Daily Links for Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Macintosh Official Google Mac Blog: Google Chrome for Mac goes beta! Official Google Mac Blog 73,804 lines of Mac-specific code and 29 developer builds later, we’re excited to finally release Google Chrome for Mac in beta. We took a hefty dose of goodness from the Windows version to build a…

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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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Sunday morning WordPress installation maintenance

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This site is a merge of WordPress and Drupal, with the former handling the blog and the latter everything else. I use variations on the Garland theme originally developed for Drupal to try to make…

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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 Monday, November 9, 2009

Open Source Ubuntu: the complete beginner’s guide Times Online / Jonathan Richards Ubuntu, if you’re not familiar with it, is one of many varieties of a broader, open-source OS called Linux. It looks and feels a lot like Windows (more or less), but, being very lightweight, it runs very quickly,…

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Daily Links for Friday, November 6, 2009

Macintosh Switchers Guide: Moving from Windows to the Mac Macworld / Harry McCracken Moving from a Windows PC to a Mac–at the office or at home–presents the same kinds of opportunities and challenges. It requires some up-front effort: Transferring your data from your old machine to your new one, getting…

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Working with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala: initial impressions

I’ve been playing with the latest Ubuntu desktop release, 9.10 Karmic Koala, since the first beta and I’ve now been using it full time for business work for three days. Here are my impressions and comments: For some reason, the beta seemed much more stable than the Release Candidate that…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Open Source The quest for a truly open smartphone: can it be done? Ars Technica / Ryan Paul Although a growing number of smartphone makers are embracing Linux and open source software, the dream of a fully open phone remains elusive. Advocates of software freedom are looking for solutions. Apple…

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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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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…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Document Formats BE: OpenOffice boom in Belgium The Port of Antwerp started preparing the migration of 1300 desktops to OpenOffice earlier this year. The completion of the migration is expected around September 2010. The IT-department decided not only to move to ODF, but also to use ODF as their primary…

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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 Saturday, October 10, 2009

Open Source Build A Linux Distro With SUSE Studio InformationWeek / Serdar Yegulalp Once, if you wanted to create your own Linux distribution, you had to jump through more hoops than your average Cirque du Soleil performer. Now it’s possible to automate the vast majority of the process, thanks to…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Open Source The Open Source Initiative’s corporate status is suspended: a CAOS Theory Q&A 451 CAOS Theory / Matthew Aslett The ability of the Open Source Initiative to steward the Open Source Definition and police the use of the term open source as it relates to software is in doubt…

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Site statistics through September 30, 2009

Here are the rolling three month sutor.com site stats from Google Analytics, plus 12 month previous stats. Percentages are calculated with respect to total numbers of hits. Statistics are computed from the first to the last days of the months listed. The up and down arrows compare the latest month…

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Daily Links for Monday, October 5, 2009 – Evening Edition

Open Source Netgear intros 802.11n Wi-Fi router with Linux Electronista Netgear this morning challenged Cisco in customizable routers with a new Linux-based RangeMax model. The WNR3500L has the same 802.11n Wi-Fi, gigabit Ethernet and USB device sharing as the regular WNR3500 but runs on an open-source Linux platform and will…

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Trying out Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala beta: dual boot Thinkpad T400

In my post of yesterday, I tried installing the latest Ubuntu 9.10 beta on a netbook and under VMWare Fusion on an Apple MacBook Pro. The first pretty much worked, while the second did not. Yesterday evening (what do you do on Saturday nights?) I attempted to install the beta…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, September 30, 2009 – Evening Edition

Open Source Portland Plans to Become Open Source Mecca DaniWeb Community / Sharon Fisher In its ongoing effort to become the coolest city in the U.S., the mayor of Portland, Oregon, is going to attempt tomorrow night to make it an “open source city,” making its data as open as…

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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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Links for Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” Edition

Open Source Microsoft trains Best Buy “Linux assassins” ZDNet / Adrian Kingsley-Hughes As I worked my way through the screenshots I was disturbed by the increasing amounts of FUD that was being used under the guise of “information” to discredit Linux. Microsoft mis-educates Best Buy on Linux CNet / Dave…

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More thoughts on using WordPress for antisocial bookmarks

Several weeks ago I mentioned that I had stopped using Diigo for saving and then posting digests of links into this blog. Long before that, I had stopped using delicious for that functionality and switched to Diigo. The reasons I gave were: I don’t really need my saved bookmarks available…

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Daily Links for August 28, 2009 – Lunchtime Edition

Macintosh Why Snow Leopard Is Truly Disruptive Forbes.com / Brian Caulfield Here’s the breakthrough: Apple‘s ( AAPL – news – people ) OS X, Snow Leopard, which goes on sale Friday, uses less code than its predecessor to do the same job. It’s a remarkable act of discipline that has…

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Daily Links for August 27, 2009 – Mac OS X Snow Leopard Edition

Macintosh Apple’s Sleek Upgrade NY Times / David Pogue “Despite all of this, the haters online deride Snow Leopard as a “service pack” — nothing more than a bug-fix/security-patch update like the ones Microsoft periodically releases for Windows. That’s a pretty uninformed wisecrack. Especially because the biggest changes in Snow…

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Daily Links for August 24, 2009 – Evening Edition

Macintosh Apple to Release Snow Leopard on August 28 PC World “The wait for Snow Leopard is over: on Monday, Apple announced that the latest version of its Mac OS X operating system would be available starting Friday, August 28. The company had previously said that the update would ship…

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