What I’m Reading on 04/28/2015

How to Configure Drupal with MongoDB Replica Set | Severalnines “Drupal’s modular setup allows for different datastores to be integrated as modules, this allows sites to store different types of Drupal data into MongoDB. You can choose to store Drupal’s cache, session, watchdog, block information, queue and field storage data…

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What I’m Reading on 12/29/2014

WordPress WordPress › P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) « WordPress Plugins “This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time.  Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using…

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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 02/06/2014

The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory “Today no one dies from standard wars, not that you’d know it from Internet comments. But years, millions of dollars, and endless arguments are spent arguing about standards. The reason for our fights aren’t any different from those that drove Edison and Westinghouse:…

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What I’m Reading on 12/01/2013

The developer’s guide to future car technology | ITworld “Forget the Jetsons. Instead, think tech innovations from a developer’s point of view: embedded systems, networking challenges, human-machine interaction, and software standards.” tags: developer car technology future Unraveling Huge Thefts From Girolamini Library in Naples – NYTimes.com “It was one of…

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What I’m Reading on 11/28/2013

The GraphML File Format “GraphML is a comprehensive and easy-to-use file format for graphs. It consists of a language core to describe the structural properties of a graph and a flexible extension mechanism to add application-specific data. Its main features include support of” tags: graph xml graphml standards How To…

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Social Media and the Professional: Enterprise Social Media

In this series I’m looking at my experiences using social media as a business professional. In this entry I examine the rules and policies I personally use regarding enterprise social media. In the introduction to this series of blog entries, I asked several questions regarding my use of particular social…

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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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Where I’ve been

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted an entry here. It’s been a very busy summer both in my personal life as well as my business one. I changed jobs within IBM effective August 1: I went from the IBM Software Group  where I co-led the Mobile Enterprise strategy…

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Daily links for 08/29/2012

IBM’s new Kenya research lab: A stepping stone to African expansion | ZDNet “IBM‘s decision to locate its new research centre in Nairobi, Kenya gives yet another boost to the country’s status as an investment destination for foreign technology companies. The research lab will focus on both basic and applied research…

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Daily links for 05/30/2012

Technology Leaders Support OASIS Standards for Open Data Protocol – MarketWatch “Based on that demand, Citrix Systems Inc., IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp., Progress Software, SAP AG and WSO2 are proposing an Open Data Protocol (OData) Technical Committee (TC) in the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), an…

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What I learned about mobile at IBM Impact 2012

In this post I talk about IBM mobile products and what happened at a large IBM conference. As a result, it is more specific to IBM’s offerings than some of my other blog entries. This week I’ve been in Las Vegas at the IBM Impact conference. The days have been…

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The spectrum of hybrid mobile app development with Worklight

The hybrid approach to developing mobile apps offers advantages for those wishing to produce pure native apps or those that have HTML5 content. Earlier in 2012, on January 31, IBM announced its planned acquisition of Worklight, a provider of a mobile application development platform. Several weeks later the deal closed.…

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Daily links for 04/12/2012 – OpenStack Foundation Edition

Leading Technology Companies Support Formation of OpenStack Foundation – MarketWatch “Today nineteen leading technology companies announced their plans to become Platinum or Gold members of the OpenStack® Foundation, an independent and long-term home for OpenStack, the open source cloud operating system. AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat, and…

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The mobile lifecycle

I’ve been giving many talks lately to customers and partners about IBM‘s mobile strategy and recent moves in our product portfolios. See, for example, the news of the Worklight acquisition and the presentation I gave at Mobile World Congress 2012. Here are some more detail on one of the slides,…

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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 11/25/2011

IBM Software events – Introduction to WebSphere Application Server V8 Part 1: Speed delivery of new applications “The pace of business is unrelenting and it falls to developers to deliver new applications and services as quickly as possible. In this first session of a two part series, learn how the…

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Getting started with mobile in the enterprise: The IBM Mobile Technology Preview

Over the last 15 years of my career, I’ve seen several ideas or technology trends capture a significant amount of customer, press, and analyst attention. There was Java, XML, web services, SOA, and cloud. In and around all those were standards and open source. To me, the unquestionably hot technology…

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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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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 10/05/2011

Adobe: We Love Flash and HTML5 Equally – Application Development – News & Reviews – eWeek.com “Adobe has also extended existing tools like Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash Professional to bring the next generation of Web standards to designers and developers who rely on those tools. Adobe also released the new…

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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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IBM to donate Symphony code to Apache for consideration

Six weeks ago I noted here that Oracle had to decided to offer the codebase for OpenOffice.org, the open source word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software suite to the Apache Software Foundation. Two weeks after that, Apache voted to accept the proposed project for incubation. Now, one month later, IBM…

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Daily links for 06/20/2011

When WiFi doesn’t work: a guide to home networking alternatives “If you live an old home or building, you already know the limits of WiFi. Despite the improved range of 802.11n coupled with improved throughput at greater distances‚ WiFi doesn’t work magic. Buildings with brick or stucco-over-chicken-wire walls resist the…

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Daily links for 06/16/2011

HP sues Oracle as tech big shots’ animosity grows – Forbes.com “In the lawsuit, HP accuses Oracle of anticompetitive behavior, breaking a promise to continue supporting Itanium machines and of the use of “strong-arm tactics to coerce customers into replacing their HP servers with Sun servers they do not want.”…

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Daily links for 06/15/2011

Java standards process to get an upgrade | Application Development – InfoWorld “New procedures are part of the recently introduced Java Specification Request 348. “This JCR — nicknamed JCP.next — proposes a variety of changes to do with transparency, participation, agility, and governance,” JCP said in a document posted on…

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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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Some remarks on OpenOffice going to Apache

Earlier today, Oracle announced that they would be donating source code for OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation to start a new incubator project. It’s been an interesting road to get to this point over the decades, with well and not-so-well publicized twists and turns, but I’m glad we got…

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Daily links for 04/07/2011

OMG Announces Cloud Standards Customer Council “OMG® today announced the formation of the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC). OMG is also announcing that CA, IBM, Kaavo, Rackspace and Software AG have joined the CSCC as Founding Sponsors. The Cloud Standards Customer Council is an end user advocacy group dedicated to…

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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 03/09/2011

The Android OS Update Problem | alexking.org “Developers have to support too many OS versions and devices. The testing matrix involved in supporting multiple OS versions, multiple vendor-specific extensions, multiple hardware configurations (differences in physical screen size and resolution, with or without a hardware keyboard, BlackBerry style keyboard vs. slide-out…

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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 with Open.org? | ITworld “The domain name was recently acquired…

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Daily links for 12/29/2010

What Was and What Maybe Will Be The Top 7 Java Stories of 2010 – Application Development – News & Reviews – eWeek.com “eWEEK takes a look at seven of the biggest stories to impact or raise the interest of the Java community in 2010 – starting with Oracle acquiring…

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Mostly obvious predictions for open source in 2011, or are they?

I’ve been reading many of the lists of predictions for free and open source software in 2011. Most of them are pretty obvious: many of the things that were significant in 2010 will continue to be so in 2011. The obvious tweak to this is to ask whether such-and-such will…

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Daily links for 10/12/2010 – OpenJDK edition

IBM and Oracle Are Behind OpenJDK! | JavaWorld’s Daily Brew “Today’s announcement that IBM will collaborate on OpenJDK comes at an important time for the Java community. For years, Java developers wondered if Sun would ever open source Java. Recently, some have questioned Oracle’s commitment to open source. Today’s announcement…

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IBM joins the OpenJDK community, will help unify open source Java efforts

When people talk about open source, the notion of “forking” often comes up. The idea is that some folks are not happy with the direction in which a project is going, so they take a copy of the source code, come up with a new name, and set up shop…

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Daily links for 10/07/2010

The Mobile Monster Mash(up) | ZDNet “Today JibJab and Sendables released their latest in do-it-yourself animated e-cards, just in time for everyone’s favorite spooky holiday. And what’s more spooky than a bunch of tech giants that have nothing better to do than litigate each other? I give you the “Mobile…

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Daily links for 09/08/2010

Android/Linux kernel fight continues – Computerworld Blogs “Brady over-stated the case. Android is Linux. To be exact, version, 2.2, Froyo, runs on top of the 2.6.32 Linux kernel. To quote from the Android developer page, Dalvik, Android’s Java-based interface and user-space, uses the “Linux kernel for underlying functionality such as…

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Daily links for 09/07/2010

Mark Bohannon to Lead Red Hat Governmental Affairs and Public Policy | Business Wire “Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Mark Bohannon will join the company as Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy on Oct. 1, 2010.…

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Daily links for 08/15/2010

Oracle signals an end to OpenSolaris – Computerworld “Oracle appeared to confirm this week what many in the computer industry already suspected: The OpenSolaris project is dead. Oracle laid out its Solaris strategy in an internal memo that was leaked to the OpenSolaris mailing list on Friday. It says Oracle’s…

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10 things traditional software customers want to know about open source

What questions come up most frequently when I engage with customers about open source? The answers should be important to you whether you produce or use traditional or open source software. I talk to many customers who have installed what I’ll call “traditional” or “commercial” software but what some people…

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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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10 ideas about integrating open source into your IT infrastructure

At the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) this year I did a presentation called “Asking the hard questions about open source software.” I’ve been expanding on some of the areas I mentioned and have previously posted the blog entries “10 elements of open source governance in your organization” and “10…

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Daily links for 05/09/2010, Rogue Edition

Facebook’s Gone Rogue; It’s Time for an Open Alternative | Epicenter | Wired.com “Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg’s dreams of world domination. It’s time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed.” tags: facebook, privacy Apple building its…

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Daily links for 05/04/2010

Gamers Mad at Sony for Yanking PS3’s Linux Compatibility “A group of Linux users has filed suit against Sony, upset about the company yanking Linux capability from its PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console. When PS3 made its debut in 2006, it gave users the option to run a so-called alternate…

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Interview with IBM’s head Linux honcho Dan Frye at Linux.com

Ahead of the Linux Foundation’s Collaboration Summit, Linux.com’s Jennifer Cloer has posted an interview with Dan Frye, IBM‘s vice president of Open Systems Development. Here’s a snapshot: You will be talking about 10+ years of Linux at IBM. What has changed about Linux in a decade? What hasn’t? Frye: Whoa.…

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On highly customizing that open source code

Several weeks ago at OSBC I posed a serious of “hard questions” about open source software. They weren’t meant to demean it, of course, but were really to say that software for the enterprise needs to be held to very high standards, whether it open source or traditional. One of…

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Hard questions about open source software

Several days ago I posted the slides I used at the Open Source Business Conference in PDF form and also provided the SlideShare version. For those who want to see the contents of the slides directly, I’ve included most of it below. What I do not have here is one…

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My OSBC 2010 keynote, with slides

This morning I gave a keynote called “Asking the Hard Questions about Open Source Software” at the OSBC 2010 conference in San Francisco. Here’s the abstract: Businesses have had decades of experience in acquiring software directly, on hardware, in services engagements, and through system integrators. As more and more organizations…

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Daily links for 02/23/2010

A little overagressive on the links today, but there’s a lot going on … The Apache Software Foundation Announces the 15th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Web Server : The Apache Software Foundation Blog “The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) — developers, stewards, and incubators of 138 Open Source projects —…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Open Source Open Source House: designing eco-affordable housing together Open Source House (OS-House) is a non-profit organization that aims to provide better, more sustainable housing in low-income countries. 8 Design principles are utilized by OS-House to guarantee standards of sustainability, and meet the challenge of flexibility, ensuring that all designs…

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