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Obama looks into Open Source Software (FOSS)

January 22nd, 2009 | Open Source, Social Media | No comments

I just saw an interesting article on Cnet about Obama collecting information on open source software. I agree with the author, Matt, in that a mandate would be somewhat inappropriate. However, I am very disappointed in another aspect of McNealy’s quote. Sure, if we manage to save some money in the US by operating on [...]

Please Bring WebOS To Netbooks

January 16th, 2009 | Mobility, Open Source | 3 comments

Dear Palm, I’m very excited about your new Palm Pre. No, I did not buy your first generation Palm Pilot. I did, however, buy one of those first generation Handspring devices. Yes, the Handspring, made by those guys that left Palm to start a new company. A company you later bought, because they were doing [...]

Open Microblogging Is Here!

January 14th, 2009 | Open Source | 9 comments

Last June, I made a post titled “A Call For A Distributed And Open Twitter Service“. A friend recently sent me a direct tweet that made me very happy. Apparently, the ground work on an open microblogging format is in the works! Evan’s comparison of an open microblogging standard with current email standards were directly [...]

Ideas Belong To Everyone

October 23rd, 2008 | Open Source | No comments

Ideas are funny things. A single good idea can change your entire life. In fact, a good idea can change the lives of many, sometimes millions. I’ve always been stunned by the notion that we, as a culture, decided to create an institution that allows a single individual to “own” an idea. I must admit [...]

A Call For A Distributed And Open Twitter Service

June 27th, 2008 | Open Source | 1 comment

I just got home from a two week trip. While disconnected, I had a sudden brain fart. I saw Twitter reinvented as a distributed system and provided free as open source. This morning I woke up to find the ‘Twitter Fail Whale’ in full effect. Twitter is, once again, overloaded with users. This is so [...]

OSS Web Dev Methodologies Post 3: Version Control Systems

January 24th, 2008 | Open Source, OSS Web Dev Methodologies | No comments

If you don’t use a version control system (aka “Source Control” and “Revision Control”), then start. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, read up on the Wikipedia entry. In a nutshell, a version control system is the best way to allow multiple developers make changes to a single code base. The features and advantages of [...]