Topics on open source for college classes

I’ve been asked several times for some ideas about topics on open source that would be suitable for one or more classes at universities. While I know there are curricula out there, here are some specific discussion areas that could be covered in computer science or business classes: Open source…

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Creating a book catalog with Drupal and the CCK, Views, and Amazon modules

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. Some of the links below may not work. I set up a little project for myself this weekend: how could I use Drupal to put together a catalog of my science fiction and fantasy books…

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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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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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Looking for course plans about free and open source

I’m looking for some publicly available course plans that concern free and open source. I don’t mean freely available course content for something like organic chemistry, I mean general, economics, computer science, business or law school curricula that teach how to develop software, build communities, analyze, or build businesses with…

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#2. If I were to build a virtual world … building up the basic model

This is the second part of my series where I’m brainstorming about some considerations regarding building a virtual world. The idea is that I discuss what I would like to see in the world (or “worlds,” as I’ll talk about today), and give you the chance to tell me why…

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Ten challenges and priorities for free and open source in 2008

Last week I started a series of blog entries about my personal view of challenges and priorities for this year. That first entry was about open standards and today I’m going to look at free and open source (FOSS). Incidentally, the first item on this list was on the previous…

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Microsoft deprecating big portions of OOXML?

There were some stories in the blogosphere over the holidays saying that Microsoft was telling some national standards bodies that it was willing to deprecate portions of OOXML in order to satisfy some of the thousands of technical criticisms of OOXML in the JTC1 standards process. Does anyone have any…

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New blog category design

Now that WordPress 2.3 supports tags as well as categories, I’m going to significantly reduce the number of categories that I use and then add tags to my entries. This will take some time, because there are now over 1900 entries in this blog. My scheme for coming up with…

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Standards: We need to talk

Last Friday I had the pleasure of speaking at Tsinghua University in Beijing at an IBM-sponsored conference attended by over 200 government officials, business leaders, and academicians to discuss the confluence of three important topics: open standards, innovation, and intellectual property policy. Below you’ll find the text of my address,…

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#21. My Second Life: Scripting a sliding door

A more up-to-date version of this entry is here. I don’t know about you, but the sliding doors in my house don’t automatically open and close themselves. This is possible, though, and you may have seen automatic doors that open when you step on a mat as you approach. Long…

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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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IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006

Today we’re officially announcing the IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006, a contest for university students that combines open standards, open source, and accessibility. Our goal is to train hundreds if not thousands of college software engineering students to create great software that is accessible to all people, right from…

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ODF: United Nations, Singapore, Phillipines

The ZDNet Asia article “Call for Asia to adopt ODF” gives a good roundup of some strong pickup of the OpenDocument Format in Asia. While I certainly expect we will see more countries issuing top level policy statements around ODF and open standards in general, this bottom-up support is especially…

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Today’s ODF news

Sam Hiser has published a piece called “What is ODF?” over at ONLamp.com. The ODF Alliance just released a press release “ODF Alliance Congratulates Malaysia on Preliminary Designation of OpenDocument Format as Malaysian Standard.” Here’s an excerpt: WASHINGTON, July 27 /PRNewswire/ — The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), a broad…

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ODF and ISO, perfect together

Andy Updegrove is reporting, and comments from insiders evidently confirm, that ODF has successfully gone through the balloting phase in the ISO. The ODF Alliance, now with more 150 members, has issued a press release praising this success. When we see the final and official announcement it will very interesting…

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Neumont University faculty job offering

Neumont University is looking for a new computer science faculty member. Why mention it here? We help sponsor them, plus they are “especially interested in candidates whose experience and interests are in the areas of ‘Open Information Technologies’, including Services Oriented Architecture, Open Source, Web Services, Java, IBM Rational and…

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Why all the interest in SOA now? Part 1

It is a very reasonable question to ask why there is all the interest in Service Oriented Architecture now versus, say, two years ago or two years hence. There is not one reason, of course, but I plan to use this question to explore several possible reasons over several (probably…

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