Monthly Archives: February 2011

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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 02/28/2011

Open Source iPad Apps Baker Ebook Framework “Baker is an HTML5 ebook framework to publish on the iPad using open web standards.” Licensed under the BSD open source license. tags: HTML5 ebook ipad framework Other news What would you do … Continue reading

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POSSCON: My talk has a name and is scheduled

As I previously announced, I’ll be speaking at POSSCON 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina on March 23. I’ll be on the panel “The Future of Open Source” from 10 to 10:45 am and then I’ll be giving the talk “Landmines … Continue reading

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Sailing: Start of the 2011 season

It was October 10th of last year when I published my final blog entry on my very abbreviated 2010 sailing season. We bought a used 1988 Catalina 22 sailboat in July, got it into Lake Ontario in August, and then … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/27/2011

Sources: iPad 2 lands in thinner body with spec bump and cameras, SD slot and higher resolution display are out — Engadget “So what will we see on March 2nd? We’re hearing it’s most likely a thinner, spec-bumped variation of … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/25/2011

Five things we want from the new iPad, and why – CNN.com “Apart from the new iPad, that means one thing: speculation. I’m not immune, so here’s my list of things I think will make it into an already capable … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/24/2011

Internet-savvy ‘Firefly’ fans fly back into the fight – CNN.com “Just days after an apparently offhand comment from Nathan Fillion, who played Capt. Malcolm Reynolds on the short-lived Fox series, the Web has once again lit up with efforts to … Continue reading

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Almost trout season

Yesterday my family and I drove through southern Vermont on our way home from a visit to my in-laws in New Hampshire. Whenever possible, I try to drive through Arlington, a small town nestled in the Green Mountains south of … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/23/2011

Apple to Unveil IPad 2 on March 2 in San Francisco | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD “Analysts expect the iPad 2 to be thinner than its predecessor and feature an improved display, as well as front-facing camera and … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/22/2011

Navisurfer II brings Ubuntu to your car | Expert Reviews “Based on a Celeron M low-power processor running at 1.3GHz and with 250GB of storage for movies and music, the Navisurfer is an impressive device in its own right – … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/21/2011

Novell: BrainShare 2011 scheduled for October – The H Open Source: News and Features “The ongoing acquisition of Novell by Attachmate, will apparently not affect Novell’s plans to hold a BrainShare event this year – this will now take place … Continue reading

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Photo: Roses five days after Valentine’s Day

Roses in front of a window five days after Valentine’s Day. Though you can’t see through the window, it is snowing out there.

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Daily links for 02/18/2011

Watson Jeopardy! computer: Ken Jennings describes what it’s like to play against a machine. – By Ken Jennings – Slate Magazine “This was to be an away game for humanity, I realized as I walked onto the slightly-smaller-than-regulation Jeopardy! set … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/17/2011

Microsoft bans open source from the Marketplace | thinq_ “Microsoft has raised the ire of the open source community with its Windows Marketplace licence by specifically refusing to allow software covered under an open licence to be distributed.” tags: microsoft … Continue reading

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Photo: The Melting

Today the temperature reached 45 degrees F here in northwest NY but we still have quite a bit of snow on the ground. So while we are getting some melting, I would say that the mounds of snow are more … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/16/2011

IBM and Jeopardy Watson on Jeopardy! Day Two: The Confusion over an Airport Clue | A Smarter Planet Blog “How could the machine have been so wrong? David Ferrucci, the manager of the Watson project at IBM Research, explained during … Continue reading

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Math and AI

Not many people know this, but I was briefly involved with artificial intelligence research in the early 1980′s. In fact, I had to miss my first wedding anniversary because I was at an AI conference in Austin, something I’m still … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/15/2011

Linux Linux PR: Linux Professional Institute develops Academic Program in Malaysia “The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world’s premier Linux certification organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced a new initiative to promote Linux training within colleges and universities in Malaysia. This initiative by … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/13/2011

Open Source WhiteHouse.gov Releases Second Set of Open Source Code | The White House “Friday morning at the Tech@State event at the State Department, the White House’s New Media Director Macon Phillips announced the White House’s second code release to the open source … Continue reading

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Snow in February

For the very few of you who have not seen snow this winter, I post the following four photographs as a public service. These were taken on February 6, 2011, a bit after 7 AM outside my house in northwest … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/12/2011

Five keys to the iPhone vs. Droid fight “The cell phone market has been undergoing massive changes over the past few years as Apple‘s iPhone and Google‘s Android platform are each competing to become the future of mobile devices. The winner … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/11/2011

Top Tablet Comparison: iPad vs. Xoom vs. TouchPad vs. PlayBook | PCMag.com “For nearly a year since Apple launched the iPad, everyone’s been clamoring for viable competitors to the great tablet device. Customers want choices, and manufacturers want their slice … Continue reading

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Tablet wars: Those with the most and best apps win

I just linked to an article over on PCMag.com called “Top Tablet Comparison: iPad vs. Xoom vs. TouchPad vs. PlayBook” that compares the in-the-market iPad with 3 possible contenders that have yet to be sold. The article very correctly discusses … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/08/2011

DEC co-founder Ken Olsen dies at 84 – Computerworld Blogs “Kenneth Olsen, the MIT engineer who co-founded Digital Equipment Corp., has died at the age of 84, according to local sources. … The company, the world’s second-largest computer manufacturer at its … Continue reading

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POSSCON 2011 – I’m speaking

I’m slated to speak this year at POSSCON 2011, the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference in Columbia, South Carolina, from March 23 to March 25. From the conference website: The Palmetto Open Source Software Conference brings a world-class lineup of … Continue reading

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Tips on scraping painted windows

I spent a few hours this weekend scraping the four windows in our bedoom after I finished painting them. These are older wooden sash windows, with 6 panes over 6 panes. For those of you counting, that’s 12 panes per … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/07/2011

Ubuntu One: Ubuntu’s cloud platform and its benefits explained “The money behind the world’s slickest Linux distribution has to come from somewhere, and increasingly that’s Canonical’s online platform: Ubuntu One. But what’s in it for you?” tags: linux ubuntu Posted … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/06/2011

DreamPlug: A Linux PC That Looks Like a Phone Charger – HotHardware “The DreamPlug is built with a Marvell Sheeva 1.2GHz CPU coupled with 512MB of DDR2 RAM. It runs on Linux and offers an astounding number of must-have PC … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/04/2011

Linux PR: Southern California Linux Expo Schedule Firms Up “Traditionally, above and beyond the presentation tracks and expo floor SCALE provides space for Free and Open Source Software organizations to meet. It’s one way we give back to the FOSS … Continue reading

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Gardening 2011: First seed purchases

It’s February 3, six to eight inches of snow cover the ground here in northwest New York, climate zone 5b, and it is 10 degrees F. Just to tempt me, our local Wegmans supermarket is now selling gardening seeds at … Continue reading

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Daily links for 02/02/2011

Why Yahoo Is Discontinuing Its Hadoop Distribution: Cloud Computing News « “The big data marketplace has contracted a bit, as Yahoo is ceasing development of its Yahoo Distribution of Hadoop and will be folding it back into the Apache Hadoop … Continue reading

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