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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Common Lisp, Using ASDF Install With SBCL

So I, like any self respecting geek trying to learn Common Lisp started to read the cliki, which is a wiki that supports Common Lisp projects. Nifty right? Right. It's full of stuff, and between it and Common-Lisp.net, you can be pretty sure that if it exists in the common Lisp world it'll appear on one of those two sites. And for every cool lisp thing, rather than usable instructions for installing the software it would just say "use asdf install and have fun.…

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Why Cloud Culture Isn't

I read this post by Bruce Sterling about "Cloud Culture", and haven't quite been able to formulate an appropriate response. It's true that I often find myself ranting about this or that thing Bruce Sterling has written, so I'm perhaps not the most impartial To summarize, his notion is that "the cloud," as evidenced by a wealth of usable digital information and content, combined with an uptick in digital participation will lead to some sort of minimalistic cultural singularity that he's calling "Cloud Culture.…

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File System Metaphors

The file system is dead. Long live the File system. We live in an interesting time. There are two technologies that aim to accomplish two very goals. On the one hand we have things like Amazon's S3, Hadoop, NoSQL, and a host of technologies that destroy the file system metaphor as we know it today. The future, if you believe it, lays in storing all data in some sort of distributed key/value store-based system.…

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