I enjoyed reading the wave of recent articles regarding the enthusiasm for Open Document Format (ODF), notably
internetnews.com: Tech Rallies Around Open Document Format
crn.com: OpenDocument Format Supporters Band Together in Alliance
theregister.co.uk: Office Formats Alliance Opens for Business
along with an opinion on linux-watch.com that the UI of the upcoming Microsoft Office...
on Mar 13, 2006
I saw a note in the paper that Western Union has sent their last telegram, shutting down a 150-year-old business. Wish I'd known it was coming, I'd have sent "What hath God wrought?" to several people. (I know they just added "@" to Morse code a couple years ago... figured it would be around forever.)
The book The Victorian Internet provides an interesting and readable history of the telegraph.
on Feb 8, 2006
boston.com reports that "AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. are lobbying Capitol Hill for the right to create a two-tiered Internet, where the telecom carriers' own Internet services would be transmitted faster and more efficiently than those of their competitors."
There's no way Bellsouth's tiered speeds is gonna work for them long term.
The reason is, whatever content they offer at high speeds...
on Jan 20, 2006
The Free Software Foundation has released the first public draft of version 3 of the Gnu Public License.
The rationale document might be a more interesting place to start reading to about what they've changed so far and why.
Note that folks using non-Gecko based browsers are not able to view or add comments about the draft on the web site but you can submit comments via email.
on Jan 16, 2006
In a recent article, Sun Bullish on Service Biz Potential, internetnews.com reports the thoughts of Don Grantham, Sun EVP, and Dan Mahoney, chief research and client officer at Forrester Research.Interesting comments. Not much happens by accident--many will keep their eyes peeled.
on Dec 21, 2005
I'm just moving from my current job to a new challenge: open my own company, as a IT consultant based on my home-office. After drinking coffee for fifteen years on traditional enterprises, I decided to drive my own destination - changing my career in a business perspective. No more hush hour, no more useless meetings and getting dress every morning just to obey an employee traditional...
on Dec 16, 2005
Sun's open-source evangelist, Simon Phipps says that "the Verilog source code, tools and more behind the UltraSPARC T1 (the "design point") will be released under an OSI-approved open source license next year." They will supposedly be trying to create a hardware development community around SPARC computer architecture via OpenSPARC.net.
Given that the SPARC architecture has, like MIPS, been...
on Dec 6, 2005
This American Family Physician newsletter reports astonishingly low (to me, anyway) adoption of electronic records systems. Electronic billing and scheduling - yes, but medical records - no. Only 17% of physicians offices use electronic records? And only 8% of physicians use a computerized order entry system, which has the benefits of checking for drug interactions, standard doses, and allergies...
on Nov 23, 2005
Finding yourself naked, in public, is a dream/nightmare that many people have. It could just be me but when I was first starting to program, I had a nightmare that not only was I coding naked but my code was naked, too. Partly in response to that, I became much more diligent about writing excellent code so that I'd never be embarrassed by my software.
Over the years, I've joked with various...
on Nov 17, 2005
Business needs applications that can be maintained long after the original coder is gone. Java is a great language, but does Java's richness lead to unmaintainable code?
This thought was prompted by a discussion with my colleague, Jim, who has managed large projects for many state agencies over many years. To paraphrase his statement a bit:
"COBOL programmers are interchangeable, Java...
on Nov 15, 2005
I'm heading over to the Java In Action conference this week. It looks to be a great conference and there several sessions I'm looking forward to. I've written something especially for this conference. Java Out of Action, when good programs go bad. All the tips and techniques I learnt while at Sun, I'm doing this all on my laptop so I'm hoping my laptop survives the demo!
on Oct 4, 2005
Sun's "Chief Open Source Officer", Simon Phipps, just announced that Sun is retiring the Sun Industry Standard Source License. He's putting Sun's money where it's mouth is and actually getting rid of the license to help reduce the ridiculously rampant proliferation of "open source" software licenses.
If you're interested in why license proliferation is so lame, read Larry Rosen's...
on Sep 2, 2005
In the category of automated systems which never worked, and as a cautionary tale against grandiose robotic systems:
This month marks the end of a costly and ultimately fruitless experiment for United Airlines at Denver International Airport. The airport's automated baggage handling system was supposed to be a marvel of modern technology when the airport opened in 1994, but United was the only...
on Aug 29, 2005
How do you make money from open source software?
I got the idea for today's blog from my friend Larry Snyder at Recursion Software. The question sounds ancient to me for some reason. It seems like a riddle passed down through the generations, perhaps with roots in mysticism or in ancient scrolls of the Tao or Zen. I can imagine Aristotle pondering on the subject. Perhaps I can at least guide...
on Aug 10, 2005
Back in 1973, a young Bill Gates was demonized for asking the following:
"Who can afford to do professional work for nothing? What hobbyist can put 3-man years into programming, finding all bugs, documenting his product and distribute for free?"
In 2005, Marc Fleury voiced a similar thought in a BusinessWeek interview:
"No one is going to work for free."
Marc elaborated on this in a later...
on Jul 12, 2005
is the second conference I have been to since udig is has been released. And I actually had a udig user recognize the shirt and come say thanks (she also happened to be one of the only women at the conference but that is that). Number one request in this conference is Mac support.
I went low profile the first day by wearing a suite (so I could blend in). The second day was a tshirt so...
on Jul 2, 2005
Missing another JavaOne I sitting in my cubicle and reading my emails like every mooning when it hits me. Sun announced that they are going to acquire SeeBeyond, my employer, which was not really a surprise but the timing is. So I am going to see Scott McNealy tomorrow where he may (or may not) shed some more light into the acquisition. Nevertheless I am looking forward to be a part of the Sun...
on Jun 28, 2005
I'm pleased to report that we finally
have annonced the terms of the Java Distribution License (JDL) as it
applies to the Sun JavaServer Faces Reference Implementation, and to
JavaServer Faces implementations at large. It is now possible to
electronically accept the JavaServer Faces JDL and produce official,
compliant implementations of JavaServer Faces technology. The JDL also
on Jun 20, 2005
A story on NPR this morning about
congress wanting to expand U.S. daylight-saving time by two months (to help reduce energy consumption) made me wonder.... Don't you think this will affect any running systems? Yeah, we can take the blame for the Y2K thing, but you just can't go changing time itself all willy-nilly and not expect a system or two to break....
Perhaps, merely your auto-deposit...
on Apr 12, 2005