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Four short links: 10 October 2011 - Education Startups, Smartphone Robotics, Google SQL, and Deleted TimezonesBy Nat Torkington
October 10, 2011
Why Education Startups Do Not Succeed --This fundamental investment vs. expenditure mindset changes everything. You think of education as fundamentally a quality problem. The average person thinks of education as fundamentally a cost problem. This and many other insights that repay the reading. (via Hacker News) Romo -- smartphone robotics platform Kickstarter project. Google Cloud SQL -- Google offers...
Developer Week in Review: Linux turns the big 3.0 - The Linux kernel gets to 3.0, Oracle is bitten by the Internet's long memory, and more lawsuit fever.James Turner
July 28, 2011
The Linux kernel gets to version 3.0. Meanwhile, Oracle doesn't seem to remember the warm reception that Sun gave Android, and big players get lawsuits on their doorsteps.Caitlyn Martin
June 14, 2011
One of the people behind the scenes has been Mr. Stark's partner, Diane Franklin, who has served as Logistics and Planning Director for the Helios Project for the past year. Ms. Franklin is retired and has served in this capacity without pay. Her skills allowed the project to better organize and distribute the resources they receive to those who need them.
Four short links: 9 June 2011 - MongoDB Subpessimalization, Anti-Intellectualism, Teen Internet Use, Android InternalsBy Nat Torkington
June 9, 2011
Optimizing MongoDB -- shorter field names, barely hundreds of ops/s when not in RAM, updates hold a lock while they fetch the original from disk ... it's a pretty grim story. (via Artur Bergman) Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism? -- focus is absolutely necessary if we are to gain knowledge. We will be ignoramuses indeed, if we merely...Caitlyn Martin
June 9, 2011
The note from Mr. Offerman reads, in part: "I can confirm that Adobe will make 64-bit support in Flash Player "Square" available in a shipping release of Flash Player later this year."Caitlyn Martin
June 8, 2011
In a piece published this morning called Don't Throw Away Your Physical Servers Just Yet, the author, Ken Hess, wrote a piece that ridicules and derides anyone who doesn't virtualize literally all, as in every last one, of their servers. No, I'm not exaggerating.Caitlyn Martin
June 7, 2011
Once again there are known security vulnerabilities in the now eight month old beta and no patches are available. In addition, the community forum page for discussing Flash Player "Square" has been deleted from the Adobe Labs website. If Adobe is continuing development on a 64-bit version of Flash Player they are not sharing any information with the public at this time. For the time being Adobe has effectively abandoned 64-bit Linux once again.Andy Oram
May 8, 2011
Red Hat's usual modus operandi is the precise inverse of most companies based on open source. This drives what I heard at Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, solid progress along the lines laid out by Red Hat and JBoss in previous years.
Four short links: 11 April 2011 - Facebook for Non-Profits, Groklaw is Goneburger, Map Ads Mandatory, and Corruption FoughtBy Nat Torkington
April 11, 2011
Fundraising on Facebook -- only 7% [of companies surveyed] cited social networking as one of their most effective sources for customer acquisition [...] only 2.4% of non-profits were able to raise over 10k through Facebook in 2010. (via Chris Brogan) Groklaw Closes -- There will be other battles, and there already are, because the same people that propped SCO...
Four short links: 7 April 2011 - Android Strategy, Fad Books, Ubiquitous Product Design, and Android Headers ApologyBy Nat Torkington
April 7, 2011
The Freight Train That is Android -- Google’s aim is defensive not offensive. They are not trying to make a profit on Android or Chrome. They want to take any layer that lives between themselves and the consumer and make it free (or even less than free). [...] In essence, they are not just building a moat; Google is...Nat Torkington
March 18, 2011
Titles and Promotions (Ben Horowitz) -- Andreessen argues that people ask for many things from a company: salary, bonus, stock options, span of control, and titles. Of those, title is by far the cheapest, so it makes sense to give the highest titles possible. The hierarchy should have Presidents, Chiefs, and Senior Executive Vice Presidents. If it makes people...
Four short links: 25 February 2011 - Banshee Bucks, Log Mining, Visualization Secrets, and Repression ToolsBy Nat Torkington
February 25, 2011
Canonical's New Plan for Banshee -- Canonical prepare the Linux distribution Ubuntu. They will distribute the popular iTunes-alike Banshee, but instead of the standard Amazon store plugin (which generates much $ in affiliate revenue for the GNOME Foundation) they will have Canonical's own Amazon store plugin and keep 75% of the revenue (25% going to the GNOME Foundation). They're...
Developer Week in Review - App Store policy makes developers see red, Ubuntu may have a black heart, and a look at the blue content in git commits.James Turner
February 23, 2011
Coming up on the Week in Review: Revolt of the App Store developers, Ubuntu's innocence lost, and a report we swear you'll like.
Developer Year in Review: Operating Systems - Windows 7 outshines Vista (not hard), Linux still in peril (hard luck), and the Mac App Store launches (hard sell)James Turner
January 5, 2011
Last year saw Linux fight free of one legal morass, and perhaps right into another; Microsoft take another swing at replacing XP; and Apple bring the App Store model to the desktop.
Four short links: 30 December 2010 - Systematic Voice, gTLD Branding, Haikuleaks, and PS3 Code SigningBy Nat Torkington
December 30, 2010
Groupon Editorial Manual (Scribd) -- When introducing something nonsensical (fake history, mixed metaphors), don't wink at the reader to let them in on the joke. Don't call it out with quotes, parenthesis, or any other narrative device. Speak your ignorance with total authority. Assert it as fact. This is how you can surprise the reader. If you call out...Nat Torkington
December 21, 2010
Cash Cow Disease -- quite harsh on Google and Microsoft for "ingesting not investing" in promising startups, then disconnecting them from market signals. Like pixie dust, potential future advertising revenues can be sprinkled on any revenue-negative scheme to make it look brilliant. (via Dan Martell) Your Apps Are Watching You (Wall Street Journal) -- the iPhone apps transmitted more...Nat Torkington
December 17, 2010
Down the ls(1) Rabbit Hole -- exactly how ls(1) does what it does, from logic to system calls to kernel. This is the kind of deep understanding of systems that lets great programmers cut great code. (via Hacker News) Towards a scientific concept of free will as a biological trait: spontaneous actions and decision-making in invertebrates (Royal Society) --...James Turner
December 8, 2010
Not one, not two, but three mobile OS events in the last week, including a sneak peak of the PSP handset. Also: The final nail is driven into the myth of the Linux developer, courtesy of the Linux Foundation itself.Caitlyn Martin
November 3, 2010
Deploying Drupal on an Apache web server with mod_security or adding mod_security to an Apache server with Drupal running should be as easy as installing the relevant packages. Unfortunately, on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.4 and 5.5 servers it just isn't so.
Developer Week in Review - Apple deprecates, Microsoft assassinates, Adobe infiltrates, and Linux obfuscates.By James Turner
October 27, 2010
Heading up developer news this week: Is XP really dead this time? Linux release notes are an exercise in futility. Apple pulls the rug out from two development environments on the Mac. And Adobe gives tablet programmers more options.
Strata Week: Statistically speaking - Trading platforms, truth in graphs, European financial stats, and Mandelbrot's passing.Julie Steele
October 21, 2010
In this edition of Strata Week: The London Stock Exchange moves from .Net to open source; learn how graphical scales can lie; the Euroean Central Bank president calls for better financial statistics; and we bid farewell to the father of fractals.
Four short links: 19 October 2010 - Positive Gov2, Psychology of Places, Open Source Embedded Devices, and Dilbert on DataBy Nat Torkington
October 19, 2010
YIMBY -- Swedish site for "Yes, In My Back Yard". Provides an opportunity for the net to aggregate positive desires ("please put a bus stop on my street", "we want wind power") rather than simply aggregating complaints. (via cityofsound on Twitter) Getting People in the Door -- a summary of some findings about people's approaches to the physical layout...Caitlyn Martin
September 28, 2010
I bought a low-end, small footprint desktop: an eMachines EL-1300G. The cost at a local big box retailer was $159. A friend of mine was so impressed she went to the store right before Christmas to buy one as a gift for her sister. The price had dropped to $149. Of course, the systems came preloaded with Windows. Linux was not an option.Caitlyn Martin
September 20, 2010
Last Friday the newspaper Vedomosti reported that a Russian firm, NGI, has purchased a controlling interest in Mandriva.Caitlyn Martin
September 7, 2010
It seems like almost every day someone in the tech press or someone commenting in a technical forum will claim that Linux adoption on the desktop (including laptops) is insignificant. The number that is thrown around is 1%. These claims are even repeated by some who advocate for Linux adoption. Both the idea that Linux market share on the desktop is insignificant and the 1% figure are simply false and have been for many years.Caitlyn Martin
September 4, 2010
An article by Graham Morrison for Tech Radar UK this past week struck a bit of a raw nerve for me. It was one of a type we see periodically in the tech press and the title pretty much tells the story: The trouble with Linux: there's too much choice. To Mr. Morrison and all the others who have written articles like this one I say: Hogwash!Caitlyn Martin
August 27, 2010
Early this week Gnash 0.8.8 was released. Despite the small increment in version number, which would make this seem like a minor maintenance release, the difference between version 0.8.8 and the earlier 0.8.7 is like night and day.Andy Oram
August 6, 2010
DebConf 2010 was held in New York City. This blog covers several interesting presentations and some general observations about the Debian community.
Four short links: 28 July 2010 - End of Open Phones, More Geek Women, Social-ish Teenagers, and Premium CyclesBy Nat Torkington
July 28, 2010
The end of the road for the Nexus One (LWN) -- The pessimistic among us can be forgiven for concluding that the battle for open handsets is being lost. The carriers determine which devices will be successful in the market, and they have absolutely no interest in openness. Customers are irresistibly drawn to heavily advertised, shiny devices with low...Andy Oram
June 24, 2010
Red Hat is openly badgering large, IT-driven organizations to move away from comfortable patterns and to adopt what they believe to be the best virtualization platform, the best cloud API, the best data storage mechanism, and so on.Caitlyn Martin
June 22, 2010
After weeks of concern about the "catastrophic state of it's finances" and an indefiniete delay in the release of version 2010.1, the French website LeMagIT is reporting that Mandriva has been saved by new investors.Caitlyn Martin
June 18, 2010
Adobe has, at least temporarily, ended support for Flash Player on 64-bit Linux. No updated version is available. Adobe's message for 64-bit Linux users, at least for now, is "No Flash for you!"Caitlyn Martin
June 13, 2010
I first ran into what turns out to be a recurring problem when I installed Pardus 2009 last fall. The installer would lock up. Since then I have run into an almost identical problem in openSUSE11.2, Slackware 13.1 and SalixOS 13.1. It appears that the wireless chipset as implemented in these netbooks conflicts with the ssb module, causing the system to freeze.Rick Jelliffe
June 11, 2010
This week I am taking FreeBSD 8.0 for a spin. So far, I like it enough that it will probably be my normal desktop environment. It seems to have the right stuff: my PC seems markedly faster. FreeBSD's slogan is...
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