Monthly Archives: May 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 05/31/2011

Linaro: Now a Year Old, the Linux Effort Begins to Deliver | PCWorld Business Center “Linaro was launched at Computex in 2010 by ARM, IBM, Freescale, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and TI with the mission of reducing fragmentation, increasing optimization and making … Continue reading

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Boat in the water, mast almost up

Today is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The weather this spring in northwest New York has been unusually wet with rain at least five days out of seven every week. Gardening is delayed, lawn mowing is catch-as-catch-can, and it’s … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/26/2011

How to choose a license for your own work – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation (FSF) “People often ask us what license we recommend they use for their project. We’ve written about this publicly before, but the information has … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/25/2011

Microsoft Skype breaks open-source partnership | ZDNet “I told you so. I knew that Steve Ballmer could talk all he wanted about how Microsoft would continue to support non-Microsoft platforms, but that there was no way he’d actually do it. … Continue reading

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iPads in math classrooms?

I just received an inquiry from a reader who is looking for fellow teachers who are now using iPads in math classrooms for middle or high school. If you know of any, please comment here (or on reddit) and I’ll … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/23/2011

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America hold annual convention – The Washington Post “The winner in the main-event novel category was Connie Willis, a celebrated favorite — and former teacher of Swirsky’s — whose two-part “Blackout” and “All Clear” … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/20/2011

CDC EPR | Social Media | Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse – Blog “There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh … Continue reading

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My lilac festival

This last week was the annual Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY. Even though they had several rainouts, the cool and wet weather preserved the shrubs and their flowers. In some springs, early hot temperatures can cause the blooms to peak … Continue reading

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May 18: Open Virtualization Alliance news roundup

Here are some of the stories around the Open Virtualization Alliance that was announced yesterday. Open Virtualization Alliance launched – The H Open Source: News and Features “The KVM virtualisation technology uses the Linux kernel as part of the hypervisor; … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/18/2011

Richard Dawkins’s science book for kids, illustrated by Dave McKean – Boing Boing “Richard Dawkins has a new kids’ book coming out in October called The Magic of Reality, which explains just how gosh-darned awesome the actual scientifically explained world … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/17/2011

Linux job portal launched: LinuxCareer.com “As a demand for Linux-related jobs has jumped unexpectedly high in the last couple of years. LinuxCareer.com as a new Linux related job portal attempts to compensate for this sudden surge in demand for Linux … Continue reading

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KVM News Today: Meet the Open Virtualization Alliance

Today a whole lot of companies, including BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Inc. and SUSE, announced the creation of the Open Virtualization Alliance. From the press release: … today announced the formation of the Open Virtualization … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/16/2011

Groklaw 2.0 Interview: PJ on the beginning, ending, and future of Groklaw | opensource.com “Last month PJ announced that because SCO as we knew it is no more,” she would stop publishing new articles today, May 16, Groklaw’s anniversary. Now … Continue reading

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The garden in late spring, 2011

I took a few minutes late in the afternoon yesterday to walk around and check on the state of the gardens. We had a very wet spring and I feel like I am weeks behind in weeding, edging, and planting. … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/13/2011

Facebook Faces Lawsuit Over Unauthorized Sharing Of User Data With Advertisers “A judge yesterday threw out most of the claims made in a lawsuit against Facebook, in which two California individuals, David Gould and Mike Robertson, accused the social networking … Continue reading

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2011 Road Trip: Nashville, TN, Day 2, and home

Two weeks ago was my son Will’s Spring Break from school, so he and I took a 1750+ mile (2800+ km) road trip from our home in upstate New York, USA, down south to Tennessee. Over several blog entries I’ve … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/12/2011

Five Reasons why Google’s Linux Chromebook is a Windows killer | ZDNet “Should Microsoft worry? Yeah, I think so. They’ve got Apple making in-roads on the business desktop front with tablets and smartphones, may other companies, like HP, are also … Continue reading

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Finished: “The Windup Girl”

I just finished reading The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi and I have to say it was an excellent, excellent novel. It happens to be science fiction because it is set in a future Bangkok after most of the petroleum … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/11/2011

Canonical switches to OpenStack for Ubuntu Linux cloud | ZDNet “OK, it’s not too surprising that Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company, has switched to OpenStack for its Ubuntu cloud foundation technology. After all, Canonical started flirting with OpenStack back in … Continue reading

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2011 Road Trip: Nashville, TN, Day 1

Two weeks ago was my son Will’s Spring Break from school, so he and I took a 1750+ mile (2800+ km) road trip from our home in upstate New York, USA, down south to Tennessee. Over several blog entries I’ve … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/08/2011

Steve Jobs On The Difference Between A Vice President And A Janitor “In other words, you have no excuse for failure. You are now responsible for any mistakes that happen, and it doesn’t matter what you say.” tags: jobs Swollen … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/07/2011

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About ODF 1.2 “Some little known facts, all of them true, but only some of them amusing, and even then only just so, about ODF 1.2, recently approved as a Committee Specification by the OASIS … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/06/2011

Apple dumping Intel for ARM? Pros, cons and a lot of questions | ZDNet “The rumor of the day is that Apple is dumping Intel and its x86 architecture for ARM—at least on laptops.” tags: apple intel arm Back to … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/04/2011

Red Hat and IBM join forces to develop open source virtualisation – 03 May 2011 – Computing News “KVM allows businesses to create multiple virtual versions of Linux and Windows environments on the same server, while allowing companies to save … Continue reading

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Visit your local farmers market

There was a very good article today in our local newspaper, the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, about farmers markets in the area. The paper listed many of the local markets along with the days they start their seasons, when … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/03/2011

Attachmate lays off Mono employees – InternetNews:The Blog – Sean Michael Kerner “Attachmate is moving swiftly to re-organize the Novell business it acquired for $2.2 billion. Today Attachmate laid off an unknown number of U.S. based Novell developers that were working … Continue reading

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Video of my POSSCON keynote is now available

The organizers of the Palmetto Open Source Conference (POSSCON) that as held this year in Columbia, SC, in March, have posted videos of my keynote on YouTube. The talk was called “Landmines for Open Source in the Mobile Space”: Part … Continue reading

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Daily links for 05/02/2011

AT&T’s broadband data caps start today “Starting today, AT&T will begin restricting more than 16 million broadband users based on the amount of data they use a month. The number-two carrier’s entry into the broadband cap club means that a majority … Continue reading

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2011 Road Trip: Oak Ridge to Nashville, TN

The week before last was my son Will’s Spring Break from school, so he and I took a 1750+ mile (2800+ km) road trip from our home in upstate New York, USA, down south to Tennessee. Over several blog entries … Continue reading

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