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Blog Archive for webmink during June 2003

I just signed up to deliver one of the industry perspective talks at Supernova in Washington DC. I'm looking forward to it - there's a risk it will be like Steve McLaughlin describes another conference: To take a recent example, you had a conference about blogging's impact on the business world where bloggers sat on panels with other bloggers, some of which were blogging what was said, while...
For a while now I've wanted a reference list of people at Sun who maintain weblogs (first called out by Timothy Appnel). I've not found one, so decided to throw one together - Sun Bloggers. If there is a list I missed, or there are bloggers I've not encountered, let me know. [Also posted to webmink.net]
Responding to my earlier posting, Glen Martin comments that: To my mind, patents in software add no value, and really only serve to subject software development to the less than scrupulous (lawyers, that is). and It is starting to look to me as if the OSS world won't ever meet its real potential unless software patents go away. Since the non-OSS world has little incentive to change, it would seem...
Just sitting in the final session at F/OSS at Harvard, largely on software patents. The research, presented here by Jim Bessen (the paper is available online and Slashdot has a great summary), suggests that it's become cheaper and easier to get software patents over the last 20 years (overall and compared with other patents). The research finds "... software patents substitute for firm R&D...
I really like the report on Corante about java.net but it raises for me the question of why none of the other sources I respect in the blogging community have even mentioned the launch of blogs and wikis on java.net, let alone come in with a critique (positive or negative). In particular, I've not seen anyone in the blogging A-list that I track with NetNewsWire mention or critique java.net, and...
I am (unexpectedly) at the MIT/HBS Free/Open Source Software conference at Harvard. The first session included a paper comparing Apache, Mozilla and a commercial software project. The results suggested open source development does indeed deliver higher productivity levels and lower defect counts than closed team development. While I felt intuitively that this was the case, I'm pleased to see a...
Heading out of town today, I met Mark Thomas from IBM at the Hertz office. Seems he too needs a break after JavaOne. We're both (independently) heading to Yosemite for the weekend - in fact, I am writing this from the 'Happy Burger' in Mariposa ("if it's not perfect, don't serve it" ). I see Duncan's off to Wisconsin, as is Glen. I guess we all need to decompress - I wonder where other...
I've seen a few people commenting on the new java.xxx URLs - Paul and Bertrand, for example. The java.com site is target for some misunderstanding (some of it great fun!). Rafe Colburn for example says: Maybe I'm just naive, but I'm convinced that there is little overlap between people who care about Java and people who want a virtual Christina Aguilera on their mobile phone. But I'm afraid I don...
FTPOnline has a report on the J2EE Roundtable held on Monday.
Alan Williamson wasn't too impressed with Jonathan Schwartz's keynote yesterday, it seems (complete with IDE demos - I hope he's enjoying the Project Rave demo I am watching now!). I'm very interested in his comments on the desire to expand the Java developer base from 3 million to 10 million. He says: The threshold that we call someone a developer, is going to be dropped significantly ... Sun...