Monthly Archives: October 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 10/31/2010

Thorn “Thorn is a dynamically-typed concurrent language in which lightweight isolated processes communicate by message passing. Thorn includes powerful aggregate data types, a class-based object system, first-class functions, an expressive module system, and a variety of features supporting the gradual … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/29/2010

China has the top supercomputer in the world but it still runs Linux – Computerworld Blogs “The bottom line, when speed and reliability is what you have to have, Linux is the operating system you have to use.” tags: linux … Continue reading

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Updated open source presentation

Last spring I gave a talk at OSBC called “Asking the Hard Questions About Open Source Software.” Since that time I’ve given the talk several times to customers and partners, have added some more material about IBM‘s use of open … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/28/2010

Barnes & Noble unveils Nook Color | Crave – CNET “We’ll reserve final judgment for our actual, hands-on review of the Nook Color next month. That said, just looking at the features and price point, it seems that the new … Continue reading

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Math and the iPad: Mathination

From time to time I do a little survey of the math applications that have been made available for the iPad. I haven’t had time lately to really look through the full set of what has become available in the … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/26/2010

Blogging Pitfalls: Why Blogging Can Be Bad for Your Health | BloggingPro “Since most of us blog while sitting down, which puts almost no strain on our body, a 145 lb person will burn about 99 calories per hour typing. … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/25/2010

Scott Laningham : #developerWorks podcast “Rod Smith, Vice President of Emerging Technologies, IBM Software Group,  and Jason Gartner, IBM’s Director of Java Technologies talk about this week’s news on the IBM and Oracle agreement to cooperate on OpenJDK.” tags: developerworks … Continue reading

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Rotating header images for a WordPress theme

This entry is rather technical and is meant for those who deal with tinkering with WordPress-based websites. I recently switched from the Atahualpa theme for WordPress to the TwentyTen theme that started being shipped as the default with WordPress 3.0. … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/24/2010

W3C updates HTML5, makes math easy – Computerworld “The W3C has updated its MathML standard for rendering mathematical notation on Web pages to better portray basic math symbols, as well as render mathematic symbols in more languages.” tags: w3c html5 … Continue reading

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Saturday slow down

Today was the autumn work day at the club on Lake Ontario where I keep my sailboat but I didn’t make it up there this morning. On Monday evening after work I was putting up a new aluminum storm window … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/22/2010

Statement by the ASF Board on recent Java-related events : The Apache Software Foundation Blog “As reported recently in the news and elsewhere, there are two issues currently facing the Foundation that merit a response from the ASF.” tags: apache … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/21/2010

Alfresco drops LGPL’d Hibernate for iBatis – The H Open Source: News and Features “At the Alfresco Developer Conference, currently being held in Paris, The H took the opportunity to ask John Newton, CTO of Alfresco, why the change had … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/20/2010

Boosting Ubuntu’s Productivity: 20 Tips — Datamation.com “In this article, I’ll share twenty tips that have saved me countless hours of wasted time, while making my life with Ubuntu easier in general. Some among you may have different variations of … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/19/2010

7 Places to Find Free, Legal Images for the Web | BloggingPro “Everyone knows that the Web is a visual medium and that posts/pages with images stand out better than those with just text. However, finding images can be tricky, … Continue reading

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Yet another events calendar

Throughout the 6+ years that I have been blogging I’ve struggled with having an event calendar on my website. I’ve tried most of the WordPress plugins out there and either I didn’t like them, they were a pain with which … Continue reading

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Debugging the new theme

I’ve started using a new, simpler theme for my website. This is the TwentyTen theme that comes with WordPress 3. There are a few problems I’ve noticed so far, all of which have to do with width, especially images and … Continue reading

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Photo – Pumpkins at the market

Pumpkins in front of the Wegmans supermarket in Pittsford, NY. Click the image to see a larger version.

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Daily links for 10/17/2010

State CIOs Head For The Exits | Government IT Blog | InformationWeek Government “The list of CIOs in state government who have resigned, or are about to, is growing. Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington are losing their top IT execs, and … Continue reading

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Recategorizing the blog

When I reorganized my website and blog earlier this year, I redid the categories that I had used for five years in my older, now-archived blog. They seemed reasonable given what I usually wrote about. I went into WordPress this … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/15/2010

6 ways to stop Google and other search engines from indexing your site | Antezeta Web Marketing “While it may seem paradoxical, there are many occasions where you may want to exclude a website or portion of a site from … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/14/2010

Microsoft Gives its Blessing to OpenOffice.org – Open Enterprise “The criticisms made in the video are not really the point – they are mostly about OpenOffice.org not being a 100% clone of Microsoft Office, and compatibility problems with Microsoft’s proprietary … Continue reading

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Mention of IBM shifting to Firefox on CNN

Thanks to my IBM colleague John Walicki for forwarding this link to a CNN video fragment of a discussion on browsers. They highlight IBM’s announcement in July of our corporate switch to the Firefox browser.

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Daily links for 10/13/2010

Red Hat hails IBM’s move to Oracle OpenJDK – InternetNews:The Blog – Sean Michael Kerner “IBM‘s embrace of Oracle’s OpenJDK is a good thing for a lot of people in the Java community. Three years ago, I wrote about Red … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/12/2010 – OpenJDK edition

IBM and Oracle Are Behind OpenJDK! | JavaWorld’s Daily Brew “Today’s announcement that IBM will collaborate on OpenJDK comes at an important time for the Java community. For years, Java developers wondered if Sun would ever open source Java. Recently, … Continue reading

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IBM joins the OpenJDK community, will help unify open source Java efforts

When people talk about open source, the notion of “forking” often comes up. The idea is that some folks are not happy with the direction in which a project is going, so they take a copy of the source code, … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/11/2010

The five factors powering the Android revolution | ZDNet “Google Android has been riding a wave of staggering growth in 2010, going from barely a blip on the market share radar to the fastest growing mobile platform on the planet, … Continue reading

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Sailing: End of the season

There comes a time in northern waters in fall when the sailboat needs to come out of the lake and put in its winter storage. For me, that time was this weekend, though the sailing season ended for my Catalina … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/09/2010

The Next MacBook Air | alexking.org “If I had a MacBook Air the size if my iPad, I think I’d probably choose to carry it as an on-the-go device instead of the iPad. Especially if the battery life was remotely … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/08/2010

Mercury Releases OpenSAL – Open Source Version of Scientific Algorithm Library – MarketWatch “Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. , a trusted ISR subsystems provider, announced the availability of OpenSAL, an open source version of its award-winning Scientific Algorithm Library (SAL) for … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/07/2010

The Mobile Monster Mash(up) | ZDNet “Today JibJab and Sendables released their latest in do-it-yourself animated e-cards, just in time for everyone’s favorite spooky holiday. And what’s more spooky than a bunch of tech giants that have nothing better to … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/06/2010

Bob Dylan in Concert: Brandeis University, 1963 “Bob Dylan in Concert: Brandeis University, 1963 has never been heard, bootlegged, or circulated in any way. It was taped on May 10, 1963, at Brandeis University’s First Annual Folk Festival. You can … Continue reading

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Keynote at ApacheCon 2010

The Apache Software Foundation has announced the keynote lineup for their ApacheCon 2010 conference: ApacheCon, the official conference, trainings, expo, hackathon, barcamp and meetups of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), today announced the keynote presenters and sponsors for ApacheCon North … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/05/2010

UK Government goes open source | THINQ.co.uk “The Government has made an important move towards opening its data for public use with the launch of the Open Government Licence, its answer to Creative Commons.” tags: uk government Open Source data … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/04/2010

The New Type of Programmer: DevOp | ITworld “One theme that came up repeatedly in my research for an article about what’s different about programming for cloud computing is that developers should expect to learn more about cloud computing platforms, … Continue reading

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Basement door project: Part 2

When last we left this project, I had removed the very old screen door, scraped the siding and the main door, and painted both. What was left was to construct a new storm door. I planned to build a new … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/03/2010

Tips and Techniques for Red Hat Certification Success, from Global Knowledge – White Papers, Webcasts and Case Studies – ZDNet “Passing the Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT), Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), or one of the Architect-level exams is a … Continue reading

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Daily links for 10/01/2010

451 CAOS Theory » If you fork it, will they come? “Which is not to say that LibreOffice will not be a success, but when it comes to forking, creating the fork is clearly just the start. It takes time, … Continue reading

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