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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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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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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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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Hello Drupal (and WordPress will stay)

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. If you’ve been to my website recently and clicked on any of the sidebar links that are not blog or photo related, you probably saw a different look for the content. Over last weekend I…

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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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Managing open source adoption in your IT organization

This morning I was reading an article/blog entry by Paula Rooney called “Gartner doles out sobering predictions for open source use in the enterprise for next 5 years” over at ZDNet. In it, as you would expect, she largely quotes a Gartner report by Mark Driver. She says The economic…

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Introducing the events calendar

Two year’s ago when my wife Judith was running for the New York State Assembly, I wrote a simple events calendar for her website to keep track of all the local meetings, parades, and county fairs where she would be appearing. At that time and since, I’ve thought about having…

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Hunches and predictions for open source in 2009

It’s that time of year again. Last year I wrote about challenges and priorities for open source, standards, and virtual worlds. In January, 2007, I reviewed my favorite blog entries for 2006 (and note that I was considerably more succinct when I did this for 2008 about two weeks ago).…

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My current WordPress plugins

From time to time as I upgrade this blog to newer versions of WordPress, I also look and see if there are updated or just new-to-me plugins that will augment how the blog is presented or managed. Sometimes I need to drop plugins because they are no longer being supported…

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Compatibility, interoperability, and interchangeability

I often find it amusing when people pull out a very significant sounding, obviously committee-written definition of “interoperability.” If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that the definition was written and then delivered on a stone tablet. Is this necessary, or is interoperability one of those things that…

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Blog remodeling

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This last week I experimented with a couple of different ways of reorganizing this blog and making it easier for me to extend the website in the future. The first thing I looked at was…

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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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#16. My Second Life: From the grid to a universe

As a reminder, this blog entry contains my personal opinions and does not necessarily represent the ideas of my employer IBM regarding virtual worlds in general or Second Life in particular. The rise in popularity of online multiplayer games and 3D interaction environments like Second Life naturally brings into question…

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Online office apps, continued

Over in his ZDNet blog, David Berlind continues the distributed discussion around online office productivity apps, this time keeping the discussion to presentation software. He picks up the discussion by CNet’s Rafe Needleman that I linked to last Friday. David extends the online vs. offline discussion significantly. If you accept…

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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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