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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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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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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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #8: Industry applications

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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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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Open source software as market competition

I was reading a comment in a blog that expressed a typical whine I’ve heard a lot of lately: that Open Office was designed from the start to compete with Microsoft Office and steal precious marketshare. The secondary attitude that came through was “How dare they! The nerve! Someone help…

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Latest top 10 blog entries

Here is the latest collection of the top ten most read blog entries since I last published the list in December. “IBM votes NO on Open XML in ECMA” – was #2 ↑ “Is Open XML a one way specification for most people?” – was #1 ↓ “Interoperability vs. intraoperability:…

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#4. My Favorites from 2006 – October through December

This is the fourth part of some reminiscences of my blogging experience from 2006. See the bottom for links to all four parts. I didn’t blog much in the 10 days before and the few days after the November 7 election since I was volunteering on my wife Judith’s campaign…

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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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Bloor on IAccessible2, ODF

Peter Abrahams, Practice Leader at Bloor Research, has a very nice writeup of the IAccessible2 interfaces announced yesterday called “IAccessible2 Open Standard for Assistive Technology”. He say, in part: Pressure has been building from disabled users and from organisations, such as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to improve accessibility for all.…

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How my website was built and how I might do it differently today

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. It’s Saturday morning and I thought I would take a bit of time out to discuss how this website is built. It might be instructive for any of you who are thinking of doing something…

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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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Is the Microsoft UI license GPL-compatible?

Microsoft has very kindly posted the new royalty-free-but-with-conditions license and a FAQ on its website. They’ve also directly, sort of, dealt with the open source question in the FAQ: Can the license be obtained for use in Open Source products? The license doesn�t make a distinction between open source and…

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Will there be another Java?

This is the second version of this entry. In the first, I think I mentioned Java too often and in ways that opened myself up for criticism as a heretic, even though it wasn’t really my intention to find fault. This is especially true because the history of Java-the-phenomenon is…

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Sun, Java, GPL

I’m glad this finally got done. To Sun: keep pushing, finish the job, and don’t forget the Apache Harmony project. To you internal Sun people who worked so hard to make this happen: congratulations and thanks for your perseverance! To all the hundreds of non-Sun software developers who have contributed…

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Desktop Linux: It’s the wifi adapter, stupid

I’m the IT guy of the house. My 9 year old son’s computer started having some wireless problems several weeks ago. When I finally got around to looking at it, I realized that his hard drive was starting to fail. His old drive was 40Gb but I replaced it with…

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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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Teach your children about open. Even better, show them.

I’ve been in Raleigh the last two days participating in the K-12 Open Technologies Summit at the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. It was quite intense but this wasn’t a group singalong where everybody was singing the same song. Sure, almost all…

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Breaking news: IBM, Nokia, and others join in patent pledge to accelerate OSGi adoption

This press release is just out: “Leading Tech Companies Unite to Boost OSGi Technology with Royalty-Free Patent Pledge; Plan Will Encourage Use of Open, Dynamic Software Components in Computers and Devices That Use Java“. Here’s an excerpt: SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 26, 2006–Five high-technology companies and the OSGi(TM) Alliance announced…

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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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Phipps on Java, control, open source

Simon Phipps responds to some of the critics (presumably myself included) about the issues regarding what is happening with Java and Sun’s concern for compatibility in any open source effort in an entry over in his blog. Draw your own conclusions but also continue to listen to and think about…

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Discussion breaking out about Java and Open Source

I’ve pointed out a number of news articles and analyst comments this week about Sun announcing that it would open source Java. The reactions have ranged from “why” to “that’s nice” to “when” to “who cares?” to “didn’t I hear that five years ago?”. The last reaction was mine, because…

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