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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
I´m impressed with the SUN moves these days - first the wonderful news about several products released as free or Open Source licences. It allows many developers to test and to evaluate the power of the SUN products. Now, I´m reading the text about the Ten Moves Ahead - specially the part of a free Station - very attractive for the reluctant companies. Many business decisions are based on...
on Dec 2, 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. Fer shizzle! 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
Where 2.0 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 covers fee-based...
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
I was looking for Sun Java support - paid support, not the freebie "stick your bug in the db, vote for it and if enough people vote we might do something about it" support. I was looking for something serious - "I pay you, you fix the damn problem or tell me a valid workaround that you support" type of support. And the sort of bugs my customer's get aren't "whoops we didn't define hashcode() when...
on Apr 8, 2005
The folks doing Wicket, possibly the cleanest solution to POJO web apps that I've seen is at release candidate phase - they're looking for feedback. Even if you can't give them feedback, this framework is really worth a look. The two things I find incredibly cool about it are: Both the HTML and Java code needed are as simple as the things they're supposed to do A real component jar - new...
on Apr 5, 2005
Kim Burchett posted a great story illustrating the Misunderstandings that happen in the software business. Hilarious, in a sad, scary, and all too true way.
on Mar 29, 2005
Way back when, Bob Metcalfe, one of the creators of ethernet, coined a formula that says that the value of a network grows on the order of n2. During the internet boom, that so-called "law" was used in bazillions of pitches to (attempt to) justify all sorts of aggressive growth strategies. Andrew Odlyzko and Benjamin Tilly have recently written a paper, A refutation of Metcalfe’s Law and a...
on Mar 13, 2005
EPIC 2014 is an 8 minute, Flash movie from the year 2014 about a very 1984-ish outcome to the juggernaut that is Google. Hilarious, in a scary way. :-)
on Mar 10, 2005
Next month I'll have the opportunity to ask questions in real-time to John Loiacano, Sun's head of Software. I usually can come up with tough questions on my own, but since I got into blogging, I thought, "why not see what the world wants to know?" So, please leave a comment with your questions, if you are so inclined. I can't commit to publishing any answers in this forum, but who knows,...
on Mar 10, 2005