W3C 20th Anniversary: Memories

Today the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an organization. Luminaries and participants in the open standards effort will be gathering in Santa Clara, CA, this afternoon for a Future of the Web Symposium and then a Gala Dinner. I’m in New York, unfortunately, but I’ll…

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What I’m Reading on 09/05/2014

Microsoft brings mobile personal assistant Cortana to UK and China – FT.com “Microsoft is bringing its Cortana mobile personal assistant to the UK and China as the US technology group unveils its latest range of smartphones and devices since closing its acquisition of Nokia.” tags: bs microsoft cortana WordPress 4.0…

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What I’m Reading on 03/19/2014

IBM’s Watson, New York Genome Center partner on brain cancer treatment – The Washington Post “The two will collaborate on a computing prototype that could suggest treatment options for patients with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Watson would analyze an individual patient’s genome, and compare it to large volumes of…

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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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What I’m Reading on 08/03/2013

IBM, Open Source Robotics Foundation Partner for DARPA’s Cloud-Based Robotics Challenge | ExecutiveBiz “Open Source Robotics Foundation has picked an IBM company, SoftLayer Technologies, to co-host the first cloud-based robotics challenge  for the development of software that allows a simulated robot to perform first responder tasks.” tags: ibm open source…

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Daily links for 04/27/2013

MathML Samples | “This page contains sample equations represented by MathML markup. The page has been configured to always use HTML-CSS mode with web fonts to display the equations, which produces uniform layout and typesetting across browsers.” tags: mathml JavaScript MathML Central: A Wolfram Web Resource tags: mathml MathML for…

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Daily links for 03/05/2013

IBM, OpenStack, and the cloud IBM Makes a Big Bet on OpenStack in the Cloud – Arik Hesseldahl – News – AllThingsD “The open source software for running cloud computing installations just got a big new name in its camp: IBM.” tags: openstack cloud ibm IBM Launches OpenStack-Based SmartCloud Orchestrator…

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Daily links for 10/23/2012

Sharing But With Privacy In Mind: Mozilla Launches Social API For Firefox, Facebook Messenger First Service To Integrate For Beta Testing | TechCrunch “Interesting development today in the browser wars, with the latest battlefield being who is best positioned to guard users’ privacy. Mozilla today announced that it has started…

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Mobile: Build, Connect, Manage, Secure, Extend, Transform

In various IBM presentations about mobile starting at the Impact conference at the end of April, we’ve been using a slide that looks like this: I’m going to give a quick introduction to some of the terms on the slide and what we mean by them. Client Mobile Initiatives From…

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Stats for browsers and operating systems accessing sutor.com

I haven’t posted the stats for browser and operating system access to this website since last July, but since I’ve been doing a lot of posting lately on mobile topics, I thought it would be useful to check the stats again. The numbers are from Google Analytics and are for…

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Daily links for 01/18/2012

Mobile EBay and PayPal Mobile Payment Forecasts Soars Into Billions “PayPal’s projected numbers look even better at $7 billion, a 75 percent increase over last year. 2011 was still a good year for the online payment company as it surpassed its $3.5 billion expectations to reach $4 billion in mobile…

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Daily links for 01/12/2012

IBM Sametime – Apps on Android Market “We are very excited to bring you IBM Sametime for Android! This gives you access to IBM’s award-winning platform for Unified Communications on today’s hottest Android devices.” tags: mobile lotus sametime android AT&T offers HTML5 SDK for third-party mobile Web app developers “AT&T…

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Daily links for 01/10/2012

Mobile PhoneGap 1.3 Adds Windows Phone 7 Support – Mobile and Wireless – News & Reviews – eWeek.com “Among the more popular tools for pulling off this Web-powered multi-device strategy has been PhoneGap, an open-source mobile-development framework from Nitobi Software, which Adobe acquired in October. When Adobe announced the acquisition,…

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Employee mobile device + work = potential security problem

Employee: “I lost my iPad.” Corporate security: “Why are you telling me?” “I had company documents on it.” “But you had the mobile security package installed, right?” “Err, no.” “I would have thought the company president would have known better …” With the BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device to…

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Daily links for 11/08/2011

Amazon’s Kindle Reader covers browser bases, adds Firefox | ZDNet “Amazon’s Reader HTML5 experiment is worth watching given that many observers ultimately expected the Web to replace mobile apps at some point. However, that replacement cycle could take years, but it’s clear that publishers want to control their own app…

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Daily links for 11/02/2011

Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux will battle for mobile developers | Mobile Technology – InfoWorld “But at mobile application developer Big Nerd Ranch, President Aaron Hillegass has seen mobile Linux efforts before and stressed the need for a viable ecosystem. “It isn’t enough for Canonical to announce that it is making the…

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A browser to resolve mobile app development confusion?

I read with interest the recent announcement by AppMobi that they are producing a browser for Apple iOS and eventually Android that will go beyond the basic HTML5 capabilities. InfoWorld: “Have your HTML5 and native app too” Press Release: “MobiUs is Here; the World of Web Apps Will Never Be…

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Daily links for 10/15/2011

Why Banks Must Support All Mobile Platforms and Why HTML5 Matters – American Banker Article “The challenge of developing and maintaining mobile banking applications that will run on an iPhone, an Android phone, a BlackBerry or a Windows phone, as well as browser-based or wireless application protocol apps that will…

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Mobile app development: Native vs. hybrid vs. HTML5 (part 2)

I’ve seen and heard a lot of discussion about how people build applications for mobile devices. While there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps out there for Apple, Android, Blackberry and other smartphones, I can’t help but think the majority of these are one-off efforts. In this series in…

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Daily links for 07/22/2011

HTML5 to Create New Wave of Opportunities in Mobile Landscape “Smartphone adoption will continue to skyrocket with or without HTML5. That said, the most used single app is the browser. As HTML5 support continues to make its way into mobile browsers and HTML5 markup proliferates across the web, the phones…

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Stats for browsers and operating systems accessing sutor.com

It’s been a while since I last put up some stats about what browsers and operating systems access my website at sutor.com. Traditionally, Firefox did well, followed by Internet Explorer, and then Chrome. The last two are now reversed. Since much of my blog content has focused on content regarding…

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Daily links for 07/02/2011

Readers Poll: The Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs: | Rolling Stone Music | Photos “Last weekend we gave our readers the challenge of picking their single favorite Bruce Springsteen song. It’s not an easy decision. Do you go for an iconic song like “Born To Run,” or a slightly lesser known…

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Daily links for 06/23/2011

Firefox 5 released, arrives only three months after Firefox 4 “Mozilla has launched Firefox 5, a new version of the popular open source Web browser. This is the first update that Mozilla has issued since adopting a new release management strategy that has drastically shortened the Firefox development cycle.” tags:…

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Daily links for 03/30/2011

Amazon on Cloud Player: we don’t need no stinkin’ licenses “Amazon launched Cloud Drive and Cloud Player on Tuesday morning, offering US-based Amazon customers 5GB of online storage to use for whatever they please. If they buy an album from Amazon MP3, however, they get 20GB of storage for the…

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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 a  viewing of the show on Monday morning that several…

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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 community that powers the Drupal content management system.” tags: whitehouse drupal…

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Daily links for 01/15/2011

What Factors Justify the Use of Apache Hadoop? – tecosystems “When is Hadoop justified? For a petabyte workloads, certainly. But the versatility of tool makes it appropriate for a variety of workloads beyond quote unquote big data. It’s not going to replace your database, but your database isn’t likely to…

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Review of the blog for 2010 – October through December

I finish my survey of what I blogged about in 2010 as I look at the final three months of the year. Last Time: “Review of the blog for 2010 – July through September” Just as the third quarter of 2010 started with the buzz about IBM switching to Firefox…

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Review of the blog for 2010 – July through September

I’m continuing my survey of what I blogged about in 2010 as I look at the third quarter and add the summery topic of sailing. Last Time: “Review of the blog for 2010 – April through June” July started with some fireworks when I made the announcement that IBM was…

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Daily links for 12/16/2010

Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010 | ZDNet “According to Net Applications’ figures for November 2010,  Internet Explorer’s share of the market has declined another five percent to 58.44 percent in November, compared to about 63.62 percent during the same month last year.  In…

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Daily links for 11/09/2010

RockMelt: A Browser Built For Sharing (First Hands On And 500 Exclusive Invites) “If you are going to create a new browser from scratch and go up against the Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Apple, you might as well make it really different. RockMelt, a company backed by Netscape founder Marc…

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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 Hat joining the OpenJDK effort (then under the leadership of…

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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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Daily links for 09/28/2010

OpenOffice.org Forks into LibreOffice The Launch of the Document Foundation and the Oxymoron of Corporate Controlled “Community” Projects – ConsortiumInfo.org “The bad news is that in the same time period the OpenOffice suite could have become so much more. As with other single-company controlled efforts in the past (e.g., the…

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Daily links for 09/21/2010

Oracle rips Red Hat and ‘sort of’ launches a new Linux – Computerworld Blogs “Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux–what a name!–is based on the stable 2.6.32 mainline Linux kernel. For some reason, a few idiots seem to think this represents a Linux fork. Nope. It doesn’t. When you…

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Daily links for 08/30/2010

Chromium gets GPU acceleration – The H Open Source: News and Features “Google developers have announced that Chromium, the open source browser on which the company builds the Chrome browser, is getting a GPU graphics overhaul. The development has been driven by the work on developing WebGL and 3D CSS…

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Daily links for 07/07/2010

User interface overhaul arrives in Firefox 4 beta “Mozilla on Tuesday released the first official beta of Firefox 4, the next major version of the popular open source Web browser. Mozilla has completely overhauled Firefox’s user interface and added several noteworthy new features for Web developers and regular end users.…

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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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Daily links for 06/28/2010

Reseller News > Red Hat CEO: VMware our biggest competitor “In two or three years, Whitehurst predicts, virtualisation and cloud tools will still be a minority of Red Hat‘s revenue, compared to subscription fees of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, though it will be a “substantial” minority of the revenue by…

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Daily links for 06/24/2010

Linden Lab Announces Management Changes — SAN FRANCISCO, June 24 /PRNewswire/ – “Linden Lab®, creator of 3D virtual world Second Life®, announced today that company founder Philip Rosedale has been named interim CEO, and CFO Bob Komin has assumed the additional role of COO.  Linden Lab also announced that Mark…

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Daily links for 06/02/2010

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS: Lucid Lynx Benchmarked And Reviewed : Introduction “Lucid has also shown itself to not only be a worthy successor to the previous LTS release, 8.04 Hardy Heron, but also an overall improvement to our previous favorite Linux distro, Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope.” tags: ubuntu, linux, lucid, lynx…

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Math software in the age of the iPad and other tablets

Will the next generation of tablets lead to new and better user interfaces for mathematical software? Will this encourage the use of tablets in education? Back in the 80s and 90s I was a member of the Mathematical Sciences Department in IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY. Under the leadership…

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Daily links for 03/09/2010

Second Life’s virtual money can become real-life cash – washingtonpost.com “Last year, as the physical economy withered, Second Life‘s economy blossomed, with user-to-user transactions topping $567 million in actual U.S. currency, a 65 percent jump over 2008. About 770,000 unique users made repeat visits to Second Life in December, and…

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Daily links for 03/09/2010

W3C pulls former Novell CTO for CEO spot “Filling a position left open since 2008, former Novell CTO Jeffrey Jaffe has taken on the role of chief executive officer for the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).” tags: novell, w3c Second Life’s virtual money can become real-life cash – washingtonpost.com “Last…

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