Are there areas where Open Source won't work?

One of the biggest shockers for me at OSCON happened during the first day. I was sitting in the second row of the Rails session and I looked behind me to see what type of laptops people were using. I would guess that 80% were PowerBooks. Of the x86 laptops …

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IBM opening the secret sauce for Web Fountain?

Up above Silicon Valley, IBM has a big research facility. One of the big projects they are working on over there at Almaden is called Web Fountain. Think of it as Google on steroids. A search engine that can determine sentiment (can determine what ambiguous terms on pages actually mean …

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Trying out Django

Having Ruby on Rails pounded into me for 5 straight days (it seemed to be a theme of OSCON) caused me to try out Django tonight.

I've only finished the 2nd tutorial but it's pretty impressive what's in there. The only thing that seems a little wierd is that you …

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Gems from OSCON

I'm going through my OSCON notes and compiling my notes and a list of interesting websites. The websites will be found here (using my oscon2005 delicious tag):

Yaml

This is the markup language that the Ruby on Rails is using (rather than xml). There are bindings for various languages. The …

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