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 Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Open Source Windows 7 on netbooks: Maybe it’s not a Linux killer ComputerWorld / Preston Gralla I’ve frequently written that Windows 7 will kill Linux on netbooks. But given that most Windows 7-equipped netbooks ship with the underwhelming Starter Edition, I may well have been wrong. And new evidence shows…

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Starting an open source business: preliminary thoughts

I’ve been very surprised as I’ve looked around the web that there doesn’t seem to be very many good guides about the nuts and bolts of starting an open source business. There are odds and ends, yes, and conferences that have sessions here and there, but given all the thousands…

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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…

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Daily Links for Monday, October 19, 2009

Open Source Apache Tuscany Java SCA 1.5.1 Released The Apache Tuscany team are pleased to announce the 1.5.1 release of the Java SCA project. Apache Tuscany provides a runtime environment based on the Service Component Architecture (SCA). SCA is a set of specifications aimed at simplifying SOA application development. These…

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Daily Links for Thursday, October 15, 2009

Open Source How Nokia Learned to Love Openness ComputerworldUK / Glyn Moody My impression is that Nokia is now really engaging with openness in the wake of buying Trolltech and Symbian. Clearly, it still has a lot of work to do, both generally in terms of supporting openness elsewhere in…

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8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo

I just saw notice of the 8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo now scheduled for February 19-21, 2010 at the Westin Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport. While I’ve never attended this conference in person (why be in LA in February when you can be in snowy upstate NY?), I’ve…

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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…

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Update on antisocial bookmarks

About once a month I publish an entry about what I’ve been calling antisocial bookmarks, the saving of links to articles, blog entries, websites, and documents to a blog without using a service like Delicious or Diigo. My last entry, at the end of August, was called “More thoughts on…

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Daily Links for August 24, 2009 – Morning Edition

Open Source Get out the Vote: 2009 Open Source CMS Award CMS Report / Bryan Ruby “There are only about three weeks left to nominate your favorite open source content management system for Packt Publishing’s 2009 Open Source CMS Award. This is the fourth year for the award and the…

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Daily News for August 14 – Morning Edition

Linux and Netbooks Dell: Linux v Windows netbook returns a ‘non-issue’ The Register/Gavin Clark “Dell has delivered a dose of reality for both Microsoft and the Linux community on the subject of netbooks. Speaking at OpenSource World, a Dell executive deflated Microsoft’s enthusiasm for making a case out of the…

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Aftermath of site reconstruction: a few more nits

Ten days ago I documented how my hosting provider deleted the wrong account and wiped sutor.com and some other sites I own. I had backups for all the files and got most everything running within a few hours, but it was a pain. What did not happen automatically upon restoring…

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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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Open source and 3D

I’m one of the least artistic people you will ever meet though I like to build things. Through the years I’ve experimented with various applications that promised to allow me to visualise what a room or a building would look like without the time and expense involved with actual construction.…

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Life with Linux: On the Road

Since my last entry on this topic two weeks ago, I’ve had the chance to bring my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400 running Ubuntu Linux 9.04 on a few business trips. I’ve also done a few tweaks, added a few apps, subtracted a few apps, and generally lived with this environment…

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Daily Links 07/21/2009 (p.m.)

An Antic Disposition: ODFDOM 0.7 Released “I’m pleased to report that the 0.7 release of the ODF Toolkit Union’s ODFDOM library has just been released. This is an open source (Apache 2.0 license) Java toolkit for programmatically reading, writing and manipulating ODF documents. The code is 100% Java and does…

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Life with Linux: More apps

I’ve been working on tuning the Linux installation I have on my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400, and it’s time to add a few more applications. I’ll break them down by category. User Interface One feature I really like on OS X for the Mac is the ability to change the…

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Webcast: Migrating from Solaris to Red Hat Linux on IBM Systems

IBM will be hosting a webcast on said topic on Thursday, June 25, at 1 PM ET. The webcast description is: Interested in migrating from Solaris to Linux on IBM Systems, but concerned about technical gotchas in custom code and shell scripts? What you don’t know can matter, particularly when…

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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 06/03/2009 (p.m.)

Ellison pits Sun and Oracle against AJAX and Google • The Register “Ellison’s declaration means he’s backing an emerging and largely Sun-only technology, while the majority of the web and the industry uses AJAX. Unlike the rest of Sun’s Java language and platform, JavaFX has not gone through Java standards…

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Daily Links 05/14/2009 (p.m.)

MySQL Alumni Start Industry Hub For Open Source Database — MySQL Database — InformationWeek “While the alliance is meant to safeguard the future of MySQL development, it may also signal that the MySQL code base is about to fork into a 100% open source version versus Oracle (NSDQ: ORCL)’s, once…

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Daily Links 04/08/2009 (p.m.)

Canonical Blog » Blog Archive » Microsoft, FUD and the netbook market “Brandon Le Blanc from Microsoft posted an interesting post about Netbooks and Linux last week. While we agreed with his comments about customers wanting choice and looking for outstanding hardware options, we disagree with much of his analysis…

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Weekend progress on the website: using Drupal and WordPress together

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This weekend I made some progress on the grand website unification: how to use Drupal and WordPress together while achieving a relatively consistent look and feel across both environments. To recap, I had been using…

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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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