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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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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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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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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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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Wiki thoughts

As long time readers may know, I’ve occasionally raised the spectre of adding a wiki to this website. Every few months I would look around at what was available, check out and install the famous ones like Mediawiki, as well as the smaller and less well known packages. Sometimes the…

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Open source and the lone developer

It occurred to be this morning when I was stuck in traffic that although a lot has been written about open source development for communities, much less is out there for the lone developer. This is the person who labors along by him- or herself, writing code and letting the…

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Daily Links 01/14/2009 (p.m.)

Samuel J. Palmisano: Let’s Spend on Broadband and the Power Grid – WSJ.com “Smarter infrastructure is by far our best path to creating new jobs and stimulating growth. We at IBM were asked to map this out by President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, and our research shows that a $30…

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Daily Links 01/12/2009 (p.m.)

About › Zine “For later releases we want to simplify the administration interface and implement Atom publishing to make editing for authors as simple as possible. We have strong focus on web standards and security. Zine generates valid HTML 4 everywhere and generates Atom feeds. An extensible markup language called…

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Daily Links 11/20/2008 (p.m.)

Christian Renaud’s Weblog: Lively heads for the giraffe graveyard “Google announced yesterday on their blog that they are shuttering the Lively project. This is unfortunate for multiple reasons” tags: OB, Google, Lively InternetNews Realtime IT News – Sun Expands MySQL With Closed Source “The MySQL Enterprise Fall 2008 Release includes…

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Daily Links 10/04/2008 (a.m.)

Tutorial: How to Replicate a Real Life Building in Second Life « The ARCH “One of the most frequently requested services I receive as a freelance builder and consultant in Second Life is to replicate real-life buildings. While I’ve written a lot (here, and here) about the potential for a…

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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #4: Linux and the desktop

Although I’ve previously published the slides for the talk I gave at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, I thought it might be useful to add some additional comments in the blog about each of the eight predictions I made. This is not the full text of what I said nor…

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Daily Links 04/30/2008

Microsofts Vista Problem – Bits – Technology – New York Times Blog “Microsoft keeps insisting that Windows Vista is a winner, but the questions keep mounting — and Thursday’s quarterly report only added to the doubts.” tags: OB, Microsoft, Vista Erwin’s StarOffice Tango – ODF Development using Perl, Python, Java,…

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links for 2008-02-23

PySoy, a 3D Game Engine for Python “PySoy is a revolutionary cross-platform Python module which enables developers to easily build 3D games.” (tags: python 3d games) A Journey to the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, Pa. – Travel – Escapes – New York Times “EVEN though Nazareth, Pa., isn’t quite…

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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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#1. If I were to build a virtual world … the basics

I’m going to start a new series where I publicly brainstorm about some issues of building a virtual world. This is just Bob thinking out loud, not some deep IBM strategy. I’m not even in the part of the company that manages the business we do do in virtual worlds.…

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Up and running again

We’re back! My website sutor.com is now running on a new hosting provider and I think all the pieces are up and operational. The most time consuming aspect was uploading all the photos in the album. I’ve restored the WordPress database and it really couldn’t have been easier, given that…

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Disconnected

This week seems to have been a great big challenge in being disconnected, and not on purpose. I traveled down to North Carolina to give talks at NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, and UNC Charlotte. Aside from the normal running around doing things during the day, my Blackberry wasn’t pulling…

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Must read: “When is a standard not a standard?”

Sometimes I get lazy and just do a del.ici.us link to articles that really deserve more mention of their own, so I’m going to start making up for it by pointing you over to Edward Macnaghten’s excellent “When is a standard not a standard?” article at Free Software Magazine. There’s…

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links for 2007-01-11

Microsoft leaves Word flaws unpatched – ZDNet “Microsoft on Tuesday released fixes for vulnerabilities in its Windows and Office software, but left several known Word zero-day flaws without a patch.” (tags: microsoft office) Slashdot | Dark Corners of the OpenXML Standard (tags: microsoft ecma) An Antic Disposition: How to hire…

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#3. My Favorites from 2006 – July through September

This is the third part of some reminiscences of my blogging experience from 2006. See the bottom for links to all four parts. “Adjusting to a more open world: Understanding and overcoming resistance to open technologies” Saturday, July 8th, 2006 This was, I think, a fairly good attempt at drawing…

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On blog serialization

Attentive readers of this space will notice that I’ve slowed down the blogging for the end-of-year holidays and vacation. Tomorrow is Christmas, and preparation for that has been taking up a lot of our family time. William and I went to see Eragon yesterday and we enjoyed it. He and…

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My 2006 BOBBY Awards

It’s the end of the year and it’s time for my first annual BOBBY awards – Bob’s Open Blog Best of the Year. The categories and winners were chosen after careful consideration and all decisions of the judge (me) are final! My usual disclaimer: these are my personal choices and…

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