Planned Obsolescence and Gadgets

I've had a tab open for most of last week for a 128 gig solid state hard disk that would fit my laptop, and that had a list price that I was comfortable with, and a maker that I tend to consider reputable. I haven't ordered if for a number of reasons (not ready to swap drives, I'm using the wrong kind of file systems, given that my current drive works fine it's a bit more than I want to spend at the moment.…

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Content Management Beyond Wordpress

As a follow up to my, surprisingly popular post on the Limitations of Wordpress, and also I suppose my post on the current status of tumblelogs, I wanted to ruminate on "where Wordpress" is as a piece of software (and a platform,) and what the whole content management space looks like today. In a lot of ways Wordpress won. Wordpress does what it does very well. And the thing it does, powering blogs, is in point of fact what most people need.…

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Installing Mcabber .10-rc3 on Debian Lenny

mcabber is console based XMPP or Jabber client. It runs happily within a screen session, its lightweight, and it does all of the basic things that you want from an IM client without being annoying and distracting. For the first time since I started using this software a year or two ago, there's a major release that has some pretty exciting features. So I wanted to install it. Except, there aren't packages for it for Debian Lenny, and I have a standing policy that everything needs to be installed using package management tools so that things don't break down the line.…

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Overheard

One of my favorite meme's on twitter is the "OH:" meme, where folks post little snippets of things they've heard in the world that are (usually) hilarious. This post will be, I think, a collection of the best little quotes I've heard, heard about, or seen recently. "Chicken is easily divisible" "If you're hand is one space off on your keyboard and you start typing server, you start typing awesome. servers are awesome.…

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Enterprise Linux Community

Ok. I can't be the only one. [1] I look at open source projects like OpenSolaris, Alfresco, Resin, Magento, OpenSuSE, Fedora, and MySQL, among others, and I wonder "What's the community around these projects that people are always talking about." Sure I can download the source code under licenses that I'm comfortable with, sure they talk about a community, but what does that mean? What, as a company, does it mean to say that the software you develop (and likely own all the rights to,) is "open source," and "supported by a community?…

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Analyzing the Work of Open Source

This post covers the role and purpose (and utility!) of analysts and spectators in the software development world. Particularly in the open source subset of that. My inspirations and for this post come from: Why is there no Anthropology Journalism? This Video Featuring an interview with Michael Coté of Red Monk In the video Coté says (basically,) open source projects need to be able to justify the "business case" for their project, to explain what's the innovation that this project seeks to provide the world.…

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The Successful Failure of OpenID

Just about the time I was ready to call OpenID a total failure, something clicked and, if you asked how I thought "OpenID was doing," I'd have to say that it's largely a success. But it certianly took long enough to get here. Lets back up and give some context. OpenID is a system for distributing and delegating authentication for web services to third party sites. Basically to the end user, rather than signing into a website with your username and password, you sign in with your profile URL on some secondary site that you actually log into.…

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