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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Marten Mickos keynote observations

Last Wednesday I attended a very interesting keynote given by Marten Mickos entitled "Scale Out". Here's a few gems that I gleaned from it: He stated that the survivors of the dot com era built their infrastructure on top of open source (and mentioned Yahoo, Google and eBay as examples …

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Demoing SpikeSource at MySQLUC

Today I was lucky enough to attend the MYSQL Users Conference for most of the day. The keynote by Marten Mickos which was very interesting (will blog on that later).

It's very interesting to see how far MySQL has come. (We used MySQL for my senior project at school. While …

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