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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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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Mint, WordPress, and software philosophy

In my last brief entry I mentioned how I had broken the RSS and ATOM feeds when upgrading to WordPress 2.1.3 and then hurried to mention that it was not WordPress’s fault. I installed a new version of the Mint stats program a few days ago and I love it.…

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links for 2006-12-07

HTML, SVG, and MathML The Beginning of the End | Musings “Sam Ruby has been busy. He�s been lobbying for changes in the HTML5 Specification which will, ultimately, enable embedding of MathML and SVG in HTML5 documents.” (tags: mathml svg html) HOWTO Embed MathML and SVG into HTML4 This is…

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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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CNet article: “IBM plays XML card in effort to beat Oracle”

Normally I would just throw this into my del.icio.us links, but it hits so many of my topics that I wanted to call it out explicitly. The article, by Martin Lamonica of CNet is “IBM plays XML card in effort to beat Oracle” and starts out IBM is expected to…

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Open source is adoptable

Several weeks ago I did an entry in which I talked about the difference between “complementary” and “complimentary.” It was a bit of a rant because I was tired of seeing these used incorrectly so often. You can be excused, therefore, in thinking that the title of this entry is…

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More tidbits re the ECMA development

Here are a couple of interesting links regarding the Microsoft XML Formats and their move to ECMA. ECMA is basically a RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing) organization, vs., say the W3C, which RF (royalty free). While Microsoft has issued a covenant not to sue, what will the situation be for…

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Blogging: 3 questions, 3 slightly edited answers

As part of our blogging “event” earlier this week, the IBM internal website w3.ibm.com published some interviews with bloggers such as Sam Ruby, Ed Brill, Grady Booch, Catherine Helzerman, and me. What follows is a slightly edited version of my responses to the three questions I was asked. Why did…

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