Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone OpenSim on Ubuntu 13.10

This post is a great example of why you should never say that you are starting a new series of blog entries. In February of 2010, I wrote a blog post called Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone opensim on Ubuntu 9.10 saying As a complement to my Life with Linux…

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My annotated programming language history

I’ve been coding, a.k.a programming, since I was 15 years old. Since then I’ve used many programming languages. Some of them have been for work, some have been for fun. I mean, really, who hasn’t done some programing while on vacation? Somewhat chronologically, here are many of the languages I’ve…

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Introducing PureSystems, IBM’s expert integrated systems family

Today IBM introduced the PureSystems family to simultaneously simplify yet make more powerful the hardware and software that organizations use to power their datacenters, cloud, and other computing environments. From the press release: With the introduction of the new PureSystems family, IBM is unveiling three major advances that point to…

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IBM WebSphere Developer Technical Journal – June, 2011

The IBM WebSphere Developer Technical Journal is a great resource for the latest technical news, advice, and details about what’s happening within the WebSphere line of products. Yes, this is kind of a message from my sponsor, but there is no buy button. Don’t tell sales. One of the things…

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10 things to think about to improve software product descriptions

I’ve been back in a software product area since the beginning of June, and I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at product descriptions and literature. Not just IBM‘s, mind you, but those of our competitors as well. This includes traditional, commercial “proprietary” software and commercial open source software.…

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European WebSphere Technical Conference in Berlin

IBM has announced the European WebSphere Technical Conference for 2011. The conference will be held from October 10th to the 14th in Berlin, Germany. From the website: The 2011 IBM European WebSphere Technical Conference, which combines the WebSphere and Transaction & Messaging Conferences of the previous years into one seamless…

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New position within IBM

It’s been effective for a week, so I guess I can spill the beans here and say that I’ve shifted to a new executive position within IBM, namely to be the Vice President for WebSphere Foundation Product Management in the Software Group. I’ll have more to say about this over…

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ApacheCon keynote presentation

Here are the slides I used today during my ApacheCon 2010 keynote. The presentation was called “Data, Languages, and Problems” with the abstract Much research work over the next decade will be driven by those seeking to solve complex problems employing the cloud, multicore processors, distributed data, business analytics, and…

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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 two things at once, both a website and the name…

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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 Keynote. Toss in a few others such as KOffice and…

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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 blog post by Hank Williams, Apple has changed their iOS…

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IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 4 is now available

IBM Lotus announced this morning that Beta 4 of Lotus Symphony 3 is now available. I use Lotus Symphony 3 in beta as my day-to-day office productivity suite. Aside from any official statement regarding the wonderfulness of this beta, my IBM friends and colleagues inside the company have given it…

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Saying it out loud: IBM is moving to Firefox as its default browser

I talk a lot about software in this blog but most of the discussion is at the personal level: I tried this, I experimented with that. I hardly ever talk about what I use for doing my IBM business and more rarely still do I talk about IBM’s internal policies…

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The Sirikata open source platform for games and virtual worlds

As many of you know, I’m still quite interested in virtual worlds and 3D immersive environments though I certainly don’t spend as much time in Second Life as I did several years ago. So from time to time I poke around and see what people are working on, and tonight…

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Press Release: “ZSL Unveils ‘PowerCube’ DaaS in the U.S., Africa and India”

I’m a little tardy in noting this, but this last week at Lotusphere, IBM partner ZSL issued the following press release, which begins: Lotusphere, Florida (PRWEB) January 19, 2010 ZSL, a leading ISV & Global Software Solutions and Services provider, today launched “PowerCube” DaaS (Desktop as a Service), an open…

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Press Release: “IBM Client for Smart Work Available Through Business Partners in India”

Here’s a another press release from today involving IBM, Symphony, Lotus Live, Ubuntu Linux, and Virtual Bridges. We’re continuing the rollout of the partner-led IBM Client for Smart Work: IBM Client for Smart Work Available Through Business Partners in India ORLANDO, FL & BANGALORE, India – 18 Jan 2010: IBM…

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