Screendoor Security

I just had a wierd experience. While rocking my son to sleep I saw something jump across the floor. The lights were kind of dim but I was pretty sure it was too big to be a spider and too small to be a rodent. Upon closer inspection it was …

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Freedom forking for features in Open Source

Considering the recent discussions about KHTML and its fork found in Safari, I thought I'd post about forks.

Are forks good or bad? Yes. One might argue that people should collaborate rather than fork. But doesn't most open source development actually happen by forking? (At least at a micro level …

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Fear and contribution to open source

I was talking with an Apache contributor today. He was lamenting that more of the users of his projects could contribute back, but did not. I asked what he believed were the reasons. We discussed two: One was work. People or their employers did not feel comfortable giving back. The …

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Free your mind with Swing (and freemind)

I feel sorry for Java Swing apps sometimes (I don't want to get into a discussion about bloat here, cause I'm not really talking about it). Python is immune from it because it doesn't really have a gui library (I've even heard Guido say that guis are provided for better …

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Flattery and Open Source

So Apple just released their latest OS.

It has all the newest bells and whistles. Which it should since Apple has a lot of really smart people working for them. They certainly innovate a lot over there in Cupertino. And guess what, even us non- apple users benefit from them …

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