The Web Application Layer

This post is an attempt to ask "what next?" in the world of contemporary application development. I'm disturbed by the conveyance of applications in this format. This is not news to popular readers, but, rather than complain extensively about the state of the contemporary technology, I think it would be more productive to muse on possible improvements and some of the underlying structural concerns in this space In No Particular Order.…

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Technology Update

I fear I've been posting too many posts in the vein of "so here's what I'm up to folks," rather than you know writing about things that may be interesting to folks out there in Internet land. Nevertheless, here's another slightly more technical post. I've mentioned in passing a few times over the past few months that: I've been interested in shifting to Arch Linux. While I've been running Arch in a VM on my work desktop, I have been quite slow to move additional machines over to Arch.…

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The Dangers of Consolidation

I mentioned in an earlier post that I thought Barnes and Noble was largely responsible for the ongoing and impending collapse of the publishing industry, and that's just the sort of thing that I couldn't leave a lone without a little bit of further pondering. The assertion is that Barnes and Nobel, and Borders particularly as they competed for near total domination of the local-book retail market, forced a consolidation of the publishing industry at the very moment when the worst possible thing for publishing was consolidation.…

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On Wanting a Kindle

I have a confession to make. I really want a Kindle. Bad. No really. I do. The DRM scares me, and I think the books are just the other side of "too expensive," and because I come from a long line of "book collecting people" I think there are a lot of books that I would want to own in the paper. Furthermore, I have a great laptop for reading books (a small tablet), and I have a very long history of using small form computing devices (think palm pilots and pocket pcs) to read books.…

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Interview with Michael Pobega

Who are you? What do you? I'm a 19 year old Perl hacker slash college student. I'm a Computer Science major at SUNYIT in Utica. To be truthful, I'm not a very good student; I spent my study hours teaching myself Perl and UNIX. As for my personal life, I live one boat ride away from Manhattan, so when I do have time home it's pretty hectic. Being upstate for college is so .…

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Industry, Community, Open Source

In "Radicalism in Free Software, Open Source" I contemplated the discourse of and around radicalism in and about Free Software and Open Source software. I think this post is a loose sequel to that post, and I want to use it to think about the role. I suppose the ongoing merger of Sun Microsystems and Oracle, particularly with regards to the MySQL database engine weights heavy on many of our minds.…

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Current Projects

It's been a while since I've written about what I'm working on, so I wanted to write up a little post on the subject. Just to keep myself honest. Last time I did this, I tried to promise myself that I'd get a draft the novel I'm working on done by the beginning of November in time for me to not do the NaNoWriMo project--as is my custom. That isn't going to happen.…

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