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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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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Google still beating Bing, by a lot, plus other number games

Yesterday I was reading the article “Surprise: Open-Source Users Prefer Google to Microsoft Bing” by Clint Boulton. In it, Clint talks about Chitka ad network’s analysis of their traffic from search engines: The ad network compared the operating system and search engine data for more than 163 million searches and…

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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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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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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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My personal favorite posts for 2008

As we wind down down 2008 and head into the holidays, I’ve been doing some planning about blog posts and longer pieces I plan to write in 2009. As part of that, I decided to go back over 2008 and list some of favorite posts from this year. “Ten challenges…

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Playing with the numbers, baseball and politics

Many diehard baseball fans love to play with the numbers, the statistics, associated with the game. One reason is that there are just so many of them, but the other is the hope that somehow they might predict the future for your favorite player or team. If you are into…

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Almost November

I realized today that it’s been almost a week since I last did a non-news post here. There are several reasons for this. First, of course, I’ve been busy with work. Among other things, I’m preparing for my ten minute session at next week’s Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.…

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Life after Windows, Day 1

My work laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T60p that came with Windows XP and all sorts of IBM software that allows me to access my Lotus Notes email and get through the corporate firewall. As soon as I got it, I split the disk in half and have had various…

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The OOXML BRM: Secrets and statistics

I’ve provided a few links in another entry to some of the negative views from the ISO/IEC Ballot Resolution Meeting for Microsoft’s OOXML specification (via ECMA). For the most part, I’m letting others comment, especially those who were in the meeting. I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more in…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

It’s been a little while since I published statistics, so here are the top ten most directly read blog entries in the last month listed in descending order: “While you’re waiting, don’t save in OOXML format” “Toward vs. Towards” “Ten challenges and priorities for free and open source in 2008”…

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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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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

It’s been a couple of months since my last “Top Ten” listing, but September was a bit hectic. According to Google Analytics, the top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of popularity are: “OOXML, the past. ODF, the future.” “Remembering September” “In case you…

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An “OOXML is a bad idea” blog entry compendium

I thought I would put together a list of some of my blog entries that touch on the OOXML issue now being considered in the JTC1 Fast Track Procedure. This isn’t everything I’ve ever written, but it includes most of the main points. I’ve also included a few related entries.…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

According to Google Analytics, the top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of popularity are: “Why OOXML will not be an ISO/IEC standard in 2007” “No is no, to OOXML” “Interoperability Specifications Pledge” “Microsoft and ECMA: Together again, doing it again” “#9. My Second…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

Since I started experiencing the “CPU Exceeded” problems several weeks ago, I moved off Mint and exclusively to Google Analytics for my website statistics. Therefore these popularity rankings and stats come from that new source. The top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of…

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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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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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Latest top 10 blog entries

About once a month I’m going to publish the top ten most directly read blog entries. By “directly read,” I mean entries where people take the trouble to visit the individual blog entry page. Many people, of course, never go to my website directly, they just use a feed reader…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 7

Last time I looked at a slightly more advanced document that added a bit of formatting to the basic one that only contained the letter ‘x’. In this part I’ll create a more advanced document. We’ll look at the XML in the ODF file and complete our basic examination of…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 6

Before we go too much further, I want to show you a little bit of XML processing in Python. As we saw in Part 5, we can open up the content.xml component of our ODF file and retrieve the document. For a word processing document, this will include the text…

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What browsers are people using on sutor.com?

I’ve been trying out Mint for the last week to see some more statistics on how people are accessing my blog and overall website. It’s been helpful, though it tells me nothing about the use of the RSS and ATOM feeds. In the last week, here is the breakdown of…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 3

In this series of entries, I’m looking at how we can use Python to do some basic examination and processing of the contents of an OpenDocument Format, or ODF, word processing file. The document I’m looking at is almost as simple as it can be because it just contains the…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 2

In Part 1 of what I am calling the Dr. ODF project for examining what’s in an OpenDocument Format word processing file, I laid out our first big milestone: understand what is in the zip file holding the components of the document. Our initial document is very simple because I’ve…

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My WordPress plug-ins

Periodically I do a post about which Firefox extensions I’m currently using and I just noted two that I’m trying out. (Colorful Tabs will stay, not so sure about Performancing.) I thought today I would mention which WordPress plug-ins I’m using for this blog. First of all, there are hundreds…

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Essay on Massachusetts and OpenDocument

I’ve referenced this before, but since it’s been updated, I’ll point to it again. David Wheeler has a good, comprehensive essay over at “Why OpenDocument Won (and Microsoft Office Open XML Didn’t)”. One point that you shouldn’t miss is around GPL. Microsoft has now said itself that its Office XML…

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