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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Links for Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – OIN Edition

Open Source Microsoft rivals to purchase 22 patents to defend Linux ComputerWorld / Elizabeth Montalbano A group of Linux proponents will purchase patents formerly held by Microsoft in an effort to defend distributors of the open-source OS against the ongoing threat of patent litigation from the software giant. The Open…

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Life with Linux: First customizations

By the end of the last entry, I had installed and updated a basic, vanilla Ubuntu 9.04 Linux desktop on a Lenovo T400 laptop. There was nothing about the installation that was special to the hardware or to how I wanted the environment to be. I’ll now start customizing, and…

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Daily Links 06/04/2009 (p.m.)

Microsoft to plug holes in Windows, IE, Word, Office and Excel | Security – CNET News “Affected products include Windows 2000, XP, XP Professional edition, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, 2007 Office and Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008 for the Mac. Other affected software…

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Daily Links 03/27/2009 (a.m.)

GDN: Blue Mars SDK from Avatar Reality “Providing a brand new venue for game developers, digital entrepreneurs, artists and educators, Avatar Reality Inc., today announced its software development kit (SDK) for the upcoming massively multiplayer virtual world (MMVW), Blue Mars. Premiering at the 2009 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the Blue…

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Daily Links 03/04/2009 (p.m.)

Why Open Computing matters for Government IT :: PublicTechnology.net “What then does open computing mean to governments – and what might it be worth considering when specifying requirements? Simply put – adopt open standards to avoid being locked-in to any one IT vendor, ensure the software you use fully implements…

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Daily Links 02/06/2009 (p.m.)

Daily Kos: World Of Warcraft: The Only Depression-Proof Industry? “Is World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment’s Gem, the single depression-proof industry? Yes, because people who lose their jobs will have more time to play. Furthermore, those on unemployment won’t give up their graphics cards and flashing computer images of the Lich…

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Daily Links 05/07/2008

Are we closer to a ‘Matrix’-style world? – Frontiers- msnbc.com “Advances in computing, graphics are creating a more realistic virtual reality” tags: virtual world, OB, NP Linux Shootout: 7 Desktop Distros Compared — Linux Distros — InformationWeek “We tested openSUSE, Ubuntu 8.04, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva Linux One, Fedora, SimplyMEPIS, and CentOS…

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Life after Windows, Day 1

My work laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T60p that came with Windows XP and all sorts of IBM software that allows me to access my Lotus Notes email and get through the corporate firewall. As soon as I got it, I split the disk in half and have had various…

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links for 2008-02-20

Politics Lessig: I’m considering a run for Congress | Tech news blog – CNET News.com “Confirming weeks of speculation, Larry Lessig, the Stanford University law professor and “free culture” icon, has confessed that yes indeed, he’s considering a run for the U.S. Congress this year.” (tags: politics) Free As In…

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#2. If I were to build a virtual world … building up the basic model

This is the second part of my series where I’m brainstorming about some considerations regarding building a virtual world. The idea is that I discuss what I would like to see in the world (or “worlds,” as I’ll talk about today), and give you the chance to tell me why…

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Seven Challenges and Priorities for Virtual Worlds in 2008

Thus far this year I have given my opinions about the top ten priorities for open standards and open source in 2008. With this post I’m going to continue the series and give my ideas for virtual worlds like Second Life, Active Worlds, and so forth. First let me say…

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links for 2007-11-26

Real Estate Growing number of foreclosures creates a new scam – The Boston Globe “The National Consumer Law Center estimates that thousands of troubled borrowers across the country were victimized in the last few years.” (tags: realestate) Where Mansions Go Begging – New York Times “Almost 700 homes are currently…

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links for 2007-08-01

They Really Came to that Conclusion? I’m Shocked, Absolutely Shocked CompTIA: IE voted ‘most influential’ tech product | CNET News.com “Microsoft and CompTIA have traditionally been closely aligned, particularly in the fight against open-source software–both are key members of the Initiative for Software Choice, which frequently takes an anti-open-source stance.…

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links for 2007-07-11

Open Source After Ubuntu, Windows Looks Increasingly Bad, Increasingly Archaic, Increasingly Unfriendly @ ENTERPRISE OPEN SOURCE MAGAZINE “Well, Ubuntu takes Linux where I’ve long hoped it would go – easy to use, reliable, dependable, great applications too but more on that later. It has some elegance to it – bet…

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links for 2007-06-15

Mac and Games Did Apple Lie to Mac Gamers? “But was the announcement of EA’s return to the Mac market at WWDC 2007 all it was cracked up to be? Did Apple intentionally mislead its customer base by not divulging the details of how EA’s games would be made to…

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links for 2007-06-11

Mac, Games, and Graphics Mac Rumors: World of Warcraft Update and Multithreaded OpenGL in Mac OS X 10.4.8 “Most notable, however, is support for Multithreaded OpenGL for Intel Macs running OS X 10.4.8 or higher.” (tags: mac opengl worldofwarcraft) Open Source and Education Linux News: Software: It’s Time to Consider…

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#4. My virtual world requirements – Multiple platforms for clients

In the first three parts of this series, I’ve looked at my basic requirements for virtual worlds, the need for more artificial intelligence, and some scenarios for moving information and assets among virtual worlds. This requirement is much faster to describe, and it is simply that the virtual world client…

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links for 2007-06-05

Open Source, Open Standards internetnews.com: Open Solutions Alliance Takes Aim at IP Risk “Interoperability, intellectual property and security are among the perceived barriers to adoption for open source software.” (tags: opensource) Open Sources | InfoWorld | IDC: This open source market is getting big | By Matt Asay “He has…

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Bluer skies, nicer clouds

Linden Lab, purveyors of Second Life, have announced the acquisition of Windward Mark, a graphics company specializing in atmospheric effects such as clouds and diffracted sunlight. This will both bolster their technology as well as beefing up their new presence in the Boston area. They have said that they will…

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links for 2007-05-19

Double the Standards, Double the Complexity Simon Phipps, SunMink: Message to Denmark: Dual Format Standards Are Bad “Having a single, baseline standard for document files is clearly preferable, and because of its complexity and the way it unfairly advantages Microsoft‘s existing products, OOXML is clearly a very poor choice for…

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Moving to the Mac

Per my last post, I now have an iMac. My previous home environment was a Windows XP/Ubuntu Linux dual boot machine. Now dual boot situations work, but they’re a bit of a pain, because you often find you want exactly the other environment for some task. I know I could…

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