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…

Continue reading

Daily Links for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Standards Netherlands helps Denmark with open IT The Industry Standard The Dutch government has provided Denmark with information regarding the Dutch national plan Heemskerk for open government IT. In Denmark, there is heated debate about the approach for open IT usage by the government. One of the obstacles is the…

Continue reading

Daily Links for Friday, December 11, 2009

Cloud IBM: LotusLive paying subscribers go from 0 to 18 million in a year ZDNet / Larry Dignan That LotusLive tally at the beginning of the year was nil so the growth is stunning. I double checked with IBM to make sure that those 18 million client seats were actually…

Continue reading

Webcast: “Smart Business Development and Test with IBM and Linux in the Cloud”

On Thursday, December 17, IBM will present a webcast entitled “Smart Business Development and Test with IBM and Linux in the Cloud.” From the description: More than just a presentation, this webcast will take you from the theory of cloud computing to practice in a few simple steps and give…

Continue reading

Daily Links for Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Politics / Government Public Access Policies for Science and Technology Funding Agencies Across the Federal Government With this notice, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President, requests input from the community regarding enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded…

Continue reading

Daily Links for Wednesday, November 4, 2009 – Virtual Worlds Edition

Virtual Worlds Feeding Edge Feeding Edge is a consulting company. Founded by epredator (Ian Hughes) metaverse evangelist, tribal leader and public speaker and developer with over 18 years experience in a single large corporation. Half of that time has been spent on leading edge, initially scary, technology and solutions in…

Continue reading

What does a cloud computing user want?

Several weeks ago I gave a talk called “Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, and Desktops… and Linux” at LinuxCon in Portland (video, slides). Since then I’ve reprised parts of the talk several times, including a couple of times for IBM-only audiences. I’m going to put up a few blog entries that expand…

Continue reading

Upcoming OpenOffice.org 2009 Conference in Orvieto, Italy

The next incarnation of the OpenOffice.org 2009 Conference will be held in a couple of weeks in Orvieto, Italy. The exact dates are November 3, 2009 – November 6, 2009. In addition to OpenOffice.org specifically, the conference will include discussions of the Open Document Format (ODF) and other software that…

Continue reading

Who is the user for cloud computing?

Several weeks ago I gave a talk called “Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, and Desktops… and Linux” at LinuxCon in Portland (video, slides). Since then I’ve reprised parts of the talk several times, including a couple of times for IBM-only audiences. I’m going to put up a few blog entries that expand…

Continue reading

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:…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Daily Links for Monday, October 12, 2009

Open Source Banco Pastor Reduces Costs, Increases Scalability and Boosts Performance with Red Hat, SAP and IBM Solutions Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), the world`s leading provider of open source solutions, and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Banco Pastor, the seventh largest Spanish banking group with 650 branch offices in Spain…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

IBM Teleconference: “System z and Linux: The winning combination”

Please excuse this marketing interruption, but in case you are interested: System z and Linux: The winning combination Broadcast Date: October 8, 2009, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4:00 p.m. UTC Developed for: IT strategists, solution analysts and managers, enterprise architects, systems analysts, systems programmers, application developers, IT operations managers,…

Continue reading

Daily Links for Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Open Source IBM Make Linux For Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan InformationWeek / Paul McDougall Put another way, IBM thinks Kazakhstan and other emerging markets are better off devoting scarce resources to building out businesses and infrastructure rather than paying a tax to Redmond on every piece of computing hardware…

Continue reading

Daily Links for Friday, September 25, 2009 – Evening Edition

Cloud IBM Supplies Cloud System for Chinese City eWeek / Chris Preimesberger IBM’s CloudBurst software and services package will be used by the local government of Dongying, China, to access software development and test resources for software startup companies via a self-service Web interface, IBM says. The cloud later will…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Daily Links for Thursday, September 24, 2009 – IBM/Canonical Edition

IBM Markets Wares to Africa: Company Targets Region With Low-Cost Software, Challenging Microsoft Wall Street Journal / William M. Bulkeley IBM, which has been pushing into developing markets like Africa and Asia as mature markets slow, said the package — which includes basic programs like word processing and email —…

Continue reading

IBM and Canonical partner on software package for Africa

The Wall Street Journal broke the story this morning of a partnership between IBM and Canonical to provide a software package for users of netbooks and other thin clients in Africa. The package, which can be configured in several ways to provide both netbook-based and cloud-based software, is expected to…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Daily Links for Friday, September 11, 2009

Open Source Linux Foundation to Microsoft: stop secretly attacking Linux ars technica / Ryan Paul Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin issued a scathing condemnation of Microsoft’s recent attempts to unload Linux-related patents to patent trolls. He calls for the company to “stop secretly attacking Linux” and compete on the…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

New IBM Redbook: “Practical Migration to Linux on System z”

There is a new draft IBM Redbook available called Practical Migration to Linux on System z. Here’s the RedBook abstract: There are many reasons why you would want to to optimize your servers through virtualization using Linux® on System z®: Too many distributed physical servers with low utilization A lengthy…

Continue reading