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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Novell’s John Dragoon on “Battle Of The OS Titans” in Forbes

Novell’s CMO John Dragoon has a very nice article over in Forbes called “Battle Of The OS Titans” that emphasizes many important points about the changing desktop operating system scene. He says, in part: Gone are the days when the one-size-fits-all, monolithic operating system approach makes sense. Users are driving…

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I’m waiting

Every once in a while I realize that I’m waiting for something. Here are some of those things. I’m waiting for … The next release candidate of Ubuntu Linux 9.10. Fedora Linux 12. Winter. I know it’s coming, and I’m tired of being teased. The World Series, but only if…

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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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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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When you choose your clouds, don’t make foggy choices

Whenever there is a major evolution in IT technology trends, the industry has a choice: do we go with proprietary data formats, protocols, and programming interfaces, or do we take a more open approach, allowing the provider with the best offering and service to win without locking in customers? Some…

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Backups

It’s well known that you should back up your data. If your hard disk crashes, it can be a major problem to recover your information. On my Mac I use Time Machine with an external hard disk. This is better than nothing and very useful, but is still a problem…

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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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IBM’s patent announcement today

Today IBM announced that for the 16th year in a row, it received more US patents than any other company, The number for 2008 was also a record, 4186, for any company. Here are a couple of links to the story: New York Times: “Patent King I.B.M. Will Give Away…

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LaTeX revisited

Back in my math days before 1999 or so, I needed a document preparation system that could handle formulas and was programmable. That really meant one thing, TeX, or its somewhat easier to use set of extension packages, LaTeX. I did my doctoral dissertation using this and I did the…

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Small business free and open source thought exercise

Sometimes when I’m driving long distances or trying to fall asleep, I give myself little thought exercises along the lines of the following: If I knew someone who was going to start a small business with 10 or fewer employees and he or she wanted to maximally use free or…

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Secure mashups via SMash

Some of my IBM colleagues in the emerging technologies asked me to mention something they introduced last week – SMash, for Secure Mashups. The basic idea is this. In Web 2.0 people frequently use AJAX components or services from several sources and then mash them together into a full application.…

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WordPress 2.3.1

I just upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.3.1. It was a simple process, especially because I have no custom code outside the wp-content directory. I’ve also reactivated aLinks to get standard links for terms like “Bob Dylan”. Mint is still off and I’m living happily with Google Analytics. Sometime soon…

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My World of Warcraft addons

The World of Warcraft multiplayer game exposes a programming interface for the Lua programming language. Because of this, many people have written legal addons that extend the game’s core functionality or provide alternate user interfaces. Some of the packages are huge but some are small and provide very specific functionality.…

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SOA, healthcare, University of Florida, and IBM

A very nice story broke yesterday about work that IBM is doing with the University of Florida to enable patient medical devices to be treated as services. There have been several press write-ups: “IBM, University of Florida Team Up on Smart Devices: IBM and the University of Florida are working…

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Virtual Technical Briefing in Second Life: Web 2.0

My IBM colleagues in developerWorks asked me to share the following: Join IBM developerWorks in Second Life for a virtual Web 2.0 Briefing on June 21, 2007 at 12:30 pm EDT/ 9:30 am PDT. During this briefing from IBM developerWorks you’ll see presentations on Web 2.0 technologies, a flash demo…

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Rational Software Development Conference comes to Second Life

My IBM colleagues from the Rational division of our software group asked me to share the following: As part of its commitment to the developer community, IBM is broadening the experience for conference visitors and avatars visiting IBM CODESTATION, in the virtual world of Second Life. During RSDC this year,…

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#2. My virtual world requirements – Good AI

This is the sixth item of a list started in the previous entry, “#1. My virtual world requirements – The basics.” Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is one area where both single player and multiplayer online games have a huge advantage over Second Life right now, but that, again, is by…

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