Category Archives: Software

Discussions about computer software

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 … Continue reading

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Second Life and OpenSim revisited

Several years ago I spent quite a bit of time in Second Life when it was the hot 3D social world. The promise was that you could build and visit worlds that had been uniquely constructed by the users. As … Continue reading

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Map and Elevation Data

For a small personal project I’m starting, I wanted to get elevation data for the area surrounding our property in upstate New York. A quick web search yielded the The National Map website, a service of the US Geological Survey. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Something new, something (big) blue: IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Alpha

While this post definitely falls into the category of “a word from my sponsor,” I hope you’ll take a look at the software being discussed if you have at all been involved with Java and web application servers. One of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Thinking about restaurant software and online services

I predict that in the future more restaurants will be managed via online services that not only help with the accounting of revenue and expenses, but assist in predicting what menu items will do well for a given profit. Two … Continue reading

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Predictive analytics, the basic idea

If you’ve ever bought an insurance policy, you have seen the output of predictive analytics. If you’ve ever wondered how a restaurant knows how many “specials” to prep for, you’ve thought about predictive analytics, though in practice it was probably … Continue reading

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Replacement for delicious, if you want or need one

I was looking at some blog stats just now and saw that many people landed on some old entries that discussed what I would like to have as a replacement for the delicious social bookmarking service: del.icio.us replacement? del.icio.us replacement? … Continue reading

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First impressions of iOS 4.2

Yesterday Apple released the latest version of their operating system for iPhones and iPads. iOS 4.2 is not radically new and different for the iPhone, but does bring new functionality to the iPad. The primary thing I’ve been waiting for … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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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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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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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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 … Continue reading

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Searching from the Firefox address line

One of the nice things I liked about the Chrome browser was searching from the address line, that area at the top of the screen where you would normally type in some URL like http://www.sutor.com. Firefox has a search area … Continue reading

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Setting Firefox as your default browser

On Linux and Windows, setting Firefox as your default system browser can be done within Firefox itself. From Preferences, go to the Advanced tab and look down at System defaults. Click the Check Now button and then make Firefox the … Continue reading

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Around the web: IBM adopts Firefox

Here are a few links to stories and blog entries about IBM’s announcement that it is adopting the Mozilla Firefox browser for internal use. IBM embraces Firefox, adopts it internally – Ars Technica “A recent change to IBM‘s internal IT … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Update on my Firefox extensions

It used to be that I tried a new Firefox extension every day. Since the Firefox browser from Mozilla became a standard tool for how I do business and generally access the web, I’ve focused less on trying new things … Continue reading

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12 days with an iPad

Twelve days ago I got a new iPad with WiFi and 3G and promptly took it on a one week business trip to Europe. Generally, I think it lived up to its hype and is quite elegant. I very much … Continue reading

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Presentations: Still too hard to mix and match

In a post last week I noted that the presentations I produced ten years ago were more complicated than those I made and used today. Many of the whiz-bang features in presentation software are just not things that I use, … Continue reading

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Presentations: The death of complexity

I don’t know about you, but the presentations I create today are much simpler in design than those I created ten years ago. For example, I now never create presentations that include animation and builds slide transitions sound video Any … Continue reading

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Really setting the default browser on a Mac

I was having a problem last week with my Mac: even though I set my default system browser to Google Chrome, one application just refused to believe it wasn’t Firefox any longer. (And no, that application wasn’t Firefox itself!) Though … Continue reading

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Three Google Chrome extensions to get you started

I’ve recently started using the Google Chrome web browser and have made it the default over Firefox on several of my machines. Though Firefox has thousands of addons, or extensions, I only really use about half a dozen. That means … Continue reading

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Second Life tip of the day

It’s been about three years since I posted a tip of the day for the Second Life virtual world, but since I’m attending a virtual meeting in IBM right now, I’ll put this one up: You can turn off the … Continue reading

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First impressions: Twinity virtual world

I recently had a chance to try out the beta for a new virtual world called Twinity. Like Second Life, Twinity aims to be a virtual world where you can wander around, meet and talk with people, shop, and augment … Continue reading

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IBM releases Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2

IBM just released Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2: Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 represents a major new advancement for our Lotus Symphony users. Based on current OpenOffice.org 3 code stream. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 offers loads of new features … Continue reading

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Virtual world resources and directory

I’ve just added a page to this site containing links to resources and books about virtual worlds and 3D networked online games. Suggestions for additions welcome. In looking through the available books, I was struck by the number that have … Continue reading

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Next generation virtual worlds: preliminaries

I’m about to start another series of blog entries on what I see are some of the most important issues to consider for the next generation of virtual worlds. Since I’ve written a fair amount before on these networked 3D … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Fixing my Firefox crash

Last night my Firefox browser started to crash. Not occasionally, but every single time I started to to type something in the search bar in the upper right hand corner. What the heck happened? There are several possibilities when an … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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