Up and running again

We’re back! My website sutor.com is now running on a new hosting provider and I think all the pieces are up and operational. The most time consuming aspect was uploading all the photos in the album. I’ve restored the WordPress database and it really couldn’t have been easier, given that…

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#21. My Second Life: Scripting a sliding door

A more up-to-date version of this entry is here. I don’t know about you, but the sliding doors in my house don’t automatically open and close themselves. This is possible, though, and you may have seen automatic doors that open when you step on a mat as you approach. Long…

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Open source software as market competition

I was reading a comment in a blog that expressed a typical whine I’ve heard a lot of lately: that Open Office was designed from the start to compete with Microsoft Office and steal precious marketshare. The secondary attitude that came through was “How dare they! The nerve! Someone help…

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#1. Ubuntu Feisty Fawn and Second Life – No go for me on one machine

The installation for the latest Ubuntu version 7.04 “Feisty Fawn” went well on my Thinkpad T60p, both times. I first did an upgrade and, when I had the problems described below, I did a fresh install. I wasn’t concerned about doing a full install since I didn’t have much in…

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Microsoft works to kill open document standards in Florida?

See the Linux.com article “Microsoft’s ‘Men in Black’ kill Florida open standards legislation.” Sounds like a well orchestrated and well financed program to fight against ODF and open standards. What do open standards do? Promote interoperability among products made by different vendors and software providers. Drive competition in the marketplace…

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Learning more about ODF

In the last two years, there has been a wealth of material on the web about the OpenDocument Format (ODF), an OASIS and ISO open standard for document interchange that was designed for interoperability among systems independently developed to run on multiple operating platforms. In short, ODF levels the document…

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Astroturf grassroots for OOXML?

First we saw Microsoft trying to drum up some support in the UK for their OOXML product specification turned into a “standard” via a petition. Now there is mention in Slashdot and elsewhere of what is appearing to be part of a well orchestrated campaign to stop ODF in California.…

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