Embedded programming languages

A long time ago when I first started at IBM I used an editor named XEDIT that ran under the VM/CMS operating system on mainframes. It was a fullscreen, line-oriented editor that looks primitive now but was quite sophisticated in its time. One of the best things about it was…

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Daily Links for Monday, December 7, 1009

Software Microsoft to randomly generate EU browser ballot list Ars Technica / Emil Protalinski The previous method had them listed in alphabetical order, putting Apple‘s Safari first. Complaints from Opera, Google, and Mozilla resulted in the change, and also pushed Microsoft into moving the ballot screen from Internet Explorer into…

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Open source software: modify, extend, or leave it alone?

Let me begin with a story. When I first started using WordPress for blogging, it didn’t have support for standards-level Atom feeds. Being open source, though, a colleague had looked at how RSS feeds were processed and had written some code for Atom. I took this code and plugged it…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Open Source An Open Source Tool for Every Task School Library Journal / Steve Hargadon Following are some of the most popular OSS applications for schools. All are freely available, requiring no license fees, and can be loaded on an unlimited number of computers or distributed to students for home…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Open Source Open Source Proves Elusive as a Business Model The New York Times / Ashlee Vance The grass-roots nature of open source has led advocates to view the projects as a populist foil to proprietary software, where a company keeps the inner workings of its applications secret. But in…

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Daily Links for Monday, November 30, 2009

Software Kindle 2 finally gets native PDF support, screen rotation Ars Technica Newly sold Kindles will come with an expanded battery, and those with the Kindle 2 will get a holiday gift as well: native PDF support and screen rotation. Music library disaster? How to rip songs from your iPod…

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Operating systems: upgrade or reinstall? guilt or pleasure?

Through the years I’ve run many versions of Microsoft Windows. For the last two and one-half years I’ve had Apple Macs, so I’ve used both OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. I don’t even know how many different desktop Linux distributions I’ve installed, but I’ve certainly installed Linux at least…

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Daily Links for Sunday, November 1, 2009

Software Microsoft to indirectly fund L.A.’s switch to Google Apps Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Nick Eaton Talk about irony. Of the $7.2 million the Los Angeles city government will be spending to switch its e-mail system to Google Apps, $1.5 million of it will come from Microsoft, according to City Council…

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Novell’s John Dragoon on “Battle Of The OS Titans” in Forbes

Novell‘s CMO John Dragoon has a very nice article over in Forbes called “Battle Of The OS Titans” that emphasizes many important points about the changing desktop operating system scene. He says, in part: Gone are the days when the one-size-fits-all, monolithic operating system approach makes sense. Users are driving…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cloud Amazon Offers MySQL Cloud Service, Cuts Server Fees InformationWeek / John Foley In a preemptive strike at Microsoft, Amazon Web Services offers a relational database in the cloud, high-memory configurations, and cuts hourly fees for its Windows and Linux servers. Open Source Debunking Some Linux Myths ZDNet UK /…

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Daily Links for Monday, October 26, 2009 – Fun (?) with Windows 7 Edition

Software Windows 7 Upgrade Woes Mount: Endless Reboots and Product Key Problems PC World / Jacqueline Emigh Call it the legacy of Microsoft‘s Vista operating system. PC users upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 have run into a variety of hair pulling problems since last Thursday when Windows 7…

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Daily Links for Friday, October 23, 2009 – Early Edition

Software Nokia: Apple iPhone Violates Our Patents BusinessWeek / Jack Ewing and Arik Hesseldahl The Finnish handset giant said Oct. 22 it has filed suit against Apple (AAPL) in U.S. District Court in Delaware, accusing its California-based rival of infringing patents for core technology that allows the iPhone to make…

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IBM/Lotus, Canonical/Ubuntu, and your Linux desktop

Today IBM and Canonical announced the next phase of their program to deliver Lotus desktop- and cloud-based software to users running on Ubuntu Linux. Here are a few links that sum up the announcement: IBM and Canonical Launch Linux- and Cloud-based Desktop Software in the U.S. Reuters Today IBM (NYSE:…

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I’m waiting

Every once in a while I realize that I’m waiting for something. Here are some of those things. I’m waiting for … The next release candidate of Ubuntu Linux 9.10. Fedora Linux 12. Winter. I know it’s coming, and I’m tired of being teased. The World Series, but only if…

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No-cost office suites for the Mac

This article and something I saw earlier on the web today reminded me that not everyone is aware of office productivity suites for the Mac that are available for no cost. Microsoft grants Mac Office 11th-hour reprieve ComputerWorld / Gregg Keizer Just a day before Microsoft was to have retired…

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Daily Links for Friday, October 9, 2009

Software September 2009 browser stats: IE sees biggest drop yet Ars Technica / Emil Protalinski Another month, another set of data that shows the main browser usage trend is unchanged: though its lead remains large, Internet Explorer is still losing ground to all other browsers. Firefox is steadily gaining, Safari…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, October 8, 2009

Software Study: Windows 7 doesn’t boot faster CNet / Ina Fried Despite positive reviews of the new operating system’s snappiness, PC tune-up company Iolo Technologies says its actually takes longer than Vista to get going. Cloud IBM Thinks Big with Storage Cloud for Enterprises internetnews.com / Larry Barrett With its…

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IBM Lotus Symphony free download

Several people have asked me about Lotus Symphony, the free office productivity suite included in the package we announced this week for Africa with Canonical (Ubuntu) and Virtual Bridges (VERDE). The primary Symphony site is here, and the download section is here. Versions are available for Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat…

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Daily Links for Monday, September 14, 2009

IBM Adds Widgets to Symphony Office Suite internetnews.com / Larry Barrett: This latest iteration lets users drag and drop widgets into Lotus Symphony. IBM developers say this feature distinguishes it from static office productivity tools such as Microsoft Word and that IBM and third-party developers, including independent software vendors, individual…

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Daily Links for August 10, 2009

InfoWorld: VMware buys SpringSource in cloud move “VMware said Monday afternoon it is acquiring SpringSource, maker of the popular open source Spring framework for Java development and related technologies, for $362 million in cash and equity plus the assumption of $58 million of unvested stock and options. The two companies…

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When you choose your clouds, don’t make foggy choices

Whenever there is a major evolution in IT technology trends, the industry has a choice: do we go with proprietary data formats, protocols, and programming interfaces, or do we take a more open approach, allowing the provider with the best offering and service to win without locking in customers? Some…

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