Linux kernel. To quote from the Android developer page, Dalvik, Android’s Java-based interface and … Continue reading

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Photos: Lake Ontario in early September

Three photos of Lake Ontario in early September, taken off Pultneyville, NY, about 20 miles east of Rochester.

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Daily links for 09/07/2010

Mark Bohannon to Lead Red Hat Governmental Affairs and Public Policy | Business Wire “Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Mark Bohannon will join the company as Vice President of … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/06/2010

Get to know Linux: Using grep “If you use Linux long enough, you are going to wind up getting to know (and using) the command line. And if you use the command line long enough, you are going to find … Continue reading

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Installing an outboard motor in one step

So my plan for today was to install a new Tohatsu 6 hp outboard engine on my Catalina 22 sailboat and document some of the process in a blog entry. Thus I started with this photo: Next I removed the … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/03/2010

Open Source Cloud APIs Vie For Dominance | NetworkWorld.com Community “With Cloud Computing being the biggest thing on the technology horizon, there is a huge race shaping up over which API will allow clouds to talk to each other. Like … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/02/2010

How to Install Apps With Ubuntu Software Center – PCWorld Business Center “The latest release of Ubuntu 10.04, code-named Lucid Lynx, has a somewhat revamped user interface. One of the most significant changes is the Software Center, which provides a … Continue reading

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ApacheCon North America 2010

Registration is now open for ApacheCon North America 2010, the annual conference of the Apache Software Foundation. The conference will be held from November 1 to 5 at the Westin Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia. This and other conferences are listed … Continue reading

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Daily links for 09/01/2010

iPad, Kindle, Nook or Sony? What is the best e-book reader? :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Andy Ihnatko “My advice is consistent: right now, the two best e-readers are the latest edition of Amazon‘s Kindle ($139 or $189, depending on configuration), … Continue reading

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