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Blog Archive for richburridge during May 2004

Back in the late 70's, I was working in England for International Computers Limited on mainframes and programming in a high-level assembly language (no, that's not a contradiction in terms) on a financial programming language called PROSPER. At this time I also started working with my first mentor, Arthur Richards. Arthur was a very interesting person. He looked like he should be working on a...
Here are a few comments and thoughts on various aspects of doing a new release of an open source project. They might not all apply to each project. They might all be obvious. I'm just throwing them out there. Some of these are rules that I've been applying to my open source projects for the last 19 years. Others are from working with the GNOME folks. Others are from integrating software into the...
Quite often an open source project is started because somebody wanted some functionality that didn't already exist (or that they weren't aware of). A small project is released and it will either flourish or languish depending upon whether others find it useful or not. I've seen small one time hacks even become released products from commercial companies. Once such a one-off hack becomes a...
I'm an avid book reader. Anything from fiction through to technical books. The following applies to all types of books. Ten to fifteen years ago or so, I'd happily go spend an evening browsing a local new or second-hand bookstore. Five to eight years ago, along came the online web bookstores like Amazon and I tried it out with a simple relatively small order, found that it was good and started...