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...